West Bradenton has a unique mix of old and new, big and small. Many people want to live "west of the Trail" (the "Trail" being Tamiami Trail also known as Route 41 which spans from Tampa to the north all the way to Miami to the south) as homes there are closer to the Gulf beaches. There are older, well-kept neighborhoods with smaller homes and mobile home parks as well as newer Luxury homes built on or near the water. New construction is still going on in the area. Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue are the two major streets that lead to the beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Homes in Hawks Harbor were built after 2000 and the community is considered a Boater's Paradise. It is a gated, deed restricted community with relatively low quarterly fees. Many homes sit on sailboat water off Sarasota Bay with private docks and no bridges to the Gulf of Mexico. There are 54 homes on over 30 acres. You've got it all here - quiet privacy but just minutes to the beaches and all they have to offer.
The single family homes of Wisteria Park were built on 60 acres. This community is close to the beaches of Anna Maria and the nature park of Robinson Preserve where you can hike, bike and launch your canoe or kayak through their mangrove preserves. It is also near the Desoto National Memorial where the conquistadors landed in 1539. Some homes are "maintenance-free"' (your lawn care is included) and amenities include a playground, community pool, spa and recreation building.
The community of Legends Bay was built in the Spanish Revival theme which is fitting since it is near the area that Conquistador Hernando de Soto's army landed in 1539. Amenities include a community clubhouse and pool as well as a boardwalk and pier surrounded by wetlands and views of Sarasota Bay. Homes feature 3 - 5 bedrooms with 2 - 5 baths from 2,000 - 4,500 square feet priced from the $300,000's to almost 2 million dollars. You have the best of both worlds, just minutes from the beaches of Anna Maria Island yet tucked away from the crowds!