Venice : Florida

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What Venice is like for active adults

Venice, Florida is an extremely pleasant community of 21,000 people located south of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico. Originally developed in 1925 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as a planned retirement community, Venice is named after the many canals and rivers running through it. Thanks to its central planning, Venice is a top rated community for adults over 55.

In many ways Venice is similar to Naples; except with less traffic and far lower prices. The town has wide boulevards lined with palms and banyan trees. Much of the town is in the northern Italian renaissance architectural style. The lively downtown has many interesting shops and restaurants. There are plenty of parks and public tennis courts. Just a few short blocks from the downtown is one of Florida’s best Gulf Coast beaches.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

One can live in town, near the central shopping district and beach. Cute homes and apartments lead away from the beach. There the need for a car is low and your neighbors will offer some variety. Or, one can choose an active adult community further out of town, such as The Plantation or the Venice Golf & Tennis Club. These gated communities feature golf and/or tennis, along with pools and clubhouses. Some of them are like posh summer camps for adults, with the only possible downside that you have to drive to town to see people who aren’t a lot like yourself. Others, particularly those featuring manufactured homes, are quite affordable
The real estate market has been very soft as it attempts to recover from speculation, over building, plus the hurricanes of 2005. Prices are historically  lower than in  Naples. After soaring to an average selling price of $300,000 in 2006, NAR had the median home price at $207,800 in late 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community

 Great beach in the town; 31 municipal parks in a town of 17,000 people; Shark's Tooth Capital of the World; A planned community; Central downtown shopping district; Plenty of parks; New Community Center; Convenient to mega-culture in Sarasota; Many active adult communities; Similar to Naples Florida, but less crowded and expensive

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What is not special about this retirement community
• Traffic in season • The average age is about 70 – if you are younger than that you might feel odd • Hurricane season •
Lack of diversity
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Venice attracts a community of slightly older retirees who want to live in a planned community. Many come here for the beach or the laid back downtown. Others have a strong interest in golf or tennis.
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Local economy is driven by
Retirees, tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Venice is well down the west coast of Florida, south of Tampa and Sarasota. Roberts Bay, the Gulf, and several rivers provide an extensive waterfront.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The city takes pride in its many parades, art fests, nationally award-winning community theater, and preserved natural environments.The Venice Symphony offers many concerts. The Arts Cultural Alliance is very active. Concerts are held several times weekly in the Centennial Park Gazebo. There is a beautiful new library downtown.
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Crime
Crime rate is relatively low in Venice
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Medical facilities
Bon Secours Venice Hospital. Englewood Community Hospital is 1 mile away
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Transportation
Sarasota/Bradenton Airport is 22 miles away. There is also an AMTRAK station in Sarasota.
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Valuable Links
Venice on Wikipedia
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What people are saying about Venice

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I just toured many of the new housing developments in Venice and inspected several of the home sites under construction. I am concerned that while these homes look good on the outside,I found questionable construction methods being used and am concerned about mold issues. I spoke with a building inspector that informed me that the homes meet only the minimum code. Can anyone give me some insight about how these homes are holding up? Pulte-Divosta, Lennar, Taylor Morrison. I am basing this question on the construction methods as laid out by the building science institute.
Posted by kickincaledonia on July 06, 2014
We are considering Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton area however it is hard to get the information that we need in in one place on new communities that are being built now. Is there help out there?
Posted by jrosenfeld on July 02, 2008
Venice is a wonderful place to live!!!
Venice, Florida is a wonderful place to live, it's laid back but not far from the bigger cities. I am 45 and considered one of the young ones here but the median age has risin in the last 9 years. Venice is a bedroom community for Sarasota. There are a lot of people that live in Venice because they don't like the higher prices and congestion in Sarasota but, it's only a short drive away. I moved to Venice as a single female and yes it might be a little quiet but, I feel very safe living here. If I want a little more excitement than what Venice has to offer, I go to Sarasota, Tampa or Ft Myers. Venice, Florida is only an hour and fifteen minutes from Tampa and Ft. Myers where there are International Airports but Sarasota has one as well. You can reach Disney in 2 hours, Daytona in 3 hours and Homestead, Florida in three and a half hours so, as you can tell we are centrally located. Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota is one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World and only a short drive away, just a little to busy for me during "Snowbird Season." Did you know that Venice was named on of the Top 10 Places to Retire by US News and World Report, copy and paste link. (www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/070920/20retire.venice.htm). When you go downtown, yes it is mostly older people but it's very beautiful downtown with the palm trees that line the street and if you're really ambitious you can walk all the way to the end of Venice Avenue right onto the beach, which is the "Sharkstooh Capital of the World." For some reason, sharks teeth wash up on our beach and there's even a Sharkstooth Festival every year. Downtown offers a wonderful Farmers Market every weekend. We have arts/craft fairs, parades, festivals, a boat parade at Christmas time, Wine Tastings and other events to numerous to mention. Venice has it's own symphony orchestra, theatre and movie theater. Also there's the Venetian Waterway Trail(Walking/bike) that goes along the Intercoastal and all the way to Sarasota. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for further details on scheduled events throughout the year. You might want to check out the following website for more statistics, pictures and information. www.city-data.com/city/Venice-Florida.html If you have any further questons or you need relocation information, please contact me directly, as I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and serve the Venice, Sarasota, North Port and Englewood areas. I love all the surrounding areas but I call Venice home. There are some great new retirement communities here! I hope this helps you in deciding where to retire. Come visit, you won't want to leave. Kim : )
Posted by Kim63 on April 09, 2008

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Facts about VENICE
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,Golf Community,New Urban/Master Planned,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 65+
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jack

Terry Bole

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