There are some neighborhoods within Sarasota that might have something within your price range if you are willing to consider smaller, 2 bedroom homes.
There are a number of neighborhoods that are popular neighborhoods with both renters and buyers and may have something within your budget, although some of the properties may need work. These would include South Gate (34239 & 34231), South Gate Ridge (34233), Sun Haven (34231), Sarasota Springs/ Ridgewood/ Brentwood, Colonial Gables (34232), Alta Vista (34237 & 34239), Paver Park (34237), Kensington Park & Desoto Lakes (34235). The Sarasota Springs and South Gate Ridge neighborhoods are further east of the beaches. Gulf Gate, Sun Haven and parts of South Gate would put you closest to the Siesta Key bridges. Woods of Whitfield (34243) is north of the airport so closer to St Armands and Lido beach.
Just south of Sarasota - Nokomis, Osprey and Venice may also provide affordable options. Nokomis & Osprey are very close to south Sarasota, Venice will be a longer commute to Sarasota. North Port, 30 miles to the south of Sarasota, does offer more homes in the $80k price range, but keep in mind that if you want to enjoy the shopping, restaurants, events, etc of Sarasota it is a 60 mile round trip to North Port. Many of the cheaper options there are also on well and septic tanks.
Within your price range you might also look into Bradenton - NW Bradenton has a number of more affordable options, Bayshore Gardens in SW Bradenton is another neighborhood to consider.
I understand you are not looking to select a real estate agent now, but if you do have questions about neighborhoods or would like me to suggest more options than I have listed here, please drop me an email. I have helped a number of Canadians purchase property in our area and know the ins and outs.
Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR
Realty Executives Solutions
cell: (941) 726-7109
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
P.S. I've also included a link below to a really handy interactive map that will help you identify the different areas, it's a great tool.
Vicki Biehl, Realtor
Century 21 Aztec & Associates
â€œNo Transaction Feesâ€
We can work together on the best time to buy in the U.S. when the exchange rate favors the Canadians. I work full 10 hour days 7days a week to make sure your winter home on the Florida Sun Coast fulfills all your dreams.
I am pretty sure though that Venice would probably be the furthest South we want to look and probably no further North than Bradenton.
Thanks again, Geoff