If you like the idea of moving to Sarasota, but want a suburban lifestyle, there are some great towns at every price point. The whole area features affordable housing and quality schools, but some suburbs stand out. Here are six of the best.
If you’re buying your first home, consider Bradenton. Median home value is $140,000, meaning it’s easier to buy a home without a huge mortgage. Bradenton is growing quickly, and has plenty of shopping, museums and other attractions. And it’s only a short drive to the beach.
If you’re looking for a close knit community, Palmetto may be the right place for you. This small town was incorporated in 1897, and has become a bedroom community as nearby cities expanded. Residents rave about their friendly neighbors, laid back feel, and mom and pop stores and restaurants. Median home price is $115,000.
If you’re looking for an easy commute, consider Whitfield Estates. It’s just 5 miles north of downtown, and right on Tampa Bay. With a mix of condos and single family homes, and new and historic housing stock, Whitfield offers both bargains and higher priced homes. Median home value is just under $200,000, and there is a thriving local restaurant scene.
Osprey is a good choice if you’re the outdoorsy type, as it borders Oscar Scherer State Park and Myakka River State Park. And it has beautiful beaches. Osprey is on the pricey side, with a median home value of $360,000, but it has good schools, is a great place to raise a family, and has a thriving local dining scene.
Nokomis may be a good choice for people commuting to Sarasota, as average commute time is 18 minutes. Families with children will like the highly rated public schools and small class sizes. Homes in Nokomis area on the pricey side, with a median price of $302,000.
Moving for retirement? Venice may be a good choice for you. It has a small-town feel and a strong sense of community. Venice is divided in two, with the “Island of Venice” being a more expensive (and historic) setting, with plenty of beaches, trails and walkable paths. The mainland is more affordable. Median home prices in Venice are in the $230,000 range.
If you have the budget for it and want beautiful Gulf views, Bird Key may be the best place for you. Located on an island off the western coast of Sarasota, the median home price in Bird Key is in the $750,000 range. But beware: Most of Bird Key is residential, so be ready to drive across a bridge for many of your everyday needs.
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