Our Top Pick: Turtle Rock (Palmer Ranch)
Turtle Rock is a gated family neighborhood on the south side of Palmer Ranch. The community has sidewalks, medium size lots that are lushly landscaped, some with lake and preserve views. Turtle Rock has a community center, pool, tennis courts, basketball court, and nature trail. A five minute drive takes you to Albertson’s, Publix, Target, Blockbuster, Sarasota Square Mall, movie theaters, a newer YMCA, I-75 and many restaurants. The public beach on Siesta Key is a 10 -15 minute drive. The Post Office and a public library are about 5 - 10 minutes away. This is the Riverview High School District which is an excellent school system. More info from the HOA here, and see houses for sale here, as well as our more detailed article on Why Sarasota & Turtle Rock are such a great place for families with children.
The best of the rest
Country Club of Sarasota - This is the premier place to suit your golfing lifestyle. Just off Beneva Road, single-family homes here border fairways of the world-famous TPC Golf Course in Prestancia or delightful lakefront views.
Deer Creek - An upscale gated community of 378 custom homes and 106 villas on 285 acres in the heart of Palmer Ranch.
The Hamptons - located within prestigious Palmer Ranch, offers buyers two residential communities with different lifestyle choices.
Huntington Pointe - A community of two, three and four-bedroom single-family homes, each on either a lakefront or wooded homesite.
Marbella - An excellent neighborhood of 139 homes and zero-lot-line villas. This upscale community features Mediterranean and traditional architecture.
Prestancia - Two championship golf courses, including the prestigious Tournament Players Club. Owned and operated by the PGA tour, this is one of the best places in town to see one luxurious home after another. Small neighborhoods within Prestancia include La Vista, Mara Villa, Monte Verde, The Enclave, The Estates, The Manors and Palacio, Villa D'Este, Villa Fiore, Villa Mirada and Villa Palmeras.
Stoneybrook - Beautiful spacious two, three and four-bedroom homes, each quality-crafted and situated on a lakefront or wooded homesite.
Turtle Rock - Beautiful villas, executive and estate homes in a secure
community with pool, recreation building, sidewalks, walking paths,
tennis courts, canoeing. Savannah at Turtle Rock - A maintenance-free community of single-family homes with pool, tennis, nature trails and more.
A Deep Look At The Best Of The Rest
Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club
Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club is located on the south side of Sarasota, on Palmer Ranch. The condos were built in the late 1990's and are garden down, garden up, and villa style condominiums. Most of the condos are turnkey furnished and there is an active on-site rental office for Stoneybrook owners that would like to rent their units.
Equity golf membership is included in some of the condo purchases. (There is one section of condos that has social memberships only.) This is one of the most reasonable golfing communities on the Gulf Coast.
Stoneybrook offers a fitness center, heated pool, tennis courts, garages, driving range and a restaurant is in the club.
Prestancia (a TPC Golf neighborhood)
The Tournament Players Club at Prestancia is perhaps one of the most beautiful private courses ever designed. Set in the heart of Sarasota county, you will find this 18-hole Bermuda Grass course. Built in 1974, and designed by Ron Garl & Mike Souchak.
TPC at Prestancia will change even the best golfers from around the world. This club has two rigorous eighteen hole courses. The Stadium Course was built with spectators in mind, and features mound-lined fairways and bowl-shaped contouring around the greens to provide for better viewing. There are approximately ninety sand bunkers on the course, and several water hazards come into play. There are very few trees on the front nine as compared to the back nine. The Club Course, the shorter of the two courses, was designed in a more traditional style. The fairways are tree lined and many of its greens, like the Stadium Course, are multi-tiered. Both course's have multiple cuts of rough bordering their fairways. This club is the host to the Senior PGA Tour's American Express Invitational. The other tee shown on the Stadium Course is an additional men's tee. Should you ever be in the Sarasota area, check to see if a tournament that is open to the general public. This beautiful course should not be missed.