South Venice Beach, Venice, Florida
For home buyers searching for a waterfront community in South Florida, sticker shock is a common affliction. Many of my clients are boaters and fishermen...but they don't have a million dollars for a home in a waterfront community. But I have an answer for them - South Venice Beach.
South Venice Beach is a waterfront community about 20 miles south of Sarasota proper. Located on the Intracoastal, it is the largest subdivision in the area, and is amazingly affordable. Residents enjoy access to a community boat ramp, as well as a ferry that runs out to a private, resident only beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The price for these great amenities? About $150 per year - and it is not even mandatory! Amazingly, the neighborhood is still non-deed restricted - a rare find in this part of Florida, and the double lots afford space to park your boat, without paying dock slip fees.
Shamrock Park is also located within the boundaries of South Venice - this is a terrific state park with miles of walking trails , bike trails along the Intracoastal, a nature/education center, fishing, basketball, tennis, playgrounds and picnic areas.
All this is located within a 30 minute drive to downtown Sarasota, for those who occasionally want to venture out for a 5 star dinner and a show. But if your lifestyle revolves more around tarpon and long days on the water, South Venice is the best deal going.
How good of a deal? Currently, homes are selling from about $100K, and you can purchase an upgraded pool home for about $135K. Buildable lots are as low as $15K - but you'd better hurry. Sarasota county real estate prices are on their way back up!