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Many come to Sarasota County and choose to never leave. Ranked in 2016 as the best city in Florida for jobs by, and the "it" city in the Sunshine State by Houstonia, this destination has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike.

Real estate options include condominiums overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Mexico, colorful bungalows near urban parks, shopping and dining districts and enormous ranch-style houses east of I-75. Whether shopping for luxury or affordability, the numerous options ensure your Sarasota County home fits the lifestyle of your dreams!

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Rich Architectural History

When you first visit Sarasota County, you might notice several homes and buildings uniquely designed with a clean, simple style that integrates well with the surrounding elements and natural habitats. This iconic, mid-century modernist design was developed in the years after World War II by a group of Sarasota-based architects who include the famed Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell and Victor Lundy. These architects had an impact on architecture globally — but few cities have maintained its buildings or integrated the design into public structures and homes.

Sarasota County even has a festival to celebrate this style of architecture, called the SarasotaMOD Week[end]. Running in the fall, this festival features guided tours of homes and building as well as presentations by prominent architects, authors, critics and designers. 

Mid-Century architecture isn't the only prevalent theme throughout the area. Several houses and downtown building have also incorporated renaissance architecture that was introduced to the Sarasota area in the 1920s during the Florida Land Boom. Residences still standing, from simple bungalows, to John Ringling's mansion, the Ca' d'Zan, are prime examples of this style.

Renaissance architecture is especially popular in Venice, Florida. City Planner John Nolen's legacy lives on through the historic and Venetian-themed districts of the city that require buildings to adhere to this Northern Italian Renaissance-Style.

Chic Living and Comfort

Sarasota County may well be undergoing another boom. Out east in Lakewood Ranch, past I-75, a new community called Lakewood Ranch Waterside is under construction and will feature 5,144 residential units.

Though a short drive from Sarasota's downtown, these residential units, ranging from apartments to large family homes, will be built around an urban core with an abundance of lakeside waterfrount restaurants and shops. You will even be able to take water taxis across these lakes.

Sarasota County's fastest growing city is North Port. Near Englewood and Venice, North Port is a place for young families to enjoy weekends at parks, paddle trips down canals, and biking excursions through nature. There are a bevy of available housing options, including open lots to build your dream home that are only a short drive to the beach or perched on a canal with access to some of Florida's best fishing waters. 

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