A good idea for a part-time residence in Sarasota is a condo on Siesta, Lido, or Longboat Key. If you're beachfront, you'll love the gorgeous views, particularly the sunsets, but you'll pay dearly for beachfront! However, there are relative bargains to be found off the beach and, yes, even across the street from the beach.
The thing to keep in mind is that if you're across the street, you must have "DEEDED Beach Access" through your beach neighbor's property or you'll likely end up having to go to the public beach. And when you've just finished dinner and you can tell that there's going to be a beautiful sunset, and you want to take your cocktail and walk across to see it, it's a real bummer to run into a security guard who won't let you through!
Count on me to let you know the pro's and con's of Island living!
Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon...