Thursday, October 15, 2015 / by Extreme Home Selling Team
Similar to my favorite Comedienne, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in one of her many roles, Old rolls around to become New again! Eventually....
The Historic Central Cocoanut District has long-awaited attention from the City of Sarasota in the way of a facelift aka street lamps, curb appeal, massive tree trimming or removal, and other sundry tasks left to municipalities. As one of the oldest Neighborhoods, it is deserving of rehab both public and private.
The District is a great example of the Florida Cracker Bungalow, Brick built and Mediterranean-style homes, and is one of the areas where they aren't being torn down and replaced rapidly. You might consider it the next area of town along with Rosemary for gentrification as the multi-layered Middle Class spreads further north. With single family homes, condos, duplexes and apartments, there are a variety of lifestyles from which to choose.
The residents are a mix of Owners and Tenants, mostly Tenants as the rents are still some of the lowest due to the sad state of the homes. This conflux of situations makes it ripe for purchase by singles, first time buyers, young families or retirees. The neighborhood boasts a Publix-anchored newer shopping mall at 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue; the Players Theatre; Van Wezel Performing Arts Center; Art Center Sarasota; Pioneer Park at 12th Street and further north on Martin Luther King Boulevard is the prestigious Ringling College of Art Design, just a bicycle ride away!
Crocker Church in Pioneer Park
Located within Pioneer Park are historical buildings and Sarasota's first graveyard: Pioneer Whitaker Cemetery, established in 1879, maintained by the Sara DeSoto chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The 1901 Crocker Church and the 1882 Bidwell-Wood House were both moved to their present location for preservation. Of the 500 homes in the area, almost half were built prior to 1947 and are designated historic resources.
There is new build in the area: the San Marco Condos and the Broadway Condos along with the first ever developed whole neighborhood by Habitat for Humanity on Central Avenue just south of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Several of the older wood frame homes have been replaced slowly by concrete block construction adding to the eclectic flavor and feel of the neighborhood.
The Historic Central Cocoanut District is rapidly changing and adapting to the needs of the Community. It's a terrific place to be, close to Downtown without the exceedingly high rents or mortgages. It's definitely the time to jump in on THIS game!
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