Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota
Yesterday and today are alive at Burns Court
One of Sarasota’s quaint, historic neighborhoods is also a great place to live! Burns Court, immediately south of downtown Sarasota, is the setting for a number of classic, historical homes and other sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But Burns Court is more than mere history; today it’s a lively community of cozy romantic restaurants, small art galleries and boutiques, and a handful of homes belonging to some of Sarasota’s luckiest homeowners. A stroll through Burns Court is a lesson in the fascinating history of Sarasota.
Owen Burns arrived in Sarasota in 1910 from Maryland and quickly became a visionary force in the city’s earliest development. By the mid-1910s Burns had founded the Burns Realty Company, the Burns Dredging Company, and with G.M. McAlpin, the Burns & McAlpin company which specialized in curbing and sidewalk paving.
The Burns Court Historic District is now 15 block-and-masonry bungalows that were built in 1924 and 1925 by Burns and designed by Thomas Reed Martin of Martin Studios. Originally, these homes were intended as upscale rental properties to attract wealthy northern visitors to Sarasota for the winters. Mr. Burns himself lived for many years at 431 Burns Lane. Each building was designed to maximize cross-ventilation and exposure to the cool breezes drifting in from Sarasota Bay. The architecture includes arches and parapets, and while the Mediterranean style is predominant, you’ll also notice hints of the Spanish Colonial and Mission styles.
Great Local Festivals in Burns Court
At the heart of Burns Court today, Burns Court Cinemas (506 Burns Lane) is the area’s leading provider of foreign, independent, and art films, and it has also emerged, since opening in 1993, as the home of a number of film series and acclaimed film festivals. The annual Cine-World Festival, sponsored by the Sarasota Film Society, brings to Burns Court films from around the globe as the centerpiece of a week-long film event that includes lectures and seminars as well as film screenings. The Burns Court Café and Art Gallery (401 South Pineapple Avenue) offers a genuine Parisian café and bakery in an art gallery setting that presents the work of local painters, sculptors, and photographers in exhibitions that change every month. Burns Court Café and Art Gallery also offers live jazz performances every second Friday.
Prospective home buyers may want to check out Burns Court Villas at Oak Street and South Palm Avenue, 23 Mediterranean-style, 3BR townhomes constructed from 2004 to 2007.
Burns Court Villas features a heated pool, private elevators, and 1-car and 2-car garages. It’s a pet-friendly community and a prestigious address. The luxury townhomes at Burns Court Villas start from approximately $500,000. Single-family homes are also sometimes available in the Burns Court community. But whether you’re coming to buy or simply to see the sights, Burns Court in Sarasota welcomes you to both its remarkable history and its charming, contemporary urban lifestyle.