Sarasota National has been around for a while. It was acquired from the original owner by WCI, after the real estate market downturn. Many people consider it a golf course community, but you can purchase a new home, villa, or condo without belonging to the golf club. Sarasota National is located east of Venice on Hwy 41, about 4 miles from downtown Venice.
Yes, I mentioned condos as a housing option in Sarasota National. Most of the new home builders in the Venice and Sarasota areas are concentrating on single family and villas because they are more profitable, but WCI is offering "carriage homes" in Sarasota National.
|Carriage homes under constuction in Sarasota National|
|Villa model home in Sarasota National|
The model homes in Sarasota National, compared to the nearby new homes community Gran Paradiso, seemed to be finished in more contemporary materials, such as ceramic plank flooring, updated mosaic back splashes, and lighter kitchen cabinets. In addition, I found the floor plans to make better use of available space with open plan concepts, as opposed to Gran Paradiso, which offers formal living and dining rooms.
|Front elevation of a villa model in Sarasota National|
Most of the non-golf course homes and villas have annual association fees around $2400, which includes basic cable, water, and shared community amenities. This makes the fees in Sarasota National a bit higher than those in Gran Paradiso, or recently reviewed Keyway Place in Englewood. Sarasota National also has a CDD fee averaging $1100 annually, depending on the type of home.
|Open floor plans will appeal to many new home buyers|
|Wide water views from many of the homes in Sarasota National|
|Open floor plan concept in another villa model in Sarasota National|
|Contemporary finishes in a single family model home in Sarasota National|
|Paver driveways are standard in Sarasota National|
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