Bradenton is very diverse when it comes to neighborhoods and styles of homes. Much of the actual city of Bradenton is older construction, some going back to the 1930's. As you move west you'll find quite a mix of single family home neighborhoods, quite a few condo communities and some duplex neighborhoods as well. Most of the single family home neighborhoods were built anywhere from the 1950's to 1980's, there are few newer construction single family homes closer to Anna Maria / west Bradenton, with the exception of a handful of communities.
Generally, the closer you get to the beaches the higher the prices for both purchasing properties and rentals.
If you are looking for newer construction homes, especially within deed restricted neighborhoods with community amenities, those can generally be found in eastern or southern Manatee county.
As someone else already posted, the definition of "best" neighborhoods is going to be defined by your personal preferences, your family's needs and wants in a community. Without knowing more details about what you are actually searching for, it would be difficult to be more specific about neighborhoods at this time.
Crimemapping.com is a suggested site if you want crime statistics for specific areas. As real estate agents we cannot and should not comment beyond that regarding the specific topic due to fair housing regulations.
If you have general questions about Bradenton, please feel free to contact me as I have lived in the Sarasota - Bradenton area for 30+ years and in Bradenton the past 9 years. I would be happy to share whatever information I have with you.
Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR
Realty Executives Solutions
cell: (941) 726-7109
Jim Soda TheSodaGroup.com
Keller Williams Realty
Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch
Michael Saunders & Company
941.306.9533 Direct Line
The best neighborhoods are the ones that meet your needs: price, type of property, amenities, school district, etc. Once you've narrowed down your search criteria you can look in several areas of town and decide which one or ones you like the best. Drive through the area at different times of day and even talk to a neighbor or two. If you are concerned about crime those statistics are available at manateesheriff.org. If I can help please let me know.
Atchley International Realty
Jim Soda ... TheSodaGroup.com
Keller Williams Realty International
Lakewood Ranch - Sarasota
There are many differences between the Sarasota and Bradenton markets and will say that I prefer living in Sarasota for a variety of reasons. There are some very beautiful areas in both and depending on your budget we can find exactly what you are looking for.
If you would like more information on the market and properties available in both cities please send me an email address or phone nimber and I will be happy to provide as much data as you need to make an informed decision or to first plan a visit to see what we have to offer. I would be more than happy to help!
Seery Realty, Inc.