Neighborhood Watch

The Landings is One of Sarasota's Hottest Neighborhoods

Developed in the '80s and '90s, The Landings has both single-family homes and condos of every kind.

By Ilene Denton January 25, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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A central mainland location near the Intracoastal Waterway, well-kept, mature landscaping, a wide variety of upscale housing stock and a deep sense of community make The Landings one of Sarasota’s hottest established neighborhoods. Developed in the 1980s and ’90s, it has both single-family homes and condominiums of every variety, from single-story villas (Carriage Houses) to two-story Treehouses and mid-rise condos in Eagle’s Point; in fact, there are 16 condo associations.

“Anything that comes on the market doesn’t stick around long,” says Tara Lamb of Michael Saunders & Company, who has lived in The Landings right next door to her business partner, Judy Greene, for almost 20 years. (Lamb and Greene host an ice cream truck for the neighborhood’s many youngsters at the end of each school year.)

“It’s not a cookie-cutter neighborhood. All the single-family homes were custom designed, and the roads amble around 100-year-old trees,” says Lamb. The Landings Racquet Club, with its newly expanded gym, pool and Har-Tru tennis courts, is a big draw, as is the nature trail to the Intracoastal Waterway. The Halloween parade last fall was well attended by the many young families with babies who have moved here.

Home prices depend on whether the original housing stock has been renovated. “The prices jump in accordance to the condition of the home,” Lamb says. And late last year The Landings experienced a milestone: a home that was purchased, then torn down to make way for a new one. “That’s the first of that kind of thing to happen in The Landings,” says Lamb.

Number of homes in The Landings

228 single-family; 468 condos

Number of sales December 2014-November 2015

23 single-family; 36 condos

Range of sale prices

$580,000-$1.5 million, single-family; $185,000-$700,000, condos

Range of square footage

2,319-4,975, single-family; 1,380-2,358, condos

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