Located along the Manatee River, fed by Tampa Bay to the north, lies the city of Bradenton. With a population of nearly 51,000 full-time residents, its ranks swell during the winter months as seasonal residents and vacationers from all across the country come to enjoy the wonderful weather. This area boasts an exciting blend of eclectic neighborhoods and business communities, making it an ideal place to call home.
Schools in Bradenton include such institutions as Gene Witt Elementary School, Braden River Elementary School, R. Dan Nolan Middle School, Braden River Middle School, Manatee High School, Braden River High School, and there are several private educational facilities serving the area.
Bradenton Real Estate
The real estate market in Bradenton is very diverse, with an average listing price of $303,000 and a median selling price of $155,000, comprised of many housing types. Homes in the area range from single family properties, to townhouses, to condo communities, and villas.
Prices also vary greatly, with properties starting in the low $120's, going-up to $1 million and higher. The average price per square foot in the area comes-in at $109, making it quite affordable for first time homebuyers or those looking for a vacation property or seasonal residence.
Things to See and Do
A wonderful thing about Bradenton is the many things to see and do in an around the area. The beaches are popular, with white sand striking a stunning contrast to the blue waters of the bay. Manatee River is also quite popular and it is home to some of the best in camping. Boating, snorkeling, sightseeing, biking, hiking, tennis, kayaking, are always nearby.
Explore the natural beauty of Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, Emerson Point Preserve, Robinson Preserve, Lake Manatee State Park, and Gamble Plantation Historic State Park; or, take-in a round at The Preserve Golf Club, Waterlefe Golf and River Club, River Strand Golf and Country Club, Heather Hills Golf Course, Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Course, or Bradenton Country Club.
Shopping venues are plentiful here, with such great locations as the Bayshore Gardens Shopping Center, Tara Twelve Oaks Shopping Plaza, Cortez Plaza East, Ellenton Premium Outlets, and DeSoto Square Mall. There are also many tasty restaurants in Bradenton, ranging from come-as-you are casual dining, to exotic, to white tablecloth, fine dining.
No matter what you're looking for or like most to experience, you'll find it in Bradenton, be it performing arts, live music, nightlife, fun festivals, or museums and galleries.