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Bradenton Golf Course Communites: Where Luxury & Value Coexist

Posted by Robert Casella on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 8:17am.

Bradenton Golf Course Communities: Where Luxury & Value Coexist

With so many fantastic golf course communities to offer in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, I wanted to take the time to talk about some of the best combination of luxury and value propositions in the market today. Interestingly, when you think of this area, Sarasota immediately comes to mind. Why not? There seem to be an endless number of golf course communities to choose from, and they all offer their own unique blend of attributes that make them appealing. The focus of today's blog is about a particular subset of that area--Bradenton golf course communities. Long considered second fiddle to Sarasota, Bradenton is emerging as a formidable companion, and Bradenton golf course communities have led the way.

So what are these Bradenton golf course communities that I consider some of the best? Well, there are really is somewhat of a demarkation of value propositions, depending on your budget and interests. Let's start with Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch represents the upper crust portion of Bradenton golf course communities, and is located right on the fringe of Manatee County and Sarasota County. Offering the best amenities also comes with a slightly higher price tag, but Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club sets a high bar of excellence. Next come River Strand and Waterlefe. River Strand, arguably the best price to value proposition of them all, offers a 27 hole golf course, a newer clubhouse, and a fantastic suite of ancillary amenities. River Strand has the advantage of being newer, relatively cost friendly, and includes bundled golf--that is, when you buy a home in River Strand, the golf membership comes with it. Waterlefe has the advantage of offering both golf and a marina with access to the Manatee River, and ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, there are also a number of smaller lesser known communities, including Rosedale and Greenfield Plantation . All of these little golf enclaves offer their own unique blend of amenities and value that are worth a closer look.

The bottom line is that Bradenton golf course communities are now very much the rival of comparable Sarasota golf course communities. While they do not bear the distinction of "Sarasota", the immense popularity of "Sarasota" has collaterally influenced other areas, with Bradenton becoming the primary beneficiary. If you are looking for the best mix of luxury and value, consider taking a gander at some Bradenton golf course communities. You will not be disappointed.

Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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