Conveniently located between the cities of Sarasota and Venice, Nokomis is currently one of the best options for home buyers and real estate investors interested in acquiring waterfront properties. This is a housing market comprised of an inland peninsula that extends out to the Casey Key barrier island.
Although Nokomis began its urban development long after Sarasota and Venice were already established, the area has managed to retain a distinctive “Old Florida” feel. Some of the waterfront properties on the eastern side of Nokomis include affordable bungalows and cottages that face Dona Bay on the north or Roberts Bay on the south; some of the listings here start under $150K. The neighborhoods on the western side of Nokomis have greater residential appeal; the architectural designs include Mediterranean revival, Island Colonial and Key West styles.
Single-family homes in Western Nokomis start around $200K. On the higher end of this housing market, waterfront mansions with private dock space can be listed for more than a million dollars. Renowned local home builders such as Lee Wetherington have developed handsome neighborhoods that feature spacious single-family residence built on ample lots. Many of the gated neighborhoods in Nokomis offer residential amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, picnic areas, and clubhouses. Some residential communities have been developed with golfers and boaters in mind.
One advantage that Nokomis presents over other housing markets in Sarasota County is that homeowners usually get larger lots and more square footage. In some neighborhoods, homes enjoy their own pond or mangrove patch. Nokomis tends to attract home buyers who are looking for a safe and nurturing environment to raise their families. Trips to the beach and to Oscar Scherer State Park are some of the most popular family activities. Nokomis is also ideal for house hunters who are into boating and fishing.
Residents of Nokomis do not have to travel far from home when it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment. Although this part of Sarasota County is mostly residential, a few convenient shopping districts have developed here in the last few years.
Nokomis Beach has the distinction of being one of the first public beaches in Southwest Florida; it is actually located across Blackburn Bay on Casey Key. The real estate listings on this part of Nokomis tend to be more upscale and exclusive; in fact, this is where a few celebrity actors and musicians choose to purchase their vacation homes.