There are only a few undiscovered micro housing markets in Southwest Florida, and Ellenton is one of them. Located in northeast Manatee County, Ellenton lies on the northern banks of the Manatee River across from Bradenton; this is a place where some of the most affordable real estate subdivisions in the Sunshine State can still be found.
The bulk of residential properties in Ellenton are single-family homes located in quiet neighborhoods. There are a few condominiums and luxury estates overlooking the city of Bradenton along the Manatee River, and there are also a few historic cottages that come on the market from time to time. Many real estate investors come to Ellenton to explore waterfront opportunities, which are often in high demand and short supply in Southwest Florida, but most house hunters come here to look for very affordable homes built in the 21st century.
Like many other micro housing markets in Southwest Florida, Ellenton was impacted by the housing downturn circa 2007. This means that home shoppers can still find sharply reduced prices in a community that is rapidly developing. In 2014, three-bedroom homes in quiet and leafy subdivisions were listed on the market for less than $150K. Condominium units ideal for seasonal residents can still be found under $100K.
Many young families are choosing Ellenton over other places in Manatee County for its proximity to business and industry in Bradenton and Saint Petersburg. One of the main attractions is the Prime Outlet Shopping Mall, which draws visitors from across Florida and from abroad. The eastern portions of both Manatee and Sarasota counties are accessible from I-75; this means easy access to state parks, golf courses, racquet clubs, horse ranches, and more.
The growing community of Ellenton is bringing more suburban comforts to the region. Residents are never more than a few minutes away from public schools, medical centers, shopping districts, eateries, taverns, etc. For even more amenities and conveniences, Bradenton can be accessed from the South Tamiami Trail or 8th Avenue bridges.