The numbers have it. Sarasota is a magnet for retirees, with 42 percent of the county’s population being 65 and older.
The dominance of this demographic in Sarasota was underscored even more in a recent analysis of the U.S. News and World Report. By this evaluation, Sarasota was named as the best place for retirement in the United States for 2020-2021.
Sarasota has improved significantly upon its prior No. 2 ranking among 150 U.S. metropolitan areas that U.S. News analyzed on how well they meet the needs and expectations of American retirees.
Strong sense of community
U.S. News largely based its rankings on apublic survey asking the respondents on the most important factors they consider when choosing where to live. Sarasota scored highly due to the well-being factor that emanates from local residents who are supportive of community and social relationships.
Retirees relocating to Sarasota find it easier to make new friends, as there are a lot of other retirees in the area. Significantly, there are also plenty of local clubs and institutions that help create social interaction among Sarasota’s retirees and senior citizens.The groups that retirees can join include:
- Sarasota Newcomers Club—sponsors special events and luncheons as well as hosts special interest groups to help retirees new in Sarasota to know the community better
- Dancing on the Suncoast—offers not only dancing lessons but also organizes ballroom dancing events at its studioand headquarters based in Lakewood Ranch
- Sarasota Singles Society—elevates the traditional ways for meeting singlesfrom their 40’s upward into the 70’s and 80’s through the sponsorship of a variety of activities, such as dining, dancing, and cruises
- Senior Friendship Centers—organizes physical fitness activities, dinners,and dances as well as provides services on nutrition and adult learning
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—offers various adult-tailored courses, lectures, and workshops at its campus at 1001Tamiami Trail just south of Downtown Sarasota
- Longboat Key Education Center—offers over 175 programs in recreation, entertainment,and education, as well as guided day trips throughout Southwest Florida
Great choices on residential properties
Notably, most of the major residential developments in Sarasota and her Islands already have facilities promoting social interaction among residents, retirees included. For example, there are such amenities available in the Fairway Bay condominium within the gated Bay Isles neighborhood in Longboat Key, where-in the Judy Kepecz-Hays Team currently has a pending sale.
The condo residents of Fairway Bay enjoy access to a community room where they host planned activities of many kinds. They are also members of the Bay Isles Beach Club, a gated privatefacility located nearby on the Gulf of Mexico, where many social gatherings happen.
Sarasota has many residential developments like Fairway Bay that reinforce the county’s ranking as a top destination for retirement. Sarasota’s great mix of warm year-round climate, liberal tax policies, and high quality of living appeal to retirees as well as other market demographics. To learn more about the right cues on engaging in the Sarasota real estate market, contact The Judy Kepecz-Hays Team.