Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores NeighborhoodBy John Buetergerds real estate consultant of the Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select. Contact John Buetergerds
Where is The Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores Neighborhood?
If you’re an eclectic, non-conformist, then the Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores neighborhood in Sarasota, FL is the place to be. Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores neighborhood is one of the most enchanting, unique and desirable areas on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is especially desirable for those looking to escape deed restricted neighborhoods, yet still find a well maintained and cohesive neighborhood filled with charming streets, artistic flare and tree canopies.
Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores is hidden between Sarasota Bay on the east and it is west of the North Tamiami Trail. Whitaker Bayou is the southern boundary and the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art and Ringling Plaza are to the north.
It is comprised of many charming smaller subdivisions that have been built over the past 100 years; some historic and others more modern, all now collectively known as the Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores neighborhood. So, what draws people to live here? It is the enchantment of the area, the uniqueness of the homes and the eclectic bayfront community as a whole that draws people in to this special neighborhood.
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The area surrounding the Indian Beach Sapphire Shores is known by many other names; due in part to the area’s many attractions, colleges and museums. People are drawn here at first by the local attractions, such as the historic “Ca’d’Zan” mansion of John & Mable Ringling, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The Asolo Theater, Jungle Gardens, Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, as well as New College and USF. All of these and other area attractions have helped spawn informal names such as the Museum district, the Ringling area and the University corridor. Folks that live here simply call it Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores and most often they just call it home.
Residents are passionate about the welfare of the neighborhood and they meet regularly at the voluntary IBSSA (Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores Association) meetings to plan for events, art festivals, picnics, political events and to preserve of the area for future generations.
The neighborhood is easy to get around in and there are many hidden treasures. You’ll find there are bike trails, an actual beach on Sarasota Bay named of course, “Indian Beach”. There are parks on the bay front that are dog friendly, there is a kayak launch area in Sapphire Shores Park, as well as many hidden gems and secret trails to the beach all within the boundaries of IBSS.
What Draws People to Live in the Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores, FL Neighborhoods?
The reason most residents say they want to live here is that the neighborhood is not like any other in Sarasota. Each home is particularly unique, with various ages, histories and styles. Sarasota Bay borders the neighborhood on the eastern edge and it is a magnet for neighbors who gather to watch sunsets each evening in the parks and access points.
Not suprising, the area has been a draw to people for centuries. In fact the area had one of the oldest Native American settlements and it is also part of Sarasota’s first and oldest European-American settlements, The Whitaker Family settlement, from which the Whitaker Bayou was named (see more on the the local history here). Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores once was the winter home of the The Ringling Family of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus fame.
What type of homes have been built here?
The IBSS neighborhood is made up of some 1,100 homes, with almost no two homes alike. It is an eclectic mix with home styles that include everything from tiny bungalows to luxury waterfront mansions. There are historic homes, small old Craftsman Bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, 1920’s Mediterranean Revival Homes, Sarasota School of Architecture Vernacular homes and simple 1950’s Ranch style homes. There are spaces available today that will eventually have new homes built. That this is no cookie cutter community is likely one of the most often stated and biggest draws to the neighborhood.
Location, Location, Location!
The convenience and location of Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores allows for a quick 5 minute trip to Downtown Sarasota by car (10 minutes by bicycle) where there are entertainment complexes, shopping, art galleries, the marina and the bayfront. Just a few minutes farther are world class beaches like Lido Key Beach and Siesta Key Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. IBSS is minutes from the restaurants, bars and shops that are in the center of the community on Downtown’s Main Street and nearby St Armand’s Circle. SRQ Bradenton-Sarasota International Airport is close enough to be convenient, but far enough not to be a noise nuisance. It is also only 45 minute away from downtown St. Petersburg, Fl and about 60 minutes to TPA -Tampa International Airport.
What schools will my children attend?
There are public schools in and near Indian Beach / Sapphire Shores. For school scores, school names and more information on local schools, click on this link to Sarasota Public School Reports This link is to our team’s website with the “Market Insider” area information and statistics. We can also help you find private school information as well.
We’re guessing you really want to find a home here now, don’t you?
Now that you have learned just a bit about the area West of the Trail in Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores, Sarasota, FL, you are likely very interested in finding homes for sale in Indian Beach – Sapphire Shores.
If so click on the link, it takes you to our real estate page so you can see homes that are currently on the market. Our sales and property information is a direct feed from the local Multiple Listing Service, MYFloridaMLS, and is updated multiple times per day. You can also contact us by calling or texting one of our team members John & Anja Buetergerds are Indian Beach / Sapphire Shores residents and they are the Buetergerds Team at Keller Williams Realty Select.