Real estate developments that utilize the concept of a golf course as a community asset have been around for quite a long time. And in this era of a soft housing market, it is in communities like Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida, that attractive property buys can be found. The Palm Aire real estate, after all, counts as among the first US property developments that have successfully capitalized on the idea that land devoted to golf sites can be so designed and managed to harmoniously incorporate a residential enclave.
The present homes in Palm Aire came about as a result of the pioneering efforts of DeSoto Country Club to develop a 1,300 acre property between Sarasota and Bradenton into a golf-course-based enclave. This location also proved a winner as it is just two miles from Interstate 75 in the west and US 301 in the east. Only a short drive away are the business and commercial districts of Sarasota and neighboring Bradenton as well as the fabulous Gulf Coast beaches in the area.
Amenities at the 23,000-square foot clubhouse at Palm Aire were deftly designed to bring the optimum privileges that could be derived from the golf course complex. Social amenities are more than amply provided in the clubhouse's main dining room serving fine cuisine prepared by a professional chef. A cozy cocktail lounge with wide screen TVs brings additional social privileges.
Other facilities at the country club are fitting adjuncts to the active lifestyle characteristic of golf communities. Palm Aire has a tennis center with eight Har-Tru courts and an additional pair of all-weather courts. Likewise, there's a modern, air-conditioned fitness center, which like the tennis facility is staffed by professional trainers. In addition, members have access to a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool for fun and fitness as well.
As the community's prime mover, golf strongly manifests in two 18-hole, par 72 courses cited prominently as among Florida's best. One of these two layouts is The Lakes, measuring 6,685 yards at its farthest play. The other is the Champions which tours at 7,005 yards from its farthest tees.
A choice of Palm Aire homes for sale can start with an unfurnished condominium unit with a 1,130 square-feet living area with an asking price of $105,000. Up in a sales price of Palm Aire real estate can be a Palm Aire villa with 2,100 square feet of floor space and a posted price of about $348,000. These varying price points for available properties in the complex are indeed a reflection on how golf sites can be maximized to cater to the various wants and needs of a community.
Alan Atchley is a real estate broker associate in his family run real estate company. His personal website features information on all the Sarasota homes for sale currently listed in the Sarasota MLS.