Nature Preserves Add Pep to Bradenton Communities


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 19th, 2016 – Upgrade the perks of southwest Bradenton homes for sale a notch higher, especially those at Palma Sola Harbour and the new Villas of Rinascita. These communities just got an added lift in March of 2016 with the opening of the nearby Ungarelli Preserve, a 35-acre nature park located on the southern stretch of Palma Sola Blvd.

This conservation jewel is the product of a four-year restoration project that Manatee County initiated using the blueprint of contracted ecologists from design and consulting firm Stantec. Their plan successfully converted the site to a coastal hammock through enhancements of its mangrove swamp and removal of unwanted plant species and overgrowth, a step which also helped improve the area’s hydrology.

Phase I of the project which was already completed includes a pavilion and a short trail that now facilitates public access and presents educational opportunities. The project’s remainder calls for the construction of boardwalks and additional trails winding through the lush mangrove forest of the preserve.

Growing Robinson Preserve

Nature Preserves Add Pep to Bradenton Communities

The Ungarelli Preserve further expands the nature preserve network along Manatee’s coast which already covers a total of 1,200 acres. Others in this string of coastal jewels include the Robinson and Neal preserves, plus the 175-acre Perico Preserve in Perico Island set to open this May.

More can be expected at the 487-acre Robinson Preserve where an $8.8 million expansion project, estimated to take two years, was started in May of 2015. This preserve in northwest Bradenton is set to expand by another 150 acres, converting farmland into additional nature trails, emergent islands, and marshes. A canopy walk as well as an environmental and education center will also be built.

Visitors to this park can enjoy not only walking but kayaking, bike riding, and fishing as well. Its expansion is in full swing on the preserve’s southeast edge near the upscale gated community of The Loop where Bradenton homes for sale should also benefit from the expanded recreational possibilities in the locality.

Villas by the Nature Preserve

The newly opened southwest Bradenton preserve was named after the site’s former owner, the late Joseph Ungarelli Sr. An entrepreneur from Long Island, he initially thought of building his home there but forego of it in order to preserve the mangroves in place. His family worked for the preservation of the property and sold it to the county at just half of its assessed value.

The two communities of Palma Sola Harbour and Villas of Rinascita flank the Ungarelli Reserve to the southwest, thus adding a bit more sheen to Bradenton homes for sale within these two properties. Smaller but newer, the gated Villas of Rinascita is composed of just 18 Mediterranean-style villas built by Weston Signature Homes in four models. These residences have floor plans of between 2,345 and 3,645 square feet and price points ranging from the $300s up to around the mid-$500s.

Palma Sola Harbour, on the other hand, consists of single-story condominium villas built in the 1970s. Located either canal front or facing Palma Sola Bay, these units feature floor plans ranging from about 800 square feet up to 1,356 square feet and typically offered amongst Bradenton condos for sale with price tags in the $100s up to the $300s and offering a lifestyle woven next to a new nature preserve.