Sarasota Florida Named Best Place to Retire

March 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Sarasota News

Sarasota, Florida was just named by TopRetirements.com as the top place to retire 2012. Sarasota residents already know that our city has it all!  TopRetirements.com cited a few of the reasons why Sarasota received this prestigious honor:  “The economics are very attractive: median home prices well below the national average, no income tax, low property taxes” was stated as a few of the many reasons for Sarasota receiving this honor. Also, for a small city, Sarasota’s cultural venues are incredible.  There’s the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, GWIZ Science Center, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera.

Sarasota rated high on walkability too. The downtown Sarasota area features many condominiums where residents can walk to work, enjoy festivals, shop, dine – all just within a few blocks of home! In distinguishing the top spots, John Brady, the founder of topretirements.com looks at “the climate, health care, property taxes, and a “wow factor.” It’s easy to see why Sarasota was considered with our fabulous warm weather, our outstanding health care, low property taxes; and just take a walk on the downtown bayfront, and you’ll definitely say “WOW!”

Other considerations for the top honors include “adult education, cultural activities, job opportunities for older Americans, low housing costs and income-tax rates, low crime rate, and good walkability and livability.”

Top 10 Best Places to Retire

  1. Sarasota Florida
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Naples, FL
  4. Tucson, AZ
  5. Asheville, NC
  6. Beaufort, SC
  7. St. Augustine
  8. Ft. Myers, FL
  9. Venice, FL
  10. Prescott, AZ

In case you haven’t heard, Siesta Key was named the “2011 Best Beach in America” and Sarasota has also been named as the No. 1 spot for Spring Break for Families! These recognitions have resulted in a flurry of real estate activity for Sarasota Florida. The inventory of homes and condos for sale in Sarasota is shrinking and prices are beginning to edge upward.