Here’s Why Retirees Pick Living in Sarasota


Longboat Key, Florida | April 10th, 2018 – Older folks love to live in Sarasota. This is a common thinking in our real estate market territory, and recent statistics have again proven it as correct.


Persons 65 years old and over in Sarasota constitute 35.4 percent of the county’s population of about 420,000 as of July 2017, recent U.S. Census data show. This percentage slice of older residents represents an increase from 31.2 percent in July 2010 and from the 33.2 percent estimate in 2015.


Continuing Inflow Seen


Here’s Why Retirees Pick Living in Sarasota - Judy Kepecz-Hays Selling Luxury Real EstateMore folks from the baby boomer generation are foreseen to settle in Sarasota, an expectation that has already led to the recent establishment of several new Sarasota communities geared for age 55-plus homebuyers. Population projections indicate that the percentage of county residents 65 and older would reach 40 percent by 2035.


This expectation is bolstered by a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking which put Sarasota in its list of the top 100 places to live in not only for seniors but also for other demographics.


More Warmth for Senior Years

Here’s Why Retirees Pick Living in Sarasota - Judy Kepecz-Hays Selling Luxury Real EstateThis rating, as in other past favorable reviews on living in Sarasota, again credits the local warm weather year round. This is a magnet particularly for home buyers from the colder northern states who prefer a warmer climate and a tropical environment in their senior years.


Equally attractive is living in some of Sarasota’s waterfront communities wherein boating and fishing are as easily accessible along with golf and other land-based leisure activities. One such opportunity is incidentally available in a residential property at the Country Club Shores that our Judy Kepecz-Hays team listed on the market just this March and with open houses on weekends of this April.


Abundant Activity Centers


For-sale residences like this are abundant not only on Longboat Key. The coastal areas of Sarasota and nearby barrier islands, like Siesta Key, also offer plenty of residential choices which enjoy proximity to pristine Gulf Coast beaches as well as world-class golf links.


The numerous parks and preserves of Sarasota also help build its stature as a prime U.S. destination for homebuyers. The recreational opportunities they provide range from kayaking via the lush mangrove tunnels of South Lido Beach to hiking on one of the many walking trails in destinations like Celery Fields, Rothenbach Park and Phillippi Estate Park.


Hubs for Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are elements too that contribute to the keen market interest on Sarasota’s housing market, especially on available properties at the downtown district. Empty-nesters or downsizing seniors, in particular will have their fill on choices of condos in the city center. These residences are just a distance from venues like the Burns Court Cinema, Ringling Museum, and the Van Wezel Hall of Performing Arts.

As appealing to prospective residential buyers, the Sarasota downtown provides a wide selection of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. On Saturday mornings, delightful fresh produce are available at the popular downtown farmers market.


Venues for Lifelong Learning


But more than these for retirees, Sarasota comes special because of a good selection of adult learning opportunities offered by outfits like the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy. Its courses are based primarily on a liberal arts curriculum and are non-credit.


Options on some 150 programs for adult enrichment are also offered at the Longboat Key Learning Center which attracts not only island residents but also those from the mainland. The center’s activities focuses not only on classroom sessions but also day trips and field trips to local places that has helped make Sarasota a leading U.S. retirement haven.


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