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Ripe for Renovation, West of Trail in the Ringling District, Sarasota

Posted by Robert Casella on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 2:18pm.

Ripe for Renovation, West of Trail, Sarasota, Florida

The last several days, I have spent some time with customers touring homes in the Ringling Museum District area, west of trail, in Sarasota, Florida. So what makes this Sarasota neighborhood so ripe for renovation?

For the customers I was working with, their target range was to find something in the mid 100's in this neighborhood. Their son was attending the Ringling School of Art and Design, and they saw the tremendous upside of the West of Trail homes nestled in the heart of Sarasota. In another time, this price range would have not even been a feasible consideration for property in the Ringling Museum District. However, with different times come different circumstances--different opportunities. As we toured the homes, I marveled at the creativity, uniqueness, and sometimes absurdity of what we saw. We saw bright neon green cabinets, gorgeous (but in need of grinding and polishing) terrazzo floors, backyards just waiting for a green thumb, questionably situated fruit trees, funky tiling, and an assortment of other interesting observations. Every time we walked into one of these Sarasota homes, it was an adventure. 

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Ringling Museum district in Sarasota is experiencing a quiet rebuilding renassaince. Slowly, many of these older homes are being torn down and replaced with new, larger, and more expensive homes. At the same time, there are still opportunities to renovate these smaller homes and be in the company of, in many cases, homes that are in the multi-millions. Many of these homes are in need of substantial renovations, others are are in need of simple upgrades. Either way, the upside to living or investing in this neighborhood has never been so attractive. Renovate, reinvigorate, and live west of Trail--Sarasota's treasures are right at your footsteps in the Ringling Museum District.

Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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