Palm Avenue Villas & The Frances Carlton
Tucked away on beautiful Palm Avenue is a small enclave of villas behind a Mediterranean gate. Although few in number, these villas are special by virtue of their downtown location but quiet atmosphere. It is actually rare that one of these villas comes available due to how desirable the property is. The townhouse style villas have paver driveways, private courtyards and attached garages.
Just down Palm Avenue are the residences at the Frances Carlton, a community which harkens back to the early years of Sarasota in charm and elegance. Built in 1924, it still boasts many original features in its 21 units. Unlike many condos downtown, the units are exclusively 1 BR, and also allow pets. The grounds are well kept behind wrought iron gates, and a community pool is available to residents. Stepping into the Frances Carlton is like stepping back in time.
Palm Avenue is one of those streets that you can walk down and are inspired to slow down and actually look into windows as you pass them. In a world of chain stores and franchises, Sarasota's downtown is a refreshing , eclectic mix of original galleries, locally owned bistros and unique shopping destinations. Palm Avenue is no exception, and is a great destination in and of itself. The Palm Avenue Gallery Walks on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm, where you can enjoy gallery openings and live entertainment.
About a block over is the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront Park and the Selby Botanical Gardens. All Main Street shopping and dining is a short stroll away.