This Sunny City Is the Best Place to Retire in America

Florida cities swept the top four spots — but only one could be the winner.
By Patricia Doherty December 23, 2020

If spending your retirement in a warm and sunny locale sounds good to you—and if you’re planning ahead for those days of leisure—you’ll be interested to know that a city in the Sunshine State was just named the best place to retire in America. In fact, in the recently released U.S. News and World Report’s 2020-2021 list of “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.,” Florida metro areas took 13 of the top 25 rankings.

Sarasota came in first place, followed by Fort Myers, Port St. Lucie, and Naples, sweeping the top four spots. Sarasota and Fort Myers dominated the list last…

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Palmer Ranch is now seeing a flurry of new home construction with 6 new Palmer Ranch neighborhoods being built. After taking a break from 2006 to 2011, builders such as Taylor Morrison and the PutleGroup are now busy clearing land and adding new neighborhoods to one of the most desirable areas of Sarasota.  Josh Salman of the Sarasota Herald Tribune recently wrote the following article.

By Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald Tribune June 1, 2015

The South is Rising. Stymied by the Great Recession, the Palmer Ranch are of southern Sarasota County is coming roaring back.

Southwest Florida's real estate boom has made its way to Palmer Ranch a master-planned community in southern Sarasota County marked by prestigious golf courses, wandering families of…

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The Sarasota County has released an interactive flood Mapping tool to help homeowners to determine if their property is in a flood zone as according to proposed preliminary FEMA high risk flood zones.

Sarasota Country Interactive Flood Map Tool

The Federal Emergency Management Agency –FEMA has been updating the nation’s flood maps known as “Flood Insurance Rate Maps” also known as FIRMs to reflect the current flood risks.

Flood risks can change overtime due to many factors including new community growth, erosion, and the addition and aging of flood control structures and systems. Areas that may have been at one time or another flood risk free may be now categorized into flood zones areas with the new maps. This may mean new mandatory flood…

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Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald Tribune recently published a great article about the Top Ten Luxury Home Sales for Sarasota in 2013 and who bought those homes.  The complete article is below with pictures from Michael Braga and the Herald Tribune.  Sarasota is such a great place to live and attacts people from all over.  Enjoy the Article!

Top Ten Luxury Home Sale in 2013
By Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A well-known comedienne, the founders of a military technology company, the chief executive of Sherwin Williams and two real estate developers were among the top 10 luxury home buyers in Manatee and Sarasota counties during 2013.  There also was a conveyor belt company owner and software developer.  But the largest contingent of…

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There are Four Bedroom Homes for Sale through-out Sarasota.  The question is what type of lifestyle are you looking for?

Sarasota offers all the different styles of living that you can imagine and in each of those areas there are always some 4 bedroom homes for sale.  Let me give you some examples of what Sarasota offers.

We have Equestrian Homes that are located East of I-75 which can still put you as close as 25 minutes to the beach,   Family Neighborhoods near great schools and convenient to shopping,  Country Club/Golf Course Neighborhoods giving you unlimited access to some of the finest golfing on the west coast of Florida  an Airpark Neighborhood for you and your airplane,   Waterfront Neighborhoods, and  four bedroom homes located on all of…

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Applying for a Florida Homestead Exemption is a simple process and can be done on-line or in person through the Sarasota County Appraisers office however, there are certain guidelines and dead line dates that you must be aware of in order to qualify. 

How to apply for a Florida Homestead Exemption

Florida Statute 196.031 specifies that every person who has legal title or beneficial title to real property in the State of Florida and makes the same their permanent residence in good faith, is eligible for this exemption entitlement. The law does not require you to reside at your property a minimum number of days every year in order to be a permanent resident.

Visit this link to view:      What is required to be a permanent Resident of Florida


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This home located at 3820 Prairie Dunes in the newest Home for Sale in the Country Club of Sarasota.  This is a spectacular home located directly on the golf course of Prestancia giving you great views.  Homes for sale in the Country Club of Sarasota typically give you privacy, well maintained homes and outstanding views of the Prestancia golf course.  This home enjoys all of the benefits of the Country Club of Sarasota and has been completely updated. 

Home for Sale in the Country Club of Sarasota

This is a 3 Bedroom and 3 Full Bathroom 2,060 sq. ft., pool home, with a southerly exposure.  If you are currently looking at all of the homes for Sale in the Country Club of Sarasota then you will find this home to be above the rest.  Here is a list of the recent upgrades that make this home so…

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This Condo is for sale in the Stoneybrook Country Club which is located in Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, Florida.  This is a first floor unit in the Veranda Greens section of the very desirable Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club gated community. 

Condo for Sale in the Stoneybrook Country Club

This Condo is located at 9540 High Gate Drive Unit #1411 and is on the market for $305,000.  This condo for sale in Stoneybrook Country Club is a beautiful end unit and is overlooking the Stoneybrook Golf Course.  You will enjoy watching the golfers from your enclosed lanai.  This condo has been meticulously maintained with a new AC unit, water heater and has been re-piped.  There is lots of living and closet space along with a one car garage.

If you are looking for an active, friendly, country club neighborhood in…

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Land for Sale in Sarasota, Florida 

There is still plenty of Land for sale in Sarasota, Florida.  If you would like to view all of the current available parcels of land for sale in Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas you are best to visit our Land for Sale page.  By clicking onto this link you will be able to view available land for sale in Sarasota and in other areas such as land for sale on Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bird Key, Casey Key, and other areas of Sarasota.

Please visit:  Sarasota Land for Sale – Lots for Sale in Sarasota


There are currently almost 500 pieces of land for sale in the Sarasota, Florida area.  Prices are ranging from just under $100,000 to over $12,000,000 for land.  These prices include land that is for sale on the bay of…

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Siesta Key Sunsets

Siesta Key Sunsets

Siesta Key Sunsets are spectacular.  We often enjoy going for long walks on the beach of Siesta Key and having Siesta Key on the west coast of Florida gives us breathtaking water sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.  Every time we are walking on the beach of Siesta Key you see rows and rows of people taking sunset pictures with their iphones, droids, small cameras, and very expensive large cameras on tri-pods. Siesta Key beach at sunset has become a very popular site for taking family pictures and for sunset weddings. 

Enjoy some of the latest pictures that I have taken of sunsets on Siesta Key. 





If you are thinking that you may want to enjoy this style of living on Siesta Key perhaps you would be interested in…

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