Every housing market has one or more neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar for various reasons. Arbor Oaks in Bradenton is a good example of a community that can be described as a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by smart home buyers. Located along the Palma Sola Bay and south of the West Bradenton district, Arbor Oaks is a small subdivision that feels like a gated community despite lacking gates or perimeter barriers; it cannot be seen from the nearest road, 67th Street West because homes block the view of Arbor Oaks Circle, Drive, and Court, which are adorned with mature canopies.
Once inside Arbor Oaks, it is easy to understand why only a few of its properties are listed at any given time; there are only 70 homes split amongst two enclaves where through-traffic is never expected. The Florida oaks and ficus trees in this neighborhood have matured nicely along with other native species, thus making Arbor Oaks one of the leafiest spots in Manatee County, and a small canal provides a boundary against neighborhoods to the north. Architectural styles vary from Florida ranches to custom-built models that mix everything from American craftsman to chalet design. The only uniformity you will find is that all properties are immaculately maintained along with the spectacular landscaping.
With prices starting at less than $250K for a three bedroom home in October 2019, it should not be surprising to learn that Arbor Oaks listings sell very quickly, and mainly to families with younger children who can attend nearby H.S. Moody Elementary and WD Sugg Middle school. This neighborhood also attracts retirees who enjoy living near the Kirby Stewart Post of the American Legion, the Cortez Historic Fishing Village, and Bradenton Beach. Residents and guests have access to a community swimming pool, but there are more activities to enjoy at the nearby Bradenton Family YMCA and GT Bray Park.
Arbor Oaks operates as maintenance-free community under a homeowners association regime. The monthly fee, which is quite reasonable, includes cable television, landscaping, and irrigation. Driving to Bradenton Beach will take you less than 10 minutes, about the same time it will take you to reach Downtown Bradenton. The nearest shopping district runs along Cortez Road to the south, where you will find a Publix supermarket at Bradenton Commons.
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