U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area
 [Register]
Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 01-09-2010, 03:26 PM
 
141 posts, read 424,065 times
Reputation: 54

Advertisements

We have the option of relocation to several cities in FL but from the preliminary research I've done, the Sarasota area sounds good. We have elementary aged kids so obviously we want good schools and a very friendly, safe community. We love the outdoors -hiking, canoeing, biking, beaches, wildlife watching. We are not "city people" (never to go clubs, etc) but do like to be near conveniences. We have friends in Tampa but I'm wondering if that might be to big for us. Right now we live in a small town that is 1/2 hour from a major city and we like that.

How is traffic/crime in the area? We don't commute but don't like congestion (lol, who does?)

Are there master-planned communities, or how are most of the neighborhoods set up?

Thanks for any input.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-09-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
7,484 posts, read 19,185,125 times
Reputation: 2777
There's are several different types of communities-master planned, deed restricted, non deed restricted, etc.

There's always something going on in the downtown area. Southside Village, which is the area west of US 41 and just of Main St and north of Siesta Dr. It's also close to the hospital. Right over the bridge is Siesta Key Beach or if you go over the John Ringling Bridge you have Lido Beach. Southside Elementary School is the districted school for Southside Village. You can look up what people have to say about Southside on these to websites: School Accountability Report... or www.greatschools.com The only problem is that nothing comes up when you search under SouthSide village because it's kind of a locally used term for that area but in the MLS they have that area broken down into a ton of little subdivisions. I'll list some here so you can look through and see what you find. If you have a little one I would suggest visiting The Children's Garden in downtown Sarasota. It's a really cool whimsical place for the little ones that is within walking distance of the downtown area. My five year old loves it there. Also, GWIZ,Mote Marine, Selby Gardens, Jungle Gardens are all within minutes of downtown. Every Saturday they have the downtown Farmers Market. Then there's the Hollywood20 Movie theater and The Burns Court Cinema, which has some really cool foreign films. Burns Court and Towles Court are neat little villages that are great to spend the afternoon catching a bite to eat or doing a little shopping. Selby Libraryis a fantastic library right in the heart of downtown. A great little organic grocery store is Morton's Gourmet Market, Southside Village, Sarasota, Florida. Marina Jack’s is always great for an afternoon out with the kids, a picnic under the trees or a leisurely walk by the bay Welcome to Marina Jack.

Some of the downtown neighborhoods are:
The neighborhoods are:
Hyde Park
Hartland Park
Poinsettia Park
Floyd & Cameron
Riverwood Park
Ridgewood
Granada
Laurel Park
Bayview
McClellan Park
Oyster Bay Estates
Bungalow Hill
Aqualane Estates
Graham Heights
Burns Court
Hartsdale
Cherokee Park
Badger Heights
Paradise Shores
San Remo Estates
Harbor Acres
Avondale
Mandarin Park
Morton Terrace

Most of the above are known as a whole as the Southside Village neighborhood. I listed a few that are on the fringe of that area. Here's some more info on the downtown area:

Home
Sarasota Florida Downtown | Shops Downtown, Sarasota Hotel | Downtown Restaurant | Sarasota Rental
Downtown Merchants Association of Sarasota

Another area woth checking out is Palmer Ranch. Palmer Ranch one of Sarasota's most popular and largest master planned communities with over 10,000 acres. Palmer Ranch actually consists of many neighborhoods, all individually operated under their own HOA. The common areas of Palmer Ranch are maintained by a master association. The overall look and feel of PR is "green" - the roads are grass and treelined, the sidewalks wind throughout the entire community, and they have recently been able to add the Legacy Trail to the many great aspects. The Legacy Trail is a paved walking/biking trail that runs through the woods along the path of the old railroad track.

Palmer Ranch is districted for great schools, is only 10-15 minutes to the beach, and is next door to the mall, new 12-screen movie theater and a fantastic YMCA complex, including a huge waterpark. Palmer Ranch is very popular with families.

Silver Oak and Prestancia are going to be your more upscale neighborhoods. Silver Oak has a championship golf course, tennis, canoeing, nature and bike trails, clubhouse, pool/spa, exercise facility. All home sites back up to a lake or preserve. There are 25 homes available in Silver Oak ranging from $439K-1.5 Mil. It is one of the newer neighborhoods in PR.

Prestancia has two championship golf courses, country club, etc. The boundaries for Prestancia are-Palmer Ranch Way, McIntosh and Beneva. It pretty much runs inside of those streets-it encompasses 565 acres. There are 28 homes for sale in Prestancia from $325K-3 mil.

Reymore St is the southern boundary for Palmer Ranch. The eastern boundary runs out to I-75, the western boundary goes to Beneva and the northern boundary runs nearly to Clark Rd. This tells a little more about Palmer Ranch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmer_Ranch Within Palmer Ranch is CJ Lofino YMCA Complex. It has a full aquatic center, gym/fitness, basketball, swimming, tennis, and water park for the kids.

Here are the communities within Palmer Ranch:

Arielle: 2 and three bedrooms coach homes built in the mid 2000's, Prices are from $215K-$299,900, There are 9, no foreclosures

Botanica: on Palmer Ranch: 172 luxury condo styled apartments. Prices are from $229-$435K, there are 5 condos-no foreclosures.

Bella Villino: Gated, 2/3 bedrooms resort like low rise condos. Prices are from $79K-$239K, there are 31 condos, 1 foreclosure a 1/1 priced at $80,900

Country Club of Sarasota: Gated, single family homes. Prices are from $295K-$537,900, 10 properties, no foreclosures

Deer Creek on Palmer Ranch: 285 acres, 400 luxury homes, private and guarded gate. This is one of the original communities at Palmer Ranch. Prices $249K-$649K, 28 properties, no foreclosures

Huntington Ponite: Single family homes. Prices are from $299K-$469, 10 properties, no foreclosures

Marabella: 139 single family homes and villas, gated community. Prices are from $199-$499K, 5 properties, no foreclosures

Mira Lago: Mediterranean style, 180 single family homes and villas, maintenance free living. Prices from $249,900-$299,900, 7 properties, no foreclosures

The Palisades at Palmer Ranch: 43 maintenance free and single family homes. Prices $399K, 1 property, no foreclosures

Palmer Square: Mediterranean style maintenance free coach homes and town homes. Prices $295-$459K, 6 properties, no foreclosures

Pinestone at Palmer Ranch: Maintenance free condos. Prices $159,900-$250K, 15 properties, no foreclosures

Plaza De Flores: 200 Mediterranean style condos. Prices $148K-$209,900, 9 properties, no foreclosures

Prestancia: This is probably one of the more upscale developments in Palmer Ranch. Two championship golf courses. Prices $229,750-$2,799,000, 42 properties, no foreclosures

Serenade on Palm Ranch: Affordable Condo community. 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. $73,900-$204K, 24 properties, no foreclosures

Silver Oak: I have a bank owned home listed in here for $730K. There are 181 single family homes here. It is very upscale and probably one of the nicer developments in PR. Prices $399,900-$1,495,000, 24 properties, no foreclosures, we just sold a bank owned one in here.

Stonebridge-Single family homes with preserves and lakes. Prices $309K-$399, 900, 6 properties, no foreclosures

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club-Has single family homes, villas and condos. 18-hole golf course. Prices $179K-$499, 900, 55 properties, no foreclosures

The Hamptons at Palmer Ranch-Is comprised of three subdivisions and has from two bedrooms homes up to executive homes. Prices $299K-$529K, no foreclosures

The Isles-Is a DiVosta community. Single family homes, villas and townhomes. Prices $213,900-$549K, 5 properties, no foreclosures

Turtle Rock-751 single family homes and villas. Executive and estate homes. Pool, recreation building, canoeing, tennis courts, bike paths. Prices $299K-$599K, 17 properties, no foreclosures

VillageWalk on Palmer Ranch-1,177 townhomes, villas, and single family homes. 500 acres. It's like a small town. Prices $208K-$549,900, 39 properties, no foreclosures

Vintage Grand-One, two and three bedroom condos. Prices $89,900-$224,900, 12 properties, no foreclosures

Wellington Chase-Single family homes. Prices $205K-$360K, 4 properties, no foreclosures
Good luck with your search!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 03:47 PM
 
11 posts, read 22,503 times
Reputation: 15
SoFLGal, That's some comprehensive answer! Are you possibly a buyer's agent! We are relocating from Westchester, ny to your area or to Mt. Pleasant, SC. The main issue is schools. We like SC but I'm hearing some bad news about the schools. I know its a boring, repeated question, but what is the quality of the elementary, high schools in your area? And are there any good, non-religious high schools. Our budget is 400 - 500k. Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
7,484 posts, read 19,185,125 times
Reputation: 2777
Hi Dylan!

A buyers agent is just a piece of paper stating that you solely represent the buyer in the transaction. I work with both buyers and sellers but on request and with a single agent agreement can work solely as a buyers agent. I have written a blog about how this works

Sarasota county has one of the best school systems in the state of Florida. It also has Pine View School for the Gifted, which was ranked the top school in Florida and one of the top schools in the Nation. It is a public school and the requirements are that you live in Sarasota county, have an IQ of 130 or more, pass the achievement tests required and have teacher recommendations. I have two children that attend PV and we are more than pleased with the school. It services grades 2nd-12th. Here's some more info on that subject:
Welcome to Pine View School
Pine View School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Public Elites - Newsweek.com
Pine View wraps up perfect Olympics | HeraldTribune.com | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida's Information Leader
America's Best High Schools: Gold Medal List - US News and World Report

There are many other fantastic school in Sarasota county. Here's a website where you can see how the schools are rated:
School Accountability Report...

Alright, if I were checking out schools other than Pine View these are the schools that I would look into, in order.

