Welcome to one of Sarasota’s most favored areas, Palmer Ranch .This is a very popular and well-loved part of town that consists of approximately 10,000 acres and includes around 30 separate neighborhoods as well as terrific recreational and shopping/commercial areas. It is, in fact, the biggest master-planned community in the county and is conveniently located a bit south of downtown Sarasota but with very easy access via either Clark Road, I-75 or US 41, depending on your starting point. You can find a wide variety of housing options in these different communities…large and small single family homes, garden homes, villas, condominiums, apartments, waterfront homes, golf course homes, maintenance-free homes and more. There are home options to fit any budget and to work within just about any lifestyle.
While it can be said that all of the neighborhoods are well-planned and well-maintained, of some it can also be said that they are in walled and gated communities. The area is lovely and pristine in part due to all of the open spaces and common areas of undeveloped land. There are fabulous places to walk and ride bikes for miles and miles all within the confines of Palmer Ranch. If a very long walk or ride is what you have in mind then “hop on” the Legacy Trail (a converted former railroad line) and pedal or pace all the way to Venice! Palmer Ranch is a super location for access to great shopping, many restaurants, the beaches of Siesta Key, and a wide variety of recreational sites. Golfing is bountiful in the area and some of the best-rated schools of Sarasota County are attended by the children who are residents of the area.
The area has a fascinating history and is an integral piece of the puzzle that makes Sarasota what it is today. It is a portion of the original 80,000 acre ranch that Mrs. Bertha Honore Palmer owned back in the early 1900’s. She was married to the very wealthy tycoon, Potter Palmer, from Chicago who owned many department stores. She, instead, raised cattle here in Florida when she was not living the high life in Chicago. She was known for being ahead of her time in the area of farming methods and was known for her upscale buildings and wonderful gardens on her property. Following her death she willed the property to her sons Honore and Potter who continued to develop the property as a ranch while they also got into banking and a wide variety of additional business ventures. It is as a result of all of this that we today have Palmer Ranch.