The Neighborhood Report – Garden Lakes

Find an assortment of charming homes in Garden Lakes. Pictured: 5610 Garden Lakes Drive.

Referred to by some as Bradenton’s Best-Kept Secret, Garden Lakes is a lovely community with comprised of freestanding homes, paired villas and a smaller group of 33 air-space condominiums, the Courtyards—called “air space” as the owner owns from the drywall in. Of the 295 total residences, 262 land-owned units are located inside the gated section and divided into seven separate components. Three of the components are paired villas and four are freestanding homes known as the Villages. As each section was developed and built different times—and sometimes by different builders—they became separate entities or components, each with its own board of directors. In 1993, they declared themselves a 55+ community requiring each new homeowner would to have at least one person aged 55 or older living in the home.

The community association, known as the Garden Lakes Community Association, has its own board with directors and representatives from each of the components. The GLCA provides maintenance of the common areas, private roads and clubhouse, which offers a heated pool, fitness facility, two tennis courts and a shuffleboard court

Residential Opportunities – Garden Lakes

Built from 1983 to as recently as 2001, the homes of Garden Lakes are of a contemporary style with progressive ideas such as higher cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, open kitchens with breakfast bars and islands, and screened lanais that could be converted to Florida rooms. Each home also has an outdoor patio at the rear. The freestanding homes, built from six different floor plans, are set on spacious lots and have the privilege of using their extra outdoor space for a caged pool, caged garden or just an open patio. The paired villas, of which there are four different floor plans, each have a back outdoor patio overlooking shaded walking paths leading to the two small lakes in the community. This month, a paired villa sold for $154,000 and a freestanding home—with its own private pool—sold for $182,000.

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