Neighborhood Spotlight, originally published in the October issue of ELEVATE Magazine.
By: Jillian Kawecki, REALTOR®, Michael Saunders & Company

On the cusp of Downtown Bradenton, there is a unique neighborhood where it appears a thick, soupy rainbow has melted atop old Florida bungalows built in the early 20th century.

If you’ve lived in Bradenton for a while, you are surely familiar with the Village of the Arts “Art Walk” (held on the first Friday evening and Saturday of each month), when Bradenton locals and visitors gather at the Village to immerse themselves in the myriad of art galleries/studios, specialty restaurants, and unique shops while enjoying live musicians, street vendors, and whimsical splendor.

The Village of the Arts is not only a great place to visit but an enchanting place to reside.

“There’s really no place I’ve lived that has such a strong sense of community as VOTA,” says Annie Russini, an artist at Village Veranda Studios on 11th Avenue West.

Buyers may be surprised to know that although many artists live in their studios, it is an option, not a requirement, for artists also to live where they work. Property owners in the Village of the Arts may have the option to build a second building on their property depending on lot size. Also worth noting is that buyers wanting to start a business in the Village may be eligible for grants from the city of Bradenton.

Village boundaries are 9th Ave West on the north end and 17th Ave West on the south end and 14th St West is the western border and 9th Street West is the eastern border. Most properties are 2-3 bedroom, 750-1,700 square feet homes that sell in the $200-300k range, with some opportunities in the $100-200k range. A rare, four-bedroom pool home recently sold in the Village for $649k in March 2022.

Buyers who want to take advantage of rare live/work zoning in a (literally) vibrant neighborhood with a strong community feel will fall in love with Village of the Arts. Downtown Bradenton with its restaurants, nightlife, library, and famous Riverwalk, are just a brief stroll from the Village, and if that’s not enough, pristine gulf beaches are only about a 25-minute drive west.

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