Sunday, July 10, 2016 / by Extreme Home Selling Team
Once one of the Low Income, High Rental areas so riddled with crime and drugs that a Police Substation was constructed as a deterrent...
Gillespie Park has become one of the Most Desirable Neighborhoods in Downtown!
Gillespie Park has the distinct benefit of being home to some of the oldest architecture in Sarasota, many in fine condition from tender loving care or smart remodeling, and some of the newest construction with Modern single family homes taking the place of long lost derelicts, plus Apartments and Condos going up on the edges.
Another fabulous benefit is the zoning! City zoning allows for Live/Work with the Downtown Edge Designation permitting walk-in business such as retail and Downtown Neighborhood permitting Professional Office use such as Photography or Consultants. These Zoning Codes allow Young Entrepreneurs the opportunity to build a business in their homes before incurring the high overhead associated with a formal office.
Gillespie Park is centered around a 10 acre park with features such as a pond that is home to ducks and fish; a bridge over wetlands; numerous walkways curving through and around the perimeter; a covered pavilion near the substation; and a newly updated playground! On the north side of Tenth Street are Basketball Courts. In the southeast corner are the Tennis Courts. There are plenty of benches under the beautiful oaks, pines and palms to rest, chat and enjoy the scenery.
Homes are on the higher side of values regardless of condition due to LOCATION! If you're not on the water, this neighborhood, and specifically this park gives you a million dollar position to Downtown! You can walk, bike or "board" to any point in Downtown and the Bayfront too! With around 100 restaurants plus an abundance of shopping, nightlife, outdoor cafes, entertainment venues and the best weather in the country, you simply can't go wrong choosing a home in Gillespie Park! Values start around $250,000 for teardowns and are growing past the 7 figure mark as more new units are built.
The Neighborhood has an eclectic mix of home styles from Single Family, Duplexes, Triplexes to 10-12 Unit Complexes all well-suited for a Family Neighborhood lined with mature trees, sidewalks and friendly faces! There is a balanced mix of Renters and Owners here.
Some are even ULTRA quirky like the Boat and Lighthouse designed home and cottage at the corner of 5th Street and Osprey Avenue!
The TRUE Urbanite will appreciate the opportunity of living within the Downtown Core enabling the Family to reduce the number of vehicles needed and the amount of time spent in the car! Walking to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays or Church Services on Sundays (5 different Faiths nearby), to the Movie Theater or Live Theater (6 and counting!) or any of the hundreds of restaurants and retail shops is what living Downtown is all about. Sharing outdoor time with your friends or children in the Park and experiencing the feel of a true neighborhood: that's Gillespie Park!
When YOU are ready to make YOUR move into Downtown Sarasota, you want to have an experienced and seasoned Realtor negotiating the rapid changes for you!
Count on the EXTREME HOME SELLING TEAM to guide you through the Search, Negotiation and Closing Process right up to moving in!
We look forward to getting YOU there!
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