First Time Home Buying Ramping Up


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 22nd, 2013 – First-time home buyers can easily get in the groove of the home market in Southwest Florida with the increasing choices in the region geared toward the entry-level homeowners, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports.

A national homebuilder, Maronda Homes is but one of the developers in the forefront of providing affordable residential choices in the area, the full service realty firm says. Recently, this builder stepped up its local activity and acquired some six acres in Palmetto Estates, north Manatee, consisting of 30 home sites of about a fifth of an acre each.

Diverse choices in great locations

It is also active in a nearby project in Sheffield Glenn, also in Palmetto, Manatee. The homebuilder likewise has stakes in a new community each in Sarasota and Charlotte, besides its presence in some existing neighborhoods in the two counties.

Palmetto Estates is located less than a mile east of US 41 and 3 miles west of Interstate 75. This gives its residents convenient access to shopping at nearby Ellenton Prime Outlets. A variety of lifestyle options, job and business opportunities south toward Bradenton and Sarasota are also easily accessible.

Maronda Homes is building single family homes in Palmetto Estates at prices starting from $139,000 up to $221,000. The homes for sale in this community have three to five bedrooms in floor areas of between 1,210 and 2,389 square feet.

Neighboring options

Maronda Homes

At Sheffield Glenn a short distance east of Palmetto Estates, Maronda offers new builds at prices starting in the mid-$100s. This community doesn’t charge community development district (CDD) fees, and 100% USDA financing is available. It is also just about 8 minutes’ drive to/from I-75, with shopping likewise only some 5 minutes away. Moreover, superior schools are within walking distance from this neighborhood.

Oakhurst, a community north of Sheffield Glenn, is also a domain of Maronda Homes. Here, it is also building single family homes at starting prices around the mid-$100s. Oakhurst residents also enjoy easy Access to I-75 and I-275. It is just 3 miles to the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall, 10 minutes to Bradenton, and 15 minutes to Bradenton Beach. Toward north, St. Petersburg is about 16 miles while Tampa is some 30 miles.

Competitively priced alternatives

Southward, the choices of competitively priced Sarasota homes for sale are even more plentiful. In North Port, Maronda Homes has offerings in the high $100s at the new community of Villas at Charleston Park. The current MLS also has a couple of listings in this neighborhood. Both are three-bedroom spec homes having a floor area approaching 2,000 square feet and priced in the low $200s.

At Port Charlotte, Maronda Homes too has new building projects set at Villa Milano, offering models priced in the high $100s, as well as a move-in ready model in the low $200s. Among the features of these builds are tile roofs and paver driveways.

At South Gulf Cove in Port Charlotte, Maronda Homes is also constructing single family residences priced starting at the mid-$100s. Besides new builds, this deed-restricted waterfront community also has existing homes available at starting prices approaching the $200s and featuring floor plans up to around 2,500 square feet.