Southside services most of the downtown area south of Main St. North of Main would be mostly Booker school district. The Palmer Ranch area is mostly Ashton school district. There are other schools in the area but these are ones that I have either had personal experience with or I have friends that have kids in the schools.

For Elementary
Southside Elementary
Venice Elementary
Ashton Elementary
Cranberry Elementary (North Port)
Taylor Ranch (southern Sarasota county)
Lakeview Elementary
Gulf Gate Elementary
Laurel Nokomis Elementary (mid Sarasota county)
Tatum Ridge Elementary
Garden Elementary
Phillipi Shores
Fruitville Elementary
Englewood Elementary (southern Sarasota county)

For Middle
Sarasota Middle

High School
Riverview

If you're budget is $400k-$500K there's a ton of very nice homes that would fit in and under that range. Give me an idea of what you're looking for and I can suggest some areas. If schools are the top on your list I would start with the Palmer Ranch and Southside areas, which I mentioned above.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-10-2010, 02:58 PM
 
11 posts, read 22,503 times
Reputation: 15
Thanks SoFLGAL for another truckload of info. I see I have some homework to do.
We need at least 3 bedrooms, house with some character and some land, at least 1/2 acre. Its not important to be very close to water. Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-10-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: midwest
508 posts, read 955,719 times
Reputation: 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by ang08 View Post
We have the option of relocation to several cities in FL but from the preliminary research I've done, the Sarasota area sounds good. We have elementary aged kids so obviously we want good schools and a very friendly, safe community. We love the outdoors -hiking, canoeing, biking, beaches, wildlife watching. We are not "city people" (never to go clubs, etc) but do like to be near conveniences. We have friends in Tampa but I'm wondering if that might be to big for us. Right now we live in a small town that is 1/2 hour from a major city and we like that.

How is traffic/crime in the area? We don't commute but don't like congestion (lol, who does?)

Are there master-planned communities, or how are most of the neighborhoods set up?

Thanks for any input.
That's pretty incredible to be able to say, that you have an option of relocation to several choices of cities. What a terrific advantage you have. I hope you realize the hurdle you are able to jump by saying that.
You are correct about the research/conclusion you are coming to about Sarasota. Better schools are found in this general area than in other places in FL but remember you have the whole state to consider. SoFLGal has done a phenomenal job as usual to point you in a good direction. If you keep looking/asking you will find more people with great suggestions. I've posted on and perused through many forums and this one has a caliber of people unlike most others.

Getting further into my point, you mentioned loving the outdoors. I too love the outdoors. All of the activities you listed off can be accomplished here. Consider that I am not a Sarasotan yet, but a Minnesotan yet I can tell you when I visit, I prefer secluded places and opportunities to see things most others may not ever see. The gulf side of Florida is much quieter and laid back for one. It's also prettier and warmer waters. It has a higher statistic of older retirees going south of Tampa all the way to the Everglades, with some younger faster paced communities laced in here and there.
I have settled my mind on Sarasota. It's got the city when you need it but has so much more to offer around it. You mentioned traffic... the busiest you will see it is when the snowbirds come down. Crime? Sarasota does have some but I recommend a half hour looking at the sherrif's websites for both Sarasota County, Manatee County and then some further south to start learning about the data. Crime seems to be centralized to very specific areas along this coast and the widerspread things to look for are like car-jackings and some burglary to homes (older people don't lock their doors as habitually as younger families, and are easier targets). What I really don't like reading on is the rate of sexual crimes because it's virtually non-existent where I currently live. As a married man to a gorgeous wife and with two daughters I worry about that no matter where I look in Florida. The poorer and also younger crowds tend to move along toward Tampa and some outskirts for the jobs and Sarasota has tight laws concerning homelessness, public intoxication, etc...
I've picked up most of this on my own from seeing and reading up on it all myself and it seems to be supported by most of the posts I read. Sarasota has arts and class too. I don't need to tell you about all the attractions to the area but you should enjoy it's celebration of life. I really love the fact that it is a cultural place with lots of variety. Even some of the more wealthy Americans like to spend time on this suncoast because people leave them alone. I don't have a clue what you do for income but you'll love the state tax, I mean... lack thereof. Just keep in mind the whole stretch I'm recommending is much more service oriented professions and not really supported by industry.
I may not be the best to suggest anything about neighborhoods as I am someday in the market myself, but I do know that Florida does it different than most states I've ever seen. They are really into the gated communities and into putting everything you need in one spot. Now by saying this I'm talkking about more suburbs of cities like Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. It turns some people off by having cookie cutter houses all crammed together behind a fence and you only need a golf cart to go to the store... but I prefer those communities/neighborhoods that allow a wide range of developers in it and variations on the amount of land you get. It's going to be very hard, for instance, for me to leave my standard of living up north and find an equivalent in Florida. The standards of living aren't bad but they are just different. Consider this and you will be ok. I'm going to be doing everything I can to improve my standard of living and size of home/property in my next move but that comes at a huge cost for a northerner moving to a state like FL that doesn't have that same standard more widely available or affordable.

I wish you luck in your search
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top