Greater Venice Area
Venice and its surrounding communities comprise a delightful area you’ll enjoy getting to know better. Business, culture and natural beauty all await newcomers to this part of the Gulf Coast. The Sarasota south county area stands out as one of the most desirable spots in Florida – not too “citified”, still with much rural charm, yet with the facilities needed for comfortable living and a great place to open businesses and raise families. In addition, Venice was named one of the top ten happiest seaside cities by Coastal Living Magazine.
Venice is one of the few cities on Florida’s west coast that is not separated from the Gulf by a barrier island. Preserving the original character of Venice, the city created the Historic Venice District to ensure that new construction or modification of existing buildings conform to the northern Italian renaissance style of the city’s original architecture. Designation as a Florida Main Street City by the state further assures that Venice’s heritage will be preserved. Venture downtown, and an eclectic array of shops, galleries and restaurants await you. Planning a beach day? Choose from Venice Beach, the natural beauty of Casperson Beach or Broward Beach for the canine members of your family.
Just beyond the Venice city limits lies South Venice. It is conveniently located on US 41, and is a center for shopping and light manufacturing. This area includes The State College of Florida’s South Campus, the Venice Health Park, as well as many beautiful housing developments and golfing communities.
Venice’s closest northern neighbor once had more cows than people. Today, businesses, subdivisions, and private homes dot the area. Nokomis stretches east from Casey Key to Interstate 75 and offers elegant residential neighborhoods, shopping, and all the amenities for today’s lifestyles. Breathtaking waterfront homes are tucked amid the natural splendor of Casey Key along the miles of shoreline of the Gulf.
North Venice lies just east of Nokomis and is home to an industrial/commercial park as well as several lovely subdivisions offering a variety of housing styles and amenities. Whether you’re looking for a condominium, villa or single family home you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in North Venice, all just a short distance to shopping, dining, beaches and The Legacy Trail.
Northernmost of the Venice area communities, Osprey is the oldest. Several small businesses serve residents of comfortable, older neighborhoods as well as an elegant golf club community, new home communities and waterfront estates. Osprey is home to two of the area’s best recreational and educational habitats, Oscar Scherer State Park and Historic Spanish Point. These sites are characteristic of Osprey’s ability to develop while maintaining its natural beauty.
Wellen Park, formerly known as West Villages, is attractively located minutes from Interstate 75, west of the Myakka River in south Sarasota County, ideally located between North Port and Venice. Just 15 minutes from beautiful beaches, you can easily enjoy catching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico or romp with your canine pal at the dog beach. The Wild and Scenic Myakka River is easily accessible for kayaking or canoeing or simply enjoying a taste of old Florida. Anything you need from unique restaurants, grocery & home improvement stores, boutique-style shopping, world-class healthcare, colleges, universities, public and private schools, multiple golf courses, employment centers, to excellent live theater and music are within minutes of your home. Wellen Park ranked 5th in sales in the U.S., and Where to Retire magazine named Wellen Park’s Grand Palm communityas one of 50 best communities in the United States in 2017. Wellen Park is also home to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility, proving this popular area truly has something for everyone.