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Old 09-05-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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Hi everyone, my family and I are seriously thinking of moving to the Sarasota/Bradenton area next year and are wondering what areas of town would be good to look at.

My husband and I have a 2 yr old son and are planning on having more children. We'd like a nice somewhat large house for under $230,000. We need a good, safe neighborhood away from crime areas in a good school district. We love the outdoors so we'd also like to be near the beach if possible and in an area within walking distance from parks or other places we can go running, biking or that have any other outdoor activities. Any suggestions for parts of town?

Also, I am a high school teacher and my husband is an x-ray tech. Does anyone know how hard it would be to find a job out there?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Hi everyone, my family and I are seriously thinking of moving to the Sarasota/Bradenton area next year and are wondering what areas of town would be good to look at.

My husband and I have a 2 yr old son and are planning on having more children. We'd like a nice somewhat large house for under $230,000. We need a good, safe neighborhood away from crime areas in a good school district. We love the outdoors so we'd also like to be near the beach if possible and in an area within walking distance from parks or other places we can go running, biking or that have any other outdoor activities. Any suggestions for parts of town?

Also, I am a high school teacher and my husband is an x-ray tech. Does anyone know how hard it would be to find a job out there?
Here is the website for the Sarasota county school system. You can go here and check out job postings and availability: Sarasota County Schools Human Resources

If your husband is looking for a job as an x-ray tech I would recommend starting with Sarasota Hospital, since they are one of the biggest employers in town in the health care field. You can go to their website and apply for a job: SMH.COM - Careers & Employment Opportunities

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 a child who attends PV. It's a great school but it's not for every kid. 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 schools in Sarasota and Manatee county's Here's a website where you can see how the schools are rated:
School Accountability Report...
or www.GreatSchools.com

Here are the school districts by zone: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net...lrp/zones.aspx

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.

Sarasota ranks as one of the top districts in the state by a number of measures, including test scores, graduation rates and teacher compensation.

It offers distinctive programs tailored to different student needs, including Florida's only school for the gifted, the state's largest special needs school and one of a handful of career-focused high schools.

Alright, if I were checking out schools other than Pine View these are the schools that I would look into, in order. This is also the order they fall in if you look at the stats on the state of FL.

I'll throw some zip codes in as well to use for a general guideline but make sure you double check them with the map provided and the local school board as the map/zip codes may change slightly if they add a new school.

I'm going to also include a few neighborhoods within each zip code. Keep in mind that there are many other communities in each zip code worth checking out. I'm just trying to give you a starting point. Also if the community is very large it might encompass two or three different schools.

Please use this website when searching for properties: www.myfloridahomesmls.com It's the most up to date website.

Sarasota County Schools

For Elementary
Southside Elementary (34228, 34236, 34239, 34242)
Most of the downtown Sarasota condos, the condos/homes on the south end of Longboat Key, Bay Isles, Bird Key, Bungalow Hill, Cherokee Park, County Club Shores, Granada, Harbor Acres, Lido Key, McClellan Park, Poinsettia Park, St Armand's, some of Southgate.

Venice Elementary (34285, 34292, 34293)
The island of Venice, Bellagio on Venice Island, Lakes of Jacaranda, Pinebrook, South Venice, Venice Acres

Ashton Elementary (34233, 34238)-The Palmer Ranch communities(Arielle, Botanica, The Hamptons, Turtle Rock, Serenade, Stonebridge, Village Walk, Wellington Chase), Center Gate Estates, Colonial Oaks, Emerald Gardens, Grove Point, Three Oaks

Cranberry Elementary (North Port)
-(34286, a certain section)

Taylor Ranch (southern Sarasota county)-(34292, 34293)-Governors Green, Gulf View Estates, Blue Heron Pond, Lakes of Jacaranda, Myakka River Trails, Park Estates, Pelican Pointe Golf & County Club, The Plantation, Pennington Place, South Venice, Stoneybrook at Venice, Venice Golf & County Club, Southwood, Woodmere Lakes

