Parents want the best for their children, and this is often a major factor in deciding where to purchase a home. They look for neighborhoods with quality schools, recreational facilities, and low crime rates. Neighborhoods in Sarasota FL offer some of the highest quality schools in the nation, including a number of charter schools which focus on the performing arts. Many neighborhoods provide playgrounds and sports complexes for the convenience of residents. In addition, numerous county parks in the area offer educational opportunities on topics such as wildlife, ecology, and environmental issues. Like most urban areas, Sarasota communities consist of neighborhoods with both high and low crime rates. A safe environment is essential for ensuring the physical and psychological well-being of a child.

We researched neighborhoods in Sarasota to determine the educational opportunities, access to age appropriate recreation and safety of each. The following are some of the best neighborhood in Sarasota for families.


Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock is a family oriented community near schools, parks, and other recreational facilities. This gated community provides guarded entrances for the security of residents. Children have access to a playground, basketball courts, and a swimming pool. There are 17 lakes and ponds within the community where residents can canoe or kayak. Nature trails can be found throughout the community, and the Legacy Trail is right outside the entrance. The Sarasota Family YMCA is also less than 2 miles away.

Ashton Elementary and Sarasota Middle School are less than four miles away from Turtle Rock. Ashton Elementary School students ranked higher on statewide performance tests than 94 percent of the elementary schools in Florida. Sarasota Middle School ranked higher than 95 percent of middle schools in the state. In addition, three highly rated private schools are located within five miles of Turtle Rock including Prew Academy, New Gate School, and West Florida Christian.



Three Oaks

Three Oaks is a family friendly neighborhood with many young families. The community encircles three ponds and a fresh water lake preserve. The community is within 2 miles of Urfer Family Park where children can enjoy playgrounds and participate in sporting events. Nature trails wind through pine forests, and a boardwalk overlooks wetlands. Red Bug Sough Preserve is less than 3 miles away and consists of 72 acres of nature trails, a lake with a fishing dock, and a butterfly garden.

Three Oaks is less than a mile from Ashton Elementary and about mile from Sarasota Middle School. Riverview High School is just over four miles away and boasts a 79 percent graduation rate, which is 3 percent higher than the state average. Students rank in the top 20 percent of schools in Florida on achievement tests.



Center Gate Estates

Center Gate Estates is a mixed community of all ages with numerous family oriented neighborhoods. Amenities will vary depending on the neighborhood, but most have sidewalks, preserves, and lakes. Center Gate Estates is approximately a mile from Urfer Family Park and less than 4 miles from Twin Lakes Park. In addition to playgrounds and nature trails, Twin Lakes Park offers an abundance of ball fields and serves as a training facility for minor league baseball players.

Ashton Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, and Sarasota Middle School are all within 3 miles of Center Gate Estates. Lakeview ranked 94.3 percent higher than other schools in the state on performance exams. Riverview High School is less than 5 miles away, and several private schools are nearby. New Gate School is less than 2 miles from Center Gate Estates, and Sarasota Christian School is approximately 3 miles away.



Country Place

Country Place is a suburban family community where sidewalks lead by charming landscapes with tropical plants and flowering shrubs. Families can enjoy picnics, nature trails, and fishing at Red Bug slough, which is less than a mile away. Bee Ridge Park is also less than 2 miles from Country Place and offers playgrounds, lighted softball fields, and basketball courts. The park hosts a variety of activities including bluegrass concerts, dances, and Kung Fu.

One of the main attractions of Country Place is the proximity of Suncoast Polytechnical High. The high school is one of only four schools in the state that focuses on career oriented education. Students learn business skills and the latest technology to prepare for the future. Suncoast Polytechnical High ranked higher than 94.7 percent of high schools in Florida on achievement tests. Wilkinson Elementary is also less than 2 miles from Country Place and has received the Five Star School Award from the Florida Department of Education 17 times, including for the present school year.

Several first-rate public and private schools are near Oak Court. Fruitville Elementary is less than two miles away and Brentwood Elementary is just over 3 miles from the neighborhood. Fruitville Elementary offers a full time gifted program for eligible students in grades one through five. Parents who prefer to enroll their children in private school will find Saint Martha Catholic School and Julie Rohr Academy within a mile of Oak Court.