Sarasota Community Feature: Gulf Gate Estates

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Sarasota Community Feature: Gulf Gate Estates
When a Sarasota resident says, “Gulf Gate,” they likely mean the collection of local restaurants, bars, and stores in this centrally located community. Gulf Gate is residential and shopping community centered around Gulf Gate Drive in central Sarasota popular for its nightlife and affordable housing.

Gulf Gate Communities

Housing here ranges from multifamily to single family in Gulf Gate Estates. Typical Gulf Gate homes were developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Thus, homes range in condition, bedrooms, and baths, but a 2/2 or 3/2 arrangement is most common. The area is a mixture of homeowners and renters. During the last recession, real estate investors purchased many distressed properties in the area.

Inside the boundaries is Gulf Gate Elementary school, rated “A” by the State of Florida in 2017, and an excellent public library. The shopping district offers a grocer, boutiques, dining, and nightlife amenities.

Besides the shopping area, Gulf Gate’s other big draw is its location. Residents live near Sarasota’s core, minutes from south Siesta Key and its Crescent Beach, and a short drive from Osprey and Venice. Gulf Gate is bounded by Tamiami Trail, Clark Rd, and Beneva Rd, three major commuting roads that can quickly get you anywhere in Sarasota.

Gulf Gate Amenities

Nearby residents of Gulf Gate, South Sarasota, Palmer Ranch, and Siesta Key take advantage of Gulf Gate’s central dining and entertainment hub. The well-developed Sarasota Pavilion outdoor mall features retailers like Publix, Ross, Michaels, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Some of Sarasota’s best kept dining secrets are right behind this developed shopping center in Gulf Gate Village. Along Gateway Ave, Superior Ave, and Gulf Gate Drive is a two-block district of small businesses. The Original Word of Mouth is here, as is Sarasota Brewing, Schnitzel Kitchen, Il Panicifo, Heavenly Cupcakes, Veg & Grill, Jim’s Small Batch Bakery, Crop Juice, and still much more! Watch out Wednesday for runners from Mr. Beery’s Hump Day 5k, or catch the game at one of the area’s many bars. A full list of retailers in Gulf Gate Village is available at

Gulf Gate Lifestyle

Gulf Gate residents skew on both ends of the spectrum: first time home buyers, younger families, and retirees looking for an affordable home near amenities. According to the 2010 census, the median age of a Gulf Gate resident was 51. Most of the streets include sidewalks, so you’ll often see people out jogging or strolling with their pets.

If you’re interested in living near Gulf Gate’s dining amenities, but in a newer home or a community with amenities like a clubhouse or pool, we recommend checking out the nearby Palmer Ranch. Remember, Siesta Key is quick drive over Midnight Pass Road. Downtown Sarasota and Osprey are a short drive away.

Photo credit: By MiamiMelly (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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