Few areas in Florida can boast the history and variety of the Sapphire Shores neighborhood. Currently part of the area often referred by real estate professionals as the “museum area”, Sapphire Shores and sister community Indian Beach have a history that goes way back to Florida's original snowbirds – prehistoric native americans.
Used as a winter home for the indiginous people, Sapphire Shores has been popular ever since. Tucked along Sarasota Bay between Tamiami Trail and bordered in the south by Whitaker Bayou and in the North by the Ringling museum,Sapphire Shores is a rare gem that has both convience to all of downtown Sarasota and still maintains the original old-Florida charm lost in many other developments.
Residents of Sapphire Shores also enjoy unequaled access to the Sarasota arts scene as the community borders not just the John and Mable Ringling Museum but also the Asolo Performing Arts Theater, Sarasota Ballet and is just as close to the Ringling Collage of Art and Design, USF and new Collage.
William Whitaker, perhaps the first settler of european descent to live in the area, built a home on the bay in 1842. built a home on Sarasota Bay in 1842. By the end of the civil war many more pioneering families where coming tot he area and building home steads along the bay.
Of course the areas most famous resident, would arrive in style in 1925 when John and Mable Ringling chose to build their landmark waterfront estate, Ca' d' Zan. A few luck residents on Ringling Point Drive have an excellent view of the historic landmark from their homes. One of Ca' d' Zan's designers, Ralph Twitchell would go on to work with young architect Paul Rudolph to develop the Sarasota school of architecture. Many homes designed by these early modern architects, are locates in Sapphire Shores and add to the historic value and variety that makes Sapphire Shore so unique.
Today, Residents of Sapphire Shores have access to a wide variety of both historic and newer homes in a range of architectural styles that includes an eclectic mix of everything from mediterranean revival to post war modern to traditional craftsman bungalow style homes. Add to this amazing mix of homes the proximity to the Sarasota bayfront, arts and downtown area and Sapphire Shores has a range of benefits few other neighborhoods can match.
The real estate market here reflects the historical and architectural variety with luxury waterfront homes along the bay priced ranging from more than 10 million down to 1.5 Million and home in land from the bayfront can be purchased from the 500s generally getting lower priced the further you get from the waterfront.
Life for residents here can be as social as you like or as private. Sarasota's oldest neighborhood association and the population is just as pleasingly diverse as the architectural styles with many artists, writers, musicians as wells as some of Sarasota's most successful residents.
Sapphire Shores also features a little-known park; Sapphire Shores Park.
Often a gathering spot for artists and other community residents, the park is nestled between Ringling Point Drive and South Shore Drive. Located on the Bayfront and with excellent views of the bay and the beautiful homes that line the waters edge, Sapphire Shores Park offers local residents the perfect location to relax and enjoy the sunset.
No other broker knows the Sapphire Shores and Indian Beach area like Murray Realty. If you are interested in finding a new home west of the trail or in the Museum area contact Murray Realty today and we can help you find your next home or sell your existing one.
To learn more about Sapphire Shores, contact Bev Murray of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty