By Ron Nowak

Spotlight Community: Bahia Vista Estates – 55+ Active Adult Community

Address:3901 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232

Brief description: Bahia Vista Estates is a pet-friendly, resort-style 55+ active adult community located in Sarasota, frequently voted as one of the best places to retire in Florida. The community has about 251 home sites. 

The community center serves as the social hub. Residents meet here daily where a variety of activities and events take place. Popular with residents are the water aerobics classes in the outdoor heated pool.

New and pre-owned homes are available for sale or rent. 

Lot rent range: 

  •  $545 to $565 per month, depending on home site location.
  • Water, sewer and trash pickup services are billed separately. Average monthly fees about $20-$25 per month. 


  • Heated Pool
  • Community center
  • Shuffleboard
  • Pet friendly


  • Pet friendly
  • Professional, on-site management


  • Basic amenities package
  • Competitive market, homes tend to sell or rent quickly


$95,995 – 2 Bed, 2 Bath, NEW HOME, 1,056 sq. ft., open floor plan, covered patio

$49, 900 – 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, pre-owned, 820 sq.ft., refurbished, lots of new appliances

$35,000 – 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, 2,150 sq.ft., fully furnished, move-in ready