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Beach or Golf Living? How to Decide

Posted by Robert Casella on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 2:13pm.

After having worked in new home sales for 5 years, this was one of my favorite statements made by prospective buyers. In a nutshell, the general question sounded something like the following: "Robert, we really love to golf, but we also want to spend time by the beach...River Strand is incredible, but how far is it from the beach?" As a new home sales consultant at the time, I knew this was a critical question--especially considering I was selling homes in River Strand Golf & Country Club! Of course, as a general realtor who shows both beach and golf properties, I still face this question every season (but from a different perspective!).

Please take in consideration that this blog is for customers that are truly torn between golf and beach living. If you are decidedly leaning in one direction, you are more likely to compromise on other factors to make your lifestyle choice a reality. For those of you that are struggling to decide between golf and beach living, the answer may revolve around your expectations regarding a home or condo. Living on the beach is great for a multitude of reasons--being near the beach is the quintessential Florida experience. However, the homes and condos on or near the beach are also much older, much smaller, and much more expensive! Right now there are new condos for sale in River Strand for the 130's. The River Strand Terraces (1200 to 1400 square feet) come with granite, tile on the diagonal, stainless steel appliances, and crown moulding, to name a few! A comparably appointed condo on the beach would likely be upwards of $400's or more! So, the question is...what is $270,000 (or more) worth to you? For the buyer struggling between the question of golf and beach living, most of them will say--"well, it is only 30 minutes to the beach!"

Again, if you are more of a beach goer than a golfer, this analysis really doesn't apply to you. I live in a home that was built in 1954, but it is close to downtown Sarasota. I love new homes, but being close to downtown Sarasota is more important to me. However, if you are struggling on whether to live near the beach or in a golf community, the question is clear. Buy a home in a golf community, but splurge on a convertible and DRIVE to the beach. $270,000 can buy one hell of a convertible.  




Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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