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  • Sarasota, Florida

    Finding an Apartment for Rent in Sarasota, FL

    Because there are so many college students and seasonal residents in Sarasota, rental opportunities are always abundant here. Best of all, you don't have to spring for a beachfront price tag in order to enjoy a beach town lifestyle; even if you live in a landlocked apartment complex near the airport, you'll be a pleasant fifteen-minute drive from Siesta Key's world-famous white powder beaches.

    There's a big disparity between the million-dollar beach homes that line the coast and the rental units that surround Sarasota's three main colleges; however, these areas are often right next door to each other, so it's important to check local crime rates for yourself, visit at night, and knock on doors to see how residents like living there. If you do your homework, you'll be able to land an affordable Sarasota apartment in any part of town.

    Top Neighborhoods in Sarasota, FL

    If you want to live on the water but can't afford a luxury condo on the beach or downtown, head north to the New College area. It's very easy to find an affordable house to rent so close to Bradenton, especially in the sleepy beach neighborhoods along Bayshore Boulevard. For the cheapest rent prices in Sarasota, you can pick an apartment along Tamiami Trail and still be just a few minutes away from the water; historic Newtown also has low rent prices, but the downside is high crime rates.

    Closer to the Interstate and Lakewood Ranch, families can pick from a variety of upscale apartment homes with all the usual modern amenities: pools, health clubs, and even exclusive boutiques and eateries. Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key have the highest rent prices for condos and apartments, but you can still find small, affordable beach houses for rent in the neighborhoods closest to these islands.

    Cultural Attractions in Sarasota, FL

    The Ringling family helped turn Sarasota into the vacation destination it is today, but their enthusiasm for art and architecture also made it a great place to live if you like art and culture. A century after they hosted lavish parties on the Bay, the circus family's imprint is still everywhere. You can tour their former mansion, the Ca'd'Zan, where dozens of rooms are preserved in all their 1920's splendor. Next door is the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where 31 different galleries surround a Renaissance-style courtyard that's almost as beautiful as the masterpieces inside. Within walking distance is the New College of Florida campus and the Asolo Rep Theatre, a professional Equity theater that hosts musicals, ballets, operas, plays, and other world-class performances.

    Thanks in part to the Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota's historic downtown district is another hotspot for art enthusiasts. Galleries line Main Street, giant sculptures are staggered along Island Park, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers otherworldly views of the sunset over Sarasota Bay.

    Shopping in Sarasota, FL

    It's hard to distract anyone from Sarasota's white sand beaches, so when tourists choose shopping over beach-combing, you know there's a reason. As you drive through St. Armand's Circle on your way to Lido Key, you'll wind past dozens of packed art galleries, gift shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafe, all of which offer a unique and distinctly Floridian shopping experience for visitors and locals alike. Glass-blown stingrays, one-of-a-kind jewelry, locally made wine, and designer shoes are among the sophisticated purchases you can make here. Siesta Key might have Lido's beaches beat, but its gift shop souvenirs aren't nearly as original or high-quality, and they don't have much to offer for locals.

    For everyday shopping needs, head east on University Parkway and stop just before I-75. Miles away from the coast, the University Town Center is a one-stop spot for anything you could possibly need. Super Target, Total Wine, and Fresh Market are surrounded by dozens of other shops and stores, in a cluster of upscale plazas that maximize convenience. Meanwhile, the brand new Mall at University Town Center brings anchor stores Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and Dillard's to the area.

    Nightlife in Sarasota, FL

    Forget all the sleepy stereotypes you've heard about Florida beach town demographics. Sarasota has several top-ranked universities and a thriving population of young artists and professionals, so there are plenty of beach clubs, dive bars, and pubs throughout its neighborhoods and beaches. Siesta Key Village lights up every single night, as beach-combers switch to bar-hopping along Ocean Boulevard. Indoor/outdoor bars that have earned landmark status for locals include the Siesta Key Oyster Bar(SKOB), Daiquiri DeckGilligan's Island Bar, and The Beach Club.

