A Tax Break Boosts Manatee’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 7th, 2016 – Here’s one boost to preserving the charm and character of vintage neighborhoods in Bradenton, such as those in Warner’s Bayou; the Manatee County Commission this September passed a legislation granting tax incentives to owners of historic properties, a move that local preservationists certainly cheer.

This new law extends to an owner of a historic property a 10-year tax exemption on the value of its improvements and maintenance. If a nonprofit owns such a property and regularly opens it to the public, the 10-year tax exemption would apply to 100 percent of its value. Taxes levied by other entities such as the School Board, however, are not covered by the exemptions.

Sad Lesson at Oneco

A Tax Break Boosts Manatee’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods

The demolition in 2015 of a circa 1896 home at Oneco near SR 70 and U.S. 301 prompted the county’s enactment of the tax break for historic homes. Saddled with maintenance costs and tax levies, its owner decided to sell the property and its site was converted into a RaceTrac gas station with a convenience store.

Before the demolition of the 119-year old house, touted as one of the county’s 10 oldest structures, RaceTrac gave its owner time to sell it to anyone interested in moving and preserving the vintage home. There were no takers, however. This two-story stately residence which flaunted a mix of the American colonial and gabled Queen Anne styles would have been a perfect fit anywhere in the periphery of Riverview Blvd. south of downtown Bradenton. This should’ve been especially so at the Warner Bayou area at the western stretch of this roadway next to the southern banks of the Manatee River.

Pioneers’ Era Preserved

Warner’s Bayou is the domain of some historic homes and classic Key West estates as well as newly designed mansions, combining for an Old Florida ambiance. This area took its name from one of the local pioneers, the Warner family, who settled in Manatee in the 1860s. They eventually founded in the 1880s the town of Palma Sola Bay in a part of their homestead. Their ancestral home still stands on the banks of the Manatee River and is affectionately called “Sans Terre.”

For searchers of vintage Bradenton homes for sale in the Riverview Blvd. area, one charming choice was sales-listed just this September with a tag price in the $500s. Built around the mid-1950s with recent updates, this residence features three bedrooms within a floor area of 2,766 square feet.

High-end Vintage Property Listed

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The crown jewel of Bradenton homes for sale along the Riverview Blvd. corridor is a Spanish Mediterranean home built in 1931 in a sprawling 3.63-acre site with more than 272 feet of river frontage. This residence has a floor area of 6,180 square feet, designed with five bedrooms and five baths. Listed amongst Bradenton homes for sale early this year, it comes with a price tag just a shade under $4 million and is definitely high-end.

This property brims with lush landscaping and tall Royal palms. Quaint pathways meander in its perimeter, leading to water features and hidden gardens. Equally impressive, it features a large pool, a patio, a lighted private tennis court, and a large out-building for additional storage. Additionally, it has a boat dock with two boat lifts for venturing out to the Manatee River and beyond to Tampa and Palma Sola Bays that helped shape the county’s charming history.