In the early 1980s, developers of The Paddocks envisioned building an equestrian community less than 20 minutes away from Downtown Sarasota. Those plans would later change, and The Paddocks were eventually split into three large subdivisions where homeowners could take advantage of large lots surrounded by lakes and greenbelt sections to build spacious homes.
Paddocks Central is located just east of I-75 near Porter Road and just north of the Lake Sarasota district. The other two subdivisions are known as Paddocks East and Paddocks North. While a few of the original Florida ranches can still be found in these neighborhoods, most homes are built in the Mediterranean revival style. The generous lots and living spaces of The Paddocks tend to attract home buyers seeking nice places to raise families. If you or your children are interested in the equestrian lifestyle, you will find riding academies and ranches just five minutes north at Graceland Ranch; the larger Triple J Ranch is just 20 minutes away.
To get an idea of pricing at The Paddocks in 2019, a three-bedroom home with two bathrooms and 2,100 square feet of interior was listed for less than $350K in May; this is a home that features a private swimming pool and spa, fenced backyard, granite counter tops, designer cabinetry, and upgraded appliances. Since The Paddocks are highly sought-after by local home buyers, listings tend to sell fast.
Family attractions near The Paddocks include Celery Fields Park and the Big Cat Habitat, where you can visit exotic felines that have been retired from zoos and circus acts. The northern entrance of Myakka River State Park is about 20 minutes away, and you can drive to the beaches of Siesta Key in less than 30 minutes. Being located near I-75 means that you are 10 minutes away from three Publix supermarkets.