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Lifestyles and Homes in Manatee County

Lifestyles and Homes in Manatee County
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Lifestyles and Homes in Manatee County

 

 

Turn-of-the-century bayside villages, quiet rural settings, country club communities, comfortable urban neighborhoods, and secure retirement enclaves all are a part of the good life in Manatee County. Newcomers continue to be drawn by the area’s climate, natural beauty, easy tempo of life, and friendly atmosphere.

 

A relatively low cost of living, a $25,000 homestead exemption, and a wide range of affordable housing made Manatee County a mecca for retirees in the first three-quarters of this century, but today, the same incentives are a magnet for a growing number of young families just starting out. Several luxurious golf and country club communities are among at least 25 new housing developments that have broken ground since 1990.

 

According to 1995 MLS figures, single-family homes make up to 56.8 percent of the housing market, with an average new-home price of $109,678. Condos account for 26.7 percent of the market, with an average price of $74,017. Depending on the community, single-family homes range in price from $80,000 to $300,000 and more for waterfront and country estates. Prices of condos run from $40,000 to $300,000. Typical of moderately priced condo complexes in Manatee County is Mount Vernon, a 434-unit complex on Sarasota Bay in which homes are priced from the high $50,000s to low $90,000s.

 

Single-family home styles range from traditional to contemporary, with popular features including a separate maser bedroom suite, patios, courtyards and lanais, cathedral ceilings, window walls, and a variety of built-ins. Condos are mainly single-story villas, either detached or in attached groupings, or units in multi-story buildings, where convenience and accessibility account for their popularity with adults 55 and older.

 

The emphasis in new communities has turned toward making the most of what nature and the Florida climate have to offer, with neighborhoods built around swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and nature preserves. Security, privacy, and low or no maintenance living are added amenities. A golf course is an important feature of River Club, a community of younger families in eastern Manatee County. Golf and tennis are both featured at Terra Ceia Bay in Palmetto, which offers bay vistas and a 500-foot long fishing pier.

 

Brand new in eastern Manatee County, the Summerfield neighborhoods at Lakewood Ranch offer Florida ranch-style homes priced from the $80,000s to the $130,000s. The wooded environment is a plus for the new development at Creekwood, and also for Rosedale, where a small forest of oaks and pines has replaced open pasture land.

Taking care of the environment was a priority in the development of the luxury golf course community of University Park in southern Manatee County. It features lakes, preservation areas, and neighborhoods of tree-lined streets. Prices of homes in this country club community range from $200,000 to $1,000,000.

 

Ecology conscious homeowners throughout the county take advantage of the Manatee County Extension Service’s Yards & Neighborhoods Program, which helps homeowners to protect the environment and restore native habitats through landscape design and plant selection.

 

Offering housing to suit every lifestyle and need, Manatee County has a large number of rental and condominium communities - largely apartments, villas, and manufactured (mobile) homes - many of which accommodate the annual migration of nearly 50,000 so-called snow birds, who live in Manatee County only in the winter. Recent figures indicate that 31 percent of county seniors live in manufactured homes

 

Lifestyles and Homes in Manatee County

Turn-of-the-century bayside villages, quiet rural settings, country club communities, comfortable urban neighborhoods, and secure retirement enclaves all are a part of the good life in Manatee County. Newcomers continue to be drawn by the area’s climate, natural beauty, easy tempo of life, and friendly atmosphere.

A relatively low cost of living, a $25,000 homestead exemption, and a wide range of affordable housing made Manatee County a mecca for retirees in the first three-quarters of this century, but today, the same incentives are a magnet for a growing number of young families just starting out. Several luxurious golf and country club communities are among at least 25 new housing developments that have broken ground since 1990.

According to 1995 MLS figures, single-family homes make up to 56.8 percent of the housing market, with an average new-home price of $109,678. Condos account for 26.7 percent of the market, with an average price of $74,017. Depending on the community, single-family homes range in price from $80,000 to $300,000 and more for waterfront and country estates. Prices of condos run from $40,000 to $300,000. Typical of moderately priced condo complexes in Manatee County is Mount Vernon, a 434-unit complex on Sarasota Bay in which homes are priced from the high $50,000s to low $90,000s.

Single-family home styles range from traditional to contemporary, with popular features including a separate maser bedroom suite, patios, courtyards and lanais, cathedral ceilings, window walls, and a variety of built-ins. Condos are mainly single-story villas, either detached or in attached groupings, or units in multi-story buildings, where convenience and accessibility account for their popularity with adults 55 and older.

The emphasis in new communities has turned toward making the most of what nature and the Florida climate have to offer, with neighborhoods built around swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and nature preserves. Security, privacy, and low or no maintenance living are added amenities. A golf course is an important feature of River Club, a community of younger families in eastern Manatee County. Golf and tennis are both featured at Terra Ceia Bay in Palmetto, which offers bay vistas and a 500-foot long fishing pier.

Brand new in eastern Manatee County, the Summerfield neighborhoods at Lakewood Ranch offer Florida ranch-style homes priced from the $80,000s to the $130,000s. The wooded environment is a plus for the new development at Creekwood, and also for Rosedale, where a small forest of oaks and pines has replaced open pasture land.

Taking care of the environment was a priority in the development of the luxury golf course community of University Park in southern Manatee County. It features lakes, preservation areas, and neighborhoods of tree-lined streets. Prices of homes in this country club community range from $200,000 to $1,000,000.

Ecology conscious homeowners throughout the county take advantage of the Manatee County Extension Service’s Yards & Neighborhoods Program, which helps homeowners to protect the environment and restore native habitats through landscape design and plant selection.

Offering housing to suit every lifestyle and need, Manatee County has a large number of rental and condominium communities - largely apartments, villas, and manufactured (mobile) homes - many of which accommodate the annual migration of nearly 50,000 so-called snow birds, who live in Manatee County only in the winter. Recent figures indicate that 31 percent of county seniors live in manufactured homes.

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