Many people are not aware about Bradenton Beach being a municipality of its own right. The City of Bradenton Beach is part of the Manatee County barrier islands, which are part of the Sarasota Keys. Bradenton Beach is located across the bay from the Village of Cortez, and it is not visited as much as its northern neighbor of Holmes Beach.
A home purchase in Bradenton Beach means enjoying waterfront views of either the Gulf of Mexico or Palma Sola Bay. This is a narrow barrier island of about five square miles and 1,500 residents, many of whom live here on a seasonal basis. Although this is a small city, it boasts a fair amount of history that dates back to the first quarter of the 20th century; to this end, the tiny Historic Old Town district complements the trendy boutiques, art galleries, bars, and restaurants.
Bradenton Beach features imposing condominium towers that boast some of the most dramatic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The condo units range from the cozy to the expansive, and there are a few beach bungalows built in a style that was popular before World War II. Single-family homes and beachfront mansions round out the real estate option on this beach; some Florida ranch-style homes remain, but the leading style is based on the Mediterranean revival.
Even though Bradenton Beach is a small community, residents enjoy lots of amenities. In addition to the City Pier and the boat ramps around the island, there are three city parks with playgrounds and picnic areas. The southern strip of the beach is a well-kept secret among locals since visitors tend to turn north as they exit Cortez Drive and end going to Holmes Beach.
One of the best aspects of the small housing market in Bradenton Beach is related to property values, which are among the lowest in the Sarasota Keys. Smaller condominium units below $150K can still be found, and even a waterfront, four-bedroom home with private dock space can be negotiated under $2 million.
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