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Well, they’re certainly coming to the right place. Sarasota has long specialized in winter homes for people up North, and we really have it down to a science. I would suggest they take a look at something like 4521 Cinnamon Dr. #2701, in the gated community of Arielle in Palmer Ranch. At 2,045 square feet, it’s the perfect size for them. It’s on the second floor, has an attached two-car garage, and a lot of luxury features (like a separate walk-in shower in the master bath). It also has a nice screened lanai overlooking a pretty lake. It’s priced at $279,000. Call Saint Cacchiotti at 941-809-0787.
By the way, a lanai is crucial to a second home in Sarasota. The lanai was invented here, and during the winter you’ll be spending a lot of time there. So in your house hunting, pay particular attention to the lanai and its view. It’s just as important as the other rooms of the home.
Similar to Palmer Ranch, but in the northeast part of town, is Lakewood Ranch. It has villa-type units like Arielle, but it also has some very nice mid-rises. One of my favorites is Watercrest; the units here start at around 1,700 square feet and are very luxurious and light and bright. Practically all of them face a large lake, and you can walk to the nearby Main Street shopping area. They were built to sell for a higher price point than Robert is looking for, but these days they are deals; and if he looks around he can find one within his budget.
The pool at Pelican Cove
A Pelican Cove living room