Sarasota County has a few residential enclaves that enjoy such privacy and exclusivity that most people barely know they exist. These are usually premier neighborhoods that only a few real estate professionals are privy to. Such is the case of Ballentine Manor in Sarasota, a waterfront neighborhood that is located west of the Tamiami Trail and north of the Sarasota International Airport.
The first aspect of Ballentine Manor that captures the attention of home shoppers is the gorgeous location. Some of the homes here have the best sweeping views of the Sarasota Bay. In fact, walking down to Longbay Boulevard to appreciate spectacular sunsets is a favorite hobby among neighbors. The second aspect that attracts house hunters is the sheer diversity of residential architecture.
Ballentine Manor escapes the cookie-cutter paradigm of planned developments elsewhere in Southwest Florida. This is a neighborhood where architects and builders exercised plenty of design freedom; as a result, homes closer to the Sarasota Bay are works of art while those closer to the city are modest. For example, a famous modernist mansion with six bedrooms and five bathrooms built on 39,940 square feet is currently listed (Oct. 2013) at $4,199,000. In the past, a modest Florida ranch-style home just north of this estate sold for $462,500.
Since there is no through traffic in Ballentine Manor, the neighborhood is very quiet. Downtown Sarasota is only a few minutes away, and all the suburban comforts of shopping and entertainment can be found along US 41, which is just a few blocks east from the community. Ballentine Manor is surrounded by country clubs, marinas, golf courses, and parks. The beaches of Cortez, Holmes and Longboat Key are just a short drive away.
Young residents can attend Emma Booker Elementary, Bay Haven, Booker Middle, and Booker High Schools from the Sarasota Public Schools District.
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