The City of Venice, along with Sarasota and Bradenton, make up the most exciting metropolitan housing market in Southwest Florida. Venice is nestled between Sarasota to the north and Port Charlotte to the south; it has several miles of coastline and numerous canals that crisscross the city, and for this reason it was named after the famous city in northeastern Italy.
The Mediterranean revival style of residential architecture that has become so prevalent across Southwest Florida was originally planned and constructed here. Venice is more than its sunny beaches; the downtown district has a lot of historic character thanks to its Renaissance architectural styles and its many shops and restaurants. Although many snowbirds and vacationers make Venice their home at different times of the year, many families have moved here in the last few years thanks to the dynamic housing market.
Venice is much more than beachfront condominium towers. New developments such as the Venetian Golf and River Club offers cozy two-bedroom villas at very reasonable prices next to four-bedroom waterfront estates, but all residents can take advantage of the golf course and resort-style amenities. An even more enticing golf community is the Venice Golf and Country Club, one of the few courses in the United States to be certified as a bird-friendly nature preserve by the Audubon Society.
For even more golf lifestyle opportunities in Venice, the Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club offers maintenance-free villas at very reasonable price points. The Plantation Golf and Country Club offers cozy condominium units under $100,000 as well as luxurious 6,000 square foot estates.
The City of Venice has a dozen historic sites and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sarasota Public Schools District takes advantage of the city’s historic character to plan educational field trips. This was also the winter home of the Kentucky Military Institute and the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Venice is surrounded by some of Florida’s most beautiful nature preserves: Oscar Scherer State Park, the Myakka River State Park and Forest and the Deer Prairie Creek. The city´s status as “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World” attracts many beach combers and scuba divers. Being a prime tourist attraction, Venice hosts special activities around the year; sandcastle tournaments, community theater presentations, street art exhibitions and culinary festivals are just some of the family-friendly events that can be regularly enjoyed.