Starter Homes, Anyone


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 21st, 2015 – Many prospective residential buyers, particularly those in the middle class looking for starter homes, often rue that there is a dearth of housing stock for their market segment which essentially are properties priced around the $200,000 level. Nonetheless, these folks need not fret too much on the notion that current home developments either trend towards pricey new builds or to government-subsidized low-cost housing, and thus, mid-priced options for them are too paltry or are altogether disappearing, as some observers claim.

On the contrary, there are still many market opportunities on medium-priced residences which can be explored with the assistance of an alert local realtor. On September 26, 2015, for instance, Muirfield Village at Honore, wherein Sarasota homes for sale start at around the low $200s, is scheduled to hold one of its weekend open-house events.

Ideally located townhouses

Starter Homes, Anyone

A gated community, Muirfield Village at Honore is comprised of 63 townhomes designed in the Southern Florida architectural style. Backing up to a conservation area to ensure residential privacy, the community’s location off N Honore Avenue a short distance northeast of downtown Sarasota is as superb as well.

This property’s site is just minutes away from the Mall at the University Town Center and the international-caliber Nathan Benderson Park, host of the 2017 World Rowing Championships. A superior school district, Emma E. Booker Elementary, covers Muirfield Village’s locality as well.

As pleasing, the community’s immediate neighborhood includes well-established property developments. One is the Grande Oaks Preserve where a resale two-bedroom unit with a floor area of nearly 2,000 square feet was listed just this August among Sarasota homes for sale at an asking price in the upper $200s.

Affordable options in Manatee

Muirfield Village is one of the property developments of M/I Homes which has presence in 16 U.S. markets, including communities not only in Sarasota but also in Manatee. Noted for its energy-efficient residences, this homebuilder also has some affordably priced offerings at the Brookside Estates in Bradenton wherein an open house is likewise scheduled for the last weekend of September.

Two new M/I builds Brookside Estates have been listed since May 2015 among choices of Sarasota homes for sale in the $300s. One is a three-bedroom model with a floor area of 2,109 square feet while the other is a four-bedroom option having a floor plan of 3,155 square feet. Brookside Estates is one of the newest Bradenton neighborhoods east of Interstate 75 and tucked back in a serene, wooded setting on Upper Manatee River Road but close to city amenities.

For resale homes with starting prices also in the $300s, Twin Rivers in Parrish where M/I has also been building could offer some choices. A three-bedroom residence here at this price range was listed just in August 2015, enticing prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale with its spacious 2,405-square-foot open design with a den.

Twin Rivers, developed just north of the master-planned Lakewood Ranch and its numerous amenities, offers varied recreational facilities as well. Besides its playgrounds, this community has courts and fields for soccer, beach volleyball and basketball. Hiking trails and picnic pavilion in addition to a private boat ramp on the Manatee River are other attractions of this community which could very well provide a fruitful result in a search for a starter home.