Bordered by the cultural cities of Sarasota to the north and vibrant city Venice to the south, Nokomis is known for its beautiful beach, many shopping opportunities, and cultivated residential areas. The unincorporated town includes Casey Key/Nokomis Beach, which is one of the oldest beaches in Sarasota County. This beach is located at the south end of exclusive Casey Key.
Nokomis offers small-town living and a relaxed beach town atmosphere, while also experiencing all that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer. The Nokomis area is about 2 square miles in size, of which 16% is water. A little over 3,000 residents live in Nokomis.
The median age of the residents is 51 (The US the average is 42). Because of its proximity to the beach and the upscale barrier island of Casey Key, Nokomis has become one of Sarasota County’s hot spot lately.
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Nokomis has access to excellent schools. Laurel Elementary and Middle School and Venice High School are only two of them. Pine View School, one of the highest ranked schools in Florida, is just a 10-minute drive away. The school's location is in Osprey, which is the next community further north. There also is a Montessori School on Pinebrook Rd in Venice in case you want to go that route with your kids. All 8 schools located in Nokomis.
Dining and Shopping
The area around Nokomis and Osprey has preserved some of that laid back “Old Florida Charm.” Visitors can enjoy this "special Old Florida thing" in nearby restaurants, waterfront Tiki-bars, and small shops. However, if you ever feel restricted in what you want to do, neighboring cities like Venice and Sarasota have everything you can dream of (almost). If you want to combine the “relaxed beach town living” with cultural events – you are only minutes away from art exhibitions, first-class entertainment, festivals, fine dining, shopping, great schools, parks, excellent hospitals and everything else you would expect to find in a big city.
Nightlife, theaters, museums, and restaurants are just a 20-minute drive away. In Sarasota, you have so many choices that you will need a rest after missing so many nights of good night sleep. Downtown Venice is also only a 10-minute drive away. What you get there is not comparable with Sarasota, but Venice has good restaurants, a theatre, a movie theatre, and some other entertainment opportunities as well.
Parks and Recreation
Nokomis is also home to Sarasota County’s oldest beach. The public beach's location is on the southern tip of the beautiful tropical island of Casey Key. Here you can enjoy everything Florida’s Sun Coast has to offer: swimming, shelling, fishing, boating, windsurfing diving, kayaking, strolling along the beach or just sunbathing.
It is easy to get around in Nokomis. The Interstate - I 75 is close by and US 41, called Tamiami Trail, is also the main road which provides easy access to Sarasota and Venice. Major airports are easy to reach. Sarasota, Tampa, and Fort Myers International Airports are less than an hour away from Nokomis. Even the airports in Orlando and Miami are only a three - hour ride away.
Information about the Area
Nokomis (Noko'mis) is the name of this small town in Sarasota County. It sounds interesting and unique. However, one can say that the name is widespread in the U.S. and Canada.
There is a Nokomis in Illinois and Saskatchewan. A neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is also called “Nokomis.” There is a Lake Nokomis in Minnesota, a Regional High School in Main, an Elementary School in Canada, a Trail in Ontario, and the Native American Cultural Learning Center in Michigan that have the same name.
So, nothing unique here. At least not the name of the neighborhood. Now, what about the community itself?
Is Nokomis a Good Place to Live?
The mailing address of Nokomis includes Casey Key, a beautiful and very upscale barrier island northwesterly of Nokomis. If you are looking for a home with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico, start looking on Casey Key. However, homes on the key are pricy. Therefore, let's first see what Nokomis has to offer before we kill the piggy bank.
Why should you consider the community of Nokomis when looking for a new home? That is a good question.
In summary, the great location is the key. Regardless of your age, and whether you have a family with children, are retired or still working, this is a place where you can relax, work or just enjoy your trip around the sun.
When talking about location, Nokomis is close to Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa to the north and close to Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers to the south. US 41 and Interstate I-75 are connecting all those cities. Nokomis is a quiet community, but you are not out in the boonies.
Waterfront properties are abundant in Nokomis. Some canals provide access to Dona Bay, Roberts Bay, Lyons Bay and the Gulf of Mexico; some of the canals have no bridges at all. Nothing is obstructing the path of the boats.
Many of the waterfront homes are at least a little more moderately priced compared to homes in nearby Sarasota or Siesta Key.
The only exception, though, is Casey Key. A small checkbook or a credit card will get you nowhere on the key. Exclusiveness is not cheap. Check it out and you will pretty soon realize that $500k will get you nowhere on Casey Key.
Casey Key - a Wonderful Place to Live
The barrier island of Casey Key, for example, is home to Florida’s most extravagant residences. Houses worth many millions of dollars are lining the key on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal Waterway on the east side of the island. Some celebrities call Casey Key their home during the winter months – and writer Stephen King is only one of them. We don't know how he can come up with those nasty horror stories in such a beautiful environment.
So, when it comes to Real Estate, you have almost never-ending options in the Venice/Nokomis/Osprey area. You will find homes in gated communities, newer or brand new homes in golf communities or non-golf communities, and homes or ranches on acreage.
Furthermore, there are 55 plus and none 55 plus communities located near the beach, both with or without boat docks. Some communities have Homeowners Associations which are strictly following a pretty narrow set of rules and regulations while others are more "open-minded."
Very few communities in Nokomis have voluntary Homeowners Associations with basically no restrictions at all. Most communities are somewhat in between of both extremes.
You can find executive homes on large lots on the Bay as well as Gulf to Bay estates on Casey Key; many of them include a boat dock.
There are also historic buildings for sale. Most are leftovers from the roaring 20’s or 30’s. Here and there you can still find a nice piece of land where you can build your dream home on. But vacant land is scarce. Vacant lots are disappearing fast.
New Communities - New Opportunities
New communities are popping up in Nokomis as well. Intimate communities with only 10-20 homes and large developments with hundreds of new homes are in the making.
If you want to build a brand new home according to your specifications, or you are looking for a ready to move-in-home, in Nokomis you have opportunities. Call us at 941-244-8341 or write us an email if you don't want to miss those opportunities.
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