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I am a fan of the more southern communities in Sarasota. One example would be Palmer Ranch. Palmer Ranch is known for its location- only about 5-10 minutes from Siesta Key. There is a variety of neighborhoods here, and some of the best neighborhoods are Turtle Rock, Deer Creek, the Isles, and Silver Oak just to name a few. Each neighborhood has its own unique feel. The schools for this area are also know to be impeccable. Be careful what neighborhood you choose though- there are several different school districts in Palmer Ranch. You could also consider Rivendell, Bay Oaks, Park Trace Estates, Gulf Gate or Coral Cove.
There are many things to consider before moving into a community here in Florida. One of those is the Community Development District Fee. Lakewood Ranch is a CDD community and as such each homeowner is responsible for paying a yearly fee that can range from $800-$3000 IN ADDITION TO PROPERTY TAXES. Also, there are many communities in LWR where investors bought heavily during the boom of 2004-05 and are either sitting empty or rented at very low rates. Many of these homes are now in foreclosure and bringing down the value of the neighboring homes as well as being Eyesores.
My suggestion would be to work with a knowledgable REALTOR who knows which communities are investor heavy and those that are not. We can put together the information that you need to make the right decisions for your move, however, we cannot tell you which is "FAMILY" friendly. That would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act. It's just as bad as disclosing the number of people who are in a specific ethnic group.
I myself work for a builder and am not a licensed real estate agent (which means i can tell you things that licensed agents can not).
Feel free to contact me any time. My family has been building in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years and I would love to help out.
There are many fabulous neighborhoods to choose from in Sarasota County. They range from Downtown Sarasota all the way to Englewood Isles in Englwood. As Broker-Associates with Michael Saunders and Company we believe that most agents will gravitate to the areas they are most familiar with or the sreas in which they predominantly service. For Kim and I we tend to feel most comfortable from Central Sarasota Parkway to the Island of Venice. We own property in several communities in Nokomis and Venice and have owned many more properties in the past in several distinct neighborhoods in the area. Before any agent answers your question we should all first be finding out more about your needs and wants. Answering your question without finding out more would be like throwing darts at a wall, when we should be focussed on the whole package as the bullseye. For instance, what are the ages of your children, are you interested in having them within walking distance of their school, are you looking for communities that are NEWER, communities within walking distance of the beach? Are looking to buy or rent a property and what is your ideal price when buying, or if renting then what is the rent you are seeking to pay per month. The more we can learn about your needs and desires the better any of us as agents in a local area will be able ot match your needs and service you to the best of their ability. If we can be of further assistance You can reach us direct by going to http://www.24-7team.com or by calling 941-375-6864. Thank you for taking the time to read our answer.
Whisper bend and University Place, are also good communities, you really need to see them before you make any decisions. If you would like more detailed information on the Sarasota area please visit antaeusbalevre.com
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