    Near the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport on Tamiami Trail, more longtime local establishments fill up on weeknights and weekends alike. The Tropical Bahi Hut is tucked into a motel along the Trail, which might be a good thing for guests who order just one of their famous -- and famously strong -- Mai Tais. Growler's Pub is just down the street, offering billiards tables and dozens of draft beers, and Memories Lounge across the street is another longtime Sarasota institution, thanks to friendly and generous bartenders, traditions like free popcorn, and pool tables in back.

    If you live downtown, you can walk to one of several Main Street spots to make new friends. Smokin' Joes Pub has your draft beer needs covered, while Pangea Lounge is a more upscale cocktail spot and The Gator Club is your best bet if you want to dance the night away.

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    4001 N Taggart Cay Sarasota, FL 34233 (855) 377-1163

    $1055 - $1795

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Marigot Bay Rental Community in Sarasota, Florida offers residents a charming tropical oasis. Call or email us for an application.

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    4449 McIntosh Park Sarasota, FL 34232 (855) 815-3438

    $1058 - $1433

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Welcome home to McIntosh!

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    7887 North Lockwood Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 306-3658

    $979 - $1777

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Summer Cove Apartments provides residents with immediate access to downtown Sarasota for shops, restaurants and golf courses. Nearby interstate 75 is only a few blocks away, which provides residents with the convenience of a quick commute.

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    3201 Huntington Place Drive Sarasota, FL 34237 (888) 570-2591

    $1023 - $1333

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Great place to call home...

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    6104 Turnbury Park Dr. Sarasota, FL 34243 (866) 509-4506

    $1144 - $1620

    • Studio
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    At TGM Palm Aire Apartments, you will live the resort life! Located in beautiful Sarasota, FL, experience scenic lakefront views, modern conveniences, high-end amenities and features, and unsurpassed service.

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    5010 Central Sarasota Parkway Sarasota, FL 34238 (855) 835-5612

    $1044 - $1540

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Saratoga Place - Close To Everything, But Far From Ordinary!

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    6551 Gulf Gate Pl. Sarasota, FL 34231 (866) 308-0612

    $880 - $1085

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Bike to Siesta Key Beach or enjoy the incredible shopping and dining district of Gulf Gate Village.

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    175 Heron's Run Drive Sarasota, FL 34232 (855) 815-3436

    $976 - $1486

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Welcome home to Herons Run!

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    4110 Winners Cir Sarasota, FL 34238 (877) 351-6830

    $975 - $1450

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    COME AND SHARE IN OUR EXCITEMENT AS CITATION CLUB UNVEALS IT'S NEW AND IMPROVED AMENITIES... COME AND SEE WHY WE ARE ALL THE RAGE IN AFFORDABLE LUXURY

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    419 N. Briggs Ave. Sarasota, FL 34237 (888) 833-1722

    $860 - $1050

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Timber Chase at Sarasota Bay... a name of quality, luxury, and beauty.

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    8445 Gardens Cir. Sarasota, FL 34243 (877) 581-8602

    $1035 - $1420

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Call Today for our Leasing Specials!

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    2562 10th St. Sarasota, FL 34237 (877) 824-5048

    $865 - $1165

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    You will find everything you have been looking for and more at Hunter's Glen.

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    5719 Granada Dr. Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 312-7014

    $845 - $1410

    • 1 - 4 Beds
    • 1 - 2.5 Baths

    Welcome to Garden Grove, a beautiful place to live.

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    3516 Coronado Dr. Sarasota, FL 34231 (866) 605-4130

    $839 - $1284

    • 1 - 3 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    L'Estancia Garden Apartment Homes is a 28-acre community situated under a canopy of oak trees, amidst the natural beauty of our stocked lake.

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    3451 Queens Street Sarasota, FL 34231 (877) 713-8506

    $900 - $1465

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Beneva Place in Sarasota, FL is located at the intersection of Clark & Beneva Roads. Convenient to the Sarasota Square Mall and the Gulf Gate Mall.

