The southern region of Manatee County has become a focus point for successful developers such as Neal Communities, the national builder behind neighborhoods such as The Woodlands. South Manatee County is attractive because of its proximity to Sarasota, the University Park district, the beaches of Siesta Key, Ward Lake, and the Lakewood Ranch villages; this is where Neal Communities decided to build Mandalay in Bradenton about 10 years ago.
As its name suggests, Mandalay is a gated community with a touch of Asian design, mostly in terms of layout and landscaping, but the homes are built in the Mediterranean revival style of residential architecture. Mandalay was developed in the midst of the real estate downturn after 2008; to attract buyers, Neal Communities made a point to build quality properties that offered lots of space, upgrades and features, and this resulted in quick sales as well as value appreciation.
These days, Mandalay offers a great proposition for home buyers. Four-bedroom homes with three bathrooms and more than 2,300 square feet of interior could be found listed under $330K in September 2018. The home sites are generous enough to build private swimming pools; in fact, a few listings in the neighborhood offer this upgrade. If you are familiar with the work of Neal Communities, you know what you can expect from the listings at Mandalay: crown moulding, high ceilings, tiled roofs, advanced cooling units with smart thermostats, designer kitchens with high-end appliances, Florida rooms, and more.
Mandalay residents enjoy mature tropical landscaping, green areas, lakes, and nature trails. The ideal location of this neighborhood means that you only have to drive a few minutes to Publix, Aldi and Sam’s Club. Nearby amenities include Ward Lake and the John H. Marble family park. For even more shopping, the University Town Center is just a few minutes to the the north, and driving to the beaches of either Sarasota or Manatee County takes less than 25 minutes.
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