Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'70S Properties Popular among Working People

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'70S Properties Popular among Working People

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Lake Sarasota, named after the body of water it shares with Bent Tree Country Club on its southeastern border, is a large, suburban community with more than 1,000 homes. The neighborhood combines convenience, affordability and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Located just east of Interstate 75 off Bee Ridge Road, it provides easy access to north and southbound travels and to most areas of the county. Downtown Sarasota and the Gulf beaches are 20 to 25 minutes away by car.

That, and its median real estate price of $210,300, makes it attractive to families and owners with jobs. According to, 35.5 percent of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, while 30 percent have executive, management and professional occupations. The rest work in clerical and tech support, and manufacturing. More than 50 percent spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work, which is less time than most Americans spend to get to their jobs.

Lake Sarasota has a spacious, established feel with an attractive Florida atmosphere. Most of the streets have sidewalks. Mature live oaks, pines and tall palm trees abound. There are three smaller lakes within the community.

Nearby is Lakeview Park, an

out-of-the-way recreational amenity with lovely waterfront views, picnic facilities and even a disc golf course.

Mauna Loa Boulevard, the main entrance and primary thoroughfare from Bee Ridge Road, has a median divider for a good half of its length.

Most of the houses are Florida ranches built in the 1970s and '80s in a variety of colors and finishes, including stucco, wood, fiber-cement and stone exteriors. They range in size from two to five or more bedrooms. Many have swimming pools. There are also more recent dwellings and a few two-story homes, as well as a number of small apartment buildings, mostly along Bee Ridge Road. The average rental price in Lake Sarasota is $1,332 a month.

"The homes are well-built -- they have good bones," says Toni Zarghami. …

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