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741 Apartments for rent in Sarasota, FL

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Check out 741 verified apartments for rent in Sarasota, FL with rents starting as low as $750. Some apartments for rent in Sarasota might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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21 Units Available
ARCOS Apartments
320 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL | Rosemary District
Studio
$1,400
689 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,575
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
1386 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:32 AM
Within an urban community near dining and shops. Close to the beach. Apartments feature 10- to 14-foot ceilings, updated kitchens and bathrooms, and designer finishes. Pool and fitness center on-site.
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13 Units Available
Advenir At Gateway Lakes
1000 Marlin Lakes Cir
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,242
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,403
1082 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,597
1246 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:49 AM
Explore on-site amenities, including a pool area with a sundeck and walking trail. Unit features vinyl wood flooring and stackable washer and dryers. Located close to I-75 and Fruitville Park.
Verified
7 Units Available
The District at Rosemary
710 N. Lemon Ave
Sarasota, FL | Rosemary District
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,500
792 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,270
1302 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:36 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at The District at Rosemary in Sarasota. View photos, descriptions and more!
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17 Units Available
Tradition at Palm Aire
8445 Gardens Circle
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,220
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,309
1081 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,480
1255 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:23 AM
Just minutes from schools and freeways. Pet-friendly. Apartments offer vinyl plank flooring, a washer and dryer, large closets, and lanais. On-site bark park, heated lap pool, lakes and car care center. Near 1-75.
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29 Units Available
Longitude 82
5900 Wilkinson Rd
Sarasota, FL
Studio
$1,167
574 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,303
821 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,747
1118 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:42 AM
Close to Highway 93 and the Tuscana development. Community offers complimentary car washes, resort-style swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center. Apartments have an island breakfast bar, a beverage refrigerator and stainless steel kitchen appliances.
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7 Units Available
Saratoga Place
5010 Central Sarasota Pkwy
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,239
828 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,385
1182 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,895
1376 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:01 AM
One-, two- and three-bedroom units include spacious closets, hardwood floors and deluxe kitchens. Residents enjoy easy access to I-75, nearby beaches at Siesta Key and the Oscar Scherer State Park that is just minutes away.
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16 Units Available
The Loop at 2800
2800 Telluride Loop
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,360
813 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,565
1170 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,865
1319 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
Be prepared for a life of luxury. The newest community in Sarasota, Florida, The Loop at 2800 will feature plenty of indulgences.
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20 Units Available
The Lexington
3510 Cheshire Sq
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,050
733 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,290
1114 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 01:30 AM
The Lexington offers one, two, three and four-bedroom floor plans with large living space, gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer (in select units) and private screened patios.
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27 Units Available
Reserve at Palmer Ranch
4110 Winners Cir
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,170
840 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,445
1058 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,875
1125 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
Units feature high ceilings, spacious closets, washer/dryer, screened Lanai, fireplace and modern appliances. On-site amenities include pool with sundeck, BBQ pit and dog park. Situated near Legacy Trail and Sarasota Square Mall.
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21 Units Available
Solaire
5350 Desoto Road
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,399
859 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,720
1177 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,270
1509 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
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20 Units Available
Sage on Palmer Ranch
12501 Honore Avenue
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,330
795 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,715
1160 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 01:30 AM
Sage on Palmer Ranch is a beautiful new luxury apartment community in the heart of Palmer Ranch, Sarasota, offering a range between one to three bedroom apartment homes.
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43 Units Available
TGM University Park
6001 Medici Ct
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,199
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,269
1106 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1302 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 10:40 AM
