Top 5 Beaches in Sarasota and Bradenton

December 17, 2018

Florida is known for its beaches, and none are better than the beaches in the Sarasota and Manatee area. Whether you prefer lounging in the sun, participating in watersports, or collecting treasures, there is a beach in Sarasota perfect for you. Parking is free for all Sarasota and Bradenton beaches, as an added perk. With so many great beaches to choose from, you can visit a different one on each day of your vacation. Here are the top beaches in Sarasota and Bradenton to get you started.

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Escape the City Traffic: Move to a Gated Waterfront Community near Lakewood Ranch

December 11, 2018

Valuing work-life balance means dedicating yourself to focused work days, and letting loose on festive social and family occasions. This means being able to gather yourself with deeply relaxing private time. Life on The Islands on the Manatee River, a waterfront community near Lakewood Ranch, provides a unique opportunity to do all of this and more, while being close to the Lakewood Ranch area.

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10 Things That Make Sarasota the Perfect Place for Your Second Home

December 7, 2018

If you’re looking for a new place to call home or a second residence for the winter months, Sarasota, Florida is an ideal location combining year-round gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches, world-class cuisine, and cultural opportunities. With so much to do, even if you intend to purchase a second home, before long you may find it’s your favorite home.

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New River Lodge Now Open - Exclusive to Residents

December 5, 2018

The new River Lodge at The Islands on the Manatee River is now open. The River Lodge is an exciting new amenity reserved for the exclusive use of The Islands’ residents. This beautiful new lodge greets residents and visitors alike as they arrive over the bridge at the community’s gated entry. As a neighborhood gathering place, the River Lodge provides boat docks for guests, as well as a fire pit, barbecue area, bocce ball courts, putting green and kayak launch. Indoor and outdoor seating areas will overlook the Manatee River providing the perfect vantage point to view the collegiate crew teams as they train on the waterways.

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Move-In-Ready Luxury Homes for Sale in Southwest FL

November 29, 2018

Building a custom home can be very exciting as you can add all your unique tastes and ideas to your home.  It also can take some time to complete and you may need to move quickly.   This is where a luxury model home would be perfect to suit your needs.  The Islands on the Manatee River features 3 beautiful luxury model homes by 3 of the top custom home builders in the Southwest Florida area.  All these models have won awards in the parade of homes year after year. 

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What is Florida Weather Really Like?

November 28, 2018

Many parts of the country have had a long, harsh winter this year and could only dream of the type of weather Florida living offers year round. The suncoast area has an average annual temperature of 72.6 degrees and enjoys beautiful sunshine and blue skies on the vast majority of days. Even in July, high temperatures in this part of Florida average 91 degrees. Soothing Gulf breezes will help the temperature feel cooler.

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The Advantages of Retiring in a Private Gated Community

November 21, 2018

Gated communities offer many advantages for their residents. Within the confines of each community, you'll often find benefits waiting for you that can't be equaled if you live in a home that stands on its own. In fact, these communities offer so many positive attributes, it's a wonder that you would want to live anywhere else!

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The Best Ways to Spend the Day in the Florida Outdoors

November 14, 2018

Florida is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Surrounded on three sides by ocean waters, (the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Straits), and blessed with more than its share of sunny skies, the state offers a treasure trove of ways to enjoy its natural wonders through outdoor activities.

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How to enjoy the natural surroundings of The Islands

November 7, 2018

Most people have to travel long distances to enjoy the paradise that residents of The Islands on the Manatee River call home every day. When you live in this gated Florida waterfront community, all you have to do is step out your door and you’re surrounded by natural beauty. It's situated on 225 acres of private islands filled with wildlife and surrounded by picturesque harbors. And with Florida’s mild winters, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery and any activity year round.

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