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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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    Neighborhoods in Sarasota

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

    $1033 - $1900

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

    $1098 - $1365

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Welcome home to Herons Run!

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    3516 Coronado Dr. Sarasota, FL 34231 (888) 203-4079

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

    $1138 - $1459

    • 1 - 2 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Welcome home to McIntosh!

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

    $865 - $1430

    • 1 - 4 Beds
    • 1 - 2 Baths

    Welcome to Garden Grove, a beautiful place to live.

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

    $990 - $1255

    • 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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    8435 Brandeis Cir Sarasota, FL 34243 (866) 392-8515

    $1750

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    3 bedroom 2 bath just off University Pkwy Roomy Sarasota home in Manatee County just off University Parkway. Home features formal living and dining r

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    1430 Burgos Drive Sarasota, FL 34238 (866) 392-8515

    $1800

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Unfurnished or Furnished 3 Bedroom Townhouse in Palmer Ranch Unfurnished or furnished owner will leaving furnishings if so desired. This is a 3 bedroo

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    797 Benjamin Franklin Dr Sarasota, FL 34236 (855) 535-9183

    $2950

    • 3 Beds
    • 2.5 Baths

    Gorgeous Lido Key Beach across the street Tastefully decorated 3/2.5/2 condo Pets Welcome Welcome to your Lido Key home, step across the street to p

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    W Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34231 (201) 845-7300

    $990

    • 1 Beds
    • 1 Baths

    Sublet.com ID 437844. NEW CONDOS 5 MINS FROM FAMOUS WHITE SIESTA BEACH IN SARASOTA - TURNKEY FULLY FURNISHED FROM $ 990 PER MONTH off-season (mid-Apr

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    240 2ND STREET EAST Nokomis, FL 34275 (941) 584-4925

    $1000

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Lake Village is located in the small Florida community of Nokomis, just outside of Sarasota. The benefits of living here are numerous, beginning with

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    4845 6th Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 (866) 392-8515

    $1360

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Adorable 3 bedroom family home in this centrally located community. Adorable home in the centrally located community of Braden River Lakes just off HW

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    960 Jacinto Avenue Venice, FL 34285 (888) 902-6196

    $899

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Community of the Year Award Winner! Bay Indies is a tropical paradise located just within three miles from the beautiful beaches of Venice along the

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    7823 48th Pl E Bradenton, FL 34203 (866) 392-8515

    $1550

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Creekwood fenced lawn home Nice family home offering loads of tile and laminate, spacious open kitchen with formal dining and great rooms, split plan

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    4146 Day Bridge Pl Ellenton, FL 34222 (866) 392-8515

    $1495

    • 4 Beds
    • 2.5 Baths

    4 bedroom home near I75 If the resident moves in on or before Dec 29th they will receive December 2014 prorate and the month of Jan 2015 rent free. Th

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    6305 36th Ct E Ellenton, FL 34222 (866) 392-8515

    $1595

    • 5 Beds
    • 2.5 Baths

    Close to I75, close to I275, newer 5 bedroom home If the resident moves in on or before Dec 29th they will receive December 2014 prorate and the month

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    4163 Day Bridge Pl Ellenton, FL 34222 (866) 392-8515

    $1495

    • 4 Beds
    • 2.5 Baths

    4 bedroom home near I275 and I75 If the resident moves in on or before Dec 29th they will receive December 2014 prorate and the month of Jan 2015 rent

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    3203 46th ST E Palmetto, FL 34221 (866) 392-8515

    $1495

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Large lot 3 bedroom home Adorable 3 bedroom 2 bath home with split open plan, large kitchen with breakfast nook, screened lanai and beautiful large co

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    7144 Montauk Point Xing Bradenton, FL 34212 (866) 392-8515

    $1675

    • 3 Beds
    • 2.5 Baths

    Lovely 2 story home with fabulous loft Lovely 2 story home in the Lighthouse Cove section of Heritage Harbor - a huge family oriented community with a

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    3205 46th ST E Palmetto, FL 34221 (866) 392-8515

    $1525

    • 4 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Available now Beautiful Sugar Mill Lakes home overlooking lake in the rear, and private area in the front. Home features lots of tile, neutral colors

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    930 Kenoma Avenue Venice, FL 34285 (888) 902-6196

    $899

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Community of the Year Award Winner! Bay Indies is a tropical paradise located just within three miles from the beautiful beaches of Venice along the

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    911 Vincent Avenue Venice, FL 34285 (888) 902-6196

    $899

    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths

    Community of the Year Award Winner! Bay Indies is a tropical paradise located just within three miles from the beautiful beaches of Venice along the

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