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Old 09-18-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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I am thinking of moving to the Sarasota area and would like an area that has community activities, fitness center, bike path, pool, etc with not alot of children. Looking for a single-family house with pool and view in the $350-500K range, 2500 sf+. I know no one, so a friendly area would be preferred. Suggestions? Also, for golf/country clubs, I'm having a very difficult time finding out the membership fees.
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Ideas for golfing communities in your price range:

Bent Tree
Country Club of Sarasota
Lakewood Ranch Country Club
Laurel Oaks Estates
Misty Creek
Prestancia
Seranoa
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Check out The Meadows, near University. Three golf courses, a nice country club, decent fitness and 17 tennis courts(3 pros). Not too many kids since the feeder schools aren't great. Very nice walking and fitness trails. Only neg is the homes were built in the '80s and '90s but many have been renovated.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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Check out The Meadows, near University. Three golf courses, a nice country club, decent fitness and 17 tennis courts(3 pros). Not too many kids since the feeder schools aren't great. Very nice walking and fitness trails. Only neg is the homes were built in the '80s and '90s but many have been renovated.
Good advice. I would also add Palm-Aire at University and Whitfield. Another nice older community, but beautiful with all the amenities you asked for, and homes in your price range. It is in the midst of the booming University Parkway shopping/dining district which is wonderful.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Hi artp, I love the area. I stayed in Riverwook in Port Charlotte which is not too far away from Sarasota and loved the community. Centex homes, many newer ones and some still being built along the Myakka River. About 17 different communities on site. Fab golf course, 6 or 7 Tennis courts and on site pro who organizes leagues and drills. Great fitness center and pool. Very friendly people. Very attractively priced in all sort of price ranges.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Thanks, that looks like a nice location.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:35 AM
 
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I was originally thinking about Port Charlotte since it was mentioned in Money Magazine as one of the best places to retire, but in reading the city-data thread on it, sounds like many are unhappy there, no doctors, hospitals, nice restaurants, shopping, etc. Several recommended Sarasota. I am going to be in Punta Gorda for a week in December (first time to the area) and plan to look around. Thanks for your response!
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I was originally thinking about Port Charlotte since it was mentioned in Money Magazine as one of the best places to retire, but in reading the city-data thread on it, sounds like many are unhappy there, no doctors, hospitals, nice restaurants, shopping, etc. Several recommended Sarasota. I am going to be in Punta Gorda for a week in December (first time to the area) and plan to look around. Thanks for your response!
Riverwood is actually in Charlotte county but it's closer to Sarasota than most areas of Port Charlotte.

As far as doctors/hospitals go, I would stick to Sarasota county. There are some decent restaurants in Port Charlotte/Charlotte county. Many of them are in Punta Gorda. Port Charlotte does have a fairly large mall with decent shopping.

If I had to pick between Sarasota and Charlotte counties, my personal choice would be Sarasota county. Better medical care, schools, libraries, shopping, restaurants, etc. I'm not saying PC isn't nice, I just prefer Sarasota county. Of course this is just my opinion...
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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Riverwood is in Charlotte county and the prices of homes is lower. We were thinking that we could take advantage of Sarasota life style since it its close by without paying quite as much for the home and taxes. Being close to good medical care is an important consideration though so we rethink that.
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