Long before gated communities became a housing trend in Southwest Florida, home buyers flocked to small and intimate subdivisions such as Sunset in Sarasota. Located next to the Red Bug Slough Preserve in the South Gate Ridge district, Sunset is a residential enclave that evokes the peaceful and prosperous ambiance of Sarasota after World War II.
Sunset was among the first Sarasota neighborhoods where the Florida ranch style of architecture became predominant in the 1950s. Most of the two and three-bedroom properties have been remodeled multiple times over the decades; some have undergone radical transformations into Mediterranean revival or Modernist homes. If you are looking for a nice Florida ranch, you should know that Sunset homeowners take pride in keeping their properties and lush landscaping looking great.
The vintage architecture, mature trees, and thick foliage of native plant species are the main selling points at Sunset. If you are interested in neighborhoods with character, Sunset will fit the bill because of its park-like ambiance. Living in this community is like living in a botanical garden; the tree species range from Florida pines to palm trees and from oaks to quite a few flowering trees. The diversity of plants is attributed to a long line of residents who have introduced bougainvilleas, orchid, fruit trees, and all kinds of wildflowers. Many trees have matured to the point of growing double canopies that keep things cool throughout the year. When you walk to the Red Bug Slough Preserve next door, which features a fishing dock plus a butterfly garden, it feels like a continuation of the neighborhood.
As of May 2021, $260K would get you a three-bedroom home with two bathrooms, a swimming pool, a covered lanai, and an outdoor lounge area on a leafy cul-de-sac. Such reasonable prices are common in Sunset, and there is an additional advantage insofar as not having to deal with deed restrictions, which means that you can take advantage of large lots in case you want to extend the floor plan and increase equity.
Adding to the suburban charms of Sunset is the nearby Beneva Village Shoppes, where you can find a Publix supermarket, Harbor Freight Hardware, banks, cafes, and restaurants. The central Sarasota location of Sunset allows you to drive to Siesta Key Beach or the arts and culture district in less than 20 minutes.
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