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Sunny and warm Bradenton is located in Manatee County, Florida. It is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice metro area, and is located just over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Tampa Bay south of St. Petersburg. As of 2016, Bradenton had a population of approximately 54,000. This population gives the region a charming small-town feel. Yet, at the same time, Bradenton’s central location means that residents have convenient access to some of the very best destinations in Florida.

Bradenton is home to a festive downtown area that includes a unique artist community called Village of the Arts. There is also the scenic River Walk, which is a 1.5-mile park that includes performance areas, docks, and a skateboard park. Old Main Street certainly doesn’t feel “old,” as it is lined with an abundance of modern retail options, cafes, restaurants, and more.

The natural beauty of the area is no doubt a key reason that so many people love Bradenton and choose to make the city their home. Featuring an amazing 150 miles of shoreline, Bradenton is a short drive to the splendid, world famous beaches of the Gulf Shores. The truth is that Bradenton has wonderful views at every turn.

Homes in Bradenton

While real estate in Bradenton was hit by the 2008 housing market, there has been a substantial recovery since 2012. Housing prices and inventory have stabilized. Currently, Bradenton is experiencing a boom in new construction, particularly in Lakewood Ranch, which is now the 3rd best-selling Master Planned Community in the U.S. Homes are selling quickly, and as more and more people learn about this “hidden gem” of a community, new home starts and sales are at record levels.

Part of what makes real estate in Bradenton so exciting is the number of homes that are not only beautiful and spacious, but also have spectacular water views. Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, and Holmes Beach all feature many great homes right on the water. Lakewood Ranch has over 200 lakes, many of which have homes on them with beautiful lake-front views. Homebuyers who love waterfront properties and relaxing scenic views will find that Bradenton, with its 150 miles of shoreline and lakes have much to offer.

Plenty of Family Activities

Bradenton is known for being a great place for families, as the area sports a seemingly endless supply of activities. The South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium Theater, and Parker Manatee Aquarium provide excellent educational opportunities, and there is an abundance of nearby nature including De Soto National Memorial Park and Manatee Village Historical Park. The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday and features music, local art, and of course, lots of delicious produce from local farmers.

A Glimpse into Bradenton History

Bradenton was originally explored in 1539 by the Spanish during an expedition led by Hernando De Soto. The city derives its name from Dr. Joseph Braden. This doctor’s fort-like home served as a refuge for early settlers during Seminole Indian attacks. At the Manatee Village Historical Park, visitors can see many historic pioneer buildings, including a one-room school, farmhouses, an old-fashioned general store with plenty of charm and character, and a courthouse. There is even a steam engine that will certainly excite history buffs.

Arts and Culture Are Well Represented

Once an area that fell into disrepair, the Village of the Arts is now an exciting and vibrant hub. The Village of the Arts has the distinction of being the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast. Visitors will find home studio galleries, along with businesses, restaurants, and more. It is undoubtedly a very special place that will enthrall those who love and appreciate all kinds of art.

The Manatee Players provide some excellent live theater options, having won competitions at the Florida Theatre Conference as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference. The Sarasota Players have changed their name to The Players Center for the Performing Arts, and are building a new $25M center in the spectacular Waterside at Lakewood Ranch. annual Bradenton Blues Festival continues to be a wildly popular event, as does the ArtSlam, a public arts festival that celebrates Bradenton’s creative youth. There is always something new and interesting happening in Bradenton as exemplified by the city’s robust and active arts scene.

Wonderful Nature Options

Beautiful natural locations literally surround Bradenton. The stunning Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is a massive 2,000-acre state park that has a mangrove forest, saltwater and freshwater wetlands, and lots of exceptional kayaking opportunities. Only about 25 miles from Bradenton is the 614-acre Wingate Creek State Park. The area has a rich history, as Native Americans were living in the area for thousands of years. Wingate Creek State Park is a great spot to enjoy everything from hiking and biking to exploring, bird watching and simply appreciating nature. Those who love to hike will also find that South Fork State Park, with more than 1,000 acres to explore is a great place not only for hiking, but also for capturing some great wildlife photographs.

A Hub for Major League Baseball

Florida’s great weather is a key reason that Major League Baseball has located much of its spring training to the state. The Major League Baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, play their spring training home games in Bradenton’s downtown LECOM Park. LECOM Park is used by the Class A minor league Bradenton Marauders, who play in the Florida State League. Baseball fans can enjoy nearly year-round baseball right in Bradenton.

A Great Place To Call Home

Bradenton offers easy access to major travel hubs, such as Tampa International Airport and the nearby Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The weather is amazing, with January high temperatures averaging 71 degrees, February high temperatures averaging 74 degrees, and March high temperatures averaging 77 degrees. This makes for pleasant winters filled with lots of warm sunshine.

There is truly something for everyone in Bradenton. Sports fans will love the fact that Bradenton is a home for baseball. Both spring training and Class A baseball are played throughout most of the year. Bradenton is also rich in nature with several wonderful large parks in the area. Hiking and kayaking opportunities abound, and Bradenton’s parks and wildlife areas are a photographer’s dream. It is no accident that so many artists call beautiful Bradenton home.

