Life in Manatee County is supported by a strong quality of life. The area has much to offer, with nationally recognized educational and healthcare resources, abundant recreation complemented by a fantastic climate and a thriving business sector leading the way. Adding to all of this is the availability of diverse, quality housing options sure to appeal to newcomers. Single professionals, families and retirees alike are attracted to the unmatched lifestyle of Manatee County and its surrounding areas.
The wide range of communities established throughout the area give prospective residents a choice of everything from single-family homes in traditional neighborhoods and country club estates to comfortable apartment units and condominiums overlooking the sparkling waters of Manatee County.
The styles of homes run the gamut throughout the county’s neighborhoods. Historic and traditional homes are intermixed with more contemporary residences, providing a great selection for interested homebuyers. Prominent features discovered in the homes of Manatee County include vaulted ceilings, sweeping windows, screened porches and inground swimming pools—all of which support the essence of true Florida living. Many of the newer districts have integrated shaded open areas, lakes, golf courses, community swimming pools, tennis courts and paths designed for walking, running or bicycling within the neighborhood setting.
Popular communities within the county include Heritage Harbour, situated just off I-75 and State Road 64; Terra Ceia Bay, nestled in Palmetto; University Park, which offers lavish country club living; Panther Ridge; Rye Wilderness Estates; Wisteria Park in northwest Bradenton; River’s Reach, offering a beautiful neighborhood on the Manatee River; and River Sound, on the Braden River and Forest Creek, with a recreational lake, nature trails and bird rookery.
The nationally recognized and award-winning Lakewood Ranch community, an 8,500-acre master-planned community, has successfully incorporated both residential and commercial development. Seven distinct villages of homes are fused with top-rate recreational facilities, retail and dining establishments, educational facilities and a highly rated medical center at Lakewood Ranch.
For those not in the market to purchase a home right away, there are plenty of opportunities for renting and leasing through apartment and condominium complexes, villas and mobile home communities. These readily available options are appealing to not only those looking for permanent residence in the area, but also for those millions of visitors who travel to Manatee County to enjoy the warmth during the winter months.