Sarasota is many things to many people: a retirement community, an arts town, home to some of the best beaches anywhere. But a local movement is afoot that might just put Sarasota on the map as, of all things, a college town. New College of Florida is regularly ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Ringling College of Art + Design has renowned animation and graphic design programs. East-West College trains students to become doctors of Eastern medicine. State College of Florida, formerly Manatee Community College, offers a vast array of affordable courses and programs that round out the local educational menu. Oh, and the Asolo Performing Arts Center is also home to Florida State University’s graduate theater arts program. This extraordinary post-secondary diversity has been gradually coalescing, and while I’m not sure any studies have been done to verify this, one gets the sense that more and more high school and college students and recent grads are deciding to stay in sunny Sarasota and put their stamp on the place.
Looking for a place to call home? Want to be able to walk to Main Street and Downtown Sarasota? Curious about this whole Urban Village thing? Laurel Park Management welcomes you.
We have studios, 1BD and 2BD apartments, cottages, and bungalows for rent throughout Sarasota’s Historic Laurel Park neighborhood. All units are close to bus lines, within walking distance of Main Street, Burns Square, Payne Park, the Bayfront, and everything Downtown Sarasota has to offer. New College, Ringling College, USF, Asolo, and East-West College are all within a ten-minute drive or a twenty-minute bike ride.