Bradenton is one of the place where the search for Gold began - way before the Klondike gold rush. Located between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Sarasota, this city is the seat of Manatee County and a fabulous place to explore the arts, historical attractions, or simply have fun in the sun on the numerous beaches in the area. Here you can spend an evening dining out or have a drink with friends in one of the many restaurants or pubs in downtown’s historic Old Main Street. That doesn't sound too bad so far, right? But who was searching for gold?
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Manatee has a variety of Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and private/charter schools. They all offer excellent education. Colleges near Bradenton include the University of South-Florida-Manatee campus, State College of Florida, New College of Florida, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Gordon University, and Manatee Technical Institute. An excellent variety of first-class education.
There is a lot you can do in Bradenton. For nature lovers there are the several parks to explore. The Robinson Nature Preserve, De Soto National Memorial, Palma Sola Botoanical Garden, and the G.T Bray Park are only some of the options. The South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, the Village of the Arts, and the Art Center Manatee may also be attractive choices on a rainy day.
Getting around in Bradenton is easy. Manatee County has a sophisticated and well developed public transportation system. If you are using your car you might run into heavy traffic once in a while. In certain spots the traffic can become a little overwhelming - especially during rush hour.
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Hernando De Soto was his name, and it was the year 1539. When the Spanish explorer and conquistador stepped ashore, he hoped to finally find gold or at least the legendary "Fountain of Youth." "El Dorado," yes, finding El Dorado would have also been a good option. That was a city so wealthy that everything was made out of gold, and there was a chance that this city could be somewhere in that area. Nobody had ever seen the city but many believed the rumor about it. What a nice idea, however, it turned out that he should not be too successful in his search for wealth and fame.
So, he did not find any gold, nor did he find the Fountain of Youth. And forget about the legendary city of El Dorado. He searched for a while and left Florida very disappointed. Eventually, he got sick, and a fever took his life at age 45. His fellows wrapped him in cloth and sank his corpse in the middle of the Mississippi River. The final curtain fell - that was the sad end of the first European "tourist."
But that is not the end of the story because even today Hernando De Soto is still present. You can see his “footprints” everywhere in the area. Quite a few streets and places a bearing his name, and here and there you might find a little statue or picture of the first European.
Nobody ever found a single grain of gold in the Bradenton area, and the fact that there are a lot of young families does not necessarily mean that the residents finally found the Fountain of Youth. There are other reasons why young families are residing in Manatee County, the Fountain of Youth is not one of them.
Why is the Population in Bradenton different?
Yes, somewhat. Fact is that the overall population in Bradenton is younger compared to other cities in the region. It is the local economy that is attracting younger people. Better job opportunities are always acting like a magnet. It is that simple. Especially the construction industry needs young and skilled workers. Everything that has to do with building or remodeling homes or repairing stuff needs a lot of younger guys, too.
But Bradenton is not all about construction. Big chain stores, small family-owned shops, lawyers, and doctor's offices, they all need educated people. Hairdressers are in demand, and the new mall is always looking for help. When a city is booming and bustling, everybody is happy.
What happens to older people? They are not actively driven out, but many retirees prefer to live in quieter communities a little further south. They are often done with young kids, especially when they are firing up their moped at 7 o'clock in the morning. Many of them want 55+ communities now, the only place where it seems to be more predictable and quieter.Or they want at least to be in a neighborhood with less young families and teenagers.
More than Schools and Universities
There are a lot of schools and colleges because of the influx of younger families with kids. But Bradenton is not all about schools. The city is also known for its Historic District and the Village of the Arts. Old buildings, street cafes, cozy restaurants, little stores stuffed with all kinds of artwork are also around. You will love it there.
By the way, the fastest-growing and most popular subdivision is the Lakewood Ranch community, which is huge and still expanding. This little city in the city, divided into seven different villages, gives the home hunters various options. Lakewood Ranch is a town of its own with schools, stores, a medical center and the “Main Street” where people meet and greet.
The Real Estate Market is very Diversified
Prices for homes are far spread in Bradenton/Manatee County. Single-family homes come with prices between $100,000 to $3,000,000 … and more. Townhouses are for sale between $100,000 and $500,000, and villas are for sale between $100,000 and $200,000. Wow! $100,000? What a deal! Don't expect too much, though. You might be disappointed when you see that "deal," but when you are handy and have enough tools and time, it might work for you. You can get homes on acreages further inland, and you can get homes on acreage directly on the Braden or Manatee River. Properties on the river are combining country lifestyle with your boating ambitions.
New developments offer a variety of brand new homes in gated and manicured communities. Explore real estate listings in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Parrish and Sarasota on our website. Contact us if you need more information about particular areas or specific homes for sale.
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