MEET THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Historic Laurel Park. It’s one of those neighborhoods you just don’t find everyday. Kids play in the street. Neighbors walking their dogs stop to chat. Students and young couples live alongside families and retirees. Neighborhood events are staged at the eponymous park on Laurel Street, and Island Park and Payne Park are only steps away. Coffee shops? Art galleries? Movie theatres? Restaurants? Groceries? Main Street? Sarasota Bay? They’re all within reach. Walkscore.com rates it a Walkers’ Paradise.
The November 2007 issue of Sarasota Homes & Lifestyles featured an article called “Lovable Laurel Park.” Author Paula Murray had this to say about Laurel Park:
City living doesn’t necessarily mean congested streets, impersonal crowds and modern high rises. Laurel Park in downtown Sarasota offers quite the opposite. Nestled near the central business district, Laurel Park is a historic-minded community of 1920s bungalows shaded by mature oak trees and traversed by brick-paved streets. Comprised of approximately 50 acres and 300 homes, the neighborhood is a conglomeration of young families and retirees, artists and professionals. The quiet streets and small-town atmosphere belie the short distance that connects it to the bustling downtown district.”
Historic Laurel Park is more than simply charming, more than merely convenient. It’s a real neighborhood, a community. People know each other here. They help each other. They look out for each other. It’s not the kind of place you find everyday, and once you find it you might never want to leave.