Cindy Morton, MBA ePro TRC P.A.
Yes, with any town there are places to AVOID. LWR is not one of them. If you have children you should not move to the Venice area. After 8 pm the town is DEAD!! Growing up in the area I would never move there! Parrish is small but a good place to live. More country type feel.
You need to figure out what you want and than go talk to people in the churches, local gyms and restaurants. This is how you know you are getting the TRUTH about an area!
If you are truly concerned? If you want to really know about crime and exactly what you can expect...
There is truly only one thing you can do! Please... Call local law enforcement!!!
they know exactly what the story is in your area and they have nothing to hide or any hidden agenda, etc...
I know it might sound too simple or your afraid to call.... But please call!
Like many cities there are extremely nice areas and of course a few areas which are not as nice as they should be. Bradenton has improved over the last 10 years and West Bradenton for instance, is a save and beautiful place with many lovely and prestigious neighborhoods along the Manatee River towards Perico and Anna Maria Island. Just to mention 3: Riverview Drive with luxury estates, Wares Creek Neighborhood with Key West style 1920 homes and Hawthorn Park which shows the ammenities of quite newly built homes. If you want to be close to the beach and character Bradenton is the place to go.
The nicest beaches are nearby and of course there is a Country Club in Bradenton was well. No need to go far, far east....
The schools are also excellent. Just get a knowledgeable broker who knows what you want and decide yourself.
Hope to see you soon!
Axel Weiss, Broker
Weiss & Weiss International
Bradenton / Sarasota Office
PO Box 14222
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 866 1666
hope this helps. Lakewood Ranch is a wonderful community, i know about 12 families alone who live there and never have had an issue but I'm sure you can find people who have had issues.
If you need help I would suggest going to the local police dept. and finding out what the crime rate is in the area and what kind of crims are occurring.
to tell you something else I found out recently that the gangs in Sarasota/Bradenton area over the last 10 years has increased like 45% I never knew we had gangs here really did not know i've lived here over 20 years never knew this. I grew up in the northeast and saw gangs all the time and if were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time you should watch out. I have never felt that here at all and I'm 42 yrs. old and i always look around and i'm aware of my surroundings always. If you need help purchasing in the area do not hestitate to give me a call
talk to you soon
P.S. The picture that you made of Bradenton is unfair to 90% of the community. There are tons of areas in Bradenton that are as peaceful and as lovely as Lakewood Ranch. But as you will see by yourself, you will never regret relocating to LWR.
I hope this info helps, you are best to come down and take a ranch tour with Greg.
I have lived in Port Charlotte, Venice, Englewood, Sarasota, and now Bradenton. I wouldn't move again.
Manatee County has the infrastructure to handle the growth that is coming.
East County(LWR) is like a different town to downtown and west.
Good luck with your search and move.
We really enjoyed Bradenton, it's a rare find in Florida to find a city that people are actually "from". It's beautiful, down-to-earth and if it wasn't for my husband's job we would still be there.
Good luck and enjoy the warmth!
Try looking a little further south in the Venice area. Venice has repeatedly been recognized as "One of the country's top relocation destinations" and "Best places to retire." These are national destinctions that are based on educational opportunity, employment, safety, climate, beaches, and social & cultural experiences. You won't be disappointed......
We welcome the opportunity to share what we love....talking about the Venice area.
Good luck with your search.
The "Eckler Team"
Centurey 21 Almar & Associates
Venice, Fl 34285