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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Coastal Living Magazine Names Venice in Top 10 List

Venice, Florida has been named a top place for living on the Coast by Tracy Minkin of Coastal Living Magazine for 2020. 

GULF STAR
Talk about a place ready for its moment in the sun (all 252 days a year of it).

This resort-forward little city of 23,376—a low-key beauty on the Gulf with Mediterranean architecture and 14 miles of bone-white beaches—has just emerged from a yearlong beautification project in its historic downtown.

New rows of tall palms shade upgraded sidewalks (with ADA-compliant curbs), while median strips lush with hibiscus, jatropha, and jasmine add tropical verve to Venice's lively center for food, drink, shopping, and arts. (It's home to one of the largest community theaters…

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Sarasota by Food Category According to TripAdvisor®

Sarasota is known for her large variety of Restaurants by Foodies from around the world! Sarasota has grown over the years to become a dinners delight with over 1,400 restaurants. I have been told there are more restaurants per capita than any other city in Florida.

From Seafood to Mexican to Italian to Barbecue to Thai, to Chinese, TripAdvisor® has collected a list with reviews of the top Sarasota Restaurants arranged by categories featuring Community Picks, Moderately Priced, Fine Dinning, Local Cuisine, Lunch and Cheap Eats.     

To See the Complete List Visit:       The 10 BEST Restaurants in Sarasota, Florida by TripAdvisor®

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SaraSellsSarasota.com Launches Full Service Real Estate Brokerage

Sara and Greg Leicht open a full-service Sarasota real estate brokerage firm.

SARASOTA, Florida (August 18, 2017) SaraSellsSarasota.com is now a full-service brokerage serving Sarasota real estate from its new office in Palmer Ranch.

SaraSellsSarasota.com Open for BusinessProviding a boutique customer experience, SaraSellsSarasota.com is no longer just a website destination. Greg Leicht, Managing Broker and Sara Leicht, REALTOR offer a combined 28 years of Sarasota real estate expertise. Working with buyers and sellers from Longboat Key to Venice, downtown Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and everything in between; waterfront, gulf front, gated community, country club and condominium living.

Specializing in personalized…

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The Sarasota/Manatee counties have been ranked as the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States according to the most recent US Census Data Report from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016 with an increase of over 20,400 new residents. 

Here is the recent article that appeared on our local newspaper the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on March 23, 2017 as written by Staff Writer Dale White.

By Dale White
Staff Writer at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota-Manatee area saw its overall population expand from 768,013 to 788,457 a boost of 20,444 residents, more than enough to populate a small city. 

Sarasota and Manatee counties rank as the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States, new census data shows.

Punta…

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Once again Sarasota is nationally recognized, this time by Vogue.com contributing editor Christina Perez in her April 2017 article.  Sarasota continues to stand out as a desirable destination to visit and live with articles like this one along with continued praises such as “Sarasota surpassed every other major Florida market on U.S. News’ list of top places to live in the nation” and “Siesta Key Beach being named the No. 1 Beach in the United States in 2015”.

Perfect Beaches, Mid-Century Charm: Is This Florida's Best Kept Secret?

April 13, 2017 by Christina Perez

Little known fact: Sarasota, Florida is home to some of the country’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture. You might not notice it at first—it’s not…

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The following article was written by Maggie Menderski of the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 6, 2016

Sarasota Ranks Among Top US Food Cities

By Maggie Menderski
Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sarasota has a habit of filling its trophy case, and its latest accolade comes from its ability to fill stomachs.

Conde Nast Traveler this week named Sarasota among the best food cities in the United States. The list of 15 dining hotspots originated from Conde Nast’s annual readers’ choice survey.

Sarasota came in as the top city in Florida, ranking at No. 14. Palm Beach, at No. 15, was the only other Sunshine State city listed. Charleston, South Carolina, ranked No. 1 followed by New Orleans at No. 2 and New York City at No. 3.

Top US Food…

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Florida Trend's September 2015  issue featured an article about Sarasota by Amy Martinez. 

Amy writes, " Sarasota's size, good schools and arts infrastructure are attracting a young 'creative class' of workers and entrepreneurs for whom quality-of-life considerations are paramount in deciding where to live and work "

EVOLUTION
by Amy Martinez

Traditionally, Sarasota and its economy have been defined by a large population of affluent retirees, highly rated beaches and a vibrant arts, scene - the legacy of, among others, circus legend John Ringling and his wife, Mable.  Ringling settled in Sarasota full time after years of visiting on vacation and left his mansion with its large art collection to the state of Florida when he died in 1936. 

The…

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Sara Leicht is an experienced Sarasota Real Estate Agent who has worked with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty and recently started her own full service real estate brokerage SaraSellsSarasota.com, with her husband Greg Leicht, Managing Broker.  While Sara was with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices she ranked as the #3 agent in the state out of the 1,800 Florida agents and 43 offices.

As a Sarasota Real Estate Agent, Sara Leicht works out of her Palmer Ranch office which lets her cover Palmer Ranch, Sarasota and Her Islands.  The Palmer Ranch office is in the perfect location for easy access to Palmer Ranch, The Oaks Country Club, Casey Key, Nokomis/Osprey, Siesta Key, West of the Trail, and is about a 10 minute drive to Downtown Sarasota.…

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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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