Despite the many innovations now available in the real estate market, the more mature residential properties like those at Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida, remain attractive. The strength in Palm Aire real estate owes much to the fact that this development is among the pioneers in combining a golf course with community living, a value proposition that continues to draw many investors and home buyers.
This golf community started out as early as 1957 with the DeSoto Country Club Colony as its forerunner. It rose in a 1,300-acre tract of land conveniently lying between Sarasota and Bradenton. Palm Aire became a private membership country club in 1990 as part of its continuing development.
The growth of the country club’s stature in the Sarasota real estate market can be ascribed mostly to its convenient location. The golf community is only a two-mile drive away from Interstate 75 in the west and from US 301 in the west. This puts the residents of Palm Aire close to the urban centers of Sarasota and Bradenton and the hubs for business, culture, arts, sports and entertainment in the two cities. Likewise nearby are the Siesta and Longboat Keys, barrier islands at the Florida Gulf Coast popular for their pristine beaches and fabulous resorts.
As important, those with homes in Palm Aire can partake in various country club amenities. Social activities and fine dining options are available at a 23,000-square foot clubhouse. There’s an Athletic Center with eight Har-Tru Tennis courts and another pair with all-weather features. The clubhouse also boasts of a modern fitness center run by professional trainers and instructors, in addition to a swimming pool available also for water aerobics sessions.
Two fabulous 18-hole, par 72 golf courses-the Lakes and the Champions-served as the foundation for the development of Palm Aire. Both were renovated recently and are widely considered as among the best in Florida. The Lakes, measuring 6,685 yards from the farthest tees, was designed by a noted course architect, Joseph L. Lee, known for his enigmatic link creations. The Champions, with a yardage of 7,005 from the farthest tees, was built under the stewardship of Dick Wilson, a course designer famous for the challenges that he incorporates in his layouts.
Palm Aire homes for sale offer flexibility in options. A listing can include tropical villas, executive estates, condominium units, and single-family homes. Modest choices can start in a 1,139-square-foot condo unit at a listed price of $105,000. An upscale search, on the other hand, can point to a spacious villa with a floor area of 2,100 square feet and an asking price around the $348,000 level, a price point that truly manifests the market’s continuing fascination for properties built around a golf course.