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Bradenton and Sarasota Golf Communities: Where to Start?

Posted by Robert Casella on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 6:03pm.

So you want to buy in a golf community, but just don't know where to start. After all, there are over 25 golf communities in Sarasota and Bradenton--with so many choices, it's hard to make a decision. Obviously, I am a pretty big advocate for River Strand real estate. Homes for sale in River Strand offer an outstanding value in today's local real estate marketplace. There are also an abundance of condos for sale in River Strand too.

Ultimately, it simply depends on what type of golf membership structure appeals to you. River Strand is all about providing an affordable luxury and golf environment. It doesn't offer all of the bells and whistles and social status that the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club offers, but it will be hundreds of thousands of dollars lighter on your wallet. Let's face it--not everyone is prepared to drop $30,000 plus for a deposit for a golf and country club membership.

Put another way, River Strand is what is called a "bundled" golf course community. This simpy means that the golf and country club is included in the price of the home. Differently, at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, you have to buy the golf membership seperately. When you sell your home in River Strand, the membership goes with it. When you sell your home in the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, you must sell your golf and country club membership independently of the sale of your home.

Of course, there are also some outstanding and affordable public golf course communities in Sarasota and Bradenton too. Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour,  River Club, Palm Aire, River Wilderness...to name just a few. The bottom line is that there is a golf course community for you--we just need to figure out what golf structure appeals to you!

Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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