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 on: June 24, 2009, 10:03:15 AM 
Started by BeachBill - Last post by BeachBill
One thing that surprises visitors is there are no major hotels on or near Venice Island.  Other than the Hampton Inn, which is right off the island, there aren't many hotel choices.

This means if you are here just for a few days or a week, you'll want to get reservations well in advance.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay for a month or more, you'll find plenty of Condo rentals - most will be right on the beach.  But most will have a minimum of 30 day rental.

If you plan to stay even longer, and aren't looking for a beach rental, you'll find plenty of homes for rent - especially in off-season, at reasonable prices.

Look for these on craigslist sarasota, and search for Venice - http://sarasota.craigslist.org/apa/

Bill

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 on: June 24, 2009, 09:59:21 AM 
Started by BeachBill - Last post by BeachBill
Now that we live on Venice Island, the things we like best about living here are:

Venice is a walking and biking town.  Every where you go, you'll see your neighbors out walking or riding their bikes.

Venice Island is safe - crime on the island is almost unheard of.   You can go anywhere, at any time of day or night, and feel safe

Venice is quiet and peaceful - the average age on the island during snowbird season is 72 - which means it stays pretty quiet around here - especially after dark

You can find just about everything you want on or very near the island - we have all the modern shopping you would expect, grocery stores, hospital, hardware stores, discount stores, and many nice shops in the downtown area.   Plus, within just a few miles, you'll find all the big box stores, two walmart super centers,  and malls within Sarasota.

Venice Island is surrounded by beaches and water - no matter where you live on the island, it is only a short walk to the beach or to the intracoastal waterway (and walking trail).

The weather is pretty nice year round - it does get a little steamy in June and July, but the breezes off the Gulf keep it bearable even on the hottest days.

Lots of other things we like here as well

Bill

 43 
 on: June 24, 2009, 09:51:14 AM 
Started by BeachBill - Last post by BeachBill
Just a couple of years ago, you wouldn't of been able to buy anything on Venice Island for under $300k, and those kinds of places would have sold in a day or two.

Over the past two years, the prices of real estate on the island dropped, as investors tried to bail out on properties they had overspent on.

This caused a flurry of price drops, and resulted in some amazing deals on well located properties on the island.   There were even a few homes that sold for under $200k.

Right now, prices on the island are on the way back up, with limited supply and a growing demand.

There are still some bargains - especially in older condos near the downtown area.   Some of these are available for the $150k and up range.

Off island, but still within the city of Venice, there are plenty of homes under $150k, and some under $100k.

Prices will likely head back up as the economy recovers

Just my opinion . . .

Bill

 44 
 on: June 24, 2009, 09:41:59 AM 
Started by BeachBill - Last post by BeachBill
Venice has several beaches on Venice Island, all open to the public, and all right on the gulf.

There's the main Venice Public beach at the end of Venice Avenue.   That beach has the wing shaped beach pavilion and small cafe.  Also restrooms and showers.  There's two parking lots, and rarely are they full.

The white sandy beach runs about two miles long an except on July 4th, the beach is rarely crowded.

At the north end of Venice Island is Jetty park, where you'll find the jetty that runs along where the intracoastal dumps into the gulf.

The jetty park is a favorite among people who like to fish from the jetty banks, and people who like to watch the boats going in and out of the jetty all day.

Further south down the beach are 5 additional beach parks - including Sharkey's, where you'll find the fishing pier - which is open 24 hours a day and always free to the public.

Bill

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