Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Waterfront Lifestyle for Less

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Waterfront Lifestyle for Less

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It's easy to miss the entrance of The Inlets, an attractive,

waterfront condominium community in Nokomis, about

10 miles south of Sarasota. The sign, a small stone marker,

doesn't face Tamiami Trail but sits perpendicular in the well- landscaped

median divider of Inlets Boulevard, which leads into

the neighborhood.

Inside, beyond the gates, many small cul-de-sacs branch off the main interior thoroughfare, providing a sense of privacy and seclusion.

Located just north of Venice, The Inlets was developed from the early 1980s to the early 1990s as a boating community. Although its western boundary is 1,500 feet inland from the Intracoastal Waterway, the neighborhood has a network of man-made

canals that connect with the waterway. Most of the homes lie on canals or two large lakes, offering pleasant scenic views.

Many have private docks with convenient access to the Gulf of Mexica via Lyons Bay and the Venice Inlet. The route requires passing only one small bridge under Albee Road which accommodates watercraft up to 14 feet tall.

As a planned community, The Inlets has a consistent look -- Florida contemporary -- but it is anything but cookie-cutter. There is architectural variety throughout in floor plans and elevations. There are 221 detached, stand-alone villas and 16 two-story townhouses, offering two and three bedrooms and ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,300 square feet. Some of the villas have private swimming pools.

Pam Charron, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, has sold a number of homes in The Inlets. Her current listing, at 600 Carriage House Lane, No. 202, has a spacious living area, two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, with 1,530 square feet. Built in 1986, its asking price is $244,900.

"It's affordable and charming," she says. "Where else can you find a West-of-the-Trail community that has a lot of amenities and social life, and homes for under $250,000? …

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