Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Recently Built, with Old World Charm

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Recently Built, with Old World Charm

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One of South Venice's more recently built communities, Venetia is an unusual combination of Mediterranean flair and exceptional scenic beauty.

When it was developed in the early 2000s, more than half of its 300 acres was set aside as nature preserves. Most of its 643 neo- Spanish residences back onto one of 12 lakes and wetlands, or offer views of large, densely forested preserves.

Its two entrances, both gated, have sparkling waterfalls and fountains. One is on U.S. 41, which also marks the northern boundary of the deed-restricted neighborhood, and the other on Jacaranda Boulevard, on the western side. The southern edge borders another neighborhood. To the east is undeveloped farm land. As a result, the area teems with wildlife and all kinds of birds.

Living up to its name, Venetia carries its Mediterranean theme through its architecture -- tile roofs, stucco exteriors, columns and curved entrances and windows. Most of the homes were built by Venetian Homes and Waterford Homes, known for their open floor plans, superior quality of construction and an attention to detail usually afforded only custom-built residences.

Streets throughout have Italian names -- Bella Terra, Borghese Court and Via San Tomaso.

The community consists of four subdivisions. The largest, Venetia Neighborhood Association No. 1, consists of 375 houses. Villa Vivaci and Villa Paradiso offer 108 maintenance-free villas; and Casa DiAmici has 160 maintenance-free condos.

A master association oversees all of the landscaping, private roads and common areas, including a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, tennis courts and basketball courts. Villa Vivaci has its own private pool, as well, while Villa Paradiso and Casa DiAmici share a second pool. Fees for houses are $390 a quarter and include basic cable TV.

"That's extremely low fees for that kind of environment," said Charryl Youman, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty, who knows the community well.

Her current listing at 4440 Via del Villetti Drive is a three- bedroom, two-bath residence, 2,004 square feet under air, that was built in 2005 and is typical of the neighborhood. …

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