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Old 09-29-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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we are planing to retire in SW FL. We want to purchase a single-family home, preferably new construction, high 300's to low 400's. What are the pros and cons of venice?
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Venice is a nice community with a downtown walking area, parks, beaches, jettys, shops, restaurants, a yacht club, theater, library and a hospital. The average age is in the 60's. It gets very heavy traffic in the winter time when the snowbirds are here and long waits in lines at the grocery store, post office, restaurants, etc. It has its own small airport. There is an I-75 exit in Venice at Jacaranda and another at River Rd. Have you ever been to Venice?

Here is a link to the city of Venice - Welcome to the official Website of City of Venice, FL
Take a look at the videos they have posted.

Here is a link to Venice Main Street where a lot of activities happen - Venice MainStreet - Home

Here are some photos of Venice - City of Venice Florida


There are several communities to choose from. What types of activities do you like to do? There are golf communities, resort communities, large communities, small communities. Many of the homes have had pin hole leaks, so just be aware of that when searching. Most of the homes with Chinese/Defective drywall have been remediated. If the home is in a flood zone and was not built to current hurricane standards your homeowner insurance will be high. Also, be sure to look at the fees in each community, they vary widely. Some also have CDD fees on top of the HOA fee and taxes and insurance.

There are some other Venice threads on City-Data. If you run a search you can read some of the posts.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Nice area but a bit of an elephant graveyard as my cranky grandfather would say. A bit hurricane prone, but a very nice area with an elderly population.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Venice, the shark tooth capital of the world, was originally designed as a small retirement community, and it does still attract a large number of older retirees in the 70+ range. That is not to say that there aren't younger families in Venice too, you have only to check the enrollment rates for Venice High to see that families are residing in the area as well.

Because the city was a planned retirement community, there is a lovely downtown area with a mix of small shops and restaurants, a number of parks and palm tree lined streets. The downtown area hosts quite a few events during the year, most of them over the winter months.

Venice has a number of nice beaches, plus the jetty for fishing.

Tamiami Trail (US41) is the main north-south route to & thru Venice, it is usually congested during the daytime hours.

Most of the newer construction neighborhoods are located to the east, close to I75. A lot of those communities are gated, many golfing communities.

Venice does have a large number of 55+ communities, including some mobile home communities.


Negatives:

As I mentioned, US41 is very congested during the day, especially Monday thru Friday, so driving time to Sarasota may be longer than you would anticipate.

Shopping - there are a number of strip shopping centers with stores, Walmart, etc but the closest mall would be in south Sarasota. You'll notice that many of the stores cater more towards retirees in respect to goods and services.

Restaurants - in general, many of the local restaurants cater more to casual dining, if you are in to fine dining you will find Sarasota has more to offer.

Some of the Venice beaches have experienced problems with bacteria counts, beach closings for a day or two once in awhile. It doesn't happen too often, but it does happen.


Basically Venice is a nice, smaller town close to a much larger metro area (Sarasota).


If you are looking at new or newer construction in Venice you may also wish to check the Osprey - Nokomis area (between Venice and Sarasota) and perhaps south Sarasota/ Palmer Ranch area. Several builders either are doing new construction or getting ready to start new construction in the south Sarasota area, ie Taylor Morrison, Divosta to name 2 such builders.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Forgot to mention a few things about the local Venice government. There is a big dispute going on at the moment regarding whether Venice should let the county sheriff's department take over law enforcement vs a separate Venice police department. There have been discussions in the past regarding this same topic and the fire department. Much of the discussion is centered around projected pension costs vs local city control of the police/fire departments. Although last check Fitch was still giving Venice a AA+ financial rating.

The city also voted a little while back to allow more advertising signage in the downtown area, critics obviously did not want to see advertising signs "spoil" the look of the downtown area.

The city offers minutes of the meetings on their official website.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Here are a couple of older threads

Living in Venice

The good and the bad of Venice
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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I love Venice - love the historic buildings and the cute little downtown
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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I love Venice - love the historic buildings and the cute little downtown
Me too!
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