Posted by Alexa Curbelo in Sarasota, Home Building Industry

Updated March 2022

Sarasota, Florida: home to turquoise waters; soft, white, and sandy beaches; delicious food and dining; and a distinct cultural voice. What more could you want?

Sarasota was founded in the 1800s and was described as a tropical paradise. 300 years later, we residents don’t think much has changed! From affordability to kayak tours to fresh seafood, we’re sharing some of the reasons we love calling Sarasota, Florida “home.”

The Sarasota area holds 2 of the fastest selling master-planned communities in the U.S. (Lakewood Ranch and the Villages in Venice). We’re here to share 6 reasons why you’ll love putting down roots in Sarasota.

Best Things About Living in Sarasota

1. Affordable With a Strong Real Estate Market

For such a gorgeous location, Sarasota is also incredibly affordable. Compared to other major cities, Sarasota has tons to offer at an affordable price, and as a bonus, there’s no state income tax. Sarasota homes for sale are modern, popular, and spacious with citing the Sarasota real estate market as “warm.”

Sarasota Skyline

Sarasota homes appreciate quicker than the national average; in fact, 7.6% faster, according to Fortune Builders. The city’s job market is incredibly healthy with expansions seen in healthcare, technology, and manufacturing.

Cost-of-living index is a common way to find out how cheap or expensive it is to live in a certain area. The cost of living in Sarasota is 102.7, meaning it’s extremely affordable. Surrounded by the best outdoor living Florida has to offer, there’s no better place to call home.

2. Unbeatable Beaches

One of Sarasota's incredible gems is Siesta Key Beach, which has been ranked by Tripadvisor as the #2 beach in the U.S. and #14 in the entire world. It’s no surprise that a day at the beach is arguably everyone’s list of the best things to do in Sarasota. Tourists and locals alike flock to Lido Key, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Venice Beach, and more for colorful sunsets, fun water sports, or simple relaxation on the shore.

Sarasota Beach

3. Unique Arts and Culture

With a fond nickname as “Florida’s Cultural Coast,” Sarasota boasts unique arts, theatre, and cultural spots. Tourists and locals alike spend time perusing famous art galleries, local museums, operas, and sculpture gardens.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida and stands as Sarasota’s beacon of local arts. With annual wine and food festivals, world-renowned showcases, and of course, the infamous Ringling Circus, the Ringling engages, educates, and delights Floridians of all ages.


4. Outdoor Activities

From local kayaking tours to dolphin sunset cruises to jet ski rentals, there’s never a shortage of ways to get outside in Sarasota. Sunny and 75 extends all year round, giving locals plenty of time to enjoy some of their favorite outdoor fun. Whether you’re craving the wave runner race with friends or simply want to cruise along the coast, there is an outdoor activity for families, young kids, seniors, and young adults.

Avid fishers love Florida’s Gulf Coast for the major offshore catches in the Gulf of Mexico or the more peaceful fishing in the inland mangroves. Paddleboarding and kayaking are popular and perfect for beginners. More experienced paddleboards can get adventurous with stand-up paddle boarding or even paddleboard yoga.

Father and Son Fishing

Also, outdoor workouts are everywhere due to the beautiful year-round sunshine. Catch Yoga in the Park at Nathan Benderson, an outside Crossfit class, or group cycling through the nature trails.

5. The Best Places to Eat

We can’t believe we got this far without mentioning local Sarasota dining—it’s to die for! With fresh seafood, authentic Mexican, Parisian bistros, traditional Thai food, and so much more cuisine diversity, Sarasota’s food scene is a standout.

Sarasota locals can easily find award-winning dining within a few miles of home. Some of our favorites spots to eat? Owen’s Fish Camp, Station 400, Michael’s on East, and The Beachouse to name a few.

Wine Toast at Sunset at Beach

6. Strong School System

For parents, is there anything more important than a highly ranked school system? Sarasota offers two standout school systems—Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. Several of our new home communities near Siesta Key are a part of the highly desirable Sarasota County School District, rated one of the top ten in the state of Florida.

Lakewood Ranch features one of the most highly desirable learning communities in Florida as an A-rated local school district, cultivating high-performing students and well-rounded learners. Parents in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch feel confident sending their children to these prominent, safe schools.

We Know You’ll Love Sarasota, Florida

Moving to Sarasota is a no-brainer. A healthy job and real estate market surrounded by affordable housing, world-renowned beaches, and outdoor activities are just a few of the reasons Sarasota is the perfect city to thrive in.

Mom and Son at Beach

If you’re looking to purchase a new home in Sarasota, FL, we’re here to help. Contact us to stop by one of our award-winning M/I communities.


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Alexa Curbelo


Hi, I’m Alexa! After graduating from the University of Central Florida (go Knights!), I launched my real estate career with M/I Homes and am proud to serve as the Internet Sales Manager in Sarasota. With years of customer services and online sales experience, this role is a natural fit for me. I love connecting with new people every day! When I’m not helping people find their dream home, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading for book club, and perfecting my pickleball skills.

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