In Spanish, the word alameda means “a place surrounded by poplar trees;” it is often reserved for wide, quiet streets with ample sidewalks and mature trees with thick canopies that provide generous shade. This is a perfect description for Alameda Avenue in Sarasota, a historic subdivision that is one of Southwest Florida’s most coveted addresses.
Alameda Avenue begins at the northern edge of Whitaker Bayou and connects with Indian Beach Drive to the north. This used to be a quiet fishing village until real estate development began in 1920. House hunters can find a diversity of residential architecture that reflects the Southwest Florida home styles throughout the 20th century. Reasonably priced bungalows and Florida ranch-style homes compete next to impressive waterfront mansions overlooking the Sarasota Bay.
Real estate in Alameda Avenue can be found anywhere from $350,000 for a bungalow to $10M for a 7,000 square foot waterfront mansion with private dock space; luxury listings tend to be more active. Although this subdivision is a mere three-minute drive away from downtown Sarasota, residents here enjoys more peace and privacy than those living in gated communities thanks to the mature oak trees and lush landscaping.
Lovers of the arts and culture will feel right at home in Alameda Avenue due to their proximity to the downtown Sarasota and its many art galleries, museums and performance spaces. Sarasota is, after all, the cultural capital of the Sunshine State. Beachgoers have beautiful Sarasota barrier islands to choose from: Lido, Longboat and Siesta Key. Active residents have many opportunities for golf, tennis and outdoor activities.
Families who settle in Alameda Avenue can send their children to Gocio Elementary, Booker Middle and Booker High, which are part of the respected Sarasota County Public Schools District. A number of prestigious private academies are also located nearby. This is a very pedestrian neighborhood with a number of amenities such as the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy and waterfront Centennial Park within walking distance. Restaurants and grocery stores are also just a few blocks away.
Alameda Avenue in Sarasota – Homes for Sale
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