Beautiful, bohemian, and exquisitely balanced with nature, Sarasota's Museum Area mixes expressive architecture and historic reverence resulting in one of the area's most charismatic neighborhoods. Patrons of the visual and performing arts and history buffs alike appreciate its proximity to the Ringling Museum of Art, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, New College, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and the University of South Florida. Those who live here are as eclectic as the selection of residences, ranging from retirees to artists, writers, young professionals, and some of the descendants of Sarasota's earliest settlers. ... more.Facing Sarasota Bay, an array of the city's most impressive and stately residences are found in the Museum Area. Amidst towering trees and lush foliage, both modern and traditional architecture paint an idyllic picture. There are also smaller, meticulously-maintained homes along quiet streets. Public parks along the Bay add to the quaint charm of the historic area, which was once home to John Ringling and many of his family members, friends and business associates.