Bradenton is one of the places where the search for Gold began - way before the Klondike gold rush kept so many adventurers busy (1539 vs 1896). 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 an excellent education for your kids. But what can you do once they finished High School? Bradenton has the answer: 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. All this is an excellent variety of first-class education.
Bars and restaurants, on the beach and off the beach, are also awaiting hungry and thirsty visitors. Concerts, movie theaters, and other activities are also available. By the way, if nothing gets you really excited, Sarasota is only a short drive away. The cultural activities of Bradenton and Sarasota combined will keep you busy for a while.
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 Botanical 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.
Bradenton Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile stretch of land and a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the beauty of the Manatee river...along with a terrific playground for the kids, free concerts, a first-class skate park, and some nice restaurants along the way. All this is located along the banks of the Manatee River. It is a major expansion of Rossi Park. There is also a fancy restaurant and an ice cream place nearby.
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 -, however, Bradenton ist still not Los Angeles or New York. It might take a few minutes more to the beach - not a few hours!
Information about the Area
Hernando De Soto was his name, and history books mention the year 1539. That was the year when the Spanish explorer and conquistador stepped ashore near Bradenton. We hoped that he would finally find gold or at least the legendary "Fountain of Youth." Discovering El Dorado would have been a good option - actually, it would have been the equivalent of winning the Powerball Lottery. At that time many people were talking about, a city so wealthy that everything was made out of solid gold. De Soto thought there was a chance that this city could be somewhere in the Bradenton area. What a nice story, 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 discover the "Fountain of Youth." And forget about the legendary city of El Dorado. There was not the slightest hint that such a golden city existed in Florida, or at least not in the Bradenton area. He searched for a while until he gave up, and he left Florida very disappointed.
De Soto was persistent, therefore he and his men moved further west, towards an area later called Louisiana. But he was not a lucky man. Eventually, he got sick, and a fever took his life at age 45. His fellow conquistadores 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 it is by far 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 that legendary "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
Bradenton has 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 city in the city, divided into seven different villages, gives the home hunters plenty of options. Lakewood Ranch is a town of its own with schools, stores, a medical center and the “Main Street” where people meet and greet. Lakewood Ranch is not for everyone. You love it or you hate it. Nevertheless, if you love to live in a big city if you don't mind that the city is forever growing and spreading out, and if a 30 minute trip to the beach is not the end of the world, you should have a closer look at Lakewood Ranch. Maybe you will like it.
The Real Estate Market is very Diversified
Prices for homes are far spread in Bradenton/Manatee County. Single-family homes come with prices between $180,000 to $5,000,000 … and more. Townhouses are for sale between $150,000 and $700,000+, and villas are for sale between $150,000 and $400,000. Wow! $150,000? 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. But don't expect "deals." The times that you could buy a nice property on the water for a decent price are long gone. If you want to see the water, you have to dig deeper - deeper into your pocket.
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. There are so many new communities and developments that it is (even for us) hard to keep track, however, if we are not too familiar with a certain new community we will find out for you all the important information.
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