Bradenton, Florida is just south of St. Petersburg on the western side of Florida. When locals aren't enjoying Bradenton Beach and the other nearby coastlines bordering the Gulf of Mexico, they can visit the South Florida Museum, a planetarium, aquarium and history museum or the Village of the Arts for local galleries and specialty shops. Additionally, to get a taste of the outdoors away from the sand, Lake Manatee State Park is located inside Bradenton city limits while De Soto National Memorial Park is within driving distance, offering residents a place to bike, hike, fish and camp throughout the year.
Individuals looking for accessible housing prices in a warm weather climate might consider the mid-sized city of Bradenton. Home values in Bradenton increased 16.92 percent in 2015, reaching $304,853 from $260,736 the year prior. Simultaneously, the share of homes on the market declined by 14.88 percent, from 1,539 to 1,310 listings. The sharp decrease in for-sale listings could have contributed to the increase in home values, which is a positive sign for recent buyers looking to benefit from returns on their investments.