Are you new to our area? Sarasota County has been ranked as one of the top destinations to Live, to open a business, and to Retire in the United States. We are also an “A-rated” school district, and home to Pine View School in Osprey, a school for the gifted and rated by US News & World Report as the #1 school in America. We are home to some of the finest beaches in the world, including Siesta Key, considered America’s best by “Dr. Beach”. Sarasota itself has long been known as the Cultural Capital of Florida and for good reason. Our museums, art galleries, performing arts, universities and colleges, music, and a variety of annual festivals provide wonderful opportunities for things to do. Downtown Sarasota and Main Street are lively with shopping, music, nightlife, and fine dining. Our hospital, Sarasota Memorial, is considered one of the best in the entire country. Just over the causeway brings you to St. Armand’s circle, one of the finest high-end shopping destinations in the world. While there you can also explore our famous Mote Marine laboratory or journey on to Lido or Longboat Key. On the mainland, explore some of the most beautiful neighborhoods, including South Gate, and Gulf Gate. Both serve as gateways to our “West of the Trail” communities such as historic McLellan Park, and Cherokee Park, where you can see some of the original Spanish style homes from the 1920’s, restored to their original glory. These two gateways are also your access points to Siesta Key, world famous for it’s soft, quartz white sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a stroll through Siesta Village, dine on some of the best seafood available, and take in a glorious sunset over the water while awaiting the nightly drum circle, a local favorite.
To the south is the small village of Osprey, home to Pine View school, and the prestigious Oaks golf course and country club. A number of fine communities have emerged for people wanting to live in close proximity to Pine View. Osprey is also home to historic Spanish Point. Continuing south you will find Nokomis, which is also home to Casey Key, a barrier island with many famous residents, including author Stephen King. Many newer communities have sprouted east of I-75 in Nokomis, due to it’s close proximity to Sarasota, and as the home to some of the largest local employers, such as PGT windows and Tervis Tumbler. Venice is a top retirement and tourist destination and offers a slower, more casual pace than Sarasota. Everyone loves the Island of Venice, with her historic Main Street for boutique shopping, unique dining, and easy access to Venice Beach, home of the annual Shark Tooth festival. Many visitors can be seen with Venice “snow shovels” as they comb through the sand looking for fossilized sharks teeth. Venice is also now home to the Chalk Art Festival, which attracts artists from around the world. Other events include annual Greek, Italian, and Jewish food festivals, and there’s a popular weekly farmer’s market. Golfing opportunities abound in Venice, and there are many new home communities to choose from. Older established neighborhoods include South Venice, with an eclectic mix of housing, and for a small annual fee, ferry access to a private beach, as well as a community boat launch.
Heading south and west from Venice down SR 776 in Englewood. The only town in our area that is untouched by US 41, Englewood is off the beaten path, and upon arriving you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world….one of the few “Old Florida” places left, where time stood still and harkens back to a day long past. Dearborn Avenue has many antique shops, local dining, it’s own theatre, and is home to weekly classic car shows, as well as many other events and activities. From here you can enjoy quiet Englewood beach, or drive up beautiful Manasota Key and visit several area beaches which are hidden treasures – very quiet and peaceful and far from the crowds of Siesta Key. If you prefer a more quiet lifestyle, then perhaps Englewood is a great choice for you.
Furthest south is the booming city of North Port. Only 20 years ago a sleepy bedroom community, North Port has exploded in population and now is the largest city between Tampa and Naples. Here you can buy a newer home for much less than elsewhere in the County, and still be in the same school district, and have easy access to I-75 for a commute to Sarasota. North Port is also home to the West Villages, the 4th fastest growing master-planned community in the United States, and slated to be spring training home for the Atlanta Braves starting in 2019.
If West Villages is the 4th fastest growing community in America, then what is #1? Our own Lakewood Ranch, which is located east of I-75 and is partially in Sarasota County, and mostly in Manatee County. Lakewood Ranch is part of our service coverage area and there are many wonderful communities to choose from. This community has it’s own Main Street and Hospital and is just across the road from one of the largest (and newest) shopping malls in America, University Town Center. This area is also home to Nathan Benderson rowing park, which is host to rowing events now attracting thousands of athletes and visitors every year. Manatee County also offers a rich and diverse treasure of real estate options. Historical Bradenton has many wonderful neighborhoods including the nationally recognized Village of the Arts, a revitalized downtown district as well as the beautiful River district, where you may find an eclectic mix of old and new, from historical 1920’s Spanish style homes to the new and still expanding Riverwalk park, along the banks of the Manatee River. To the west is beautiful Palma Sola, and the historic fishing village of Cortez. Both serve as mainland gateways to Bradenton’s barrier islands – Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, and the northern end of Longboat Key. To the north of Lakewood Ranch and east of I-75, one can find many new home communities – this location is ideal, along with easy access to Sarasota to the south, it’s a short commute to the greater Tampa area to the north. Cities north of the Manatee River – specifically Ellenton and booming Parrish – keep you in the Sarasota/Bradenton area but also place you even closer to Tampa.
There are so many options to consider and choices to be made. Florida Real Estate is highly localized and very unique. Allow the team of experts at True Real Estate to be your guide. Our local market knowledge and attention to details and our commitment to excellence in service are what sets us apart. Our primary concern is helping you to make the best, and most informed the possible decision, whether you are a first time home buyer, relocating, upsizing or downsizing, buying a 2nd or vacation home, or investment property. As Buyer Agents, our loyalty is to you. We will research, negotiate on your behalf, and protect your interests throughout the entire process. In our business, our reputation is everything. Most of our clients are referrals from happy people who have worked with us in the past, and who know that we are the best at what we do. Best of all, our services do not cost you anything! Please take your time to enjoy our website, click JOIN on the toolbar above to register and receive your free home warranty on your purchase, or contact us with any questions you may have about the Sarasota area, Real Estate in general, or click on the Relocation tab in the above toolbar to request your free relocation package. We look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime, we remain, always, at your service.