Neighborhood Spotlight, originally posted in the November issue of ELEVATE Magazine.
By: Lisa Gonzalez Moore, Attorney, LGM Law, PLLC
One of the city of Bradenton’s best kept secrets is nestled between 1st Street East and 27th Street Northeast. The Manatee River serves as a natural border to the north of this neighborhood that is prime for redevelopment with many older homes being purchased for renovation and reconstruction.
This neighborhood is conveniently located west of I-75, providing quick access to Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, and east of downtown Bradenton, which is a short bike ride or walk along the city’s scenic Riverfront. The neighborhood’s central location and treed streets give the area a small, tight knit, community feel.
Bradenton’s Riverwalk has recently expanded to Mineral Springs Park, one of the oldest parks in the Bradenton region, that just celebrated its grand re-opening after extensive renovation.
The rich history of Bradenton is celebrated with close proximity to Braden Castle, the ruins of the stately mansion built in the 1840s as the home of the name sake of Bradenton on the east. Several relocated original historical buildings are now cared for at the Manatee Historical Village, centrally located within this neighborhood, and the oldest pharmacy in Bradenton, Pelot’s, on the west side.
In addition to Bradenton favorite haunts such as Central Cafe and 3 Keys Brewery, new restaurants are anticipated in the near future to offer residents entertainment opportunities within walking distance from home.
Many of the newer residents to the area have found opportunities to renovate or reconstruct new riverfront homes in the area. Older, dated homes are generally priced beginning at $200,000 upwards to $1,000,000 depending on proximity to the Manatee River, and the level of renovation required to update the home.
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