From time to time, I like to introduce readers to a local neighborhood or community that may be of interest to those considering moving to the sunny Sarasota area. Laurel Meadows is just such a community.
Located east of Interstate 75, Laurel Meadows, begun in 2000, was completely sold out by 2005 because it featured things a lot of families wanted, reasonably-priced homes on larger than usual lots in an attractive setting away from downtown traffic but yet convenient to everything one could want including access to all the Downtown Sarasota amenities and our wonderful beaches.
In Laurel Meadows, three local builders, Vision Homes, Rinehart Homes and Larry Monaco Homes, offered a variety of three and four bedroom floorplans of Florida contemporary design with cathedral ceilings; many with 3-car garages. Today, Laurel Meadows is an attractive community across from the more expensive homes in Laurel Lakes. Bordered by a large lake and a wooded preserve to the south, Laurel Meadows is surrounded by natural beauty. Palm trees line the divided entrance with homes arranged around 5 picturesque lakes, one of which can be fished, but by residents only. The modest $215/quarter homeowners association fee is another attractive feature of this community.
Today the community includes a mix of residents including professionals, retirees, empty-nesters, families with children and snowbirds. It is said of the community that “People walk their dogs and take strolls in the evening here and neighbors look out for each other.” Families with children especially like the district schools serving the neighborhood, Tatum Ridge Elementary, McIntosh Middle School and Sarasota High School.
For shopping convenience, there’s a Publix grocery within walking distance at the intersection of Iona and Bee Ridge Roads, across from Rothenbach Park. The Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary wildlife preserve and the 360+ acre Celery Fields Park & Audubon Center are just down Palmer Boulevard. Shopping and restaurants are a short drive away at Westfield Sarasota Mall, University Town Center, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Doctor’s Hospital is nearby on Bee Ridge Road. For golfers, the 45-hole municipal Bobby Jones Golf Club is just minutes away and for those who prefer a private club, several private and semi-private course are also close by. All of Sarasota’s cultural venues like the Asolo Theater, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Ringling Art Museum are only a 20 to 25 minute drive away. And, the soft, crystalline sands of Siesta Beach are also within an comfortable drive.
With its quiet streets and plentiful year-round sunshine, Laurel Meadows offers plenty of home options at reasonable prices. But understand that people who live in Laurel Meadows really like it there so homes are not always available. In the past 18 months, just five homes have sold ranging in price from about $260,000 to $340,000. Of the 84 homes in the community there are just 2 homes for sale right now so if Laurel Meadows sounds like the kind of community you’d like, call me at 941.232.4053 so I can show you these two homes and alert you to other Laurel Meadows homes as they become available.