Downtown Sarasota

Welcome to Downtown Sarasota/Rosemary District/Gillespie Park

Historical roots with tropical charm
 
 
Perched on the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is full of history, arts, culture, and pristine beaches with sugary white sands. Downtown Sarasota has become a premier location. The unique shopping opportunities, diverse dining options, art events, and street fairs illustrate the vibrant, urban energy centered in the area.
 
Downtown also has some trendy, hip areas that surround it. The Rosemary District has become the new center of downtown. Named after the historic Rosemont Cemetery, this area offers a lot for young professionals and those who enjoy artistic, urban vibes. The walkable streets are filled with artisan cafes, modern bistros, colorful murals, laid-back pubs, and rich history. There is also a lively nightlife with lots of local activities, bars, and live music.
 
Gillespie Park is known for its beautiful Spanish-style architecture, history, cottage-style homes, and incredible walkability. Being only a short distance from downtown, residents quickly get to great shopping, dining, and other activities. Gillespie Park is also not far from the beach.
 

What to Love

  • Bay Park
  • High walkability
  • Fabulous art galleries
  • Great dining and shopping
 

Local Lifestyle

Downtown and the Rosemary District are perfect for those who desire modern, urban living. These areas have grown significantly in the last five years and have become desirable locations. Downtown has many housing options, especially luxury condominiums and beautiful family homes. 
 
Young professionals thrive in Rosemary District, with the lively street scene full of great dining, yoga studios, modern furnishing stores, and theatres. Everyone tends to walk to their destinations, and there is a strong sense of community in the area.
 
Gillespie Park also boasts a strong sense of community. Residents gather together for social and cultural events regularly. Here you can find cottages, bungalows, and duplexes for you and your family. And downtown Sarasota is within walking distance.
 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Locals enjoy walking the streets of downtown and indulging in delicious food, unique shopping, and artsy activities. Evelyn & Arthur is a great place to start your shopping experience. They carry classic, contemporary pieces for women. And if you are shopping for food, Whole Foods is there to offer a wide variety of organic options.
 
There are lots of excellent dining spots with delectable choices. Selva offers Latin fusion cuisine created with exotic flavors. For the Italian food lover, Mediterraneo is a white tablecloth restaurant that serves modern yet classic Italian dishes. 
 
Bijou Garden Cafe serves Continental cuisine and unique wines in an intimate setting. Vino Bistro offers a wide selection of wine, tasting flights, and tapas for a night out with friends or a date night.
 

Things to Do

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has 45 acres of gorgeous bayfront sanctuaries displaying native nature and air plants of the world. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is Florida's official state art museum. There are 21 galleries with art from around the world for your viewing pleasure. 
 
The Downtown Improvement District presents Fresh Fridays, a weekly event for all, including live music, karaoke, food from local vendors, and other activities. The Sarasota Farmers Market is a year-round market open on Saturdays where you can purchase local produce, plants, prepared foods, and artisans. The Chalk Festival is a gathering of artists who decorate the streets with masterpieces in chalk. The festival is a yearly event that also includes local vendors, live music, and activities.
 

Schools

There are several excellent educational opportunities in the area.
 

 

 

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Overview for Downtown Sarasota, FL

53,786 people live in Downtown Sarasota, where the median age is 49 and the average individual income is $48,380. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

53,786

Total Population

49 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$48,380

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown Sarasota, FL

Downtown Sarasota has 23,984 households, with an average household size of 2.1. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown Sarasota do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 53,786 people call Downtown Sarasota home. The population density is 3,659.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

53,786

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

49

Median Age

46.69 / 53.31%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
23,984

Total Households

2.1

Average Household Size

$48,380

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

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Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Downtown Sarasota, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown Sarasota. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Alta Vista Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Suncoast School For Innovative Studies
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Sarasota Military Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
4/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Achievement Center Of Sarasota The
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Bay Haven School Of Basics Plus
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Martha Catholic Schcol
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Tuttle Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Sarasota County Acceleration Academies
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Hershorin Schiff Day Schools Of Tomorrow Inc Dba G
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Agape Christian School Of Sarasota
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Brookside Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Southside Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5

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