Being from Venice I fee confident responding to your questions. There is no getting around the issue of age anywhere in Florida....especially during the winter months. Venice indeed has its share of elderly but it also offers a variety of opportunities for the young as well.
There are a number of developments that feature a true commitment to young families: Stoneybrook, Willowbend, Rivendale, etc. to mention a few. One of the features that draws people to the area is its "small town feel" that includes an outstanding quality of life.
Garrett, keep in mind the fact that when children become school age, most often the center of their social and recreational universe is found in and through their school. The educational system is one of the best in the state and when considering Pineview School, recognized as one of the top 10 in the country.
We recommend investing in a visit to Venice so you can come to your own appreciation of what the community is really about. Please feel free to contact us with any other specific questions you may have about the area.
Michael Saunders & Company