Gillespie Park in Sarasota has the distinction of being one of the most historic neighborhoods as well as one of the most affordable. Most single-family homes and multifamily units date back to the 1920s, and the Spanish-style architecture has been maintained across the community despite several renovations. Affordability and historic appeal are not the only attractive characteristics of Gillespie Park; its unique zoning allows some residences to double as offices for self-employed professionals such as architects, accountants, real estate agents, etc.
There are about 500 homes in Gillespie Park. Homeowners in this subdivision tend to hold on to their delightful cottages, bungalows and duplexes longer than average. Pricing starts at $165,000 for a small three-bedroom home built on 925 square feet. Even the most stately five-bedroom and three-bathroom residences are reasonable; they start at $265,000 for 2,240 square feet. White picket fences, French windows and front porches are common, and the neighborhood landscaping includes mature oak and pine trees that cover the boulevards and sidewalks with a cool shade.
Gillespie Park residents enjoy a public park right in the center of their subdivision. Amenities at this park include tennis courts, a large playground, a pavilion, and a pond. The neighborhood is within walking distance of Downtown Sarasota, which means that everything in terms of shopping, dining, entertainment, and culture is also just a short walk away. The public schools serving Gillespie Park students are Alta Vista Elementary, Booker Middle and Booker High.
Aside from being an attractive and affordable neighborhood, Gillespie Park also boasts a strong sense of community. To this effect, residents often get together to participate in social and cultural events.
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