Bradenton stands as one of the best spots in the country for vacations and for living, too. Waterfront homes are plentiful in the area, and residents enjoy excellent views year-round.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time for help finding your perfect place in the sun in Bradenton. We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest 10 MLS Listings in Bradenton

$437,400
3 Beds 2.5 Baths River Sound SubDv. 34208 Zip Code
Beautiful 3BR/2.5BA Home in Gated Community. Experience the charm of this wonderful two-story home, perfectly situated in a gated community with a serene Bermuda-like ambiance. This residence backs up to a natural area and green space with a lovely pond view and no chance construction ensuring peace and privacy. As you enter the home, you come into the two-story foyer which takes you into the open great room and kitchen area. Whether you want to eat at the island breakfast bar or the kitchen table, you can enjoy coffee before work, a wonderful family dinner together or a perfect area for entertaining friends. This home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, including a spacious primary suite with a walk-in closet and a private bath equipped with a separate water closet. Additionally, the upstairs laundry is convenient for distributing clothing to all bedrooms without having to walk up and down the stairs with a full basket of laundry. The upstairs loft area is perfect for a TV/game room, play area, or simply reading a good book. This home also features a downstairs bonus room/home office so that those working from home can shut doors and work with no interruptions. It’s also ideal for anyone wanting a separate den. Recent upgrades include a new A/C (2023) and an upcoming new roof to be replaced before closing, ensuring a worry-free move-in. Enjoy access to a gorgeous community pool, dog park, and reclaimed irrigation. No CDD fees! The location Easy access to major traffic routes, downtown Bradenton, I-75, and other local highlights. Don’t miss out on this exceptional home that offers the perfect blend of nature, comfort, and accessibility. Schedule your viewing today!

5340 Aqua Breeze Drive, Bradenton

$305,000
2 Beds 2 Baths Cypress Strand SubDv. 34203 Zip Code
Welcome to your new home in Cypress Strand! This beautiful second-floor condo offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Featuring 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, this home is designed for easy living. Step inside to discover cathedral ceilings that enhance the open floor plan, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. The spacious kitchen is a chef's delight, complete with an eating area, built-in desk, island, refrigerator, dishwasher and plenty of cabinet space. Enjoy the combination of carpet and tile flooring throughout the condo, offering both style and functionality. The primary suite is a true retreat, featuring a large walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with dual sinks and a large shower. Step out onto the large screened-in porch, which stretches from the living room to the primary bedroom, providing stunning nature views. Access this serene outdoor space through sliding doors for seamless indoor-outdoor living. For your convenience, this condo includes an in-unit washer and dryer, as well as a one-car garage located on the first floor with additional space for storage. Cypress Strand offers fantastic community amenities, including a pool, clubhouse, and tennis courts. The location is unbeatable, with a golf course, public transportation, restaurants, and grocery stores all nearby. Don't miss the opportunity to make this wonderful condo your new home! ¤ Please see 3D Tour and Video ¤

6451 Bay Cedar Lane Unit 29-202, Bradenton

$448,750
3 Beds 3.5 Baths Meadow Lakes East Sub SubDv. 34203 Zip Code
This three-bedroom, three-and-one-half- bathroom home has been totally remodeled and renovated in an open floor plan and modern style. The large lot measuring 17,835 square feet is almost a half acre, 84 X 204 square feet. There is a detached two-car oversized garage with two extra rooms and a third-full bathroom in that building. The home has a new, open great room containing the Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Powder Room, with vaulted ceilings. The Primary Bedroom also has vaulted ceilings. There is an 8 x 11 front porch, and a rear 10 x 16 covered lanai off the pool deck. There is an open, but fenced in courtyard off the Dining Room. The inground fiberglass pool is 11 x26, and the pool deck around it is 13 x 26. There is a 12 x 75 foot circular driveway in the front and a 20 x 150 long driveway on the side leading to the 18 x 24 two-car detached garage with two extra rooms, measuring 20 x 24 total, with the third-full bathroom, with a shower stall. There are two hot water heaters, one in the main house and the other in the garage. The additional exterior work that has been completed is - the main house and garage were pressure washed. The main house has been touch-up painted and the garage exterior was painted, as well as exterior doors and exterior walls. The pool has been retiled and the pool deck painted. A new roof, a new HVAC system, new interior paint, solid wooden doors, engineered hardwood flooring throughout, and wooden baseboards throughout, all in the summer of 2021. New Leader Security System in 2022 and Septic Tank pump and plumbing replaced in 2022. A new hot water in the main house in 2023. The entire interior of the home, all plumbing and electrical was completed renovated and remodeled in 2021, 2022, and 2023 room by room as they did the work in each area. So, basically everything is new as well as all the appliances. All of this in a non-deed restricted neighborhood where you can park your boat or RV next to your home, with no homeowner's association or fees. This property is zoned single-family residential, so one CANNOT legally live in the house and rent the garage or vice-versa.

1601 54th Avenue Drive E, Bradenton

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