With historic reverence and a combination of traditional and bohemian architecture, the Museum District along Sarasota’s Bayfront remains one of the area’s most charismatic neighborhoods. The area features an array of old mansions mixed with new homes that are both beautiful and exquisitely balanced with Old Florida charm.
The Museum District was founded by some of Sarasota’s earliest settlers, with many of their descendants still living there. Amid the towering oaks and lush foliage, an array of stately, meticulously landscaped residences with impressive details blend with newer modern residences into the historic tapestry of the neighborhood, with prices ranging from $300,000 to well over $5 million.
The creative and quiet neighborhood draws a harmonious blend of homeowners, from students to young professionals to retirees. Each property, expressing a unique raison d’être, artistically blends a respect for the past with the area’s brilliant future. Waterfront properties continue to be rare opportunities for a privileged few, offering spectacular views.
The neighborhood is home to many of the area’s world-class arts and cultural destinations, including the Ca d’Zan estate, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Sarasota Ballet. Four of the area’s top universities and colleges also call the Museum District home, attracting an eclectic and vibrant community of students, artists, writers, and professionals. Public parks along the Bay add to the quaint charm of the historic area making it a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely bike ride or picnic lunch.
For outdoor enthusiasts, several public and private golf and tennis clubs offer programs for all ages, while Marina Jack is the perfect escape for boat lovers to spend a leisurely day on the water. Access to the sugary sands of Lido and Longboat Keys and spectacular nightly sunsets are just a few minutes away, while shoppers can indulge in an array of high-end boutiques and shops surrounding St. Armands Circle.
With its close proximity to both Sarasota and Bradenton, the Museum District is just minutes away from downtown Sarasota’s main corridor, presenting a European flair for visitors. A collection of fine dining and open-air cafes surrounding art galleries and a thriving entertainment district presents options to enjoy the arts at the Van Wezel, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Opera and the Burns Court Cinemas. The weekly Farmer’s Market on Main Street adds to the appeal of the area, attracting crowds year-round. Pride of ownership and history combined with arts and cultural, shopping and dining destinations continue the tradition of living well in the Museum District.
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The Ringling Museum of Art
Home to one of the largest collections of Baroque art, the Ringling’s art collection contains more than 10,000 paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods.