Palmer Ranch, a spacious master planned community, offers a myriad of different lifestyle options to suit any taste. Convenient to cultural attractions, the vibrant downtown and the beaches of Sarasota, the communities in Palmer Ranch have something for everyone.
The Country Club of Sarasota is deal for golf enthusiasts as well as anyone who wants easy access to fine dining, shopping and cultural activities. This community is primarily composed of single family homes on sprawling home sites.
The Hamptons is an outstanding residential area that is divided into three unique areas; North, West and South. In the West Hamptons is ideal for privacy, with its gated community and spacious homes. For beautiful landscaping, look to the South Hamptons while the North Hamptons offer stunning homes.
Huntington Pointe is the ideal blend of architecture and nature. Stunning wooded and lakefront home sites are available here. This is Florida living at its best.
Marbella is considered to be one of the most charming neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch. Centrally located, the PR Palmer Ranch condos and homes here offer convenience and comfort.
Prestencia is considered to be one of the most coveted addresses in Sarasota. Choose from low-rise PR Palmer Ranch condos, villas and single family homes in this prestigious neighborhood.
Young professionals are often attracted to Stoneybrook along with active retirees and growing families. This warm neighborhood features spacious homes, PR Palmer Ranch condos will full amenities and fantastic panoramas that are sure to charm.
Turtle Rock is the ideal choice for young families and active adults who are looking for a country club style setting with privacy. Conveniently located near the golf courses, the amenities here include tennis courts, swimming pool, walking paths, canoeing and a recreation building. Choose from single family homes, spacious villas and estate homes.
Palmer Ranch is a planned community of about 10,000 acres with approximately 9000 residences in the form of condos, villas, town homes and single family homes.
Wellington Chase is one of the most reasonably priced for single family homes. It is not gated, nor does it have a community pool – that’s why HOA fees are about $800/year. Most of the neighborhoods were built in the 1990’s. Some of those have had issues with pin hole leaks in the plumbing that required re-plumbing of the entire home.
- The Isles is the newest construction in Palmer Ranch, with both villas and single family, maintenance free homes. Prices for homes start at around $300k with HOA fees of about $842/quarter for homes, $807/quarter for villas. The Isles offers a clubhouse, lagoon style pool, tennis, fitness, basketball & boccee ball courts, a playground and full time activity director.
- Village Walk is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch for newer construction as it offers villas, townhomes and single family homes. Townhomes start at around $200k with HOA fees of about $864/quarter. Villas start at around $225k with HOA fees of about $852/quarter and maintenance free homes start at around $250k. Once in awhile you will see a short sale on a townhome priced at around $175 – $185,000. Village Walk has resort style amenities, including a gorgeous clubhouse, fitness center, lagoon style pool, tennis courts and walking trails.
- Turtle Rock is another gated community within Palmer Ranch. Turtle Rock has about 750 single family homes and villas. Prices start at round $260k for homes with HOA fees of about $400/quarter. Somerset in Turtle Rock has carriage homes built in the late 90’s. HOA fees in Turtle Rock include lawn maintenance, pressure washing roofs annually, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and solar street lights.
Palmer Ranch in south Sarasota is next door to a shopping mall and close driving distance to the south end of Siesta Key & it’s fabulous beaches. It has a wide range of prices from around $60,000 for a condo in one of the 3 apartments converted to condo communities of Vintage Grand, Bella Villino or Serenade to large estate homes. Village Walk is a popular, newer townhome community in Palmer Ranch. Most of the neighborhoods are gated, some are not. You’ll find the properties will have HOA fees and a master Palmer Ranch HOA fee. Costs per year will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.
University Place is also a gated community of about 400 homes set in 6 neighborhoods. The homes in Carriage Run are maintenance free (monthly fees cover lawn service). University Place has it’s own community web site at: University Place Florida Prices start just under $200,000 for distress sales, around $225k – $240k for regular sales. Most of HOA fee of $100/month. Carriage Run will cost about $218/mo in HOA fees because of the extra maintenance included. University Place has 2 pools (lagoon style and lap), 2 rec centers, tennis courts, playground and walking trails.