TGM University Park offers an ideal combination of location and lifestyle.
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35 Units Available
TGM Palm Aire
6104 Turnbury Park Dr
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,199
805 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,329
1163 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,710
1337 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 10:40 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at TGM Palm Aire in Sarasota. View photos, descriptions and more!
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7 Units Available
One Palm
201 S Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,659
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
Brand new high-rise community with never-lived-in modern units. Lots of natural light, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters. Key fob access and elevator. Community is in downtown waterfront district with rooftop pool and lounge.
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5 Units Available
Oakwood Apartments
6720 15th St E
Sarasota, FL | Oneco
1 Bedroom
$1,157
769 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,379
1042 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,624
1186 sqft
Last updated November 23 at 10:53 AM
Located in the most desired locations throughout all 50 states in the United States and around the world, Oakwood apartments provide far more space than a typical hotel room.
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2 Units Available
Hidden Acres Apartments
1284 Hidden Cir E
Sarasota, FL | Oneco
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$919
2 Bedrooms
$1,125
Last updated November 23 at 09:42 PM
Located in the heart of Sarasota, FL, Hidden Acres provides you with ranch-style living at its finest. A quiet community nestled under large oak and pine trees, Hidden Acres offers everything you could want in a small friendly community.
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1 Unit Available
Greenway
3890 Greenway Dr
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,221
831 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 23 at 09:31 PM
Minutes from the beaches and Bobby Jones Golf Club. Recently renovated apartments with walk-in closets and updated appliances. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with an on-site playground. On-site laundry provided.
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26 Units Available
The Adley Lakewood Ranch Waterside
2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd N
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,468
820 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,771
1202 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,998
1471 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
Welcome home to The Adley Lakewood Ranch Waterside, located in Sarasota, Florida! The Adley offers brand new one, two, and three-bedroom apartments! Enjoy amenities such as our relaxing resort-style pool with sundeck and cabanas, walking path,
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76 Units Available
The Harrison
2575 University Pkwy
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,360
868 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,685
1150 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,065
1589 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
At The Harrison, we imagine the possibilities & deliver the experience you deserve. Situated in Sarasota, FL, our community allows you convenient access to exquisite dining, shopping and entertainment spaces.
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29 Units Available
50 Paramount
50 Paramount Dr
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,175
848 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,785
1262 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,070
1469 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 12:33 AM
Just a few minutes from AMC Barrett 24 Commons Theater, these apartment homes feature walk-in closets, fireplaces and private patios. Community amenities include a clubhouse, business center and tennis court.
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21 Units Available
Volaris Live Oak
2509 Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,369
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
1126 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,014
1308 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:41 AM
Life at First Sight, Live at Volaris Live Oak! An original living experience has arrived with all the essential features and details. This is VOLARIS Live Oak... a dynamic community styled with you in mind.
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141 Units Available
Bainbridge Palmore
310 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,483
771 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,670
1163 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,075
1400 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:30 AM
Bainbridge Palmore unveils an exceptional portrait of living. A unique fusion of style and sophistication, our apartment residences reflect your contemporary flair. Enjoy the life you deserve.
Verified
10 Units Available
The DeSota
1415 2nd St
Sarasota, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,780
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,440
1180 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,945
2071 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:30 AM
Spacious kitchens with quartz countertops, European-style cabinets, and plank flooring in the living and kitchen areas. Conveniently located with easy access to Main Street and the Waterfront.
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36 Units Available
The Point at Bella Grove
8310 Bella Grove Circle
Sarasota, FL
Studio
$1,305
620 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,355
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
1040 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 01:30 AM
Luxury living within miles of I-75 and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Open-air community lounge with fireplace, pool, outdoor grilling area and fire pit. Apartments have gourmet kitchens, granite countertops and washer/dryer. Pet-friendly.

