Sarasota Real Estate Information

Sarasota is a highly scenic and popular resort community found in the southwestern portion of the State of Florida, bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Sarasota has a population of approximately fifty two thousand, five hundred residents, and is located in the northwestern portion of Sarasota County. Not surprisingly, Sarasota serves as the county seat of Sarasota County, and is also pivotal to the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sarasota was officially recognized as a local government in the year nineteen eighty six, and is currently governed by City Manager Robert Bartolatta. Sarasota covers a total area of roughly twenty six square miles, including just over eleven square miles of standing surface water. Sarasota's scenic beauty is considerable, and is perhaps best summed up by the city's nickname: “Paradise”.

The area which is now considered Sarasota was originally inhabited by humans about fifteen thousand years ago, ancestors of Native Americans who would dominate the region until the arrival of Spanish explorers in the first half of the sixteenth century. The origin of the name is an interesting story in itself – the community started showing up on maps in the middle of the eighteenth century under the name Zara Zote, although the name soon changed to Fort Armistad, and Sara Sota before finally arriving at its current spelling. Sarasota is home to one of the best beaches in the entire world, Lido Beach, which has won a number of contests for being exceptionally fine and pure in color.

The educational needs of Sarasota are met by a number of public and private institutions, including the primary provider, the Sarasota County Public Schools. Some of the most important schools in Sarasota include Sarasota High School, the Sarasota County Technical Institute, Booker Middle School, and the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences. Sarasota is also home to a number of colleges and universities, including the New College of Florida, Keiser College of Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, and Manatee Community College. Sarasota real estate and properties are located just a short distance from a number of historic sites, including Ca d'Zan, a notable home, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.