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Old 03-08-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Took a drive around Palmer Ranch last week. it looked like a pretty community and nice lifestyle. We are considering relocating to the area, currently on Long Island in NY. We are late 30s with 2 elementary school age children. Turtle Rock looks nice.

I want to hear from people/families that actually live there. Input from NYC area transplants would be especially helpful!!

Pros/Cons?
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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The only person that I know of that posts on here and lives part time in PR is SmileDoc1. He lives in Village Walk.

I would suggest looking in Turtle Rock, Stone Bridge, Deer Creek and The Hamptons.

Palmer Ranch one of Sarasota's most popular and largest master planned communities with over 10,000 acres. Palmer Ranch actually consists of many neighborhoods, all individually operated under their own HOA. The common areas of Palmer Ranch are maintained by a master association. The overall look and feel of PR is "green" - the roads are grass and treelined, the sidewalks wind throughout the entire community, and they have recently been able to add the Legacy Trail to the many great aspects. The Legacy Trail is a paved walking/biking trail that runs through the woods along the path of the old railroad track.

Palmer Ranch is districted for great schools, is only 10-15 minutes to the beach, and is next door to the mall, new 12-screen movie theater and a fantastic YMCA complex, including a huge waterpark. Palmer Ranch is very popular with families.

Silver Oak and Prestancia are going to be your more upscale neighborhoods. Silver Oak has a championship golf course, tennis, canoeing, nature and bike trails, clubhouse, pool/spa, exercise facility. All home sites back up to a lake or preserve. It is one of the newer neighborhoods in PR.

Prestancia has two championship golf courses, country club, etc. The boundaries for Prestancia are-Palmer Ranch Way, McIntosh and Beneva. It pretty much runs inside of those streets-it encompasses 565 acres.

Reymore St is the southern boundary for Palmer Ranch. The eastern boundary runs out to I-75, the western boundary goes to Beneva and the northern boundary runs nearly to Clark Rd. This tells a little more about Palmer Ranch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmer_Ranch Within Palmer Ranch is CJ Lofino YMCA Complex. It has a full aquatic center, gym/fitness, basketball, swimming, tennis, and water park for the kids.

Here are the communities within Palmer Ranch:

Arielle: 2 and three bedrooms coach homes built in the mid 2000's, Prices are from $239,900-$279,900. There are 5, no foreclosures

Botanica: on Palmer Ranch: 172 luxury condo styled apartments. Prices are from $294,500-$359K, there are 4 condos-no foreclosures.

Bella Villino: Gated, 2/3 bedrooms resort like low rise condos. Prices are from $69K-$230K, there are 19 condos, 0 foreclosures

Country Club of Sarasota: Gated, single family homes. Prices are from $229K-$550K, 8 properties, no foreclosures

Deer Creek on Palmer Ranch: 285 acres, 400 luxury homes, private and guarded gate. This is one of the original communities at Palmer Ranch. Prices $229K-$985K, 21 properties, no foreclosures

Huntington Ponite: Single family homes. Prices are from $295K-$349,900, 4 properties, no foreclosures

Marabella: 139 single family homes and villas, gated community. There are currently no properties in here for sale but a few months back here's how it looked. Prices are from $199-$499K, 5 properties, no foreclosures

Mira Lago: Mediterranean style, 180 single family homes and villas, maintenance free living. Prices from $269,900-$289,900, 3 properties, no foreclosures

The Palisades at Palmer Ranch: 43 maintenance free and single family homes. Prices $325K, 1 property, no foreclosures

Palmer Square: Mediterranean style maintenance free coach homes and town homes. Prices $311-$365K, 2 properties, no foreclosures

Pinestone at Palmer Ranch: Maintenance free condos. Prices $139,900-$241,777, 11 properties, no foreclosures

Plaza De Flores: 200 Mediterranean style condos. Prices $145K-$185K, 5 properties, no foreclosures

Prestancia: This is probably one of the more upscale developments in Palmer Ranch. Two championship golf courses. Prices $245K-1.295 mil, 30 properties, no foreclosures

Serenade on Palm Ranch: Affordable Condo community. 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. $64,900-$188K, 9 properties, no foreclosures

Silver Oak: There are 181 single family homes here. It is very upscale and probably one of the nicer developments in PR. Prices $498-$997,110, 11 properties, no foreclosures

Stonebridge: Single family homes with preserves and lakes. Prices $315K-$449K, 5 properties, no foreclosures

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club: Has single family homes, villas and condos. 18-hole golf course. Prices $189K-419K, 900, 47 properties, no foreclosures

The Hamptons at Palmer Ranch-Is comprised of three subdivisions and has from two bedrooms homes up to executive homes. Prices $279K-$599K, there are 7 properties, no foreclosures

The Isles-Is a DiVosta community. Single family homes, villas and townhomes. Prices $189K-$449K, 8 properties, no foreclosures

Turtle Rock-751 single family homes and villas. Executive and estate homes. Pool, recreation building, canoeing, tennis courts, bike paths. Prices $295K-$799K, 14 properties, no foreclosures

VillageWalk on Palmer Ranch-1,177 townhomes, villas, and single family homes. 500 acres. It's like a small town. Prices $224,900-515K, 31 properties, no foreclosures

Vintage Grand-One, two and three bedroom condos. Prices $54,900-$176K, 24 properties, no foreclosures

Wellington Chase-Single family homes. Prices $295K, 1 property, no foreclosures
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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thanks for the info soflgal. do you update the info in that, just wondering because I have seen it posted on here before. I see it says no forclosures for turtle rock but i know there are definite shortsales (is that different?) so just wondering if it's current.

oh well, i guess i won't be getting any insider info from residents here
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Yes, I usually update it every few months ( it doesn't really change a whole lot when I update it). Short sales are different than foreclosures. I wrote a blog on the difference but with a short sale the owner still owns the property and with a foreclosure the bank owns it. Those short sales in TR might turn into foreclosures if they are not sold as a short sale.

You never know who is lurking on the board and might live there and be willing to chime in. But like I said before the only person that I know that regularly post here is Smiledoc.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:08 PM
 
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It's nice, but IMO a bit to busy for me. It's close to alot of amenties and really busy streets for that reason. I prefer to be a bit away from an area quite so congested. Not to say we like it in the country but we found that with snowbirds, that area can be especially city like.. if you know this, and still like it, thats great. We loved it out there, then drove out there on a few consecutive weekends and realized it wasnt for us
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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Hi SoFLGal, You are such a good source of useful info. How are the property taxes on these homes? What could one expect to pay on a $300K single family home in Palmer Ranch? I was wondering if the taxes in Sarasota County are much higher and the price of houses much higher than in Port Charlotte, the next county down.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Hi SoFLGal, You are such a good source of useful info. How are the property taxes on these homes? What could one expect to pay on a $300K single family home in Palmer Ranch? I was wondering if the taxes in Sarasota County are much higher and the price of houses much higher than in Port Charlotte, the next county down.
I just pulled a few random homes in Turtle Rock, Palmer Ranch around $300k and the taxes were between $3500-$3800. You can go here and check the taxes on any property in Sarasota county: Sarasota County Tax Collector The millage rate is 13.0861

Here's the website for the Charlotte county tax collector: http://www.cctaxcol.com/ The millage rate for Charlotte is 15.9417.

Here's a good website to search for properties on: www.myfloridahomesmls.com

Good luck with it
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:43 AM
 
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We have been living in The Hamptons in Palmer Ranch for a whopping nine days now, and we love it.

It's far enough out to be quiet, and it's close enough to Siesta Key (8 mins) and downtown (20 mins) to be accessible to Sarasota's amenities. It is also only about 3 minutes from 75.

Our neighbors have been very welcoming; there is a generally friendly feeling to the entire area. In fact, almost everywhere we go, my fiance says "I just can't get over how NICE everyone is!"

We looked in Turtle Rock, Prestancia, and Deer Creek, as well. We actively considered each, and each had some very nice selling points.

Take a week and really look around. The market seems to be shoring up a little, but there is still plenty of inventory out there for you to buy something that will appreciate nicely in the next five years.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:12 AM
 
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Thanks Rushmore!! And Congratulations I may have to PM you with some questions if you don't mind! We were there 2 weeks ago and looked around Turtle Rock, Hamptons and a few others... Stoneridge? Is that one? We wouldn't be buying until after September so I have a little time.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Thanks Rushmore!! And Congratulations I may have to PM you with some questions if you don't mind! We were there 2 weeks ago and looked around Turtle Rock, Hamptons and a few others... Stoneridge? Is that one? We wouldn't be buying until after September so I have a little time.
Any time. Again, I am a neophyte, but will give you the straight dope.

So far, that straight dope will be almost entirely positive.

With the exception of the fact that I nearly drowned going to my mailbox this morning.

But I suspect it might be raining in other places as well, so it's hard to blame it on Palmer Ranch.
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