Median Rent in Sarasota

Last updated Oct. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Sarasota is $998, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,367.
Studio
$771
1 Bed
$998
2 Beds
$1,367
3+ Beds
$1,487
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Sarasota?
In Sarasota, the median rent is $771 for a studio, $998 for a 1-bedroom, $1,367 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,487 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Sarasota, check out our monthly Sarasota Rent Report.
How much is rent in Sarasota?
In Sarasota, the median rent is $771 for a studio, $998 for a 1-bedroom, $1,367 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,487 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Sarasota, check out our monthly Sarasota Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Sarasota?
You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Sarasota by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Sarasota?
You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Sarasota by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Sarasota?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Sarasota apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Sarasota?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Sarasota apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Sarasota properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Sarasota properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Sarasota?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Sarasota.
How much should I pay for rent in Sarasota?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Sarasota.
How can I find off-campus housing in Sarasota?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Sarasota. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Altierus Career College-Tampa, and University of South Florida-St Petersburg.
How can I find off-campus housing in Sarasota?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Sarasota. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Altierus Career College-Tampa, and University of South Florida-St Petersburg.

Median Rent in Sarasota

Last updated Oct. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Sarasota is $998, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,367.
Studio
$771
1 Bed
$998
2 Beds
$1,367
3+ Beds
$1,487

City Guide

Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Salutations, Sarasotans, and welcome to your online apartment hunting headquarters! Located on the southwestern edge of the Sunshine State along the heavenly Gulf Coast shores, Sarasota is as close to a mirror image of paradise as you’ll find anywhere. So what do you say? Are you ready to score your dream pad in la-crème-de-la-crème of Florida beach communities? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, because all it takes is a few simple clicks within the hallowed halls of Apartment List (if websites had halls, that is) to find the perfect apartment for you in Sarasota! So without further ado, here are a few tidbits of info and advice to help get you started on your apartment hunting adventures…

Sarasota, FL
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Salutations, Sarasotans, and welcome to your online apartment hunting headquarters! Located on the southwestern edge of the Sunshine State along the heavenly Gulf Coast shores, Sarasota is as close to a mirror image of paradise as you’ll find anywhere. So what do you say? Are you ready to score your dream pad in la-crème-de-la-crème of Florida beach communities? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, because all it takes is a few simple clicks within the hallowed halls of Apartment List (if websites had halls, that is) to find the perfect apartment for you in Sarasota! So without further ado, here are a few tidbits of info and advice to help get you started on your apartment hunting adventures…

The Sarasota Vibe

Some cities in Florida are basically overgrown retirement/snowbird communities. Some are stomping grounds for students, party animals, and night owls. Others are safe havens for nine-to-fivers, working professionals, and growing families. Sarasota is a little bit of each. Not only a popular living locale for card-carrying AARP members, Sarasota is also home to thousands of students attending classes at one of the many universities (New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, Keiser College, and FSU’s drama school) located within city limits. In other words, whether you’re looking to play some bridge and hit the pillow by 9 or party all night like a College Joe rock star, you’ll feel right at home in Sarasota.

When your city boasts some of the world’s whitest, cleanest beaches (Siesta Key Beach, especially), it’s bound to draw a tourist or two, or maybe even a few long-haired models riding atop horses. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Sarasota plays host to hordes of beach-going vacationers year-round. Hopefully you enjoy sharing your city streets with flowery shirt-sporting suburbanites in floppy hats and sandals, because tourists are a major fact of life in Sarasota.

Sarasota is also western Florida’s unofficial culture capital, with a wide range of art galleries, museums, theaters, live music venues, performance halls, and nighttime hotspots dotting the downtown streets and the beachfront. Factor in a plethora of aquatic adventure destinations that include 35 miles of pristine sand on 13 public beaches, and it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do while living the life of a beach bum (or reputable citizen, if that floats your boat) in Sarasota!

The Sarasota Vibe
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Some cities in Florida are basically overgrown retirement/snowbird communities. Some are stomping grounds for students, party animals, and night owls. Others are safe havens for nine-to-fivers, working professionals, and growing families. Sarasota is a little bit of each. Not only a popular living locale for card-carrying AARP members, Sarasota is also home to thousands of students attending classes at one of the many universities (New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, Keiser College, and FSU’s drama school) located within city limits. In other words, whether you’re looking to play some bridge and hit the pillow by 9 or party all night like a College Joe rock star, you’ll feel right at home in Sarasota.

When your city boasts some of the world’s whitest, cleanest beaches (Siesta Key Beach, especially), it’s bound to draw a tourist or two, or maybe even a few long-haired models riding atop horses. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Sarasota plays host to hordes of beach-going vacationers year-round. Hopefully you enjoy sharing your city streets with flowery shirt-sporting suburbanites in floppy hats and sandals, because tourists are a major fact of life in Sarasota.

