Gillespie Park in the city of Sarasota is yet another historic scene that dates back to 1886. Named after John Hamilton Gillespie, of whom was the first mayor of Sarasota, had been an agent to his Scottish father who was a principal for the Florida Mortgage & Investment Company. After settling, Gillespie created an experimental agricultural farming community, which proved to not be well-suited for that purpose. Gillespie dredged out the Sarasota Bay, laid out a gold course, and built a hotel on Main Street. He was elected as the first mayor in 1902 when Sarasota was officially incorporated.
Nesting itself on the Western border of N. Washington Avenue (US301) in between Fruitville Road and 10th Street, the center of this historic landmark of Sarasota is the actual park, and is one of the largest recreational neighborhood facilities in the county of Sarasota. The residential real estate price ranges in this area vary between less than $100,000 to approximately $600,000. The location is ideal for an intimate urban lifestyle just walking distance from an endless list of amenities, including the Gulf.
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