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    6999 West Country Club Dr N Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 444-2543

    $1100

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Available April 1, 2014. Condo at Palm Aire Country Club, Sarasota. Two bedroom, two baths, den, second floor end unit. Living room and dinning room a

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    4845 Rilma Avenue # 116 Sarasota, FL 34234 (941) 444-2543

    $875

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Spacious Ground Floor 2 Bedroom Condo With New Laminate Wood Floors, New Carpet In Bedrooms and Fresh Paint. Brand New Kitchen Cabinets Are Currently

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    8359 Wingate Drive Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 444-2543

    $2800

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    CHATEAU UNIT ON PALMER RANCH IN PINESTONE GATED COMMUNITY. NEAR BY SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS AND YMCA. JUST A FEW MILES TO SIEST KEY VOTED #1 BEACH.

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    3445 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 444-2543

    $1800

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    UPDATED, GROUND FLOOR, TURNKEY FURNISHED CONDO. ANNUAL OR SEASONAL. Private patio and adjacent to the clubhouse and pool. Located just minutes away fr

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    1750 STICKNEY POINT RD # 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 444-2543

    $2100

    • 2 Beds
    • 1.5 Baths

    THIS WONDERFULLY UPDATED END TOWNHOME HAS GRANITE KITCHEN WITH MAPLE CABINETS, TILE FLOORING, SEPARATE DINING & LOVELY LIVING ROOM. YET NEXT TO SIESTA

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    1215 S. Portofino Drive Sarasota, FL 34242 (941) 444-2543

    $3000

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    SIESTA KEY! Ground floor condo overlooking the harbor and steps away from the pool/spa/grills and clubhouse. Two Bedroom, two baths and a lanai. Windo

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    4053 Tern Street Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 444-2543

    $2300

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Nice clean home in great location. Relaxing lanai and landscaped yard. Close to restaurants, shopping, and Siesta Key. No smoking and must clean up

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    3608 72nd Terr E Sarasota, FL 34243 (866) 392-8515

    $1895

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    3 bedroom family home near Sarasota Like new again, come and enjoy this beautiful home in the Trails subdivision just off Tuttle Ave and easy access t

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    5833 Carriage Drive Sarasota, FL 34243 (866) 392-8515

    $1995

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Mote Ranch pool home OCTOBER PRO RATE WAIVED AND NOVEMBER RENT FREE IF MOVE IN BEFORE 10/24 - Beautiful home in the established community of Mote Ranc

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    4562 Kingsmere Sarasota, FL 34235 (941) 444-2543

    $3000

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    LOVELY END UNIT WITH EAST, SOUTH AND WEST EXPOSURE. LOVELY MATURE TREES TO SECURE PRIVACY AND YET GUARANTEE EXQUISITE NATURAL LIGHT. ~ FROM THE WIDE

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    4015 78th Dr E Sarasota, FL 34243 (866) 392-8515

    $1675

    • 4 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    4 bedroom home over 2,000 square feet just off University Nice 4 bedroom home between University Parkway and Tallevast Road. Home has been redone, lo

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    1286 Burgos Drive Sarasota, FL 34238 (941) 444-2543

    $3000

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    PALMER RANCH! Brand new second floor condo in The Isles on Palmer Ranch. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, attached garage, inside laundry, 12 foot ceilings and cor

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    6447 43rd Court East Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 444-2543

    $3500

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    GATED! 2 bedrooms and a den with a two car garage. Beautifully furnished and available with a 90 day minimum. Fabulous amenities include 25,000 SQ/FT

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    5409 Palm Aire Drive Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 444-2543

    $4000

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    UPATED! Beautiful and Spacious with a heated pool.Split floor plan, nicely furnished, king bed in the master, queen in the second bedroom and two twin

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    7050 Fairway Bend Lane Unit 166 Sarasota, FL 34243 (360) 749-8827

    $1200

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Water and Golf Course Views are enjoyed from this spacious two bedroom and two bath condo located in Palm-Aire At Sarasota. This luxury condo is situa

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