Palmetto is the name of a neo-noir film from the late 20th century, and it is also the name of a city on Florida’s Gulf Coast that begs to be rediscovered. Palmetto was once a bustling city due to its strategic location on the northern banks of the Manatee River and on the shores of Terra Ceia Bay. In the 19th century, shipping commerce that came to Palmetto was distributed across the Manatee River to the rest of Southwest Florida.
In the 21st century, the City of Palmetto is being reinvigorated by an active real estate market and renewed business interest in the area. If you are a house hunter or real estate investor looking for affordable waterfront opportunities in Southwest Florida, Palmetto is an excellent option.
Palmetto is connected to Bradenton by the Tamiami Trail and the 8th Avenue bridge over the Manatee River. Quite a few homeowners work, study and do business in Bradenton, St. Petersburg or Tampa and commute to their quieter neighborhoods in Palmetto.
Similar to other housing markets in the region, Palmetto offers interesting and affordable opportunities for house hunters and real estate investors. Aside from the waterfront condominium towers on Terra Ceia Bay and the Manatee Riverfront, there are historical neighborhoods near the downtown district where Spanish Colonial architecture competes with Florida ranch-style homes from the 1960s. Newer communities such as the Fairways at Imperial Lakewoods offer spacious three-bedroom homes on 5,500 square feet lots under $200K. Palmetto and Ellenton are among the most reasonably priced housing markets in Southwest Florida, which makes real estate offerings even more enticing.
A recent surge of business activity is making Palmetto an even more promising housing market. The city is undergoing a beautification effort and it shows. Nature lovers will enjoy living close to Palmetto Estuary Nature Preserve or the Emerson Point Preserve on Snead Island. Golf and tennis can be enjoyed at the Terra Ceia Bay Club, fishing on Champlain Bayou and boating at the Regatta Pointe Marina.
Palmetto is served by the Manatee Public School District, and parents will also find a number of private academies on both sides of the Manatee River.
Palmetto Florida Homes
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Palmetto Florida Condominiums
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