In less than two decades, a few Sarasota neighborhoods will meet the criteria required to enter the National Register of Historic Places; among these communities, Glen Oaks Estates is one of the most interesting.
The land whereupon Glen Oaks Estates was developed in the 1960s was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus; it was here where the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille made history in 1953 when he wrapped up production of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” By the 1960s, the circus had moved south to Venice, and the vacant land was zoned for residential development.
The architectural style of Glen Oaks Estates is perhaps the best example of Florida ranch houses you can find in Sarasota. This style was imported from California at a time of great economic prosperity, and it certainly looks that way: the 199 homes in this large subdivision are very spacious and comfortable.
Purchasing property at Glen Oaks Estates is like traveling back in time to an era when Southwest Florida was an economic promised land. All home sites enjoy at least 10,000 square feet with large front gardens and patios as well as mature trees lining the sidewalks. Some homes have covered swimming pools while others are located near small lakes.
In the summer of 2018, prices at Glen Oaks started at $239K for a three-bedroom and two-bathroom home built on 1,652 square feet under air conditioning. This is a neighborhood with a great location; the Bobby Jones Golf Club is right next door, and the Sarasota Commons shopping centers is on nearby Beneva Road. Driving to Downtown Sarasota is a straight shot west on Fruitville Road, and Siesta Key is close enough for daily beach visits.
Listings at Glen Oaks Estates are not as plentiful as home buyers would like; only a few come on the market each month and they tend to close quickly. If you would like to own a nice piece of Sarasota history, this is a great opportunity.
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