Sarasota is also western Florida’s unofficial culture capital, with a wide range of art galleries, museums, theaters, live music venues, performance halls, and nighttime hotspots dotting the downtown streets and the beachfront. Factor in a plethora of aquatic adventure destinations that include 35 miles of pristine sand on 13 public beaches, and it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do while living the life of a beach bum (or reputable citizen, if that floats your boat) in Sarasota!

Safety First

Most parts of Sarasota (both on the mainland and in the “Keys”) are as safe and family-friendly as you’ll find in the Gator State. A few neighborhoods, however, like the Newtown area near downtown, have come under fire in recent years after a rash of drug-related and violent crimes, so be sure to scout out any neighborhood in advance to see whether or not you’re comfortable with its vibes before signing a lease. Fortunately, you can find plenty of quality lodgings in numerous primo, ocean-side neighborhoods at reasonable prices, so you shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate real estate in a second-class neighborhood anyway.

Safety First
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Most parts of Sarasota (both on the mainland and in the “Keys”) are as safe and family-friendly as you’ll find in the Gator State. A few neighborhoods, however, like the Newtown area near downtown, have come under fire in recent years after a rash of drug-related and violent crimes, so be sure to scout out any neighborhood in advance to see whether or not you’re comfortable with its vibes before signing a lease. Fortunately, you can find plenty of quality lodgings in numerous primo, ocean-side neighborhoods at reasonable prices, so you shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate real estate in a second-class neighborhood anyway.

Renting Tips

As you’d probably expect in a city as diverse as Sarasota, apartments come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from low-budget 1BR crash pads with basic amenities for less than 600 bucks all the way up to all-inclusive retiree rental properties in the $4500 range. Whether you’re a cheapskate, a deep-pocketed high roller, or someone in between, you should have no problem finding the picture-perfect pad in Sarasota.

Cheap apartments for rentin Sarasota are spread evenly throughout the city, with the bulk of upscale condominiums and lofts centered near the highly urbanized downtown. Apartments range from brand new to well established (pre-1970) and cater to largely different demographics (families with children, young urbanites, students, retirees, etc), so do some preliminary research about a complex’s tenants before scheduling a visit with an apartment rep. Also, keep in mind that pet policies differ drastically from landlord to landlord (some apartment managers don’t even allow fish while others could hardly care less if you share living space with a 600 pound American alligator).

Apartments are almost always available in any Sarasota apartment complex you come across (although retiree communities are sometimes at full capacity) and waiting lists are rare. Obviously, this gives leasers the luxury of scouring the apartment market leisurely and thoroughly for the best deals. Just arm yourself with the necessary credentials (a blank check to buck up for the modest security deposit you’ll likely have to pay, proof of income, a list of previous residences, and a reputable co-signer if you have some skeletons in your renting history), and you’ll be ready to move in with Sarasota’s finest in no time!

Renting Tips
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As you’d probably expect in a city as diverse as Sarasota, apartments come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from low-budget 1BR crash pads with basic amenities for less than 600 bucks all the way up to all-inclusive retiree rental properties in the $4500 range. Whether you’re a cheapskate, a deep-pocketed high roller, or someone in between, you should have no problem finding the picture-perfect pad in Sarasota.

Cheap apartments for rentin Sarasota are spread evenly throughout the city, with the bulk of upscale condominiums and lofts centered near the highly urbanized downtown. Apartments range from brand new to well established (pre-1970) and cater to largely different demographics (families with children, young urbanites, students, retirees, etc), so do some preliminary research about a complex’s tenants before scheduling a visit with an apartment rep. Also, keep in mind that pet policies differ drastically from landlord to landlord (some apartment managers don’t even allow fish while others could hardly care less if you share living space with a 600 pound American alligator).

Apartments are almost always available in any Sarasota apartment complex you come across (although retiree communities are sometimes at full capacity) and waiting lists are rare. Obviously, this gives leasers the luxury of scouring the apartment market leisurely and thoroughly for the best deals. Just arm yourself with the necessary credentials (a blank check to buck up for the modest security deposit you’ll likely have to pay, proof of income, a list of previous residences, and a reputable co-signer if you have some skeletons in your renting history), and you’ll be ready to move in with Sarasota’s finest in no time!

