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Old 03-26-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Hi, we've been researching the N. Pinellas area for home-buying for a yr now. Have found that the HOA's and insurance estimates along w taxes bring up the monthly costs too high. In the safer zones, the HOA's offset any savings on insurance, etc.
So, now we've started looking in the Sarasota area and are wondering if anyone has knowlege regarding these expenses in the Sarasota area.
Looking for a 3/2/2 with pool, newer than 1994, about 2000 sq ft.
Thanks SOOOO much for any info!!
deecc3
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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There are 3 bedroom pool homes in Sarasota built in the 90's starting in the $90's price range and they go up from there. Most of those below the $130,000 mark are distress sales, either bank owned or short sales and usually need some updating or TLC.

How much per month for HOA fees, insurance and taxes is your budget? What price range home are you considering?
Do you want a deed restricted neighborhood with a mandatory HOA?
Do you need a fenced yard for pets (some HOAs do not allow fencing)?
Will you have more than 2 vehicles, as some HOAs require all vehicles to be garaged at night (no driveway or street parking overnight)?

There are lots of neighborhoods in Sarasota that may work for you based on your original post, but I don't want to just post a long list of names of subdivisions. If you can answer some of these questions, then I can suggest subdivisions that may better meet your criteria.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Hi, we've been researching the N. Pinellas area for home-buying for a yr now. Have found that the HOA's and insurance estimates along w taxes bring up the monthly costs too high. In the safer zones, the HOA's offset any savings on insurance, etc.
So, now we've started looking in the Sarasota area and are wondering if anyone has knowlege regarding these expenses in the Sarasota area.
Looking for a 3/2/2 with pool, newer than 1994, about 2000 sq ft.
Thanks SOOOO much for any info!!
deecc3
For some reason I thought you said your criteria was under $90k. Generally Sarasota would be the most expensive, then Venice, then North Port. You could find a brand new (never lived in) pool home, with over 2000 sq ft in North Port. If the home is newer (2004 or newer) the hurricane codes would be different and therefore much better on insurance. For a home that size in North Port you're probably looking at around $900 per year or less.
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the help! This is encouraging, hearing that insur.premiums aren't killer all over FL. Our price range is around 199,000 to 270,000. With monthly insur. HOA and taxes under 800. Do not need fenced yard, will probably have just 2 cars, but aren't looking for an overly restricted community which doesn't let you park overnight in the drive. Definitely looking for a pool home.
Also, north of Sarasota would be nice. Just starting with the neighborhood search on myfloridahomes.com and realtor.com. Maybe stay away from CDD designations. Also, have heard that golf communities tend to increase their HOA assessments more frequently than others, which we don't need as we're just occasional golfers. Thanks for all your info, all!
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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There are many wonderful communities in Bradenton or North Sarasota. The Cascades is a gated , very friendly community with the a huge clubhouse, indoor outdoor swimming pool, rec room, card room and fitness room and it is a maintenance free community. People are very friendly there and it is in a great location. Right in the middle of Sarasota and Bradenton. Also River Place is a very nice clean well maintained community. You can have a home on the river or on the lake. They also have a very nice clubhouse and it is a gated community as well. Tara is another very nice community that offers condo, villas,single family homes. They have a clubhouse and the community is very large. You can have a golf membership or not if you prefer.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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There are a lot of very nice, newer communities north of University Pkwy that will have pool homes in the price range you mentioned without CDD fees. I live in the area myself and find I have access to everything but the taxes are slightly lower than Sarasota.

Mote Ranch, Copper Ridge, Chaperral, University Place in the Palm Aire area are a good place to start. Just north of there, off of Lockwood Ridge Road are the newer subdivisions of Mandalay (gated), Barrington Ridge, Riomar and Regal Oaks. North of SR70 off of 45th (Lockwood's name changes once you cross SR70) is Sabal Harbour. Nice, slightly older neighborhoods (built in the 1990's) in that area are Lionshead, Garden Lakes Estates (gated at night), The Trails and Quail Run. Tara, closer to I75 off of SR70 is a golfing community and some of the neighborhoods within it do require a golf course equity membership, some don't. Just south of Tara is River's Edge. Just north of Tara is Creekwood.

If you go north on I75 to the next exit at SR64, you can find quite a few neighborhoods that may interest you, such as Mill Creek, Greenfield Plantation, Country Creek and River Place. Heritage Harbour and Greyhawk Landings are very nice with lots of amenities but both have annual CDD fees added on to the annual tax bills.

If you travel a few miles north of SR64, to the Ellenton - Parrish exit, you'll find a lot of new and almost new communities with pool homes starting in the $130's (or less for short sales). Kingsfield, Aberdeen, Covered Bridge Estates, Oakley Place are options near Ellenton. Towards Parrish you'll find Lakeside Preserve, River Plantation, Ancient Oaks, Creekside Preserve (brand new homes), Chelsea Oaks and River Woods. Harrison Ranch and Copperstone both have CDD fees.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable some of these neighborhoods can be.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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Thanks very much. It does sound affordable. Have been finding some around 52nd Drive E. and that area. I think that would be the Creekwood community.
This gives us lots to look into, with great personal comments to help.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Creekwood is on the north side of SR70, across from the entrance to Tara. The subdivision is divided into several sections. The subdivision has a community pool and basketball courts. Most of the homes for sale are priced in the $140,000 to $200,000 range, with the lower end prices being mainly short sale or foreclosure homes.


Last summer the Bradenton Herald ran a story about a proposed 25-acre park in the Creekwood neighborhood (corner of 44th Ave E and Creekwood Blvd) that would have 2 dogs parks, a playground, exercise trail, & 2 tennis courts. At the time they stated the park was in its final planning stage, waiting for approval from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Creekwood is a very nice neighborhood with many different sections. It is very close to great shopping and resteraunts. Very close to I -75 for easy access. I have many friends that live in Creekwood and they like it very much. State Rd.70 is a very desireable and popular area.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Florida and CT
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Are any of the neighborhoods SunshineRules mentioned still building new homes, other than part of Heritage Harbour called River Strand?
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