Cortez Girds for an Eco-Friendly Enclave at Hunters Point


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 28, 2017 – A major facelift looms in the westernmost neighborhoods of the fishing village of Cortez in Manatee. This looming change appears coming as the county’s planning commission unanimously approved in mid-December a plan to develop a solar-powered resort community in this area.

The County Commission is scheduled to deliberate on the zoning and site plan for this development named Hunters Point Resort & Marina this January. This proposed project is located on an 18.7-acre parcel east of 126th Street West and north of Cortez Road.

Revived Plan

This parcel, with 15 boat slips and an idled gas station, is currently just partly used for storing boats and recreational storage. In 2006, a 12.4-acre portion of the property was approved for a subdivision for 36 homes, but these were not built.

The residential communities flanking Hunters Point include Harbour Landings known for its high-end waterfront residences that could rival prime Sarasota or Bradenton homes for sale. Smugglers Landing and Mariners Cove plus its Pointe subdivision, all prime buying destinations for Cortez condos for sale, are likewise located in this part of the historic Cortez village.

Charming Florida Cottages

Hunters Point Cottages

Hunters Point is planned for 86 cottages and 62 hotel rooms plus 49 boat slips, a marina and an amenity center. Its blueprint also features a bistro and an electric water taxi service to Anna Maria Island. Significantly, this project’s development theme is likewise the tack for One Particular Harbour, also a new resort community rising in west Bradenton north of Cortez.

The Hunters Point residences will offer total usable space of 1,450 square feet, including 484 square feet livable space under roof and their exterior decks. These homes will be built in the traditional Florida cracker cottage-style architecture with a modern flavor added. The residences can be customized to buyers’ personal tastes too, as several model options are available for the picking at Hunters Point.

Zero Energy Ready

Hunters Point’s developer is Pearl Homes, a venture of Marshall Gobuty who developed the Bradenton community Mirabella recognized for its energy-efficient homes. Gobuty will replicate this eco-friendly feature at Hunters Point, with its design as a “Zero Energy Ready community.”

Under this plan, each Hunters Point residence would be capable of producing its energy requirements. To accomplish this, Pearl Homes is partnering with the tech firm Tesla which will provide solar panels for the homes as well as supply a battery storage system and an electric car charging system to the community.

Smart Tie-ups

Historic Cortez

The developer is also working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program and the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida on the homes’ design. It is likewise tapping for the project the “smart community technology” of electronics company Panasonic for the installation of a high-speed fiber optic network, security monitors and street lighting.

Additionally, Pearl Homes has committed to community-wide conservation in developing Hunters Point. This commitment includes not only the protection of Florida mangroves. It also advanced water conservation and Florida-friendly landscaping techniques.

Notably, the name of the community has a historic origin. During the 1800s, Cortez village is known as Hunters Point, This was soon changed though when the pioneering villagers discovered that Florida already had a post office for a community named Hunters Point—a brand Pearl Homes adopted and now likely to resonate in the Manatee and Sarasota real estate market.