2019 Real Estate Market Wrap-Up

Over the course of 2019, the downtown Sarasota skyline changed as much as the market did! But while you assuredly noticed the buildings going up in all areas of downtown, did you notice the subtle shift in our real estate market? While we have had years of post-recession boom in and around the Sarasota area, 2019 saw the market shift to a neutral market. The neutral market condition is more stable and predictable than the drastic buyer’s (high inventory, low demand) or seller’s (low inventory, high demand) markets. Both buyers and sellers can have confidence in the stability and predictability of a more neutral market.

Let’s take a closer look at what went on in the downtown Sarasota condo market in 2019.


Downtown Condo Report – End of 2019

Average List Price: $661,000 (up 11% over December 2018)

Neutral Market

Average Sold Price: $484,000 (up 22.5% over December 2018)

Average Time on the Market: 84 days (up 8 days from December 2018)

Average Price Per Square Foot: $330

Best Month for Sales: May – This may seem counterintuitive, but since the highest month for properties going to contract was March, and it normally takes 45-60 days to close, this is right on expectation with the seasonal nature of our area.

Worst Month for Sales: January – The same logic as above holds here. Our buyer market slows during the holiday months of November and December, meaning that the closed sales feel the effects of that 45-60 days later.

Construction Updates

Completed in 2019:

The Mark Sarasota
The Mark was completed in 2019.
  • Courtyard at Citrus – Rosemary District
  • Enclave at Laurel Park – Laurel Park
  • The Mark – Central Downtown
  • The Pearl – Golden Gate Point
  • Valencia – Rosemary District
  • 7 One One Palm – Palm Avenue

Broke Ground in 2019:

The Ritz Carlton Residences
The Ritz-Carlton Residences development broke ground in 2019.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences – Bayfront
  • 332 Cocoanut – Rosemary District
  • Auteur – Bayfront
  • DeMarcay – Palm Avenue
  • Epoch – Palm Avenue
  • Zahrada – Rosemary District

In The Works:

  • Bayside Club – Rosemary District
  • Beacon – Central Downtown
  • The Collection – Central Downtown
  • En Pointe – Golden Gate Point
  • Premier on 5th – Rosemary District
  • The Strand – Bayfront

As a downtown resident myself, I would be priviledged to help you buy or sell in downtown Sarasota. Give me a call today if I can help you in your next real estate venture, especially if it means bringing you to the cultural epicenter of Sarasota, its beautiful Downtown.