BLOG: Why Manatee / Sarasota County Florida is the BEST Place to Live?

Why the Gulf Coast of Florida? Manatee County and Sarasota County were voted the best beaches in all 50 states. Siesta Key, in particular, has been consistently recognized as one of top beaches in the entire world.

How do I know? I lived in Hawaii, and after being there for over 6 years, I came home to Manatee County. Our deep sea fishing, shell collecting, and snorkeling are some of the best you will find anywhere. We are the home of Tropicana Orange Juice, Chris Craft and Wellcraft Boats, and Bollettieri – IMG Tennis Academy (trained Andre Agassi & the Williams Sisters. You may even see Sharon Stone playing there).

Do you love horses? Do you think riding a horse on the beach is heaven on earth? Do you want your horse living on your property? You can do both here in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. You can even visit Colonel Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions at the home farm here.

Are you an avid baseball fan? Enjoy the Pirates all winter long as they practice right here.

How is the cost of living? Florida as many tax advantages, including no state income tax or personal property tax. Florida residents receive a homestead exemption on property tax. And, there are very low taxes for vehicle registrations, including boats.

Enjoy the water?  There are speed boat races off shore at Sarasota.  Daytona Beach is one of the most unique beaches anywhere.  You can drive on it.  The very first NASCAR race was actually on the beach.  The Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959.  I have personally been to the Daytona 500  50 years this coming year!

Is golfing your passion?  Then, Florida is the perfect place for you!  There are over 50 golf courses in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  One is named after Bobby Jones.  One is designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  The Concession in Bradenton is designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.

Are you, or do you plan to be, an investor or developer?  I have plans for a unique, beautiful twenty-four unit condo complex.  Let’s build it together.

If you are interested in building your dream home or farm and barn, I can orchestrate everything from securing your lot and acreage and streamline the entire process to complete your home, barn, and pool.  I have personally built four homes of my own.

For the EXPERT in residential real estate that CARES about your interests, desires, and dreams … CALL ME Anytime 808.213.5887.

-Barbara Ragan