Osprey - Real Estate and Lifestyle
Osprey is a thriving community on "Little Sarasota Bay" with approximately 6,000 residents. Located on the southern border of the City of Sarasota and north of Nokomis, more than 10% of this area of 6.1 square miles is water. Consequently, a lot of homes with bay- or water view are available in Osprey.
The housing market is somewhat different compared to other regions. It is very common that tiny old homes are sitting next to big mansions. There is also a wide variety of different home styles in Osprey. From manufactured homes, cracker-barrel homes (from the 1920's) to multi-million dollar mansions and condos - everything is available in the area.
However, the wind of change is blowing. More and more of the tiny, older homes are torn down and replaced by new construction.
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Historic Spanish Point in Osprey
Osprey is also home to the "Historic Spanish Point." On this historic complex, you will find a prehistoric shell mound, the pioneer homestead museum, an old chapel, a citrus packing house, an old boatyard and several nature trails.
If you are interested in history, Historic Spanish Point provides a glimpse back in time. It is interesting how the housing needs have changed over the years. Back then, all family members lived together in an 800 sq ft cottages (or less) and were happy to have a roof over their head. Today this is considered a two car garage. It is almost cruelty to park a car in such a small spot.
If you are more interested in nature, the Oscar Scherer State Park may be the place where you want to be. The State Park is a habitat for the threatened Florida scrub jay and is located at the southern border of Osprey, just before you leave Osprey and enter the Nokomis area.
They even have a camp area where you can park your RV in the shade of mature Oak trees. They also have restrooms, a meeting room with WIFI access and a lake where brave people can swim with gators. How much fun is that? The park has beautiful walking trails, and when you come at the right time of the year, you can watch the baby eagles in their huge nest getting pampered by their parents.
Blackburn Point Bridge
On the National Register of Historic Places is another item listed, which also belongs to the Osprey area: It is the one-lane swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway called "Blackburn Point Bridge." This bridge was built in 1925 and belongs to a small number of "swing truss bridges" in Florida that have survived the modernizations.