Old Bradenton Road Upgrade Set to Benefit Sarasota Communities


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September, 25, 2013 – A vast improvement in traffic flow from downtown Sarasota northward to the Bradenton-Sarasota International Airport and vice versa can be expected upon completion of the reconfiguring of the Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports. The nearby neighborhoods, including those around the University Parkway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, will be among the direct beneficiaries of this road enhancement project which began this July, the full service realty firm notes.

The reconfiguration project calls for the conversion of Old Bradenton Road into a two-lane divided thoroughfare with a five-foot raised median and drip irrigation for its landscaping. The public works also include the construction of roundabouts at 47th Street and Myrtle Avenue which run perpendicular north and south of the road, respectively.

Pedestrian and bike-friendly features

Road Work

Besides motorists and local residents, walkers and cyclists too stand to benefit from the project, as sidewalks and bicycle lanes are also part of the construction works. To be built on both sides of the road, the bicycle lanes will be colored green as a safety precaution. Commuters will also be pleased that four additional bus shelters of the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) are also set for construction along with the road improvement.

As the project develops, the homeowners group in the locality, the Bayou Oaks Neighborhood Association, is running a signature drive to have the roadway officially renamed as “Old Bradenton Road.”  The association is coordinating with the city government for presentation of the proposal to the Sarasota commission.

West of the trail advantage

Many affordably priced residences are available around the Bayou Oaks area, Sarasota Bay Real Estate says. Finds with asking prices under the $100s aren’t rare, it adds, noting that one good place to look for bargains would be the Indian Beach neighborhood in the locality.

Another advantage, in addition to the imminent upgrade of the Old Bradenton Road, is that many sales-listed residences in this area are in the highly desirable “west of the trail” locations. These are properties situated west of the Tamiami Trail and thus have easy access to the area attractions of Sarasota including its beaches and hubs for shopping, culture, leisure, and entertainment.

Prime bayfront properties nearby

Some of the home choices at Indian Beach, for instance, are just a short walk from the coastline of Sarasota Bay. The current listings in the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale include offerings in the Indian Beach neighborhood at asking prices in the low to mid- $100s, featuring floor plans of up to 1,200-plus square feet in two- or three-bedroom designs. At the Sapphire Shores of this neighborhood, the listed prices rise upward the $500s for three-bedroom homes having floor plans of up to nearly 2,500 square feet.

There are also bayfront, luxury alternatives in other choice sections of Indian Beach. Residences on the market here with floor plans of between 2,335 and 6,144 square feet featuring four to five bedrooms have asking prices around the $1.8–2 million level. The premier property offering in this coastal stretch carries a tag price approaching the $13 million mark, boasting of its own 600-foot private bayfront and a six-bedroom residence with a floor area of 5,100-plus square feet.