Only two miles south of downtown Sarasota, Southside Village offers a hip atmosphere in a historic community. In close proximity to a number of Sarasota’s other cultural districts, this centrally located neighborhood is highly walkable and features several first class amenities for both residents and tourists, including shopping, entertainment, and gourmet dining. Founded around the opening of the 32-bed Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1925, Southside Village has changed as much over the years as the landmark healthcare facility.
Since the first grocery store opened in 1927, the village’s retail district along Hillview and Osprey Avenues has blossomed into an eclectic hub of shops, taverns, and restaurants for those seeking out a tropical, upscale lifestyle. While the Hillview area is host to a variety of street fairs and fundraising festivals throughout the year, the adjacent residential neighborhood offers a number of homes in the desirable “West of the Trail” real estate market, with tree-lined canopy streets and a diverse mix of architectural styles. Stretching from Tamiami Trail to Osprey Avenue and from Prospect Street south to Hyde Park Street, Southside Village is neighbored by Arlington Park, Hudson Bayou, and McClellan Park, and Siesta Beach is only a short drive to the south.
The 5 O’Clock Club has been bringing live musical entertainment to the area since 1955, and the shops of Southside Village are a delightful blend of elegant high fashion and bohemian chic. The intriguing variety of boutiques include elite menswear, high-end overstock, recycled women’s clothes and upscale resale, local designers, home decor, and hand-crafted jewelry. Also home to a barbershop and a choice of salons, Southside Village has become a trendy destination for an enjoyable shopping experience.
The area is also noted for its culinary offerings. Starting with Morton’s Gourmet Market, which has been offering fresh produce and prepared food since 1969, Southside Village is renown for its sidewalk cafes, pubs, and eateries. The Serving Spoon offers up home-cooked breakfasts, Southside Deli is known for their delicious sandwiches and soups, and Knick’s Tavern and Grill cooks up clever comfort foods on into the evening. Pacific Rim has some of the best sushi and Japanese-Thai fusion in town, Veronica Fish and Oyster can compete with any Seattle seafood place, Gecko’s Grill and Pub has become a local favorite with seven locations throughout the Sarasota/Bradenton area, and Libby’s has been serving their casually sophisticated cuisine for more than a decade.
The residential aspect of Southside Village appeals to millennials, families, and retirees alike. The homes feature an impressive mix of architectural designs, with a number of historical and vintage homes remaining from the 1920 and 1950s, as well as many modern and contemporary designs. The result is the intermingling of quaint old-Florida bungalows, “Sarasota School” classics, Spanish-style mansions, and Mediterranean villas.
As a neighborhood, Southside Village stands out for his beautiful tropical landscaping and exquisite mix of bromeliads, palm trees, and stately oaks. An inspiring place to live and work, the community has always been a place to raise families, since the opening of Southside Elementary school in 1926. And the Southside Village Life, the neighborhood’s own private, monthly magazine, does a lot to encourage community development and participation.
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