Housing Development Catches Up in Historic Laurel Park


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 13th, 2016 – Rarely seen in recent years, a historic district vied for market attention along with newer developments in the Manatee and Sarasota counties’ Parade of Homes, with a project in Laurel Park amongst the eight featured communities in this annual builders’ showcase unveiled in February‒March of 2016.

Billed as “The Homes of Laurel Park,” this project sits in a site of nearly 3 acres near Burns Court south of downtown Sarasota. Its developer, Nokomis-based Legacy Builders on the West Coast, said that Sarasota homes for sale rising in this community are bringing a contemporary touch to their historic neighborhood.

Boutique Homes in Old District

Housing Development Catches Up in Historic Laurel Park

The Homes of Laurel Park is located between Oak Street and Devonshire Lane and is platted for 19 single family homes, with expected project build-out in two years. An award-winning builder, Legacy is known for its boutique home builds. For its Laurel Park community, it is offering customizable designs featuring the latest in home technology and energy efficiency.

These design choices include coastal contemporary and British West Indies styles as well as a modern home rendering from Mark Saltana of DSDG Architects. The Homes of Laurel Park features a retention system utilizing bio-swales, which Legacy explained are used to remove pollutants and silt from surface runoff water. This system works through the vegetation and rocks positioned as filters in the slightly sloped sides of the property’s swales drainage areas.

Sarasota homes for sale in this Legacy’s Laurel Park project come in house and lot packages starting in the mid-$700s. The builds here range in size from a single-story home design with 1,462 square feet to a two-story residence having a floor area of 2,740 square feet. The model which Legacy built in time for the 2016 Parade of Homes is the latter floor plan, designed with three bedrooms and currently listed the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale with a tag price approaching $1.7 million.

New Bayfront Neighborhood near Art Museum

The Legacy Builders is also behind the new bayfront development called Bellora in north Sarasota, which was likewise a featured community in this year’s Parade of Homes. This project is programmed for 23 residences, and it emerged as the best overall amongst the Parade’s entries for communities with fewer than 50 home sites.

The price of a pre-construction home in this community is quoted at $1.02 million, featuring three bedrooms and two baths within a floor area of nearly 2,700 square feet. Bellora is located near the Museum Ringling of Art, also amongst the endearing districts closely tied with Sarasota’s history.

Granada Park, another old community south of downtown, is having its share of new home construction too. A home model that Legacy likewise entered in this year’s Parade of Homes is located in this prime neighborhood located in the coveted West of the Trail locality.

Called the “The Tortuga,” this is a cottage-style home model which features a floor area of nearly 3,100 square feet. Priced at close to $1.1 million, this two-story residence is green-certified and flaunts an open floor plan designed with four bedrooms and four baths, in addition to a loft and flex room.