Lakeview Elementary (34241)-Bent Tree, Country Creek, East Lake, Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, Founders Club, Foxfire, Gator Creek, Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, Lake Sarasota, Misty Creek, Myakka Valley Ranches, Preserve at Heron Lake, Red Hawk Reserve, Saddle Creek, Secluded Oaks, Serenoa, Trillium, Tuscana

Gulf Gate Elementary (34231, 34238)-Palmer Ranch communities-(Country Club of Sarasota, Deer Creek, Prestancia,
Marabella, Mira Lago, Palisades), Beneva Oaks, Coral Cove, Gulf Gate, Southpointe Shores,

Laurel Nokomis Elementary (mid Sarasota county)-(34229, 34275)-Bay Point, Calusa Lakes, Casey Key, Huntington Pointe, Isles of Sarasota, Laurel Pines, Laurel Woodlands, Mission Valley Estates, The Oaks, Park Trace Estates, Rivendell, Sawgrass, Shakett Creek, Silver Oak, Sorrento East, Sorrento Shores, Sorrento South, Sorrento Woods, South Creek, Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club, Stoneybrook at Palmer Ranch, Venetian Golf & River Club, Waterfront Estates, Willow Chase, Willowbend, Willowbrook

Tatum Ridge Elementary (34240)
-Barton Farms, Colonial Oaks, Deer Hammock, Founders Club, The Hammocks, Laurel Lakes, Laurel Meadows, Laurel Oak Estates, Oak Ford Golf Club, The Paddocks, Palmer Farms, Palmer Glen, Sarasota Golf Club, Sarasota Polo Club, Shadow Oaks, Summerwood, Tatum Ridge, Villages at Pine Tree-(Marsh, Ponderosa, Spruce Pine)
Garden Elementary(34285, 34292, 34293)

Phillipi Shores(34231, 34242)-Aqualane Estates, Bay Island, Florence, Hansens, Harmony, Hidden Harbor, The Landings, Mira Mar, much of Siesta Key, Oyster Bay Estates, Phillipi Cove, Philipi Gardens, Pine Shores, Point Crisp, Princess Gate, Ridge Wood, Sanderling Club, Sandy Hook, Sarasota Beach, Siesta Cove, Siesta Estates, Siesta Isles, Siesta Bayside, Tortoise Estates

Fruitville Elementary(34232)-Hidden Oaks, Nottingham, Sherwood Estates, Sherwood Forest, Woodland Park

Englewood Elementary (southern Sarasota county)(34223)-Artist Acres, Bay Vista, Boca Royale, Deer Creek, Eden Harbor, Englewood Farm Acres, Englewood Gardens, Englewood Isles, Englewood Pines, Manasota Gardens, Manasota Key, Overbrook Gardens, Stillwater

For Middle
Sarasota Middle (34231-34242)

High School
Riverview(34231-34242)

Manatee county Schools

Elementary Schools
Robert Willis Elementary(34201, 34202)-Carlyle at the Villages of Palm Aire, Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch, Edgewater Village, Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Long Pond at Mote Ranch, Mote Ranch, Panther Ridge, Preserve at Panther Ridge, River Park at Mote Ranch, Riverwalk Ridge Cypress Banks, University Park

Gene Witt Elementary(34212)-Country Creek, Country Meadows, Foxbrook, Greyhawk Landing, Hidden Oaks, Mill Creek, Rye Wilderness,

Gilbert W McNeal Elementary(34202)-Concession, Greenbrook Village, Lakewood Ranch, Summerfield Village

Braden River Elementary(34202, 34211)-Braden Pines, Braden Woods, Oakbrooke at River Club, River Club North & South, Rosedale, Summerfield Village

BD Gullett Elementary(34211, 34212)-Central Park at Lakewood Ranch, Greyhawk Landing, Panther Ridge

Ida M Stewart Elementary(34209)-Perico Isles, Pinehurst, Riverview Landings, Shaws Point, Wisteria Park, Woodlands Park on Palma Sola Bay

