DeSoto Acres: Lavish Homes Amid Natural Splendor
by Andy Newton
“Country Estates in the Heart of Town.” That’s how advertisements read for DeSoto Acres, one of the oldest residential communities in Southwest Florida. Located just outside of Sarasota, DeSoto Acres is the perfect spot for anyone craving a taste of rural living, while still wishing to have a finger on the pulse of the city.
DeSoto Residents Find Leisure and Luxury
DeSoto Acres combines rustic charm with creature comforts. Grand trees and lush vegetation surround the community’s expansive properties, and the vast array of luxury homes – ranging from ranch houses custom built in the 1950s and 1960s to modern, six-bedroom palatial estates – matches the eclectic group that resides there. “We have retirees, snowbirds, professors, lawyers, surgeons, plumbers and electricians, and families,” said Jane Paquette, vice president of the homeowners’ association. “Ten are from overseas, in Europe, and spend their winters here.”
The diverse appeal of DeSoto Acres lies in the tranquility and freedom that the exuberant town offers. “We like the serenity, the openness and the fact that we’re at least 300 feet from our neighbors,” said longtime resident Sam Miller. “It’s far enough so we don’t put our noses into other people’s business, but close enough to help out if needed.” DeSoto dwellers like to take full advantage of all the leisure and comfort available to them. The large estates mean vegetable and ornate flower gardens are commonplace, and many keep horses. One resident even enjoys riding his buggy around town.
In all its verdant beauty, DeSoto Acres is still never too far from civilization. Inhabitants are just a 10-minute drive from downtown Sarasota, and the city itself is convenient to the rich shopping and dining opportunities up and down University Parkway and on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street. DeSoto Acres is also nearby the Ringling Museum and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
Sales Steady for DeSoto
DeSoto Acres remains a prime example of quality Sarasota real estate. With the housing market on a recent upswing, DeSoto Acres endures as one of the most desired locations to settle in Southwest Florida. Sales have been strong in the neighborhood. The past year and a half has seen 15 transactions in total, with property prices ranging from $84,000 to $569,900. The inventory of available homes is low, ensuring values will remain steady, as developers consider new opportunities to add to the community.
(All information cited from http://realestate.heraldtribune.com/2013/07/19/market-snapshot-desoto-acres/)
About LeahLeah has been a Florida resident for the past 24 years, a licensed real estate agent for over 16 years and a Sarasota resident for over twelve. She has raised her two daughters, Renata and Curstin, in Sarasota with her husband Christopher. Leah enjoys spending time with her husband, children and son-in law.My Google Profile+ View all posts by Leah →
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