Emerald Gardens in Sarasota is a charming neighborhood that often flies under the radar of prospective home buyers. Located in the Bee Ridge district, this relatively small community feels like a countryside subdivision despite its proximity to Downtown Sarasota. From either of the two entrances of Emerald Gardens, you can drive to Siesta Key Beach or the downtown district in less than 20 minutes.
Construction of Emerald Gardens started in the 1980’s with various spec homes built by local developers. This is the kind of neighborhood where you can find spacious properties featuring the Mediterranean revival or Florida ranch styles. The living spaces and lot sizes are larger than at most of the modern gated communities, and the lush landscaping has been meticulously kept over the years. Many of the 127 properties are arranged around a central lake, thus giving you more chances of finding listings with water views.
The low fees of the Emerald Greens homeowners association cover landscaping and exterior maintenance of the neighborhood. Over the last few years, the association has recognized the homes with the greatest curb appeal with a GEM Award, which has turned very competitive for house hunters in search of attractive properties. Many of the homes have extras such as private swimming pools, summer kitchens, breakfast nooks, and electric fireplaces.
Homeowners in this community tend to hold on to their properties, which is why you may not see as many available listings compared to other nearby neighborhoods. In May 2020, a three-bedroom home with two bathrooms and a two-car garage was listed for $329K; however, more affordable listings come on the market from time to time, and they do not take long to sell. Families enjoy being able to walk a couple of blocks to Urfer Park, where you will find playgrounds, nature trails, and picnic areas. Stores such as Dollar General, Publix, Walmart, and Winn-Dixie are just five minutes away at shopping plazas where you can also find cafes, bars, and restaurants.
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(all data current as of 12/2/2022)
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