Five Reasons I Love Living In Sarasota, FL!
There are many, many reasons why I love living in Sarasota and distilling them down to five is hard, but here are my Top Five in descending order:
5. The Climate and Location in Florida.
Having been raised in a frigid northern climate and being one who never had any love for cold weather or cold weather related activities, I fled to Florida immediately after graduate school many years ago and have never looked back. I love the climate here in Florida. We have mild, sunny winters with temperatures averaging in the 70s and warm, sultry summers with temperatures averaging in the 80s. I have always loved being near water where I never fail to find peace and serenity. Here in Sarasota we have water everywhere: Bays, inlets, rivers, bayous and the magnificent Gulf of Mexico. We have some of the best beaches anywhere including Siesta Key Beach, the Number One Beach in America!
4. There Is Always Something Happening.
What ever the time of year, there are always lots of Events Happening In Sarasota. You name it: Art Shows, Beach Runs, Rowing Marathons, Baseball Games, Antique Car Shows, the downtown Saturday Farmers Market as well as several other markets around the county, Sandsculpting Competitions, the Annual Chalk Festival, Motorcyle Runs, Circus Events, Music Festivals, Craft Shows, events at the Ringling or Selby Gardens, and on and on and on. If you can't find something you like to do you might as well just give up!
3. The Local History and Sense Of Place.
Although St. Augustine, FL was founded 450 years ago, most of Sarasota's history dates to the 1880s when a group of Scottish pioneers landed here. Of course Native Americans had been here for centuries, the Scottish settlers began the history of modern Sarasota. Once a misquito infested, unwelcoming place, today Sarasota is a thriving city. In the early 1900s the area was discovered by socialite Bertha Palmer. Soon after John and Mable Ringling came to town and capitalized on the 1920s building boom, changing the face of Sarasota forever with their magnicent , Ca' d'Zan , the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and a plethora of Mediterranean inspired homes and commercial buildings that are iconic examples of their time even today. In the 1950s and 60s the Sarsota School of Architecture established the mid-century modern look that is thriving today in homes and commercial buildings as well.
2. Culture, Culture, Culture.
Sarasota is considered the Number One Cultural City In America for a city of its size (current population of the city is around 53,000 with 720,000 in the metro area). We have many theatres including the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Florida Studio Theatre, the Players Theatre, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe and many, many more. There is also the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and many other entertainment venues. The art community is also thriving here. Many artists and musicians call Sarasota home. There are art galleries, musical events and more. For a city this size it is very rare to have a successful Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and Sarasota Orchestra. Many residents have relocated to Sarasota stricly for the culture.
1. The People and Sense Of Community.
I'm not sure what it is, but the Sarasota Area has some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. It may be the climate and water or the Spiritual Qualities of the area that draws people here, but there is something very different about Sarasota compared to any other place I've lived. For me, it's the people of this community and the friends I've made here. I wouldn't trade living in Sarasota for any other place on earth. That's why I've made it my home.