Moms’ Guide to Sarasota & Manatee Neighborhoods


We love living in Sarasota and Manatee County! Finding the right part of town for you and your family can be overwhelming, so we created Moms’ Guide to Neighborhoods. For us moms, Sarasota and Manatee County is an easy choice. Amazing quick access to a variety of beaches, winter-less wonderlands, great school options, no state-income taxes and tons of moms to connect with!

Whether you’re new to the area or picking the best place for your next home, we hope this guide written from a mom’s perspective helps you find the best place to raise your family.

Sponsored by Blake Medical Center & Milbank Team

Serving the healthcare needs of Manatee County since 1973, Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, tertiary hospital and leading provider of quality, affordable healthcare. We offer a wide range of services including Manatee County’s only Trauma Center, 24-hour emergency care, open-heart surgery, cancer care, joint replacement and inpatient rehabilitation. Blake also boasts many designations and certifications from some of the most well-known names in healthcare. Our Mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

So you’re thinking of moving and you might be wondering where to start. Well, you’ve come to the right place because we are here to be your area experts, community guides, sounding board for your worries of moving your family across the country and all-around real estate specialists to make sure you find the right fit for you and your family. Sure, we have been in the business a long time and have sold a lot of real estate (and experience does matter!), but what really counts is that we are real estate obsessed, we are passionate about helping people and we believe in doing the right thing for everyone we work with. So whether you just have a question about the area or you are ready to start a full-on house hunt we are here for YOU! Check out our Facebook page and let’s connect! Rebecca & Toma Milbank


  1. Hi Lauren, my name is Roberta. Love your website. My family and I are from Tappan New York, and looking forward to visiting Sarasota once things get better with COVID 19. Hope you and your love ones are ok during this troubling time. I have a toddler who will be turning 4 in September. My priority is obviously the schools and a development that is family oriented.

    Nervous about the move, but he loves the idea about moving to Sarasota Florida. We love outdoor activities such as running, walking and playing sports. What is your recommendation about a development in Lakewood Ranch that is great for children ?


    • Hi Roberta! I sent you an email 🙂 We love in this area – so many great options to be outdoors and active!

  2. Hi Lauren, I love your blog! So helpful with info and nice news. I was reading it to understand better how’s living in Sarasota. Family of 8, mom&dad, son12;daughter10, poodle;chihuahua, 2 female kittens. We’re looking for a dream house in a dream neighborhood to move there max in 6 months. Coming from San Diego but moved from Italy 6 years ago. I’m studying Lakewood Ranch and Palmer Ranch. Looking for a big house, 5bd/5bth. What do you recommend? Hope see you soon! Thank you, Simona

  3. Hi Lauren, What complex do you recommend for our young family with 2 small children. I like this area, but my wife did not see Sarasota area. We want to sell our house, and buy at Sarasota. Please recommend any complexes where more families with small children. We will moving in 2 months. Thank you, Jake

  4. Hi Lauren, Loved your blog. We are looking for a Sarasota lover to help us understand the neighborhoods, schools and how the community works, so we can find our dream place to move in. We are driving there this month and hoping you could indicate someone who could help us to understand a bit of the area. Thank you, Sabrina

  5. Hi Lauren, we are considering of moving to Sarasota hopefully within one year. I came across your blog and website, which has been very helpful. We are family of four with a special needs child. Can you please guide us with this move and good neighborhoods to look into. Thank you in advance.

  6. Hi Lauren,
    I came across your webpage and I wanted to reach out to gather more information about Sarasota. My husband and I are considering moving to Florida. We have 2 children at age 7 and 10. I have been trying to find a nice place to raise our kids that could be near the coast but not as expensive as California (our current location). I came across Sarasota but heard it is a destination for retirement. So my question is there a good family neighborhood with young children? I also need to be some how near hospitals as I am a health worker. I appreciate any feedback.

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