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Old 04-15-2007, 12:04 PM
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Does anyone know about the crime, schools, pedestrian-friendly nature of the neighborhood "Whitfield Estates" west of 41? It's north of the airport in Sarasota.
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:21 PM
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The area to which you are referring is still in Sarasota limits, but is basically Bradenton. Areas immediately near the airport are generally considered less desirable. Being west of 41, however, is generally considered more desirable because of the closer proximity to the bay. Have driven through there, it's not my personal cup of tea. A bit too close to the airport and dog racing track for me. Don't know anyone who lives there, but I would not buy into any area without seeing it firsthand. Just do your homework and be cautious. But, that is also advice for buying anywhere.
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:13 AM
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I used to live in Whitfield about 20 years ago. It is a beautiful neighborhood, but the AIRPORT is right next to it and it is beyond noisy. The planes do try to turn earlier now, but please be aware that the airport bought many of the old homes in the area and knocked them down - the airport actually owns a lot of the now-vacant lots and also the airspace above some existing homes.

As far as safety, I can't say how it is today. It is near some other bad areas, and I did have an incident of indecent exposure as I rode my bike around the golf course there. West of 41 is best, but it will be EXTREMELY expensive, if you can even find property on that side. As the earlier poster mentioned, it has a Sarasota address, but is actually south Manatee county. Also, there have been some small planes that crash near there, including one just last week, so you need to consider that as well.

Good luck!
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:23 PM
Location: downtown Sarasota
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I used to rent back in 2001 on the west side of Gaines, on the bay side......you will hear planes all the time...over by the golf course, east of 41 is nice, but you are just off 41....where the crack deals go down at the Suburban Inn...and the girls walk the street....that's why there's no phones left at the 711......

the bounderies of Whitfield are "not so good" however, with the push of $$$ it's in its own period of change....

is that your area of choice????
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