Villas for Sale in Sarasota - a Villa is usually a single-story home that generally comes with a carport or garage attached and is run like a condo association. In other words, villas are maintenance-free, the association condo fee covers landscape and building exterior maintenance, and in many cases, the fee also covers roof replacement, basic cable TV, and sometimes even water and sewer. Villas can be attached in rows or stand-alone, but most commonly they are set up as "paired villas", which is a fancy term for duplex. The beauty of a paired villa is that both units are end units so windows on 3 sides which is very desirable. Many villas are in 55+ communities but there are not that many 55+ communities in Sarasota. You might not realize that some of these villa communities are not 55+ because villas attract seniors for the benefits they offer, ie: ground floor living, your car right by your front door, maintenance-free, etc. Another reason villas are heavily populated by retirees is that most villa communities in Sarasota come as 2BR/2BA (2 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) so they don't attract families who need a 3rd bedroom. Another reason that villas are popular is that they usually have a screened and covered lanai or porch, although many people do enclose their Lanai with sliding glass doors or windows and duct that room for HVAC, which increases their indoor square footage but eliminates that wonderful outdoor lanai area. Villa communities almost always have community pools, a clubhouse, shuffleboard, tennis courts, (now often divided into 2 pickleball courts) and in many cases an activities director who schedules things like bridge, cribbage, mahjong, poker, bingo, pot luck dinners, dances, musicians, excursions to local museums, plays, and even travel groups such as cruises and travel tours abroad.