Longboat Key, Florida | January 8th, 2020 If we are to choose some of the most iconic landmarks of Sarasota, Five Points in the heart of downtown should easily come out among those on top. Both residents and visitors could easily agree on this choice, given the charming features in this area where five thoroughfares converge (hence, the area’s name). Here, the two doglegs of Main Street meet with Central Avenue as well as with North and South Pineapple Avenues. In August 2011, a roundabout was completed where these thoroughfares meet to provide for easier and safer traffic, especially for pedestrians. The well-landscaped roundabout also eliminated the unsightly traffic lights formerly installed at Five Points.
This downtown Sarasota hub is most popular though for its lush and leafy Shelby Five Points Park which flaunts several public art displays contributing to the city’s aesthetics. The park likewise occasionally hosts specials events, such as the city’s traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony. In recent years, the Market at Five Points was also held at this park every Wednesday from November to April. It is ran by the same group handling the Sarasota Farmers Market each Saturday of the week on Lemon Avenue.
Just adjacent north of the park is another local attraction—the Selby Public Library—the largest in Sarasota County. It is not only known for its extensive collection of books and other reference materials in various subjects. The library is also known for its various free program and events for the youth and adults.
In addition to the library, there many downtown shops and dining destinations in the Five Points area. This neighborhood is likewise host to the Sarasota Opera House on North Pineapple Avenue. Opened in 1926, this historic theatre offers more besides cultural performances. It also holds school programs, a summer camp, and outreach projects.
Cornerstone of Growth
Much of Sarasota’s urban growth, it could be said, revolved around Five Points. Significantly, the city’s first skyscraper—the First Bank and Trust Building—that was constructed during the 1920s on the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street. After several ownership changes, this building was eventually demolished to give way to the construction of a mixed-use condominium building—Plaza at Five Points. This condominium was developed as a high-rise sporting a Neo-classical architectural design. Plaza at Five Points, definitely one of downtown Sarasota’s signature condominiums, was completed in 2005. It has 52 residential condos, and these were set from the 11th floor up to the 17th floor of the building. Four penthouses, one of which our Judy Kepecz-Hays team recently listed, occupy the top floor. The other residential floors of the building have been laid out with eight condos each. Commercial and business establishments take the spaces from the ground floor up to the ninth floor.
Iconic Condo Perks
The features of Plaza at Five Points are archetypal of mixed-use downtown Sarasota condominiums. Its residents have a private entrance lobby separate from that of the condominium’s commercial tenants. Three high-speed passenger elevators, plus one service lift, serve the condo’s residents exclusively. Other residential amenities include a luxurious clubroom with a grand view of Sarasota Bay. It provides many amenities such as an entertainment center, a wet bar, fireplace and catering kitchen. Purchase of a condo in the Plaza at Five Points is also bundled with these amenities: a swimming pool with a sundeck a gazebo, and grill area; a modern fitness center and spa; boardroom/library; a garden terrace; and guest suites.