Historic Downtown Village Makeover


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June, 30, 2013 – Residents of a small community in Sarasota, Florida, have transformed their charming neighborhood in recent years, creating yet another quaint local attraction for prospective buyers searching for Sarasota homes for sale near the city center, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports. Presenting itself as the Historic Downtown Village of Sarasota, this community is a cluster of small cottages circa the 1920s supposedly built for the Ringling Brothers’ circus workers.

The transformation of this neighborhood, located along Fruitville Road, bordered by U.S. 301 in the east and Osprey Avenue to the west, began with the opening of a restaurant, the Breakfast House, about three years ago. This came after a Suncoast couple purchased and started remodeling the cottages, a makeover that has erased the shady reputation which the area had acquired prior to its recent transformation.

Authentic Peruvian cuisine

One by one, a new owner took over each cottage, converting them into shops each flaunting their own unique character. Notably, all the shop owners are ladies. Besides the Breakfast House, there’s also another restaurant in the village—the Canta Rana which offers authentic Peruvian dishes. Its owner, Diana Durand, is the Culinary Adventure Club’s ambassador of Peruvian cuisine in Sarasota and is the restaurant’s chef herself.

Other establishments in the Historic Downtown Village of Sarasota include these shops and galleries: Accessorize, the Artful Giraffe, Everyday Baby, the Fickle Fish, Lavenders, and Embellishments. The Cookie Cottage, a made-to-order cookie/dessert company, and the Soho Downtown Hair Salon also hold fort in the downtown village. This April, a 4th Friday monthly festivity was launched at the community, an event similar to the art walk held each first Friday of the month at Sarasota downtown’s historic Palm Avenue.

Historic community clusters

Available homes can be found within a one-mile radius or so of the Historic Downtown Village. At its Fruitville Road stretch, Sarasota Bay Real Estate notes one listing with two bedrooms and a bath within a floor area of about 1,000 square feet priced in the high $200s. A short distance north of the village is Gillespie Park, a neighborhood which also had a facelift with its homes repainted in bright colors, reminiscent of the colorful, stately homes in one of the hillsides of San Francisco.  Available properties at Gillespie Park start at under the $100s with offerings at the high $400s at the upper end, having floor areas of up to 4,000 square feet.

Real estate sales

Burns Court and Laurel Park are two other nearby neighborhoods toward the southwest of the village. The MLS of Sarasota homes for sale currently feature an available property at Burns Court. This listing consists of two renovated downtown buildings with a total floor area 1,300 square feet priced at the mid-$600s. Three-bedroom options are also typically listed at the Burns Court Villas at asking prices in the high $500s.

At historic Laurel Park, the offerings can include homes of 1920s vintage as well as residences of more contemporary builds. A home built in 2009 is the sole current listing in this community, featuring three bedrooms and three baths within its floor area of 1,500-plus square feet at an asking price in the high $400s.