Retirees and families looking for an active lifestyle in a laid-back Florida atmosphere should set their sights on Calusa Lakes in Nokomis, a golf community that offers properties with plenty of space, fun amenities, nature preserves, and a very relaxing ambiance. Calusa Lakes is located near the southeast corner of Oscar Scherer State Park; this is a very green and quiet section of Sarasota County, where you can family-friendly beaches on Casey Key.
Spread across 460 acres of pristine Florida land, Calusa Lakes stands out as a large neighborhood with abundant ponds, lakes, fountains, and forest preserves. The mature tropical landscaping provides plenty of shade for both residents and golf players. The architectural style is in line with the Mediterranean revival of the early 1990s, and there is an emphasis on space; even the two-bedroom golf villas feature more than 1,500 square feet of space on lots that average 14,120 square feet.
In the beginning, Calusa Lakes mainly appealed to retirees searching for the golf lifestyle; in recent years, young families have been discovering the high quality of life in this neighborhood. The swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, green areas, walking trails, park benches, and numerous lakes are perfect for family life, and there is even a bicycle rack by the front gate that children use when they get on and off their school buses.
As of September 2018, $350K could get you into a three-bedroom home with four bathrooms and a three-car garage. Homes in the $500K range typically have extras such as private swimming pools and lake views. You can also negotiate a large lot for less than $160K if you are interested in new construction.
The 18-hole golf course at Calusa Lakes is quite challenging thanks to more than a dozen water hazards. Avid players can extend their memberships to include two nearby courses. The Tamiami Trail shopping centers are just a couple of miles away, and driving to the Nokomis public beach takes about 15 minutes.
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