A Note About Transportation

If you live and work in the walker-friendly downtown area, you can probably get by without your own vehicle (the SCAT public city buses hit up all the major stops throughout Sarasota County and light rail service to Tampa Bay is currently in the works). Still, to experience everything the city has to offer (including the magnificent outlying Keys), you’ll likely need your own set of wheels at some point.

And now that we’ve touched all the major bases about apartment life in paradise, it’s time for the fun part: finding you a super sweet Sarasota apartment! Welcome aboard and happy hunting!

A Note About Transportation
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If you live and work in the walker-friendly downtown area, you can probably get by without your own vehicle (the SCAT public city buses hit up all the major stops throughout Sarasota County and light rail service to Tampa Bay is currently in the works). Still, to experience everything the city has to offer (including the magnificent outlying Keys), you’ll likely need your own set of wheels at some point.

And now that we’ve touched all the major bases about apartment life in paradise, it’s time for the fun part: finding you a super sweet Sarasota apartment! Welcome aboard and happy hunting!

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City Guide

Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Salutations, Sarasotans, and welcome to your online apartment hunting headquarters! Located on the southwestern edge of the Sunshine State along the heavenly Gulf Coast shores, Sarasota is as close to a mirror image of paradise as you’ll find anywhere. So what do you say? Are you ready to score your dream pad in la-crème-de-la-crème of Florida beach communities? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, because all it takes is a few simple clicks within the hallowed halls of Apartment List (if websites had halls, that is) to find the perfect apartment for you in Sarasota! So without further ado, here are a few tidbits of info and advice to help get you started on your apartment hunting adventures…

Sarasota, FL
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Salutations, Sarasotans, and welcome to your online apartment hunting headquarters! Located on the southwestern edge of the Sunshine State along the heavenly Gulf Coast shores, Sarasota is as close to a mirror image of paradise as you’ll find anywhere. So what do you say? Are you ready to score your dream pad in la-crème-de-la-crème of Florida beach communities? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, because all it takes is a few simple clicks within the hallowed halls of Apartment List (if websites had halls, that is) to find the perfect apartment for you in Sarasota! So without further ado, here are a few tidbits of info and advice to help get you started on your apartment hunting adventures…

The Sarasota Vibe

Some cities in Florida are basically overgrown retirement/snowbird communities. Some are stomping grounds for students, party animals, and night owls. Others are safe havens for nine-to-fivers, working professionals, and growing families. Sarasota is a little bit of each. Not only a popular living locale for card-carrying AARP members, Sarasota is also home to thousands of students attending classes at one of the many universities (New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, Keiser College, and FSU’s drama school) located within city limits. In other words, whether you’re looking to play some bridge and hit the pillow by 9 or party all night like a College Joe rock star, you’ll feel right at home in Sarasota.

When your city boasts some of the world’s whitest, cleanest beaches (Siesta Key Beach, especially), it’s bound to draw a tourist or two, or maybe even a few long-haired models riding atop horses. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Sarasota plays host to hordes of beach-going vacationers year-round. Hopefully you enjoy sharing your city streets with flowery shirt-sporting suburbanites in floppy hats and sandals, because tourists are a major fact of life in Sarasota.

Sarasota is also western Florida’s unofficial culture capital, with a wide range of art galleries, museums, theaters, live music venues, performance halls, and nighttime hotspots dotting the downtown streets and the beachfront. Factor in a plethora of aquatic adventure destinations that include 35 miles of pristine sand on 13 public beaches, and it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do while living the life of a beach bum (or reputable citizen, if that floats your boat) in Sarasota!

The Sarasota Vibe
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Some cities in Florida are basically overgrown retirement/snowbird communities. Some are stomping grounds for students, party animals, and night owls. Others are safe havens for nine-to-fivers, working professionals, and growing families. Sarasota is a little bit of each. Not only a popular living locale for card-carrying AARP members, Sarasota is also home to thousands of students attending classes at one of the many universities (New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, Keiser College, and FSU’s drama school) located within city limits. In other words, whether you’re looking to play some bridge and hit the pillow by 9 or party all night like a College Joe rock star, you’ll feel right at home in Sarasota.