Anna Maria Elementary(34216, 34217, 34228)-Anna Maria Island, Bay Palms, Bimini Bay Estates, Cortez, Emerald Harbor, Holmes Beach, Ilexhurst, Key Royale, Long Beach, Longboat Key, Shore Acres, Sleepy Lagoon, Wells Bay Harbor

Virgil Mills Elementary(34219, 34221, 34222)-Ancient Oaks, Copperstone, Covered Bridge, Fairways at Imperial Lakewoods, Fosters Creek, Heather Glen, Kingsfield Lakes, Lexington, Waterford, Whitney Meadows, Woodlawn Lakes

Kinnan Elementary(34243)-Carlyle at the Villages of Palm Aire, Country Oaks, Desoto Lakes Country Club, Glenbrooke, Mote Ranch, Palm Aire, Palm Lakes, Quail Run, University Groves, Rio Mar, Trails, Treymore at Village of Palm Aire, Vintage Creek

Freedom Elementary(34212)-Gates Creek, Greenfield Plantation, Heritage Harbour, Lighthouse Cove at Heritage Harbor, Old Grove at Greenfield, Planters Manor at Greenfield, River Strand, Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbor, Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Tara Elementary(34212)-Barrington Ridge, Braden Crossing, Creekwood, Manatee Oaks, Mandalay, River Landings Bluffs, River Place, Rivers Edge, Silver Lake, Tailfeather Way at Tara, Tara, Tara Preserve, Wallingford, Water Oak

Middle School
Carlos E Halie Middle(34208-34212)

Braden River Middle(32401-34243)

Nolan Middle(34202, 34211, 34251)

King Middle(34209, 34216, 34217, 34228)

High School
Lakewood Ranch High(34202, 34211, 34212, 34251)

Manatee High(34205-34209, 34216, 34217, 34228)

Alternative School
Manatee School for Arts and Sciences

Good luck with your search
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I used to be a teacher in Sarasota County Schools and Charlotte County Schools. Here are their web sites to search for current openings as well as Manatee County:
Sarasota: Sarasota County Schools Employment Opportunities
Charlotte: Charlotte County Public Schools Home Page
Manatee: Human Resources

Schools have already started for the year and most of the positions have been filled. There are jobs that come up during the school year, but most of them are filled within. If there is no one in the district qualified for the position then they open it up to external candidates. So be sure to check to see if the position says internal only or it will say open or external. You could sign up to be a substitute teacher and that way you get to know the different schools and when an opening does come up you might have a better chance. Also, substituting will give you a better idea of a school you might like to work in. What teaching area is your certification in?

Here is the web site to get teacher certification in the state of Florida. Educator Certification

You have to have Florida Certification before you can teach in Florida. You would initially get a Temporary Certificate and then it would change to a Professional Certificate after you are hired. You also need to do continuing education in order to keep renewing your license. When I taught in NY State I had permanent certification. They do not have permanent certification in Florida. Some states are reciprocal states and you just transfer your license from one state to the other for a fee of course. You would also need to get a background check, physical, and fingerprints. Check with each counties web site because you also need all documentation on file before you can be hired such as reference forms, transcripts, copy of teacher certification, etc.

Here are some additional general job search sites:
www.jobfocus.com, www.indeed.com, www.employflorida.com, www.simplyhired.com, http://www.heraldtribune.com/section/jobs
Here are some medical job search sites:
http://www.smh.com/p.aspx?p=175, http://www.healthsouth.com/en/careers/, http://doctorsofsarasota.com/careers/index.dot

Best of luck to you in your home search and job search. If I can be of further help, let me know.

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Old 09-05-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Also, I am a high school teacher and my husband is an x-ray tech. Does anyone know how hard it would be to find a job out there?


Hi Esmy,

Finding housing that meets your criteria could be done, there are quite a few neighborhood options for you in that price range that are in good school districts. Many of the newer subdivisions offer nature trails for jogging and parks or recreational areas for residents.

