Indian Beach Sapphire Shores in Sarasota is situated just north of the downtown district, right at the beginning of the museum district and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This is where home shoppers looking for the most spectacular and exclusive real estate in Sarasota should begin their search.
Circus magnate John Ringling was not originally from Sarasota, but he fell in love with the burgeoning city during the World War I era. Sapphire Shores was Ringling’s choice to build his Venetian Gothic Cá d’Zan palatial home. His deep love for the Renaissance, European culture and the arts transformed Sarasota from a fishing village to a major center for the arts. Cá d’Zan and the Ringling museum are the most prominent features of the Sapphire Shores neighborhood, but they are not the only attractions.
Every home in Sapphire Shores contributes to the rich architectural history of Sarasota. There really is something for everyone in terms of floor plan design and pricing at Sapphire Shores. A cozy Mediterranean-style home from the 1920s, with two bedrooms and one bathroom and measuring 894 square feet, can be negotiated for $234,500. A modern five-bedroom mansion built on 7,009 square feet and featuring sweeping vistas of the Sarasota Bay and its barrier islands can be found listed for $3.95 million.
Living at Sapphire Shores means being surrounded by living history and John Ringling’s cultural legacy. Sarasota’s premier museums are just a short walk away. The downtown district is also within walking distance. School-age residents can attend Emma E. Booker Elementary, Booker Middle or Booker High Schools. Residents have access to their own boat basin, kayak launch, small stretch of beach, and a park where they can enjoy the same spectacular sunsets that inspired John Ringling to make Sapphire Shores his home in Sarasota.
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