Discover classic Sarasota in Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores. For most local residents, Indian Beach begins at Whitaker Bayou and traveling north on Bayshore Boulevard ends at Sapphire Shores and the Ringling Museum. What you will notice above all are the beautiful trees; towering oaks everywhere dripping with Spanish Moss and providing neighborhood charm hard to find in newer neighborhoods. Along the way you will also notice beautiful vistas of Sarasota Bay. This classic Sarasota community is situated just north of downtown Sarasota nestled between the bay and U.S. 41.
From one end of the neighborhood to the other you will find one of the most eclectic collection of homes in town. From modest bungalows built in the early 1900's, to stunning Spanish homes built in the 1920's Ringling Era, to Sarasota School of Architecture homes built in mid-century and magnificent mansions of a grand scale fronting Sarasota Bay. In fact there are homes from every decade in the last century. In addition, you will find just about any home style available. And in almost any price range. In the last six months homes have sold from $99,900 to $2,920,000!
The area is rich in history. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the United States Government built Fort Armistead here in the 1840's. The fort and the military stationed there played a significant part in the Seminole wars. Today nothing of the fort remains. In 1865 Confederate Vice President Judah Benjamin escaped to the Bahamas and on to Great Britain from Whitaker Bayou.
When John and Mable Ringling relocated to the area they built their home, Ca d Zan and the John and Mable Ringling Museum. Many of the beautiful Spanish-styled homes of the era remain today. After the real estate bust in the later 1920's development was virtually non-existent until World War II when many of the cottages and bungalows were built. Newer homes were built in the years since, creating one of the most unique communities in the Sarasota area.
Today the community is home to a wonderful selection of residents. You will find business professionals, artists and performers, professors, retirees, students and many others. One thing they all have in common is a love for this wonderful community. Ask anyone who lives here and they will probably tell you they wouldn't live anywhere else.
Currently listed homes for sale in the Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores neighborhoods range in price from $125,000 to $9,900,000. With this variety of pricing, there really is something for everyone.