Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tall Trees and Friendly Neighbors

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tall Trees and Friendly Neighbors

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Sometimes a neighborhood surprises you. In the case of Beneva Woods, a small residential enclave on Beneva Road, just north of Clark Road, the allure is a strong sense of community in attractive surroundings.

The densely landscaped, divided-lane entrance from Beneva Road features a sign with the name of the community right in the center of the median strip, promising lush tropical foliage. Living up to its name, the neighborhood has plenty of Florida greenery throughout the interior, dominated by mature trees -- tall pines, a variety of palms and stately live oaks. Many sections of the interior roads are canopied, offering shade and natural cooling in the summertime.

"It is a very pretty neighborhood," says Kelly Mooney, a Realtor with Michael Saunders and Co., who has sold a number of homes in Beneva Woods.

For her, what sets the place apart is its congenial atmosphere.

"I've had four open houses there, and every single neighbor I've met is the nicest person -- so friendly and kind," Mooney explains. I grew up as a girl in a small community in Idaho, so it means a lot to me to walk in and find that people are welcoming and willing to engage in conversation."

One of the animal residents is a rescued pet goat named Porgy. It is trained like a dog and comes when his name is called. "The owner takes it for a walk, and everybody knows about it," says Mooney with a smile.

Developed in the late 1970s -- the first house was built in1977 - - Beneva Woods has only 78 residences in a range of styles, most of them with ranch or Florida contemporary architecture. The lots range from 11,000 to 13,000 square feet in size. The residences are spacious, too. Three- and four-bedroom homes typically range from 2,000 to 2,600 square feet with private pools, generous backyards and verdant views. Many have been renovated.

Mooney's current listing, at 5310 Beneva Woods Circle, is a 3- bedroom, 2-bath home with a 2-car garage and 2,043 square feet under air. Built in 1979, it has been upgraded with new cabinets, quartz counter tops and stainless-steel appliances. …

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