Palmer Ranch vs. Waterside: A Comprehensive Comparison of Sarasota's Top Masterplanned Communities

Having lived in Sarasota for over two decades, I've witnessed the evolution of its residential landscapes. Among them, two areas stand out for their unique charm and lifestyle offerings: Palmer Ranch and Waterside.

But which one truly holds the edge? In this post, I'll delve deep into each community's location, lifestyle, and real estate aspects to help you make an informed decision.

Palmer Ranch was once a highly popular part of Sarasota, but then Lakewood Ranch emerged, offering many new homes. Within Lakewood Ranch, there's a new development called Waterside, and this is the subdivision we’ll be comparing to Palmer Ranch.


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If you've been keeping an eye on the real estate market lately, you've likely been bombarded with mixed messages. "Now is the worst time to buy," some say, pointing to the dismal market conditions. Others argue the opposite, urging you to "buy now before interest rates soar even higher!"

A glance at the housing section's front page in FORTUNE magazine shows just how polarized these opinions are. On one side, we have the CEO of Fannie Mae painting a grim picture of the current market. On the other, industry expert Barbra Corcoran advocates that it's an opportune time to make a purchase.

This dichotomy became even more personal to me earlier this week during a chat with an acquaintance. "Matt, have you heard the rumors?" they asked. "The word on…

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With Sarasota home prices skyrocketing the past few years, many buyers feel priced out of new construction.

But this brand new Waterside community, Nautique, offers some of Lakewood Ranch’s most affordable new homes starting under $500,000.

I’ll take you on an tour of Nautique at Waterside, looking at the location, lifestyle, real estate options, and prices. 

After 20+ years in Sarasota real estate and helping dozens buy new construction, I’ll share with you my honest opinion on whether Nautique delivers on its value or not.

Where's Nautique Located? And What’s Nearby? 

Waterside at Lakewood Ranch is a master-planned community located in the eastern part of Sarasota.

Nautique is a new sub-community in this area with a great…

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10 things to do at waterside place

You’ve probably heard about Waterside Place, and it’s likely you’ve been to the Sunday Farmers Market or grabbed a bite to eat at Good Liquid Brewing Company. But let me tell you, Waterside Place is a lot more than simply being home to the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market.

Waterside Place Lakewood Ranch

If you’re not already familiar with this new entertainment hotspot, let me fill you in. Waterside Place is located barely East of I-75 off Lakewood Ranch Blvd. It is South of University Blvd and North of Fruitville Rd, residing within Lakewood Ranch’s popular new residential area of Waterside. In fact, Waterside Place is really the heart of the Waterside community. It's a hub right in the center of a residential area. An outdoor plaza, a town…

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There’s a lot of buzz about Waterside Place. It opened in 2020 and its popularity and hype hasn’t faded since opening! Rather, it has become even more of a hotspot as expansion has continued. New businesses continue to make Waterside Place their home, and the area itself is still in the works of being completed. I think Waterside is going to be a permanent place of entertainment, a true hub for the East Sarasota community… and it’s only getting started.

Waterside Place Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch loves a good community get together. I mean, Lakewood Ranch has been designed around this principle. With schools, shopping, dining, businesses, and community intertwined amongst its real estate; Lakewood Ranch has remained a popular residential…

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5 Reasons to Move to Sarasota: Embrace Paradise on Florida's Cultural Coast

Are you considering a move to Florida? Discover the top 5 reasons to move to Sarasota! From stunning beaches to a thriving arts scene, Sarasota offers a perfect blend of paradise and culture.

Are you dreaming of a life in sunny Florida, where you can move to Sarasota and find beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and endless outdoor activities? Look no further than Sarasota, Florida's hidden gem on the Gulf Coast. In this blog, we'll explore the top 5 reasons why more and more people choose Sarasota as their ultimate relocation destination. Sarasota offers paradise and cultural richness, from its pristine beaches to its thriving arts scene.

1. Move to Sarasota…

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Welcome to the 2023 Market Update for Sarasota real estate market! Today, we'll dive into the latest numbers and trends shaping the housing landscape in this vibrant Florida region. From closed sales and inventory fluctuations to surprising price developments, we'll unpack the intriguing dynamics that make Sarasota a unique and compelling market. Whether you're a northerner, westerner, Floridian, or someone considering a move to this beautiful area, our in-depth analysis will provide valuable insights into the present-day market conditions. So, let's explore the exciting world of Sarasota's real estate.

Understanding Sarasota's Unique Divisions

Sarasota is a captivating blend of diverse neighborhoods with unique charm and influence…

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Big Changes Coming Soon to Sarasota: Revitalized Bayfront Park, New Schools & an Exclusive Neighborhood

Welcome to the vibrant city of Sarasota, where the magic never ceases to astound. Get ready to be swept away by the anticipation of remarkable additions set to elevate the experience of both residents and visitors.

This blog post looks at three exciting things, some are planned, some are under construction, and some are coming soon to Sarasota County. From visionary plans to projects currently under construction, the future of Sarasota is brimming with excitement. Whether you have deep roots in this captivating city, are in the process of building your dream home, or possess a curiosity for all things Sarasota, rest assured that there is…

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7 New Sarasota Neighborhoods That Will Change Waterside Lakewood Ranch Forever

Are you dreaming of a life in the vibrant city of Sarasota but finding it difficult to find an inexpensive property in the sought-after Waterside community? Well, get ready to be pleasantly surprised! Seven new neighborhoods are set to open or have recently debuted in Waterside, offering a range of housing options that won't break the bank. This hidden gem is about to be unearthed, and I'm here to provide you with all the insider information on this best-kept secret.

Waterside has long been known as an upscale destination for those seeking luxury waterfront living. However, with these new additions, potential homebuyers will have more choices. From stylish townhomes…

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Welcome to Shoreview at Lakewood Ranch Waterside

If you're searching for a home that encapsulates the Florida lifestyle, look no further than Shoreview at Waterside Lakewood Ranch. Nestled in Sarasota, Florida, this neighborhood offers a unique blend of coastal design and outdoor living.

Shoreview is one of the first neighborhoods built in Waterside sandwiched between two lakes which account for over 144 acres of property. Featuring over 300 homes, this means most of these properties will have stunning lake views, but the Shoreview amenities expand way beyond the lakes. So let's get a peak inside this Waterside at Lakewood Ranch neighborhood.

The Neighborhood: Shoreview

Location of Shoreview in Waterside

Shoreview is part of…

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