Sapphire Shores

Sapphire Shores is a west of the trail community located next to the sparkling blue waters of Sarasota Bay. It is a desirable historic community, especially for those who want to live near the water or within close proximity to downtown Sarasota.  The community is a mix of vintage and new construction homes with residences ranging from bungalows to million dollar mansions nestled on the bayfront.

5000 years ago, before settlers inhabited the area, the land now known as Sapphire Shores was inhabited by Native Americans.  In 1854, the land was platted by C.N. Thompon. In the early 1900’s, John Ringling purchased the land from Mr. Thompson. John built his home, the Ca’ d’Zan and the Ringling Museum on what is known today as Indian Beach. He then went on to develop the community of Sapphire Shores. Many of his wealthy friends purchased, built, and brought their boats to Sapphire Shores. To accommodate, John Ringling added a basin.

When the community first opened in 1924, deed restrictions dictated that homes be built in one of three styles: Mediterranean, Morrocan, or Italianate. In the very beginning, thirteen homes featuring the required architecture were constructed, yet in 1926 building soon came to a halt due to the great depression. From 1926 until approximately 1949, a mere four homes were built.  Development picked up again after1949, yet deed restrictions were no longer in effect. Ranch style homes were the new and popular trend. Today, the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of homes representative of the time periods.

All of the original homes built during the 1920’s still exist today. Many home buyers purchase with the intent to remodel yet many of the homes in Sapphire Shores are in a flood zone, therefore FEMA dictates how much can be put into improvements. This is referred to as the 50% rule.  To sum it up, in Sarasota, unless you bring your home to the current base flood elevation, you will only be allowed to complete repairs or renovations to your home for no more than the cost of 50% of the home’s value (home only). 

Sapphire Shores encompasses the following streets: Woodland Drive, Acacia Drive, Sapphire Drive, South Shore Drive, Ringling Point Drive, Brywill Circle, North Shore Drive, and Bay Shore Road.

The neighborhood of Sapphire Shores borders Ringling and New College with many students seeking rentals in this area.

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Schools Serving Sapphire Shores Sarasota FL

When it comes to buying a home, schools are an important factor in the decision making process.  The education of our children are in the capable hands of many public and private schools serving Sapphire Shores Sarasota FL.  The area’s elementary schools are primarily grades K-5. Middle Schools are grades 6-8. High Schools are grades 9-12.  Nearby colleges serving Sapphire Shores Sarasota include New College of Florida and John Ringling College School of Art and Design.

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Bayhaven School of Basics Plus

Public |  Grades K-5


Florine Able Elementary 

Public | Grades PK-5


Children First

Public  | Grades PK-12


Agape Christian School of Sarasota

Private |  Grades 1-12


Private |  Grades PK-8

Booker Middle School

Public | Grades 6-8


Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences

Charter  | Grades 6-8


Achievement Center (The)

Private | Grades 7-12


Children First

Public  | Grades PK-12


Amikids Sarasota County School District

Public |  Grades  7-12


Agape Christian School of Sarasota

Private | Grades 1-12


 Private |  Grades PK-8

Sarasota Military Academy

Charter | Grades 9-12


The Achievement Center

Private |  Grades 7-12


Booker High School

Public |  Grades 9-12


Children First

Public |  Grades PK-12


Amikids Sarasota County School District

Public   Grades Served: 7-12


Agape Christian School Of Sarasota

Private |  Grades 1-12

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