When your city boasts some of the world’s whitest, cleanest beaches (Siesta Key Beach, especially), it’s bound to draw a tourist or two, or maybe even a few long-haired models riding atop horses. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Sarasota plays host to hordes of beach-going vacationers year-round. Hopefully you enjoy sharing your city streets with flowery shirt-sporting suburbanites in floppy hats and sandals, because tourists are a major fact of life in Sarasota.

Sarasota is also western Florida’s unofficial culture capital, with a wide range of art galleries, museums, theaters, live music venues, performance halls, and nighttime hotspots dotting the downtown streets and the beachfront. Factor in a plethora of aquatic adventure destinations that include 35 miles of pristine sand on 13 public beaches, and it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do while living the life of a beach bum (or reputable citizen, if that floats your boat) in Sarasota!

Safety First

Most parts of Sarasota (both on the mainland and in the “Keys”) are as safe and family-friendly as you’ll find in the Gator State. A few neighborhoods, however, like the Newtown area near downtown, have come under fire in recent years after a rash of drug-related and violent crimes, so be sure to scout out any neighborhood in advance to see whether or not you’re comfortable with its vibes before signing a lease. Fortunately, you can find plenty of quality lodgings in numerous primo, ocean-side neighborhoods at reasonable prices, so you shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate real estate in a second-class neighborhood anyway.

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Most parts of Sarasota (both on the mainland and in the “Keys”) are as safe and family-friendly as you’ll find in the Gator State. A few neighborhoods, however, like the Newtown area near downtown, have come under fire in recent years after a rash of drug-related and violent crimes, so be sure to scout out any neighborhood in advance to see whether or not you’re comfortable with its vibes before signing a lease. Fortunately, you can find plenty of quality lodgings in numerous primo, ocean-side neighborhoods at reasonable prices, so you shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate real estate in a second-class neighborhood anyway.

Renting Tips

As you’d probably expect in a city as diverse as Sarasota, apartments come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from low-budget 1BR crash pads with basic amenities for less than 600 bucks all the way up to all-inclusive retiree rental properties in the $4500 range. Whether you’re a cheapskate, a deep-pocketed high roller, or someone in between, you should have no problem finding the picture-perfect pad in Sarasota.

Cheap apartments for rentin Sarasota are spread evenly throughout the city, with the bulk of upscale condominiums and lofts centered near the highly urbanized downtown. Apartments range from brand new to well established (pre-1970) and cater to largely different demographics (families with children, young urbanites, students, retirees, etc), so do some preliminary research about a complex’s tenants before scheduling a visit with an apartment rep. Also, keep in mind that pet policies differ drastically from landlord to landlord (some apartment managers don’t even allow fish while others could hardly care less if you share living space with a 600 pound American alligator).

Apartments are almost always available in any Sarasota apartment complex you come across (although retiree communities are sometimes at full capacity) and waiting lists are rare. Obviously, this gives leasers the luxury of scouring the apartment market leisurely and thoroughly for the best deals. Just arm yourself with the necessary credentials (a blank check to buck up for the modest security deposit you’ll likely have to pay, proof of income, a list of previous residences, and a reputable co-signer if you have some skeletons in your renting history), and you’ll be ready to move in with Sarasota’s finest in no time!

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As you’d probably expect in a city as diverse as Sarasota, apartments come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from low-budget 1BR crash pads with basic amenities for less than 600 bucks all the way up to all-inclusive retiree rental properties in the $4500 range. Whether you’re a cheapskate, a deep-pocketed high roller, or someone in between, you should have no problem finding the picture-perfect pad in Sarasota.

