Area Information and Venice Real Estate
The city of Venice in Florida has a population of approximately a little over 20,000 residents, which is a decent size for a town in Florida. Like its sister city in Italy, the city center of Venice, Florida, is also surrounded by water. While the Italians built their city on more than 100 lagoons, Florida’s Venice sits basically on one island, surrounded by an artificial waterway, called “Intracoastal Waterway.” To the east there is not the Adriatic Sea but the Gulf of Mexico and, like the Italian counterpart, there are a few canals as well. There are by far not as many, but at least a few. Three new draw-bridges provide access to the downtown area. They connect the mainland with the “Island of Venice.” When they are open during rush hour, the traffic can become messy.
Shark Teeth are all over the Place
Venice also has the name “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” But why that name? Well, some people are under the impression that hundreds of hungry sharks are circling in the warm Gulf water along the Venice Shoreline, just waiting for careless swimmers for dinner. Nope, that is not what it is!
Nice story, but you can be sure that this is not the story behind the name. No tourist whatsoever would ever come to Venice, Florida, if there was such a bloody mess in the water.
The name “Shark Tooth Capital” of the World has another origin
First of all, it is only about shark teeth, not sharks. The teeth you can find in the sand are from prehistoric animals, sharks that have ceased while hunting for prey millions of years ago. With the right tool and a little luck, everybody can find those historical artifacts, and if your fingers are not all thumbs, you can make attractive necklaces with those fossilized shark teeth.
So, at least we got that “shark teeth thing” straightened out. Remember: It is not “shark capital” of the world – it is “shark teeth capital” of the world. Smyrna Beach is the winner of the term “Shark Capital, ” and they can keep it. They are probably happy with all the live sharks in the water.
Venice is truly unique. It is a friendly and vibrant city, located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. One can not compare it with any other city on Florida’s West Coast because Venice is somehow unique.
You can’t compare Venice with Tampa or Fort Myers
Sarasota and Tampa/St. Petersburg lack the small-town character of this cozy seaside heaven, and Fort Myers is not only out of sight; it is also far bigger and more buzzing. Therefore, Venice is Venice, and it is meant to play in a different league.
We can assure you that most of the 20,000 plus people who live here are entirely happy with what they’ve got.
Like many cities in Florida, Venice is also called a “historic” city. Well, it all depends on what one’s idea of “historic” or “historical” is. If 200 years is already the definition of “historical,” yes, Venice is historical. The early 18th century was the starting point when the first settlers “invaded” the mosquito infested swamp land and built the first primitive log cabins.
The Indians paved the Way
Of course, somebody lived there before the white settlers arrived. It is a beautiful spot, and it always was. The Calusa Indians lived in the area for many thousand years before the European settlers took over, however, the Indians never really “settled.” They moved around, from one place to another because that was their idea of “settling.” Mid 1800 the Indians were all gone, mid-1900 the log cabins were all gone, too. The swamps and the mosquitoes also disappeared. Well, the latter went almost. Once in a while, you can hear one, two or three of them buzzing around.
The big parking area in the center of Venice is “the” place for small and big events. It is the spot where the farmers market attracts a lot of people every Saturday morning, and it is the place where all the other main activities take place. Not too long ago some developers put in a proposal to get rid of the parking area by building a massive high-rise parking garage. Fortunately, that was turned down, and the people of Venice will still enjoy all the events that take place in the original parking area in the future.
Main Street is the Center of the little “Universe.”
Once in a while, Main Street will be closed for certain events. Parades and art festivals are such events that attract thousands of people from all over the county.
Other places of interest are the Art District (next to the downtown area) and the Fishing Pier. You want to fish, but you don’t have a license? No problem. From the Pier you can hunt down your white shark without that piece of paper (and you will not get arrested or fined); and if you do not have the right equipment or fresh bait handy, you can get it on the pier. There is a little bait shop, and the guy who is running the business is more than happy to help you out.
Venice Isle is the location of four different Beaches. “They are some of the most uncrowded stretches of beach along Florida’s coastline” – if you want to believe those “advertising people.” That is at least what they say. Are they lying? Never!
Venice Municipal Beach is the most popular beach and draws the largest number of beachcombers. It is not far from several bed and breakfast accommodations and within walking distance from the city center.
South Brohard Beach is further south and a little less populated. Here you will find plenty of space to relax. The Fishing Pier is also just around the corner. If you need a drink or something to eat, Sharky’s on the Pier, or the more upscale “Fins,” are waiting for you.
The Paw Park and Beach
If your four-legged companion wants to take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, you can take him to the Paw Park next to Brohard Beach. Here he can run around with you and make friends with other dogs. He will love it, you will love it, everybody will love it. By the way, there are NOT many dog beaches on Florida’s West Coast, but this is one of them. For pet lovers read more here.
Caspersen Beach is the fourth beach on the Island of Venice. With over 9,000 feet of beachfront, it is the longest beach of all Sarasota County beaches. Untouched and in an entirely natural state, you will still find boardwalks, public restrooms (all new) and free parking. We do not know who came up with the 9,000 feet, though, because the beach seems to be endless. If you are in the right mood, you can walk for miles and miles until you reach Englewood beach. Be warned: that will take a while, and there are no restaurants and bars in between.
Real Estate on the Island of Venice
What can we tell you about real estate on the Island of Venice? Real Estate is a little pricey! But it is no secret that when there is not enough space for further expansion the limited opportunities are pushing up the price. The same phenomena can be observed on all islands everywhere around the globe. On the mainland, you will find all kinds of properties in different price ranges, which means that they are overall lower in price. Location, location, location, as stupid as it sounds but location often dictates the price.
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Venice has about 13 schools with Taylor Ranch Elementary one of the highest rating schools.
Dining and Shopping
Venice has a vibrant downtown area with small shops, boutiques, local coffee- and wine shops, bakery’s, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Grocery shopping, banks, and medical facilities are often within walking distance. Come and experience historic Venice downtown with individually owned stores – no chains. Perfect!
Evenings, filled with shows at “The Venice Little Theater” or concerts by the “Venice Symphony.” Frequent art festivals, all kinds of parades, outdoor music performances, holiday gatherings, winter and summer craft fairs and sidewalk sales add to the genuine community feel.
Parks, Recreation, and Beaches
Venice has more than 30 parks, ranging in size from tiny pocket parks to parks with miles and miles of biking, and hiking trails. Some of the smaller parks are scattered all over the town. They are little shady spots with benches and flower beds, where the visitor can rest for a while to enjoy the gentle wind blowing from the Gulf of Mexico. And there are “serious” parks with tennis and basketball courts, boat ramps, canoe and kayak launches and miles of walking and biking.
If you want to play a round of golf on one of the world-class golf courses in the area, or if you want to explore the half-dozen area nature preserves, nothing is hindering you. You will find them everywhere. We should also not forget the number-one reason why everybody is here: the beaches. People say that the 7-mile long beach in Venice is one of the most unspoiled stretches of public beach in all of Sarasota County. Is it an exaggeration? Find out for yourself. Read more about the area Beaches here
It is easy to get around in Venice. There are the main roads which we call Tamiami Trail or US 41. You can use your bike, or you can use the SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transportation) bus system to get around. For less than two bucks you can get almost everywhere in Sarasota County. The whole Island of Venice is walkable. If you need to leave town and go somewhere else, you are only minutes away from the Interstate I-75. Three International Airports (Sarasota International, Tampa International, and Fort Myers International) are also within easy reach.