Lakeside Villa Bradenton

Sarasota Florida

The Owners


As frequent Florida visitors, Mark & Anne love the houses we have stayed in, weather, wildlife, beaches, food, shopping and all the rest. We are part retired and seek to spend part of each year here in our own home, which we selected for its beautiful community, location, house design and serene rear view of the lake and its wildlife. Mark loves to make fresh brewed coffee and sit on the Lanai as the sun comes up, while watching the Heron, White Egrets and other birds on the lake.

Our engagement with Florida of course started with trips to Orlando and the amazing theme parks, with our children. We later tried holidays, just the two of us, in villas in Bradenton, Sarasota and Dunedin. There are many TV programs and magazines that encourage holiday home ownership and after increasing our interest in this possibility we attended the UK “A Place in the Sun” exhibition where we met our realtor Pat Tan of Your Global Agents. Then on a specific buying visit we went with her to see several homes and locations but soon narrowed in on this home style and community – you only have to drive in through the front gates to understand why.

Having stayed in communities near the I75 and also near the Bradenton and Siesta Key beaches we realised that we aren’t interested in spending our days here in just one specific area. We would spend each day in the car travelling across town, often in stop-start traffic, so no matter where you live you have to travel for at least half an hour to get to wherever it is we wanted to go to that day. With that realisation, we chose a nice location close to the I75 for quick and easy access to all points. The friendly community is a stand-out one for us which we love, so it was a comfortable choice to buy here in 2011 and move into a beautiful new, energy efficient home. We felt immediately at home with great neighbours.

An outcome of our purchase was that Pat proposed we share our experience with others and so we were showcased in the “A Place in the Sun” magazine which was published in January 2011.

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