In Florida, a few residential communities tend to be overlooked because they hide in plain view; such is the case with Terra Ceia, a special district of Manatee County that many people believe is only home to egrets, dolphins, manatees, and alligators.
Hidden between a state park and an aquatic preserve, the Terra Ceia residential district is one of the most private and pristine communities of Southwest Florida. If you are into boating, fishing, farming, kayaking, or simply living amidst nature, Terra Ceia should be at the top of your house hunting list. Whether you are looking to raise a family or spend your retirement exploring the bayous and mangrove islands of the Tampa Bay, you are bound to find Terra Ceia to be a very charming place.
You will not find tract housing neighborhoods or gated communities filled with cookie cutter homes in Terra Ceia; instead, you will find plantation estates, lavish Key West homes, waterfront mansions with private docks and fishing piers, Old Florida homes in need of tender loving care, and lots of pristine land awaiting development.
Terra Ceia is one of the few places in Southwest Florida where you actually have various choices in terms of waterfront views; you can choose between canals, bayous, mangrove islands, ponds, and the magnificent Terra Ceia Bay. In 2018, you can get a lot measuring nearly six acres and more than 700 front of bayfront shoreline for less than $300K.
If you want the full Old Florida waterfront mansion experience, you will certainly find it in Terra Ceia; this is where you can find a three-bedroom and two-bathroom estate built on more than 2,600 square feet of living space for $793K, which includes an elaborate dock, boat lift, fire pit, guest house on the third floor, various sun decks, outdoor jacuzzi, exercise room, and even a butterfly garden.
You can even penthouse properties in Terra Ceia; a two-bedroom and two-bathroom unit with nearly 1,000 square feet of interior was listed for just $168K in 2018 at the Terra Ceia Club Condo, which includes amenities such as a semi-private golf course, swimming pool, tiki bar, restaurant, and fishing pier.
Terra Ceia offers easy access to St. Petersburg and Tampa via the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; the shopping districts of Palmetto are about two miles away, but a few convenience stores and seafood restaurants are on the other side of Sea Breeze Point, just a short drive away.
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