Mote Ranch area, just west and north of University Place has several nice neighborhoods of newer built homes with reasonable annual HOA fees (and no CDD fees) but most are not gated. These would include Copper Ridge, Grand Point, Longpond at Mote Ranch, River Park at Mote Ranch, Mote Ranch and Chaparral. You’ll find home prices starting in the low to mid $200’s, depending on neighborhoods.
Lakewood Ranch, situated on the West Coast of Florida, is a master planned community that offers residents the chance to enjoy the stunning array of activities and beauty of Florida while forming lasting friendships in a community setting. From beautiful homes to world class shops to job opportunities to places to have fun and play with friends and neighbors, Lakewood Ranch has it all.
There are seven distinct and unique villages that comprise Lakewood Ranch, Florida. They are the Country Club, Country Club East, RiverwalkVillage, EdgewaterVillage, SummerfieldVillage, GreenbookVillage, The Lake Club and the new Central ParkVillage.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club is a beautiful gated community that was built around three stunning Arnold Palmer designed golf courses. Buyers here can choose from full-maintenance LWR Lakewood Ranch condos, single-family residences or custom estate homes.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club East provides a private gated community with select single family as well as multi-family homes. This village features the Rick Robbins-designed 18-hole golf course.
Lakewood Ranch Edgewater is a beautiful lake community set amongst custom single family homes as well as luxury LWR Lakewood Ranch condos. At the heart of it all is the 160 acre LakeUihlein. Residents can enjoy fishing, boating and gorgeous sunsets.
RiverwalkVillage is situated near the parks, providing a cozy hometown feeling. A wide selection of single family homes is available in this natural setting.
GreenbrookVillage offers everything you could want; preserves, parks and lakes. Families of all ages will feel comfortable here. Amenities include a playground, dog park, skating/hockey rink, sports fields, pavilion and more.
SummerfieldVillage is situated near the BradenRiver, providing two community parks and nature trails. Single family homes, some of which offer maintenance free lawn service, are available here in a wide array of price ranges.
The LakeClub is the newest addition to the villages of Lakewood Ranch. This unique village offers both style and sophistication to discerning buyers. Travel along the beautifully landscaped entry and you will not see any visible homes, but rest assured there are plenty of options available for complete seclusion.
Central Park offers single-family homes along with amenities such as a playground, tennis courts, ballpark, dog parks and other features. If you love nature, you will feel right at home amongst the preserved habitats and wetlands of this village.
The newest Villages of Lakewood Ranch, Greenbrook and Central Park are probably the most family friendly in that both communities include play areas. Greenbrook has an Adventure Park with a play area, obstacle course and in-line skate rink as well as a dog park. Central Park has a playground, splash park, baseball fields, dog park and tennis courts. Central Park’s neighborhoods are all built around the central 10 acre park. Prices in Greenbrook start in the mid $230’s.Lakewood Ranch is known for it’s excellent school districts.
Most homes (but not all) in Lakewood Ranch are in a Community Development District (CDD) which assesses a CDD tax on the annual property tax bills.
Is a delightful, upscale, family friendly neighborhood. This guard-gated community offers exceptional home designs surrounded by pristine lakes, natural preserves, and beautiful wildlife. Estate-sized home sites range from about ¼ – ¾ acres with no rear neighbors! Extraordinary recreational features abound at Greyhawk Landing such as their enormous lagoon-style pool with water slides, waterfalls and spa. Your kids will love the playground and it’s many activities. Get your daily workouts in at the fitness center or on the tennis and basketball courts. Enjoy peaceful, walks; runs or bike rides along nearly 2 miles of nature trails. The fishing pier, soccer and baseball fields complete the family experience.
Your kids can attend some of the best schools in the state! Brand new GullettElementary School, “A” rated CarlosE.HaileMiddle School, or the extremely popular “A” rated LakewoodRanchHigh School.
Located close to schools, restaurants, entertainment and the Interstate, this beautiful, private, gated-community provides exciting living in a natural environment. Greyhawk Landing is the natural place to call home.
Greyhawk Landing great amenities for the family – large community pool with a lap lane & splash features, the clubhouse has a fitness room, there’s tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground as well as a fishing pier. It is a little further east, it definitely seems child friendly and you’ll notice bicycles scattered throughout the neighborhoods. Greyhawk Landings has a nice pool and playground but does not offer as many amenities as can be found in a golf and country club community such as Heritage Harbour, Lakewood Ranch Country Club or University Park.
Greyhawk Landing on SR64 is a beautiful gated, upscale community but is about 9 miles from Sarasota, so is less centrally located. It also is a CDD (Community Development District) which assesses additional taxes on your property tax bill to fund certain expenses. You can read about the CDD’s at Greyhawk Landing CDD
If you’re considering Greyhawk Landing you might also want to check out Heritage Harbour, which is just off I75 at the same SR64 exit.
There are many other fantastic schools in Sarasota and Manatee county’s Here’s a website where you can see how the schools are rated:
School Accountability Report…
Here are the school districts by zone: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net…lrp/zones.aspx
Sarasota ranks as one of the top districts in the state by a number of measures, including test scores, graduation rates and teacher compensation.
It offers distinctive programs tailored to different student needs, including Florida’s only school for the gifted, the state’s largest special needs school and one of a handful of career-focused high schools.
Please use this website when searching for properties: www.myfloridahomesmls.com It’s the most up to date website.
Southside services most of the downtown area south of Main St. North of Main would be mostly Booker school district. The Palmer Ranch area is mostly Ashton school district. There are other schools in the area but these are ones that I have either had personal experience with or I have friends that have kids in the schools.
Schools Listed in order of Top Ranking:
Sarasota County Schools
Southside Elementary (34228, 34236, 34239, 34242)
Most of the downtown Sarasota condos, the condos/homes on the south end of Longboat Key, Bay Isles, Bird Key, Bungalow Hill, Cherokee Park, County Club Shores, Granada, Harbor Acres, Lido Key, McClellan Park, Poinsettia Park, St Armand’s, some of Southgate.
Venice Elementary (34285, 34292, 34293)
The island of Venice, Bellagio on Venice Island, Lakes of Jacaranda, Pinebrook, South Venice, Venice Acres
Ashton Elementary (34233, 34238)-The Palmer Ranch communities(Arielle, Botanica, The Hamptons, Turtle Rock, Serenade, Stonebridge, Village Walk, Wellington Chase), Center Gate Estates, Colonial Oaks, Emerald Gardens, Grove Point, Three Oaks
Cranberry Elementary (North Port)
-(34286, a certain section)
Taylor Ranch (southern Sarasota county)-(34292, 34293)-Governors Green, Gulf View Estates, Blue Heron Pond, Lakes of Jacaranda, Myakka River Trails, Park Estates, Pelican Pointe Golf & County Club, The Plantation, Pennington Place, South Venice, Stoneybrook at Venice, Venice Golf & County Club, Southwood, Woodmere Lakes
Lakeview Elementary (34241)-Bent Tree, Country Creek, East Lake, Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, Founders Club, Foxfire, Gator Creek, Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, Lake Sarasota, Misty Creek, Myakka Valley Ranches, Preserve at Heron Lake, Red Hawk Reserve, Saddle Creek, Secluded Oaks, Serenoa, Trillium, Tuscana
Gulf Gate Elementary (34231, 34238)-Palmer Ranch communities-(Country Club of Sarasota, Deer Creek, Prestancia,
Marabella, Mira Lago, Palisades), Beneva Oaks, Coral Cove, Gulf Gate, Southpointe Shores,
Laurel Nokomis Elementary (mid Sarasota county)-(34229, 34275)-Bay Point, Calusa Lakes, Casey Key, Huntington Pointe, Isles of Sarasota, Laurel Pines, Laurel Woodlands, Mission Valley Estates, The Oaks, Park Trace Estates, Rivendell, Sawgrass, Shakett Creek, Silver Oak, Sorrento East, Sorrento Shores, Sorrento South, Sorrento Woods, South Creek, Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club, Stoneybrook at Palmer Ranch, Venetian Golf & River Club, Waterfront Estates, Willow Chase, Willowbend, Willowbrook
Tatum Ridge Elementary (34240)
-Barton Farms, Colonial Oaks, Deer Hammock, Founders Club, The Hammocks, Laurel Lakes, Laurel Meadows, Laurel Oak Estates, Oak Ford Golf Club, The Paddocks, Palmer Farms, Palmer Glen, Sarasota Golf Club, Sarasota Polo Club, Shadow Oaks, Summerwood, Tatum Ridge, Villages at Pine Tree-(Marsh, Ponderosa, Spruce Pine)
Garden Elementary(34285, 34292, 34293)
Phillipi Shores(34231, 34242)-Aqualane Estates, Bay Island, Florence, Hansens, Harmony, Hidden Harbor, The Landings, Mira Mar, much of Siesta Key, Oyster Bay Estates, Phillipi Cove, Philipi Gardens, Pine Shores, Point Crisp, Princess Gate, Ridge Wood, Sanderling Club, Sandy Hook, Sarasota Beach, Siesta Cove, Siesta Estates, Siesta Isles, Siesta Bayside, Tortoise Estates
Fruitville Elementary(34232)-Hidden Oaks, Nottingham, Sherwood Estates, Sherwood Forest, Woodland Park
Englewood Elementary (southern Sarasota county)(34223)-Artist Acres, Bay Vista, Boca Royale, Deer Creek, Eden Harbor, Englewood Farm Acres, Englewood Gardens, Englewood Isles, Englewood Pines, Manasota Gardens, Manasota Key, Overbrook Gardens, Stillwater
Sarasota Middle (34231-34242)
Manatee county Schools
Robert Willis Elementary(34201, 34202)-Carlyle at the Villages of Palm Aire, Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch, Edgewater Village, Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Long Pond at Mote Ranch, Mote Ranch, Panther Ridge, Preserve at Panther Ridge, River Park at Mote Ranch, Riverwalk Ridge Cypress Banks, University Park
Gene Witt Elementary(34212)-Country Creek, Country Meadows, Foxbrook, Greyhawk Landing, Hidden Oaks, Mill Creek, Rye Wilderness,
Gilbert W McNeal Elementary(34202)-Concession, Greenbrook Village, Lakewood Ranch, Summerfield Village
Braden River Elementary(34202, 34211)-Braden Pines, Braden Woods, Oakbrooke at River Club, River Club North & South, Rosedale, Summerfield Village
BD Gullett Elementary(34211, 34212)-Central Park at Lakewood Ranch, Greyhawk Landing, Panther Ridge
Ida M Stewart Elementary(34209)-Perico Isles, Pinehurst, Riverview Landings, Shaws Point, Wisteria Park, Woodlands Park on Palma Sola Bay
Anna Maria Elementary(34216, 34217, 34228)-Anna Maria Island, Bay Palms, Bimini Bay Estates, Cortez, Emerald Harbor, Holmes Beach, Ilexhurst, Key Royale, Long Beach, Longboat Key, Shore Acres, Sleepy Lagoon, Wells Bay Harbor
Virgil Mills Elementary(34219, 34221, 34222)-Ancient Oaks, Copperstone, Covered Bridge, Fairways at Imperial Lakewoods, Fosters Creek, Heather Glen, Kingsfield Lakes, Lexington, Waterford, Whitney Meadows, Woodlawn Lakes
Kinnan Elementary(34243)-Carlyle at the Villages of Palm Aire, Country Oaks, Desoto Lakes Country Club, Glenbrooke, Mote Ranch, Palm Aire, Palm Lakes, Quail Run, University Groves, Rio Mar, Trails, Treymore at Village of Palm Aire, Vintage Creek
Freedom Elementary(34212)-Gates Creek, Greenfield Plantation, Heritage Harbour, Lighthouse Cove at Heritage Harbor, Old Grove at Greenfield, Planters Manor at Greenfield, River Strand, Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbor, Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tara Elementary(34212)-Barrington Ridge, Braden Crossing, Creekwood, Manatee Oaks, Mandalay, River Landings Bluffs, River Place, Rivers Edge, Silver Lake, Tailfeather Way at Tara, Tara, Tara Preserve, Wallingford, Water Oak
Carlos E Halie Middle(34208-34212)
Braden River Middle(32401-34243)
Nolan Middle(34202, 34211, 34251)
King Middle(34209, 34216, 34217, 34228)
Lakewood Ranch High(34202, 34211, 34212, 34251)
Manatee High(34205-34209, 34216, 34217, 34228)
Manatee School for Arts and Sciences
Reviews by people with person experience:
Greyhawk Landing is horrible. DO NOT MOVE THERE! It is infested with renters and I am not talking about nice little families. I am talking about red neck types with loud trucks racing up and down the street and druggie types. I personally have witnessed renters using the bathroom in the driveway, vomiting in the drive, not taking care of their yards,etc. The HOA is so weak there. They ignore the fact that there are criminals in the area (pedophiles, meth kitchen, stabbing,etc) but they are busy writing tickets for kids on electric cars.
Because of the renters, the prices of the homes will not go up. They have have the sheriff helicopter’s flying overhead looking for criminals all the time. Not long ago there was a stabbing and there was also a break during the same week from a druggie.
Palmer Ranch is more of a retiree community.
I have family that lived in Kensington Park for 35+ years so know quite a lot about the community. It is not the neighborhood it was about 10 years ago, there are a lot more rentals then there used to be. The neighborhood does not have deed restrictions but does have a voluntary HOA. Some parts of the 1200 home subdivision are better than others. If you want the rest of the skinny on Kensington Park, you can send me a direct message.
Bayshore Gardens is a mixed bag, some streets are nice and other streets have a lot of rental homes. You have a mix of retirees, younger families and investors (rentals) who all like the affordable price range. Bayshore Gardens homeowners also have access to a community boat ramp and boat slips (which have a waiting list).
You’re not going to find much in the Whitfield area for under $100,000. Of the 3 neighborhoods you mentioned, that would be my first choice.
There are some neighborhoods in south and eastern Sarasota that have homes in your targeted price range that you may like, unless you want to stay further north for work. There are some cute little neighborhoods in west and NW Bradenton too.
One of the higher costs associated with buying an older home in FL is the cost of hazard insurance. Many of the private insurance companies do not want to insure homes built in the 1950’s & 1960’s, so you would have to get insurance thru Citizens. The 4 things insurance companies are most concerned with are: roof, AC/heat, electrical and plumbing. A new or newer roof on an older home can save you money on your insurance. Be sure to get a couple of tentative insurance quotes before you write an offer on a home so you have an idea as to what you will be paying for insurance on an annual basis.
Another issue you may come across with older homes in our area is lack of permits for remodeling or enclosing of lanais, porches or garages for additional living space. If a home is advertised as having 3 bedrooms 2 baths and 1500 sq ft living space but the county tax info shows 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 1250 sq ft, odds are somebody did some creative remodeling without proper permits. Nowadays lenders are telling appraisers to go by tax roll sq ft living space, not homeowner supplied sq ft. The work may not be to code, and insurance companies are getting more particular about extensive work that was done without permits if/when required.
Older homes may have electrical issues such as aluminum wiring or fuse boxes instead of circuit breakers. I actually have seen a few homes in both Kensington Park and Bayshore Gardens over the years with fuse boxes. Some older homes have had plumbing issues and possibly have been repiped at some point.
Be sure to check the flood zone information on any home you’re interested in. There are a lot of homes (including a portion of Bayshore Gardens) that are in flood zones even though they don’t sit on a lake or creek.
Your agent should be able to research flood zones, tax info and permits on homes you’re interested in and suggest names of insurance agents for getting quotes. I would also recommend having a home inspection done on the home you purchase, contracts used by agents in our area call for an inspection time period and you can specifiy if the seller is to make repair of found defects (including a dollar amount for repairs) in your offer.
Tax rates in Manatee county are slightly lower than Sarasota, but not significantly. When a home is sold the value for tax purposes will be reassessed as of January 1 of the following year, so the current property taxes on the home will not necessarily be what you will see in following years. If you are going to make the home your permanent residence you can apply for a homestead exemption, which exempts a portion of the home’s value from taxes: Manatee County
Manatee county residents get trash pickup 2 days a week vs 1 day a week in Sarasota. County water rates in Manatee county are slightly less than Sarasota, but again, not significantly.
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