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Old 09-11-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Family neighborhood/sub-divisions. Nice areas, clean, safe, affordable, good starter areas. Near schools, shopping, restaurants, banks, Doctors hospital, I-75
Bent Tree
Lake Sarasota
Colonial Oaks
Colonial Gables
Brentwood
Older, less expensive in a large area
Sarasota Springs
Also, Tamaron
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the list of neighborhoods near Sarasota. I did a little research on Lake Sarasota. Seems nice, but a little small. Can anyone that lives in that particular area offer any advice? Is it a nice family neighborhood? How are the schools? Are their local parks and playgrounds for children? Are there dining and shopping options within the town or do you have to travel to other towns? I would appreciate any information about this particular area.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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Thanks for the list of neighborhoods near Sarasota. I did a little research on Lake Sarasota. Seems nice, but a little small. Can anyone that lives in that particular area offer any advice? Is it a nice family neighborhood? How are the schools? Are their local parks and playgrounds for children? Are there dining and shopping options within the town or do you have to travel to other towns? I would appreciate any information about this particular area.
Small? Its towards the edge of town, but its not like its out on its own in the middle of nowhere. Its a neighborhood, not a town. I had friends who lived there growing up. It's definately a family neighborhood, a lot of teacher/police officer/mechanic kind of people. Some retirees mixed in. There are some newer parts of it. It has a Wal-mart/publix and a bunch of restarants within a mile around cattlemen and bee ridge. It has pretty good schools. It has Lakeview for elementary, Sarasota Middle, and I think Sarasota High now (it used to be Riverview, eitherway, probably a wash between the two). Pineview is also an option, no matter where you live in Sarasota county. Lakeview is right behind Lake Sarasota, along with a park, but you have the school there too for the playground, etc.

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Old 09-13-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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If you want a small town with a close knit feel then you need to look at the Island of Venice.
You can walk or bike to everything. The city was designed to be people friendly. Designed in the early 20's by noted city planner John Nolan. Venice has a range of housing options even on the Island. Nolan designed an apartment district right down town. There are parks everywhere. There is a hospital on the Island, doctors, dentists offices within walking distance. There are miles of beach with many public access points. Bike/walk paths along the intracoastal.
The elementary and High schools are on the island.
I really love living on the Island.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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Sorry FLBob, but I don't think the OP can afford the island in Venice. It isn't exactly an area for families of modest means.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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Sorry FLBob, but I don't think the OP can afford the island in Venice. It isn't exactly an area for families of modest means.
There aren't tons of affordable homes for rent, but I just checked the MLS and there is a 2/2 duplex within 3 blocks of the beach and walking distance to downtown, with month rental at $1,075. There's a 3-2 condo above the Venice Mall for $950. There are more rentals that are not in the MLS.

There are options if the lifestyle of Venice Island is what your looking for.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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my daughter lives on Venice Island in condo that her husband bought couple of years before they married--it is very safe in their area--she is usually by herself during the week since he works out of town and comes home Fridays--during the summer when she is not teaching she regularly rides her bike to the beach or the jetties--she can run on the beach and did not afraid of being accosted...
she has also taken walks/runs in the evening...

some people knock Venice -- especially the island--because of the large numbers of retired people--but hey--they are not that much into crime so that just makes it that much safer IMO...
there are families there with kids and if your child was in school there I am sure he would be making friends like anywhere else
frankly there are plenty of houses for sale--you might be surprised at some of the prices...
PineView is a great school but it is a magnet school
but think that Venice Elementary and Osprey Elementary are fine...
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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but think that Venice Elementary and Osprey Elementary are fine...
You probably mean Laurel/Nokomis Elementary, yes?

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