St Armands Circle

June 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Real Estate

st-armands-circle-256Visitors from all over the world arrive in Sarasota Florida and head to St. Armands Circle to browse shop and dine.  St. Armands is just two bridges across Sarasota Bay heading West passing Bird Key from downtown Sarasota.

A tropical paradise with beautiful statuary throughout the Key, development of St. Armands began in the 1920s.  Legendary circus magnate, John Ringling purchased the property in 1917 and envisioned residential properties; a palm lined shopping center with a center park.

Ringling’s efforts at establishing St. Armands as residential and shopping area were diminished in the 1920s as the depression worsened, and he could no longer afford to keep the project going as property sales sagged after the first short sales boom.  In the 1940s, St. Armands interested a few investors, but normal business did not really resume on St. Armands Circle until the mid 1950s.

Today St. Armands Circle is vibrant and bustling.  Ringling’s influence and ideas are still evident on the Circle.  The Center Park remains with over 100 specialty shops, cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlors circling this area of historical remembrance of Sarasota’s circus roots.  Throughout the St. Armands residents and visitors enjoy beautiful Italian statuary from Ringling’s own collection.  There’s hardly a corner on the Circle without a perfect Ringling statue.

St. Armands Circle is a destination stop for a Sarasota visit.  Shopping, arts and crafts shows, antique car exhibits, concerts in the Park are a part of the experience on this famous Key. The area surrounding the circles is home to a wonderful selection of waterfront homes and condos. St Armands real estate is very desirable.

Sit on the Circle and watch people, shop for treasures from the sea, sip java at an eclectic café, or dine at a European style restaurants.  St. Armands Circle is a must stop for your Sarasota visit.