Laurel Park in Downtown Sarasota
History Comes Alive at Sarasota's National Park
In the midst of downtown Sarasota’s commercial, arts, and waterfront districts sits a surprising and charming residential community of duplexes, apartments, and single-family homes built throughout the last century in a variety of styles. Downtown Sarasota’s Laurel Park is a National Register of Historic Places District; it’s one of Sarasota’s earliest neighborhoods, where venerable, historic homes sit beneath towering mature pines and Spanish moss along tasteful, old-style brick streets. While several other Sarasota communities have emerged as gentrified arts or commercial districts, Laurel Park remains predominantly residential, friendly to families, retirees, artists, and professionals, retaining its village-style charm smack in the center of bustling downtown Sarasota.
A Homestyle For Everyone
Homebuyers looking into Laurel Park find options ranging from lavish, single-family luxury homes to duplex homes and apartment buildings; the neighborhood’s architectural looks span the 20th century and include the Mission, Colonial, and Mediterranean styles. While every home in the Laurel Park community has historic value, the Dr. Walter C. Kennedy Home at 1876 Oak Street is the only home in the neighborhood officially designated as both a state and a national historic site. Dr. Kennedy lived in the home from 1924 until 1946, during which time he was a visionary Sarasota business and community leader.
Your Dream Location
Today, Laurel Park is the dream location for access to all the joys and amenities of dynamic downtown Sarasota. The Park is 50 acres of history bordered by Washington Boulevard, Orange Avenue, and Morrill and Mound Streets. Those fortunate enough to live in Laurel Park are literally within walking distance of Sarasota’s several fascinating art districts, Burns Square and Towles Court, and their many galleries, studios, and boutiques; world-class shopping, casual and fine dining, and vibrant nightly entertainment are only 5 blocks north in the Main Street Merchants District; Sarasota’s spectacular waterfront and Sarasota Bay are 5 blocks west of Laurel Park; and the acclaimed Sarasota Farmers Market takes place every Saturday along Main, Lemon, and State Streets.
Map Of Laurel Park
An added benefit of living in Laurel Park
Residents are only 15 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota’s spectacular barrier islands including charming Longboat Key, St. Armand’s Key, and world-famous Siesta Key, site of sunny Siesta Beach, ranked “America’s Best Beach” in 2011. The white sand, surf, and sunsets on Sarasota’s beaches draw visitors from around the world and offer memories that will last a lifetime.
Parks Are Everywhere!
In addition to all the nearby charms, Laurel Park’s residents can take advantage of more than 200 city, county, and state parks throughout the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, including the actual “Laurel Park” itself on Laurel Street between Rawls Avenue and Ohio Place. With a playground for the kids and a delightful gazebo offering shade and relaxation to the adults, the park is a popular neighborhood amenity.
Urban And Tranquil
Laurel Park is a genuine, 21st-century urban village and an oasis of tranquility in the heart of thriving, beautiful Sarasota. Whether you’re buying a home or just visiting, a casual stroll through Sarasota’s fabulous Laurel Park will raise your spirits, pique your curiosity, and brighten your day.