Cheap apartments for rentin Sarasota are spread evenly throughout the city, with the bulk of upscale condominiums and lofts centered near the highly urbanized downtown. Apartments range from brand new to well established (pre-1970) and cater to largely different demographics (families with children, young urbanites, students, retirees, etc), so do some preliminary research about a complex’s tenants before scheduling a visit with an apartment rep. Also, keep in mind that pet policies differ drastically from landlord to landlord (some apartment managers don’t even allow fish while others could hardly care less if you share living space with a 600 pound American alligator).

Apartments are almost always available in any Sarasota apartment complex you come across (although retiree communities are sometimes at full capacity) and waiting lists are rare. Obviously, this gives leasers the luxury of scouring the apartment market leisurely and thoroughly for the best deals. Just arm yourself with the necessary credentials (a blank check to buck up for the modest security deposit you’ll likely have to pay, proof of income, a list of previous residences, and a reputable co-signer if you have some skeletons in your renting history), and you’ll be ready to move in with Sarasota’s finest in no time!

A Note About Transportation

If you live and work in the walker-friendly downtown area, you can probably get by without your own vehicle (the SCAT public city buses hit up all the major stops throughout Sarasota County and light rail service to Tampa Bay is currently in the works). Still, to experience everything the city has to offer (including the magnificent outlying Keys), you’ll likely need your own set of wheels at some point.

And now that we’ve touched all the major bases about apartment life in paradise, it’s time for the fun part: finding you a super sweet Sarasota apartment! Welcome aboard and happy hunting!

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If you live and work in the walker-friendly downtown area, you can probably get by without your own vehicle (the SCAT public city buses hit up all the major stops throughout Sarasota County and light rail service to Tampa Bay is currently in the works). Still, to experience everything the city has to offer (including the magnificent outlying Keys), you’ll likely need your own set of wheels at some point.

And now that we’ve touched all the major bases about apartment life in paradise, it’s time for the fun part: finding you a super sweet Sarasota apartment! Welcome aboard and happy hunting!

Rent Report
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November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report. Sarasota rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Sarasota rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Sarasota rents declined significantly over the past month

Sarasota rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and are down significantly by 2.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Sarasota stand at $998 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,368 for a two-bedroom. Sarasota's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.8%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    Rents falling across cities in Florida

    Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of Sarasota, but across many other cities in the state. Rents have dropped in 1 of the largest 10 cities in Florida for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -0.8% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, Miami is the most expensive of all Florida's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,580; of the 10 largest Florida cities that we have data for, 7 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Orlando experiencing the fastest decline (-5.8%).
    • Port St. Lucie, Jacksonville, and Tampa have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.3%, 1.8%, and 1.3%, respectively).

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Sarasota

    As rents have fallen significantly in Sarasota, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Sarasota is less affordable for renters.

    • Sarasota's median two-bedroom rent of $1,368 is above the national average of $1,101. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 2.9% decline in Sarasota.
    • While rents in Sarasota fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Detroit (+3.5%) and Phoenix (+3.3%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Sarasota than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $895, where Sarasota is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report

    Welcome to the November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report. Sarasota rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Sarasota rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report

    Welcome to the November 2020 Sarasota Rent Report. Sarasota rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Sarasota rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    Sarasota rents declined significantly over the past month

    Sarasota rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and are down significantly by 2.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Sarasota stand at $998 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,368 for a two-bedroom. Sarasota's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.8%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      Rents falling across cities in Florida

      Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of Sarasota, but across many other cities in the state. Rents have dropped in 1 of the largest 10 cities in Florida for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -0.8% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

      • Looking throughout the state, Miami is the most expensive of all Florida's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,580; of the 10 largest Florida cities that we have data for, 7 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Orlando experiencing the fastest decline (-5.8%).
      • Port St. Lucie, Jacksonville, and Tampa have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.3%, 1.8%, and 1.3%, respectively).

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Sarasota

      As rents have fallen significantly in Sarasota, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Sarasota is less affordable for renters.

      • Sarasota's median two-bedroom rent of $1,368 is above the national average of $1,101. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 2.9% decline in Sarasota.
      • While rents in Sarasota fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Detroit (+3.5%) and Phoenix (+3.3%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Sarasota than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $895, where Sarasota is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.