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An Old Gem Gets a New Shine? Real Estate in Palm Aire

Posted by Robert Casella on Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 8:38am.

Recently, I visited Palm Aire Country Club with my buyers to peruse the latest real estate listings. While I have typically gravitated toward newer communities, the buyers had expressed an interest in taking a look at this old Sarasota gem. In fact, someone had mentioned to me that Palm Aire is the oldest country club in Sarasota. I have yet to verify that fact, but it does make sense. Some of the homes, as far as I could tell from my research, were built as far back as 1973. 

With over 1300 homes, there is a lot of real estate to cover in Palm Aire. Nonetheless, the main street through the country club is Whitfield, and it harmoniously weaves through the midsection of the community. Best of all, the entrance is right off University Parkway. For those of you not familiar with the recent developments in Sarasota, University Parkway has become a shopper's delight filled with the most modern conveniences, stores, and boutiques. Back to my story. We toured a couple of the maintenance free villas. While there is not a lot on the market, the ones that were available did not disappoint. While the homes were extremely dated, the prices were reasonable and most of the views were outstanding. In fact, the one my buyers immediately fell in love with was a Mediterranean style villa with an adorable little courtyard and a view of a lake that would impress even the most finicky buyer. Plus, for whatever reason, most of the homes that we viewed had expansive glass enclosed lanais, which really contributed to the  "wow"  real estate factor.

The moral of the story here is that while the homes are dated (and they are), Palm Aire offers an incredible opportunity for those wanting to be close to the heart of downtown Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. With a little time and money spent in modernization, you could have a lavishly appointed home in what has become, ironically, the newest section of town! So, if you have the patience to put some shine on this old real estate gem, it would be well worth it--check out Palm Aire Country Club--opportunity awaits. Call Robert Casella with the Sarasota Bradenton Team to take a tour of real estate in Palm Aire today! 941-961-4037.


Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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