Manatee County holds two major distinctions in the history of Florida and the United States: First, this is where Hernando de Soto first landed in the 16th century: second, American settler Crawford Parrish was one of the Sunshine State’s first formal settlers. The Parrish family would later earn the privilege of naming the community, which today is known as a burgeoning housing market.
Of all the historical communities in Southwest Florida, Parrish is one of the most emblematic. This is a place that exudes Old Florida charm. Although early Parrish history indicates that this was a bustling farming settlement, the cities of Palmetto and Bradenton would later steal this town’s thunder due to commercial shipping; as a result, Parrish became a sleepy town that has managed to retain its historical charm to this very day.
Parrish currently appeals to families who want to own a greater portion of Florida without breaking the bank. House hunters and real estate investors who wish to purchase generous acreage in a pristine rural setting should make Parrish their first stop.
The average real estate listing in Parrish is lower than $350K; many of the single-family residences feature three or more bedrooms built on more than 3,500 square feet of air-conditioned space. Generous lots of 7,000 square feet and larger are not uncommon, and many of the modern gated communities feature nature preserves and horse ranches. In Florida, Parrish is only second to Ocala in terms of equestrian-themed communities.
Although there are a few historical properties occasionally listed in Parrish, the best real estate offerings can be found in modern residential developments that feature architectural designs reminiscent of the Mediterranean and Key West styles.
There are just enough amenities and suburban comforts in Parrish to meet the needs of local residents, but many families travel to Ellenton, Palmetto and Bradenton for work, medical care and education. Local amenities include golf courses, canoe launch facilities and nature preserves. School-age residents are served by the Manatee County Public Schools district.