Venice : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Venice

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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Here is the Topretireements mini-guide to Florida retirement


Where to Retire in Venice and Home Prices

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, Zillow reported the median home value now at $440,630 in early 2022 an increase of over 42% during the past year


What Is Special about Venice

 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


What Is Not Special about Venice

• Traffic in season • The average age is about 70 – if you are younger than that you might feel odd • Hurricane season • Lack of diversity

Who Will Like Retirement in Venice

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.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Retirees, tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy.

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.

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.


Crime rate is relatively low in Venice

Medical Facilities

Bon Secours Venice Hospital. Englewood Community Hospital is 1 mile away


Sarasota/Bradenton Airport is 22 miles away. There is also an AMTRAK station in Sarasota.

Valuable Links

City of Venice

Venice on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Venice

Venice SRES - Kim
Thank you for leaving a comment, I would like to contact you being a Real Estate Specialist (SRES) we very much feel in love with Venice, however torn between closer to Sarasota hospital, beach, restaurants, comedy clubs and etc. We will be hopefully flying there in late April/May looking for a rental with (cats), and then putting our home in Nevada the market to sale, right after coming back. Thank you Carolyn & Norm
Posted by on January 28, 2015
venice housing
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

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