Communities in Manatee,Sarasota,and Charlotte Counties
The more choices you have – the more complicated it can get. But who does not like choices? The Tri-county area includes Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte County. When you come to Florida’s West Coast to look for a second or your new primary home, you are not only looking for a house. The location of your new home will determine your future lifestyle. There are communities on the water with gulf access. Some are gated, others are not. Boaters can talk to like minded neighbors, or they can at least share the same interests with their community members when living in a boating community.
There is no rule that you need to be a boater if you want to live in a boating community. You may want to live there because you like the attitude of the people or the smell of the water. A home in a golf course community is not only enjoyed by golfers, too. Usually, less than 50% of the residents play golf actively.
However, they want to enjoy all the amenities a golf community has to offer. Olympic-size swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, fitness centers, restaurants and beautiful clubhouses may be some of them. A lot of socializing takes place around the community pool, and most golf course communities even have an activities director who is orchestrating all the different activities. Beautiful, so you won’t miss anything.
Some new lifestyle communities are for active adults who also want to be engaged in social activities. With water slides and adventure islands, they are fun for the young and the young at heart. The homes are brand new, but many lifestyle communities are in their very early stages. Many of the Golf Course and Lifestyle Communities are now built to bring you closer to a harmonious relationship with mother earth. That wasn’t always so. Builders used to chop down all the trees, put in roads, dug out water holes called “lakes,” planted new baby trees and installed new grass. What a beautiful new community. Fortunately, this has changed because a lot of new home buyers do not want to live in a desert.
You do not need or want all this lifestyle stuff? Of course, you have other options as well. A home in a community may offer more security while an island home, hidden behind lush landscaping, can give you total privacy and a private beach access.
It is all about Options
All this is only the overall picture; there are much more options when looking closer at what certain neighborhoods have to offer: Adult communities (55+) or communities without age restrictions, gated and non-gated, deed restricted and non-deed restricted are the general options. Picking the right lifestyle would be the second step. Going more into detail would be the third choice you have.
What does “feature” mean? Here are some examples: In some communities, your furry friend is welcome, in other communities he cannot move in with you. Some communities have weight or breed restrictions. Others permit only one dog per household. Some communities allow fences, most gated and deed restricted communities don’t do that. Can you build a shed to store your garden tools? In gated communities usually not permitted. Can you paint your house yellow? Well, if the HOA approves it. Can you park your pick-up outside? Not necessarily. Can you keep your boat/RV overnight on your property? Not everywhere. Many communities have a set of rules to maintain a beautiful or uniform appearance of the community, but some HOAs are going just overboard. Prison camp would be a more precise description.
Well, this list could go on and on. Whenever you are buying a home you need to study the covenants and by-laws carefully. Those rules and regulations will tell you exactly what you can do and what you cannot do. Don’t assume that you can somehow ignore or change those rules. You can probably not. If you need help – contact us below!