Arlington Park Transformation Hums South of Downtown


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 15th, 2016 – Development is fast picking up at Arlington Park in 2016, a community just south of Sarasota downtown where some property developers are undertaking several infill projects. Many are buying old houses for demolition as well to give way to new and larger builds as fresh additions to the stock of Sarasota homes for sale.

With these new developments, Arlington Park is well on its way towards transforming itself from a domain of old, nondescript suburban homes to that of a chic neighborhood. One factor which some old-time residents have observed as driving this transformation was the significant sell-out by “absentee landlords” recently and the influx of new homeowners.

New Demographics Settling In

Arlington Park Transformation Hums South of Downtown

Arlington Park, which was originally a middle-class neighborhood populated by office workers, nurses, and teachers, has attracted artists and intellectuals over the years, as well as baby boomers and young couples lately. Importantly, the old-time residents, glad as they are that the new developments are driving their properties’ values, are not bothered by the neighborhood’s transformation and the new demographics it is drawing.

The current choices of Sarasota homes for sale in Arlington Park still includes some of its original residences. At its La Linda Terrace neighborhood, there is a vintage Key West style home currently available at an asking price in the high $200s, featuring a floor area of 1,468 square feet.

Spec and Pre-construction Choices

However, the main source of excitement nowadays in La Linda Terrace which claims the corridors of Arlington, Hillview, and Hawthorne Streets, are its pre-construction homes having floor plans of about 2,500 square feet and priced around the $600s. A La Linda Terrace spec home finished in 2015, designed with four bedrooms and two baths within a floor area 2,356 square feet, has also been listed just this June with a tag price in the $500s amongst Sarasota homes for sale.

Their proximity to the Sarasota downtown is not only what attracts many prospective buyers of Arlington Park homes for sale. This community too has a mother lode of amenities which would surely be a delight particularly to young families.

Schools and Park Attractions

Two excellent school districts—Southside and Alta Vista—cover Arlington Park’s locality.

A park namesake to this community, which the city built in in 1979, is conveniently located at 2650 Waldemere Street, offering country-club type amenities. Available in this park besides its playground and courts for basketball, racquetball and tennis, are a 50-meter lap pool and a 25-yard instructional pool. Residents have also easy access to its well-equipped indoor gym, a half-mile walking trail, picnic area, and a dog park. Likewise readily accessible are the nearby recreational activities, sports and fitness facilities at the local YMCA on the corner of Euclid and Bahia Vista.

Superb Walkability

In the final analysis though, proximity to the downtown is the strongest primer to the transformation of Arlington Park. With commuting as an ever-increasing concern for residents of Sarasota’s suburbs, this community poses a logical alternative as it is but five minutes away from the life and leisure delights of the downtown district.

In fact, those living in the northern edge of Arlington Park are actually within walking distance to Main Street and downtown’s arterial roads that host many businesses and potential employment opportunities. Even better, one of the region’s biggest employers, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is just across the street from this community reasserting itself as a delightful destination in searches of Sarasota homes for sale.