New School, Road Extension Boost North Parrish Homes for Sale


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 18, 2017 – Market interest on homes for sale in Parrish is poised to step up further particularly those in its northern communities like Copperstone, Lakeside Preserve and Lexington.

Two looming developments could help pump up real estate buying and selling in this north Parrish area. One of these is the new school under construction on the southeast corner of Erie and Martha Roads, which has been officially named as North River High.

This new school comes at a time when the Palmetto High, which also serves Parrish, is already exceeding capacity and another high school north of the Manatee River has become an urgency. North River High, rising at a cost $80 million on a 98-acre site, is set to be completed August 2019.

Fort Hamer Road Extension

Fort Hamer Road Extension

Another development which could perk up north Parish homes for sale is a proposal to move up the planned extension of Fort Hamer Road to 2018 and 2019. This road project extending Fort Hamer from U.S. 301 to Erie Road is currently budgeted for $13 million. Funding for its design has been allocated in fiscal year 2022 with the budget’s balance coming in 2023 and 2024.

Neal Communities, which has several new communities in the pipeline in Parrish, proposed that the Fort Hamer Road project be accelerated, calling the extension a “missing link” of a new north–south thoroughfare in Manatee County. Significantly, Fort Hamer Bridge on the south end of the road opens to traffic this September, thereby creating a new route linking Parrish with Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota County.

Accelerating the Fort Hamer extension project likewise augurs well with the opening of the North River High School in 2019. Currently, the area around the school mostly has narrow roads with mere ditches and no sidewalks.

Available Homes in the Block

Copperstone Community

Homes for sale in Copperstone should draw much benefit from both the road extension and the new local school. The residences in this community are located just north of Erie Road and walking distance from the site of the new North River High.

This gated community offers premium lots with serene lake views. The amenities in Copperstone include a clubhouse, fitness center, two swimming pools, a playground and facilities for tennis and basketball.

Copperstone homes for sale range in floor plans from about 1,900 square feet up to approximately 3,300 square feet. These residences typically have four to five bedrooms and tag prices in the $200s and the $300s.

Lakefront Home Choices

Copperstone Homes for Sales

Pricing of homes for sale at Lakeside Preserve, located off the southwest intersection of U.S. 301 and Fort Hamer Road, also typically start from the $200s. Finds of available residences in this community could have three up to four bedrooms within floor areas of between 1,300 and 3,300 square feet.

Lakeside Preserve charges a low HOA fee and has no CDD fee. The community provides its residents with basketball courts, a playground, and a gazebo adjacent to the property’s main lake.

The nearby community of Lexington on U.S. 301 also have beautiful water features plus various amenities including a beach entry pool, pocket parks, basketball court and a walking trail. Typical sales listings in this property have floor areas in the 1,500–2,900 range with three to four bedrooms and asking prices quoted in the $200s and the $300s.