Similar to fashion, housing markets go through trends, but they tend to have more lasting effects. Smart home buyers know that catching the early waves of a housing trend can be extremely beneficial in terms of investment, and this is precisely what has been taking place in Rustic Lodge in Sarasota over the last few years.
Rustic Lodge is the northern section of the Arlington Park district, which is about 2.5 miles southeast of Downtown Sarasota. Even though this community is on the east side of Highway 41, it is being described as being an updated version of the “West-of-the-Trail” subdivisions. Until recently, a Rustic Lodge address did not have the same ring as an address in Gillespie Park, but that is changing very rapidly.
Development of Rustic Lodge started before 1930; it was actually the first section of Arlington Park to be zoned for residential use, and construction peaked in the 1960s. Even though the first home built in Rustic Lodge was a handsome Mediterranean estate, the architectural style and demographics changed through the years. Florida ranch-style homes dominated Rustic Lodge until a few neighbors decided to completely rebuild their properties in 2005.
Nowadays, you will not find any rustic lodges in this part of town. There may be a couple of old Florida ranches or bungalows left; if you find them listed at a reasonable price and you intend to fully remodel them, you could realize a very nice profit. As of November 2020, the listings in Rustic Lodge range from $618K to $1.25M, and they are all remodeled or completely rebuilt properties featuring Modernist designs or styles from the Sarasota School of Architecture. We are talking about very spacious and stylish properties that fit the new luxurious mold of this neighborhood.
As for nearby attractions, the swimming and athletics complex at Arlington Park is just a few blocks away. Since Rustic Lodge is close to Downtown Sarasota, Rustic Lodge residents do not have to drive far to find art galleries, museums, theaters, cafes, pubs, shops, and restaurants. When you are ready to spend a day at the beach, the white sands of Siesta Key will be waiting just 15 minutes away.
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