Many people's property expectations and desires have shrunk over the past three or four years. Fewer and fewer are demanding 5,000 sq ft houses and more and more are looking for just enough.
For people who spend only a few short weeks in Sarasota, instead of an entire season or year, a centrally located small condo can mean a great deal. And with prices so low at the moment, there are great purchasing opportunities for less than $200,000.
Four out of the five small condos do not have swimming pools, keeping the monthly condo fees lower than most. However, the sterling locations of these five one bedroom / one bath condo homes pictured scream "buy me!".
Firstly, at only $129,000 in the New Orleans complex on South Palm, is an older unit (virtually staged) in a small building. Burns Court - important for cine and art affecionados - is almost in the backyard and bayfront is only a short stroll away.
Second on the list is Golden Gate Point at $139,900, Town House Condos. Golden Gate point is the first light when you leave the mainland on the Ringling Causeway. Pop into town, St Armands, Mote and Lido. While it was constructed back in the day of bell bottoms and Vietnam War protests, the location is primo for Sarasota urban dwelling.
Third, for a lusher environment, is the unit at Central Park for $154,000, overlooking Hudson Bayou and a great banyan tree. With a very large covered rear balcony, the living area dramatically increases and extends to the outdoors. The location is great not only for downtown, but close by is Selby Gardens. Also a short jaunt up Osprey Avenue is the Hillview / Morton's area.
If a newer building is desired, this unit at Citrus Square is available for $185,000. Construction was complete in 2009 at Citrus Square off Orange and north of Main Street. The complex is a mini-development and has a European feel with shops underneath. It was designed by Chris Gallagher of Jonathan Parks Architect. The location is great for access to Whole Foods / Main Street, the opera and Sarasota's theaters.
The only one of the five featured today with a pool is located on North Palm at the vintage Frances Carlton. Constructed in 1928, the Frances Carlton is a cherished piece of Sarasota history. The Frances Carlton is very close to the uptown public boat ramp, the Van Wezel, G.Wiz, theaters and downtown restaurants. It is on the market for $190,000.