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Sarasota: Embrace the Good Life

Nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Florida, the stunning city of Sarasota offers residents and retirees a one-of-a-kind lifestyle that you won't find anywhere else. If you are looking for a winning combination of natural beauty, ample recreational activities, and plenty of employment opportunities, you've come to the right place.

Because the city offers a coveted lifestyle of luxury and entertainment in a beautiful waterfront location, it continues to be a popular place to live. Sarasota is a favorite spot amongst retirees and those looking to invest in a second home.

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Zip Codes

34230 – 34243




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Things to Do & Places to See

Sarasota residents enjoy some of the cleanest and most breathtaking beaches in the world. In addition to rich local history and beautiful beaches, the town offers a wide range of community events throughout the year, including the Sarasota Film Festival and the Sarasota Chalk Festival. Residents can also take advantage of the area’s myriad of cultural attractions, including the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and the Florida Studio Theatre.

There are plenty of destinations around Sarasota that you just have to check out for yourself—they are truly the epitome of beauty and fun! Lido Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key, and Manasota Key are perfect for those looking to live an active lifestyle on the shore. The nearby towns of Bradenton, Venice, and Ellenton offer plenty of fun things to do, and they’re all just a short drive away.


Unbelievable Accolades

Money Best Places to Live 2015

"Best Places to Live" – Forbes and Money Magazine

"Top Schools in the Nation" – Money Magazine

"Best Place in Florida to Live and Work" – Employment Review

"Top Place to Retire in Florida" – InvestmentU

"The South’s Prettiest Cities" – Southern Living


There's Even More to Love


Even if you don’t have children, investing in a home with a top-rated school district can boost the value of your property over time. Luckily, Sarasota’s students are served by the stellar Sarasota County Public School District.

SCPSD has received a coveted “A” rating from Niche.com, and it’s even considered the second best district in all of Florida. Potential schools include Emma E. Booker Elementary, Brookside Middle, and Sarasota High.


Ready to experience an unparalleled standard of care? Sarasota is home to some of the best healthcare in the country, and others are taking notice. In fact, Sarasota Memorial Health Care is the 2nd largest acute care hospital in Florida and is repeatedly recognized among “America’s Best 50 Hospitals” by U.S. New & World Report.

If you’re looking to make your mark in the medical profession, Sarasota is a fantastic place to start. The area’s hospitals are always looking for talented doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, and specialists.

Shopping & Dining

When you’re ready to indulge in a little retail therapy, you’ll find all of the best shops right in the center of Sarasota. Go ahead—stroll through the Rosemary District or just relax in the center of Downtown. You’ll discover plenty of unique spots, such as The Exchange, T.Georgiano's Boutique, and Bookstore1.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you might want to check out some of the area’s top-rated restaurants. Looking for recommendations? Head to Owens Fish Camp to sample some imaginative takes on classic seafood dishes. Other top eateries include Duval’s, Indigenous, and La Mucca Ballerina.


Whether you’re looking for a second home or are searching for the perfect place to put down roots, you’ll fall in love with Sarasota’s endless amount of destination communities. It doesn’t matter what kind of lifestyle you want to live—we have something to suit your needs!

Not sure where to start? Sarasota is home to luxury resort communities like Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key. You can also enjoy vibrant downtown living, historic neighborhoods, and even country club communities. Lakewood Ranch, a 7000 acre master-planned community with homes ranging from condominiums to estate homes, is an increasingly popular choice for active adults.

Your Dream Home Awaits

If you’ve been thinking about making a move to Sarasota, now is the perfect time to find your niche. The Kotaska Team is proud to help buyers put down roots in Florida’s best suburb, and we’re excited to help you find the right fit! Let us know if you have any questions—we’re only a phone call away. Thinking about selling? We can certainly help with that, too.

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