By: Craig McCoy, Realtor®, McCoy Real Estate Group, Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota

South Venice is 6.34 square miles, located on the intercoastal waterway south of Venice, north of Englewood, and west of Route 41.

Airports are conveniently located in Venice and Punta Gorda. The pristine beaches of the Gulf Coast speak for themselves; Manasota, Casperson, Venice. Added to the splendor that is South Venice are the opportunities for outdoor recreation, like Shamrock Park and the Legacy bike trail. Don’t forget watersports, fishing, boating, and much more! For sports enthusiasts, the Atlanta Braves Spring training facility is a quick drive from South Venice.

Once home to a logging camp in the 1920s South Venice was then platted in 1952 with hundreds of 40 by 100 lots priced at $200 each. Estimated annual expenses, including church and medical, ran $1,100-$2,000.

In 1955, the South Venice Civic Association was built for social events and incorporated in 1956. The deeded private beach is 1/3 of a mile wide and offers an intercoastal beach ferry service by permit. This pristine Gulf private beach once had its own beach pavilion, and it was destroyed by the fifth of five storms in 2004.

In the 1960s, the community had a sit-in to save their walking bridge by protesting the dredging of the intercoastal to connect Venice and Lemon Bay. The Army Corps paid $150,000 in 1965 to build the ferry system for South Venice.

Prices range from $200,000 – $1,000,000+, with the median home at $525,000. Taxes are low, and home values, on average, have doubled since 2019. Most homes are spacious single-family, 3/2 split layout, traditional ranch style homes on spacious lots with wells and septic.

This community is popular with seasonal snowbirds, second-home homeowners, and investment rentals! Friendly neighbors are as abundant as the sunshine-filled days.