Besides the white sand beaches, Sarasota boasts a burgeoning economy, an exciting arts scene and a plethora of outdoor activities. Therefore, it’s not surprising that a lot of people are moving here in droves, beyond snowbirding. Getting settled here means finding housing, getting connected with the utilities, knowing the city and more. Additionally, you should consider self storage to help with this transition. Renting a storage unit in Sarasota, Florida costs anywhere from $40 to $600, based on the unit size of your choice. However, if you move from one home to another, you might use a 10’x15′ unit or even a 10’x20′, based on the size of your previous home. If you’re not sure which size you need, consult this unit size guide.

All in all, self storage can be surprisingly useful in the various instances of your Sarasota life as follows:

1. Residents

Here’s how self storage can help you if you’re a Sarasota resident:

  • Homeowners

With so many people moving here, prospective homeowners can find self storage a great service to aid during this time of transition. But the service can come in handy well beyond that. Once settled in your new Sarasota home, you can use self storage if you wish to take on a home remodeling project. You can store belongings from the space that’s under construction in a storage unit until you complete the project to help minimize disruptions to daily life.

  • Renters

Sarasota renters are another category of people who can reap the benefits of self storage. Apartment living means you enjoy less living space than those living in a single-family home, making space a precious commodity that you need to use as practically as possible. You can put seasonal items — such as décor, bulky clothing and some sports gear — in storage until you can use them again.

Moreover, if you’re a renter and an EV driver, Sarasota smiles on you. It has the the second-highest number of residential buildings with EV-charging capabilities (9%). You can use your EV to drive around town while your gas vehicle sits in storage until you’re going on your next out-of-town trip.

Marina lined with residential condominiums in Sarasota, Florida
Marina lined with residential condominiums in Sarasota, Florida
  • Students

Several higher-education institutions call Sarasota home, including the New College of Florida (public liberal arts college), Keiser University Sarasota (private university), FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Ringling College of Art and Design and Florida State University College of Medicine Sarasota Regional Campus.

Students attending classes in Sarasota might also find self storage useful during both the academic year and summer break. To make the most of their space, they can put seasonal and bulky items in a storage unit until they can use them again. Moreover, they can move the contents of their dorm room or apartment into storage over the summer break to avoid a costly and cumbersome move back home.

2. Local employers

While tourism is a major contributor to the local economy, there are a number of major employers in the area that include the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, APAC Customer Services, The Zenith and the industrial company Roper Technology.

Whether it’s for document use, furniture or specialty equipment, some of these businesses could find self storage a useful service. Paper records and specialty equipment can sit in a unit instead of taking up space in the designated workspace. Additionally, small businesses, such as retailers, e-commerce boutiques and more, can turn to self storage to manage overflowing inventories — with extra merchandise sitting in storage until it’s ready to hit the shelves.

3. Performing arts venues

Sarasota is not short on performing arts venues, whether we’re talking music, dance, theater or circus. You can easily go out for a night on the town at The Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Orchestra and many more.

Notably, Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating Theatre, formerly The Woman’s Club of Sarasota, is among the oldest buildings in town. All these institutions can turn to self storage to keep their instruments, costumes, props and other paraphernalia during the off-season.

4. Local museums

Fine art is right at home in Sarasota, with art galleries, artist collectives and decorative arts well represented here. You can visit the Sarasota Art Museum or the Ringling Museum to get a taste of the local arts scene in Sarasota.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida

Museums and other art joints can also make use of self storage, as they can keep additional installations in storage until it is time to display them. Climate-controlled storage units are essential for art items that need ideal temperature and humidity for preservation.

5. Outdoor fans

Sarasota is an outdoor haven with some of the best beaches in the world – think a +35-mile stretch of sand and surf. You can enjoy more than just swimming and beaching. With over 35 miles of beaches, it encompasses six keys, including Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key.

You can also golf here. Head out to the University Park Country Club, Rolling Green Golf Course, Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club or one of many other courses dotting the area, including the original course for the John Ringling hotel on the tip of Longboat Key.

Fishing is another outdoor activity that evolved naturally as a consequence of the bounty of the bay with tarpon, gar and other species found here.

For all the outdoor gear you could use in Sarasota, whether it’s your surfboard, golf clubs or fishing gear, a storage unit is perfect to temporarily keep them until you’re ready to use them again on another Sarasota adventure.


Mirela is a real estate writer and lifestyle editor for Yardi. With an academic background in English and translation, Mirela now covers a range of topics including real estate trends, lifestyle and economy. Her previous experience in proofreading academic articles has inspired Mirela to choose a writing career path. In her free time, Mirela enjoys reading, but also hiking and creating art. You can contact Mirela via email.

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