The sunny city of Sarasota is located just south of Tampa on Florida’s glistening Gulf Coast. Equally historic as it is modern, Sarasota offers an endless list of top-rated restaurants, beaches and cultural amenities. It has even been ranked as the #1 city in Florida to live, according to World Report and US News. Still not convinced? Check out this list of the top 10 reasons to live in Sarasota and prepare to be amazed.

1. Weather

Sarasota is a daily paradise for native-Floridians and a winterless wonderland for snow birds. With yearly temperatures being at an average high of 82°F, you really can’t complain about the weather when you live in Sarasota.

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2. Beaches

With beautiful weather comes beautiful beaches. Sarasota has world-renowned white sand beaches, such as Siesta Beach and Lido Key Beach. In fact, Siesta Beach was named the #1 beach in the US on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice!

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3. Parks & Wildlife

If you enjoy spending time outdoors amongst nature and wildlife, Sarasota is the place for you. Spend an afternoon admiring the vibrant flora at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens or learning about environmental protection at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

4. Leisure Activities

With a number of activities and tours offered year-round in Sarasota, you never have to give up a fun weekend outing. Go golfing, boating, fishing, or explore the old Drum Circle Distillery for a taste of Sarasota’s finest spiced rum! Check out the weekly downtown farmers’ markets or go shopping at The Mall at University Town Center.

5. Wine & Dine

Did you know Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants in all of Florida? That’s quite impressive. From The Ritz’ Jack Dusty for a range of fresh seafood to the award-winning Michael’s On East for mouthwatering filet mignon, your date night dinner options are endless.

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6. Real Estate

Condos, townhomes, waterfront estates. You name it, Sarasota has it. Whether you’re looking to upsize, downsize or invest, Sarasota has a range of real estate at various price points. Sarasota’s island communities like Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Lido Key offer beachy residences while the downtown core has sophisticated new constructions, such as Orange Club in Burns Square, (condos start at $525,900, townhomes start at $849,900) and ONE88 Residences on Golden Gate Point (starting from $2,899,000).

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7. History

In 1927, John Ringling moved the headquarters of his family’s famous circus to Sarasota. The rest is history. Sarasota is known for its connection to the Ringling family and the mark they left on the city. Beyond that, Sarasota is recognized for its Mediterranean-inspired architecture, as seen in the Cà d’Zan residence. Sarasota’s history has made for a culturally rich present.

8. Arts & Culture

Art is the heart of Sarasota. Sarasota is home to world-class visual and performing art venues, including The Sarasota Ballet, The John and Mable Ringling Museum, the Sarasota Opera House and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

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9. Schools

One of the most important things about a city is its ability to develop, protect and educate children. Sarasota has 56 public elementary, middle and high schools and 36 private schools. Four high schools have been ranked as “Best High School” by World Report and US News.

10. Location

Sarasota is perfectly situated. Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay may be Florida’s bigger destinations, but with all that recognition comes crowds. Sarasota is within a convenient day drive from these locations but it offers a more tranquil and tropical vibe. Bonus: the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is only 10 minutes from downtown – perfect for jetting away.

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Are you ready to call Sarasota home? For new home opportunities in downtown Sarasota, please contact Dyrk Dahl at (941) 320-7373 or Gwen Kruse at (941) 724-0740 of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

Ranked as the #1 city in Florida to live