Neighborhood Perks Bloom at University Parkway Corridor


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 6th, 2016 – More choices on neighborhood urban amenities promise to add to the perks of Sarasota homes for sale in Longwood Run and other residential communities around the University Parkway corridor, following recent a rezoning of a parcel at this road’s junction with Honore Avenue.

This rezoning, approved in January 2016 by the Sarasota County commissioners, paves the way for the development of University Station, a commercial real estate project of Georgia-based SJ Collins Enterprises. Planned uses for the property include square footage for a grocery store, restaurant, gas station and convenience store, with Whole Foods, Wawa and Zoës Kitchen proposed to fill these slots.  

This project eventually panning out would further diversify choices of commercial outlets along this stretch of the University Parkway which is already a popular destination in searches of Sarasota homes for sale. The existing retail shops operating near this road’s intersection with Honore include The Fresh Market, Target Supermarket, and Home Depot, while outlets of Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carraba’s Italian Grill and World of Beer are also in this area. A short drive south, the options extend to the various offerings at the Mall at the University Town Center.

Strong Community Support

Neighborhood Perks Bloom at University Parkway Corridor

Sarasota Commission Chairman Alan Maio and the majority of the commissioners approved the rezoning despite caution from the county’s environmental staff that the parcel in question is part of a wetland. One environmental consultant contended though that while this wetland had historically been contributory to the Braden watershed, this is no longer the case as where it is now is an urban environment.

The situation here is of an isolated wetland, one commissioner said, adding that area around the site has already been designated for commercial use. Significantly, local residents have also expressed strong support for the rezoning during the project’s public hearings and via e-mails to the commissioners.

Pitch for Affordable Homes

M/I Homes is one developer with reason to applaud the proposed University Station as its new residential development, Muirfield, is just south of the planned commercial property. A gated community, this neighborhood consists of 63 Southern Florida-style townhomes designed with either two or three bedrooms. The pricing here is quite attractive, with units starting in the $240s.

A new commercial area in the University Parkway‒Honore intersection should likewise help sharpen market focus on the resale homes in Longwood Run. Located just a short distance west of the planned SJ Collins project, available pre-owned Longwood Run residences often include affordably priced single family homes. These are typically sales-listed amongst Sarasota homes for sale in the $200s up to the $500s, featuring three to four bedrooms within floor plans of 1,500 up to 2,500 square feet.

There are also maintenance-free, pre-owned townhouses in this community, such as those at Magnolia Place. This neighborhood is likewise a domain of attractively priced Sarasota homes for sale with price tags in the $100s for units having two bedrooms and floor plans of 954 square feet.

Besides their attractive pricing, Sarasota homes for sale in these neighborhoods are convenient to The Longwood Athletic Club which has facilities for tennis and basketball in addition to playgrounds and pavilions for rent. Definitely family-friendly, these communities also enjoy proximity to the University Parkway branch of Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care Center, the Nathan Benderson Park’s world-class rowing facility and the Emma E. Booker Elementary School district.