However, finding a job as a teacher may be more difficult. Due to budget constraints, Sarasota teachers are facing layoffs, pay freezes and changes to their health insurance benefits. Manatee county's school board is looking into furloughs, pay cuts and using long-term substitute teachers to fill positions instead of hiring full time teachers. You will probably want to check into employment opportunities with the school systems before making plans to move.

Here's a link to the Sarasota schools HR department: Sarasota County Schools Human Resources

and the Manatee schools HR department:
Human Resources


An x-ray tech may have more job opportunities in our area as we have several hospitals and numerous clinics and rehab facilities.

The Sarasota hospitals include:

Sarasota Memorial www.smh.com/careers.aspx

Doctors Hospital doctorsofsarasota.com/

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com/


The Bradenton hospitals include:

Blake Medical Center www.blakemedicalcenter.com/

Manatee Memorial www.manateememorial.com/



You may want to look into your employment options first, to see not only what is available but also what those positions are paying as Florida's wage scale for many jobs is less than what you could earn for the same position in other states. Employers here take advantage of our sunny weather, beaches and lack of state income tax.

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Old 09-05-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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There are hundreds of homes for sale and plenty of communities to choose from. Here is a list of things to consider when searching for a home that a Realtor would need to know.
# Bedrooms:
# Bathrooms:
Age of Home:
Pool: Yes or No
Square Footage:

Garage, Car Port, Parking?
Are you paying with cash, conventional mortgage, FHA or VA loan?
What is your time frame:
Deed restricted community or not:

Homeowner Association Fee max:
Other amenities that you may be looking for? Golf, tennis, close to beach, community with pool, on water, etc.

Do you have pets? If so, what kind, how many, dog/cat, weight?
Fixer upper or move in ready?

Furnished - yes, no or optional?
Are you open to short sales, foreclosures, and normal sales?

Also, here is additional information that might be helpful in determing the type of neighborhood you want to live in.

How to choose the right neighborhood
One of the most important things to determine in buying a home is location, location, location. How do you know what neighborhood is right for you? Here is a list that might help you.

1. Would you enjoy living there?
2. How far of a commute is it from work, school, shopping, hospitals, restaurants, parks, entertainment and transportation? Take a test drive.
3. Drive through the neighborhood to get an idea of what it is like. You may want to go at different times throughout the day. What is the noise and traffic level?
4. Does the neighborhood have curb appeal? It is well maintained? Does it have nice landscaping?
5. Does the neighborhood fit in with your demographics? Are you looking for a family friendly neighborhood or a deed restricted neighborhood?
6. Price makes all the difference. Do some research to find out the price range of the neighborhoods so that you can eliminate ones that do not fit within your budget.
7. Check to see what the neighborhood crime statistics are. Look around for graffiti or other signs of criminal activity. Check with local police or check the police blotter in the local newspaper. You want to live in a safe neighborhood.
8. Be aware of any new construction or zoning laws that may be in the neighborhood.
9. If you are choosing a deed restricted community with a homeowner association, find out what the fees are?

I would be happy to provide you with a list of communities if you decide to move to the area.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:23 AM
 
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Great detailed info from SoFLG, TamRE and SunshineR. I am a Realtor myself, husband in construction, 2 small boys. Feel culturally starved where I currently reside,in Cntrl. FL. Looking into Bradenton. Previous posts are tremendously helpful re schools, which are of paramount concern. Any opinions on Rye Wilderness Ests? What is the surrounding area like? How is the general economic condition? Has building(any type) resumed, at all? PM's welcome, if anyone feels necessary. Thank you so much.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Great detailed info from SoFLG, TamRE and SunshineR. I am a Realtor myself, husband in construction, 2 small boys. Feel culturally starved where I currently reside,in Cntrl. FL. Looking into Bradenton. Previous posts are tremendously helpful re schools, which are of paramount concern. Any opinions on Rye Wilderness Ests? What is the surrounding area like? How is the general economic condition? Has building(any type) resumed, at all? PM's welcome, if anyone feels necessary. Thank you so much.

