Ask any native of Sarasota where the most desirable properties in Sarasota are and you will very likely be told "West of the Trail".
The group of "West of the Trail" (The “Trail” is the Tamiami Trail aka U.S. Route 41) neighborhoods lie on the west (or bayfront) side of South Tamiami Trail. The area is bounded generally by Mound Street on the north and by Bay Road on the south. Many of these neighborhoods sit under canopies of 100-year old banyon trees.
Prospective buyers considering homes in the "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally seeking more than one of the following attributes:
- Homes with historic significance
- Excellent schools within walking distance
- Proximity to a hospital and excellent health care at Sarasota Memorial