If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live inside a Florida state park or a nature preserve, Sylvan Lea in Sarasota is the neighborhood of your dreams.
Sylvan Lea is a very special neighborhood located in the southeastern corner of the Fruitville, just east of I-75 and north of Bee Ridge Road. This community was developer in the 1980s by a local dentist who specifically wanted to keep as much of the mature forest as possible.
The 51 single-family homes of Sylvan Lea were built with two important conditions in mind: First of all, home builders could not cut down any trees from a long list of native species and mature transplants. Second, prospective homeowners were expected to maintain architectural variety. To this effect, Sylvan Lea is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Sarasota.
Instead of cookie-cutter Mediterranean-style homes, prospective buyers will find everything from New England homes to cottages and from Florida ranch-style houses to contemporary Sarasota designs. Many of the residences were built on spec, which means that unique features such as cathedral ceilings and panoramic balconies that overlook the forest meadows can be expected by home buyers.
Sylvan Lea will appeal to families and retirees who are looking for a quiet neighborhood that is adorned with towering pine, oak and palm trees. The preserved forest is home to squirrels, hawks, owls, and other small species. The thick canopy makes Sylvan Lea feel cool during the summer, and it gives homeowners a welcome break on their monthly energy bills.
To get an idea of pricing at Sylvan Lea, consider the following summer 2016 listing: four bedrooms and three bathrooms built on more than 2,528 square feet of living space. This custom-built, two-story home occupies a quarter-acre lot with ample backyard and is listed at less than $390K.
Sylvan Lea has one more attractive plus: It may feel a bit secluded, but it is less than 20 minutes away from downtown Sarasota and about a mile away from a Publix and Walmart Supercenter.
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(all data current as of 4/24/2019)
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