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Old 04-21-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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Hi:
Any input about the Cortez area? I'm not familiar at all with Florida, just a little bit. I'm looking for a second house for the future.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Situated on Sarasota Bay, Cortez is one of the few remaining old Florida fishing villages right on the Gulf of Mexico. Now a historic working waterfront fishing village, Cortez is located near fishing piers, beaches, shops and local museums. If you love water sports, kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing, boating, Cortez is an option to consider.

Each year in February Cortez has their annual Commercial Fishing Festival. In April they have their Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.

A few years ago the Cortez Village Historical Society was instrumental in restoring the Cortez Community School and the restoration of the 1890 Burton waterfront home.

The Starfish Company has been in business in Cortez since I was a kid. It located on 123rd St at the end by the water.

In the immediate area you can benefit from easy access to a wide array of different activities and amenities. While the local Cortez area is well known for boating, fishing and water sports, the surrounding Sarasota area also provides numerous other activities and amenities as well.

Considering the proximity of Cortez to other major cities as well as the interstate highway system, residents are also able to take full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the best that this part of the state has to offer. If you are looking for a community that offers a relaxing and laid-back lifestyle while maintaining close ties to entertainment, culture and amenities, Cortez should be at the top of your list.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Are you asking about the fishing village of Cortez or the road, Cortez? Cortez road runs from near the Desoto Square Mall west, all the way to the beach. The further west you go, generally the better the neighborhoods.

If you're talking about the fishing village of Cortez, there's not a whole lot there other than the fishing docks and boats and some preserved old FL style homes. There are a few small strip shopping centers with stores on either side of Cortez Rd by the village, and a mobile home park nearby. The village itself is tiny, just a few streets. The larger Palma Sola area has several more exclusive subdivisions, most with boat docks or boat access and beautiful bay views. Coral Shores, Palma Sola Harbour, Paradise Bay, Harbour Landings, Smugglers Landings and Mariners Cover are in that group.

Less expensive neighborhoods close by run between Cortez Rd and Manatee Ave, off of Palma Sola Blvd. Village Green, a large community with both villas and single family homes is just east of Palma Sola Blvd.

The village of Cortez does have a web site if you'd like to check it out at
Cortez Village Historical Society
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I believe the place that we look into is Villas of palms of Cortez, that is th info that I would like to know. How is the erea etc.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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The Palms of Cortez is a condo complex built in 2002. It is gated, has a clubhouse with a fitness center, community pool, tennis and playground.

The community is experiencing a lot of foreclosures and many of the recent sales and sale pending listings are either short sales or bank owned, which has driven down the prices. If the number of units not paying the monthly maintenance fees is over 15% of the community, most banks will not do new mortgages, so you would have to pay cash to purchase there. The majority of current sale pending units are short sales.

The complex allows owners to have 2 medium size pets. Maintenance fees depend on size of the unit and range from $145 to $205 per month.

That particular area of NW Bradenton as a whole is popular with buyers that wish to be close to the beaches without paying beach front prices. The best way to determine if the area meets your personal criteria is to drive around and check it out.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Personally, I think Cortez is a great location. We have friends from France who purchased a nice condo there for part-time living and they LOVE it, love it more than south France which is their main home.

It's close to all the beaches and generally safe, I would have no qualms about living in the area myself.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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So, will be a good place to have a second/summer house? Thinking seriously to buy there. Thanks
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