If you're recently retired or nearing retirement, it's time to realize your dream of living an active, fun retirement lifestyle here on Florida's west coast! Venice offers is annual residents so many great amenities from outdoor activities, affordable real estate for seniors as well as great dining options with water views and live entertainment. Come check out what your retirement years could be like in Venice with its amazing small-city charm and friendliness. Below are my TOP 10 reasons to relocate to Venice.
Top 10 Reasons to Move to Venice
The West Villages is the 4th Best Selling Community in the US
The West Villages (south Venice) was officially named as the 4th best-selling master planned community in the entire country by RCL & Company, a well-respected and independent real estate consulting firm. Located along River Rd and US 41 in south Sarasota County, the 9,600-acre West Villages master-planned community offers residents a high-quality of life with a centralized town center, shopping and dining, healthcare facilities, a new CoolToday ballpark, and miles of recreational trails, area parks and more.
Venice offers retirees many real estate choices that are very affordable. Whether you're seeking a brand new home in a master-planned community with a clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis courts, an existing home or condo close to the Intracoastal waterway or within walking distance to Venice Island, there are lots of options to look at. In 2020, the median Venice home price is $251,031 and the median Venice rent is $2,200 per month.
Venice is a Top-Rated Florida Retirement Community
With a median age of 69.1 years young, Venice has become one of the most-desired locales in all of south Florida to retire in. Venice has recently been named as the "3rd Happiest City in America" by WalletHub (2016), the 2nd Best City in Florida for Seniors to Retire in by GoodCall.com (2017) and the #7 Most Charming Small Town in Florida by Touropia.com (2018).
Venice is a Very Safe Town
Venice has been and continues to be a very safe town with very low crime rates when compared to the rest of Florida. Venice was recently named as the #1 Safest City in America to Retire in by Security Choice (2018) as well as the 28th Safest City in America by Alarms.org (2017).
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Venice Has Gorgeous Gulf Beaches
The Venice area is well known for its beautiful beaches, some lined with sharks teeth. The beaches of Venice include Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach, Nokomis Beach and the North Jetty Beach. Venice Beach and Casperson Beaches are located south of the Venice Jetty while Nokomis Beach and North Jetty Beaches are located on the south end of Casey Key (just north of the Venice Jetty).
Venice Beach - Interactive View
Venice Beach - Interactive View
Venice Offers Quality Healthcare
When relocating to a new area, it's important to have quality medical and healthcare services available. Venice's area hospital is Venice Regional Bayfront Health, which is located on Venice Island. There are also many area top local medical groups including the Gulf Coast Medical Group and Venice Health Park which is located near Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice is a Year-Round Playground
With an average year-round temperature of 73 degrees and 252 sunny days each year, Venice is the perfect city for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy golfing, there are many great courses including Calusa Lakes and Waterford. If you like nature, ride or walk the Legacy Trail. And if you enjoy being by the water, take up fishing at the Venice Pier or go for a stroll at the Venice Jetty.
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A Strong Employment Market
Venice's employment and job market has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate at only 3.6% (well below the national average). Top industries of employment in the Venice area include hospitality, healthcare, education, skilled trades, retail and various professional services. The biggest employers in Sarasota county include the School Board, Sarasota Memorial Health Care (SMHC), Publix Supermarkets, PGT Industries and County Government.
Venice Has Great Local Cuisine & Dining Options
When it comes to happy hours and dining options, Venice has endless options! If you enjoy ending your day with a waterview while dining, check out Sharkys on the Pier or Dockside Waterfront Grill at Marker 4. If you prefer to be closer to the historic fowntown area, check out the new Daquari Deck, T J Carney's Grille & Pub, Abby's on Miami, the Soda Fountain or the 3 Little Pigs BBQ.
Endless Events to Check-Out in Venice!
Venice offers its resdients an active scene of events, outdoor festivals and theatrical performances to enjoy. There are also many popular community events that take place each year including Art Classic, The Craft Festival, The Art Festival, Christmas Walk and many more! I'm glad to keep you updated on current events when visiting Venice.
Venice has an Active Performing Arts Scene
The Venice area enjoys an active performing arts and theatrical scene. The Venice Theatre, which is one of the largest community theatres in the US, has an active schedule of performances including cabarets, full-scale musicals, comedies, dramas and cutting-edge contemporary productions.
Your Venice Relocation Expert
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Julie Larson is Venice FL licensed Realtor focusing on assisting people with their relocation and/or move to the Venice, FL area. She is a long-time resident of Sarasota County and looks forward to helping you. [ License # SL3294350 ]
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