Rye Wilderness Estates provides you with the best of both worlds. A calm and serene environment with oversized half-acre homesites makes you feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle, yet you are still within short distance of excellent schools, outstanding shopping, and great area amenities such as Rye Wilderness Preserve, Prime Outlets at Ellenton, Lakewood Ranch, and the Manatee River. With no CDD fees and low HOA fees, it is easy to get back to nature at Rye Wilderness Estates.
See their web site: http://www.drhorton.com/Where-We-Build/Florida/Tampa---Sarasota/Tampa/Rye-Wilderness.aspx

You can contact DR Horton directly to see if they are building new homes in the development and have them send you some information on the community, models available, etc. They do have their home plans on the web site as well. Caryn Lukas, 941-567-6173
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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Great detailed info from SoFLG, TamRE and SunshineR. I am a Realtor myself, husband in construction, 2 small boys. Feel culturally starved where I currently reside,in Cntrl. FL. Looking into Bradenton. Previous posts are tremendously helpful re schools, which are of paramount concern. Any opinions on Rye Wilderness Ests? What is the surrounding area like? How is the general economic condition? Has building(any type) resumed, at all? PM's welcome, if anyone feels necessary. Thank you so much.
Take a look at Twin Rivers just down Rye Rd. from Rye Wilderness. We checked that whole area extensively and chose TR as we really liked the ambience of all the conservation areas and ponds. There are three preferred builders there and so far we have been extremely pleased with our choice of Johnson Homes. Dennis Johnson has been so great to work with and we feel very comfortable with him building our home with us being 1000 miles away! I will send you a PM with more info.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Thank you Tam, and Sue. Your specific info is very helpful and most appreciated!
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Great detailed info from SoFLG, TamRE and SunshineR. I am a Realtor myself, husband in construction, 2 small boys. Feel culturally starved where I currently reside,in Cntrl. FL. Looking into Bradenton. Previous posts are tremendously helpful re schools, which are of paramount concern. Any opinions on Rye Wilderness Ests? What is the surrounding area like? How is the general economic condition? Has building(any type) resumed, at all? PM's welcome, if anyone feels necessary. Thank you so much.
Hi Lisa,

Where are you at in central FL? We have friends in Lakeland and Winterhaven area that we frequently visit, so I think I understand your comment about culturally starved. I've lived in the Sarasota - Bradenton area for 29 years now and although we've visited towns and cities all over the state, I still like Sarasota best for "bang for your buck" for lack of a better term.

Yes, there is a lot of new construction going on in Manatee county, not so much in Sarasota. There is a lot of new home construction going on in Manatee east of I75 and north of SR 70. Lakewood Ranch still has construction going on in Central Park and Country Club East, Lennar is still building new homes at River Strand at Heritage Harbour, Pulte Homes is building at Harrison Ranch in the Ellenton area, Taylor Morrison is building at Old Mill Preseve & Ryland Homes is building at Copperstone in the same general Ellenton - Parrish area. Creekside Preserve in the Parrish area is another new community by builder David Weekley Homes. Covered Bridge has some brand new construction too by D. R. Horton. Neal is still building in River Sound, just south of SR64 on Morgan Johnson Rd. D. R. Horton is also building at Walker Cove in River Place, just south of SR 70 on Linger Lodge Rd. Was just out there this weekend.

There are even 2 new subdivisions going up near University Pkwy, in southern Manatee county. The first is on Honore by Mote Ranch, just north of University Place, and the 2nd is at the corner of Lockwood Ridge Rd & Honore (Woodbrook by Neal Homes).

You didn't mention if your husband does commercial construction, but there is also some new commercial construction going on along SR 70 & SR 64 just west of I75 and along SR 64 east of I75. Mostly small shopping strips.

Just curious, what made you interested in the Rye Wilderness area? There are a lot of new construction homes out that way but if you want to participate in activities in Sarasota, you're looking at some drive time. If you could give me some more information as to what you are looking for in amenities in a home and community, perhaps I could suggest some other options for you.

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ps: Forgot to include the new subdivision of Sheffeld Glen, builder KB Homes.

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