Not everyone is cut out for living in a gated community or a condominium. Some home buyers prefer the freedom of not having to deal with homeowners association fees or deed restrictions; all the same, everyone enjoys the safety, privacy, and amenities that many gated communities offer. Flora Villa in Sarasota is a small neighborhood where you can find all the advantages of a gated community without the hassles of HOA fees, meetings, and restrictions.
Located right between the Ridge Wood Heights and South Gate Ridge districts, Flora Villa is a peaceful subdivision that offers plenty of Old Florida charm. You can access Flora Villa from Wilkinson Road in the north or Proctor Road in the south, but you will not encounter too much traffic, and you will feel as if you have entered a gated community buffered on all sides by ponds, wooded areas, churches, and a city park.
Flora Villa has the advantage of being a subdivision where tree conservation has been practiced for decades. This is a leafy neighborhood where oaks, pines, palmetto, and palm trees have matured over many decades. The predominant architectural style is the Florida ranch, but many of the properties are custom-built renovations, so you should not be surprised to find a home with a Modernist facade next to an Old Florida cottage.
Another reason Flora Villa feels like a gated community is that Bee Ridge Park is part of the neighborhood. Residents can stroll over to the park on any day to enjoy the community garden, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, playground, softball fields, trails, and covered basketball court. The tow ponds and the wooded section in the south end of the community are often explored by children.
Listings in this community sell very quickly, and this has a lot to do with price affordability as well as the overall ambiance. To get an idea about pricing, a three-bedroom home with two bathrooms and more than 1,500 square feet of interior on a split-level floor plan was listed for $285K in November 2020.
As for shopping and entertainment, shopping centers such as The Landings and Sarasota Village Plaza are about five minutes away; these are spots where you can shop at Publix and at the same time enjoy pubs, restaurants, and cafes. You can be at the beach in Siesta Key in less than 20 minutes.
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