Harbor Acres is one of Sarasota’s prime city neighborhoods coveted for their idyllic location between the bay and the Tamiami Trail. Referred in the local real estate circle as “West of the Trail,” this community’s area is just minutes away from downtown Sarasota and at the same time hosts many of the city’s amenities as well. The corridor of South Orange Avenue, which borders Harbor Acres, serves as the community’s link to the city center.
Harbor Acres is a post-World War II development platted with 171 home sites meticulously laid out in the natural peninsulas within the property. Its canals were dredged and widened to make these waterways navigable for large boats. The lots in this community range in size from one-third of an acre to a full acre, and over half of these sits on the waterfront.
Inland and Waterfront Mix
There are three main sections at Harbor Acres, two of which comprise the waterfront residences clustered at Harbor Drive and at Hillview Street and its appending Vista Drive. The third section generally consists of the inland houses including those along the row fronting Orange Avenue.
Many of the community’s inland residences are original builds in Harbor Acres, custom Florida ranches that have been expanded and updated over the years. Plenty of the first homes in the community have also been torn down to give way to new construction.
Harbor Acres homes for sale which are of newer vintage would typically be found on Harbor Drive. For mansions, prospective buyers can try searching for available listings at Vista Drive which has larger lots and abound with taller trees.
Top MLS Listings
As could be expected, many of Sarasota’s priciest sales listings could be found at Harbor Acres. Going into the 2018 selling season, a pre-construction residence in this community was put on the market for $6.2 million. This bayfront residence features a floor plan of 6,425 square feet designed with five bedrooms, five full baths and a half-bath.
A four-bedroom waterfront residence built in 1991 at Harbor Acres was likewise sales-listed in December 2017 for $3.29 million, attuned with the perky mood of the luxury segment of Sarasota homes for sale. At the lower price range, an inland residence built in the 1970s with a floor area of about 1,600 square feet featuring two bedrooms and two baths would typically be priced around the $700s.
Values of Harbour Acres properties get an added boost from their proximity to the Hillview District. This locality, which is also popularly known as the Flower Streets, hosts several classy clubs, shops and dining venues. Alternative choices are also just east of Harbor Acres at the Southside Village.
The health care facilities of Sarasota Memorial Hospital are likewise close to Harbor Acres. In fact, many of the doctors in this hospital have settled in this community to the point that Sarasota old-timers often refer to this neighborhood as “Doctors’ Acres.” Be that as it may, Harbor Acres has also attracted plenty of top company executives, businessmen, professionals, empty-nesters and retirees drawn by this community’s bayfront charm and idyllic character.