Looking Back at Sarasota’s Remarkable Growth
Posted by adminluy in Arts and Culture 25 Jun 2020
|In 1982, I earned my Real Estate license while working in sales at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort . The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort was half condominium, half hotel. Clients could purchase condos as low as $40,000, they could access it for 30 days out of the year, and for the remainder of the time, their property would be used as a hotel rental.|
|Things were different in Sarasota; Nick Bollettieri, the well-known tennis coach in today’s society, was just a young pro running a small academy at The Colony, which is what ultimately brought tennis to the center of the community’s business plan.|
Bollettieri pioneered the concept of a tennis boarding school and created Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy which eventually was purchased by IMG creating IMG Academy , one of the top sports training facilities in the world right here in our backyard.
|As for the rest of the city, Lakewood Ranch and Palmer Ranch were active ranches not yet desirable communities. Downtown Sarasota living came at a high price, and it was merely a dream rather than a reality for the majority of home buyers. The popular communities to live in at the time were the Bobby Jones and Bent Tree golf course resorts.|
|Aerial View Hospital, 1975|
|Aerial view looking east over Lido Key, 1970|
|Photos provided by Florida Memory|
|Today, things are drastically different throughout all of Sarasota. Downtown continues to grow at a rapid pace. It’s now an attainable place to live, learn, work, retire, and thrive. It has an authentic urban feel, as restaurants, entertainment, and art attractions are always just a short walk away.|
Downtown’s up-and-coming living space, The Bay , will soon be an iconic destination for bayfront exploration and conservation. This area will include a new amphitheater, performing arts center, an event lawn, multiple gardens, an area to launch kayaks, and a full, public park for simply enjoying the outdoors.
Existing and new residences that will let you live right next to this amazing, upcoming space include Beau Ciel, BLVD Sarasota, Epoch, Auteur, and the Ritz-Carlton residence to name a few.
|As Sarasota continues to grow, so do the variety of options from living on the water, golf courses, an urban downtown, and gorgeous gated communities that provide all the amenities within your neighborhood community.|
Longboat Key, for example, is great for a relaxing resort feel and endless afternoons on the golf course. Siesta Key is perfect for long walks through crystal sands. Bird Key owners enjoy their daily walk to the Ringling Museum. Those looking for a lakefront, luxury home will enjoy time spent in Country Club East of Lakewood Ranch and Palmer Ranch is perfect for those seeking an active lifestyle surrounded by nature.
With its perfect weather, ample dining and entertainment options, and beautiful beaches, Sarasota is a city that truly has the ideal place for every buyer. Throughout my years in real estate, the city has just gotten better and better. No matter the type home you’re seeking, I would be happy to help you find the perfect fit.
|Joining the Michael Saunders Team in 1987|
|Newspaper Clipping from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune|