Every week people come to Manatee and Sarasota Counties for our sugar-white, sandy beaches. But they stay for the arts and culture, the sports, the tropical surroundings and the warm weather. Whatever your lifestyle or age, you will find something to do and somewhere perfect to call home.
Manatee and Sarasota have a combined land area of almost 1,300 square miles with a population of more than 700,000. Whether your home choice is a condominium along one of the beautiful Barrier Islands of Anna Maria, Longboat Key or Siesta Key; or single family home in one of many master-planned communities such as Lakewood Ranch, there is a home and neighborhood that is just right for you.
Manatee County is comprised of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, and Myakka City. Old-Florida charm still exists along the peaceful riverfront communities, yet every amenity that you could want can be found.
Life here revolves around the great outdoors.There is fishing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking and miles of jogging and walking trails at Parks such as Emerson Point Preserve, Robinson Preserve, and the new Riverwalk that meanders along the Manatee River in Downtown Bradenton. Close by is McKechnie Field, spring training home for the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than 75 years and home to the minor league team, the Bradenton Marauders.The internationally acclaimed IMG Tennis Academy (famous alumni include Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova) is located in west Bradenton and home to affluent residents from all over the world.On the east side you have Lakewood Ranch Polo Club and a new 140-acre Premier Sports Campus with 22 playing fields that host major soccer, football and lacrosse tournaments.East of Lakewood Ranch you will find several equestrian neighborhoods as well as beautiful Myakka State Park.
Manatee County has many golf course communities that range from a small, executive 9-hole course to world class golf. Waterlefe Golf and River Club offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Manatee River and is home to the U.S. Open Qualifier. It was also voted the “best golf course community” in Manatee County. Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin designed the challenging course at the Concession, a luxury-home community named after the gracious gesture of sportsmanship at the 1969 Ryder Cup. Whatever your playing level, there are many semi-private and public courses throughout Manatee.
And of course, there are the gorgeous white, sandy beaches along the barrier island that stretch from the north tip of Anna Maria (named by Forbes as the third-prettiest city in the country) than south along Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and the north end of Longboat Key. Enjoy fishing, boating, sailing, parasailing, and swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will find anything from condominiums, Old-Florida style, and newly constructed resort-style homes.
Just to the south lies Sarasota County. It is comprised of Sarasota, Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, Engelwood, as well as Barrier Islands that include Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key and Casey Key.
Considered one of the top cultural cities in Florida, Sarasota is home to many artists, writers, musicians as well as professional theater companies such as the Asolo Rep and Florida Studio Theater. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Foundation is a purple seashell that sits on Sarasota Bay just down the street from the John Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Museum. There is also the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Ballet. Whatever your genre, there is plenty here to keep you entertained.
There are more than 30 miles of beautiful beaches in Sarasota, all with sugar-white sand and the crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key’s Beach earned the title of America’s No. 1 Beach in 2011. Siesta Village is the heart of the Key and very family-friendly with a lot of outdoor restaurants, beach shops and bars. You can enjoy breathtaking sunsets from a waterfront condo on Siesta or Lido Key. If boating is your passion, there are numerous boating communities throughout the county such as Bird Key and Golden Gate Point. Experience Bay to Gulf living on Longboat Key, a 12-mile long Island that runs from Bradenton on the north end and ends in Sarasota at St. Armands Circle, an enclave of high-class shops and restaurants.
Sarasota is also a shopper’s paradise in Downtown, St. Armands Circle as well as outlet malls and the new University Town Center Mall with high-end stores such as Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co and Soma. Downtown Sarasota has a lifestyle of its own – from strolling through the art galleries, parks and Farmers Market to the abundant nightlife with many restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, street parties and popular dance venues. Here there are a wide range of condominiums available – from the old to the new construction and from a two-bedroom to a deluxe penthouse. Single family homes range from small Florida bungalows and cottages to new Mediterranean style.
If golf is your game, there are many country club communities particularly in the eastern part of the county. Communities such as The Founders Club, The Meadows, Laurel Oaks, and Palmer Ranch also offer amenities such as tennis, spas and fitness centers.
No matter what price range or preferences you have, we will find that perfect home for you on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Call the Florida Gulf Coast Home Specialists at 941.704.4223.