The Lakes is an upscale, deed-restricted community in the heart of Central Sarasota. The two entries into the community are east off of McIntosh Road just south of Bahia Vista Street. This is an ideal location in that you are a few minutes from downtown and the interstate, shopping of all kinds is just a hop away, and the beaches of Siesta Key, Lido, and Longboat key are just 10 minutes from home. Of course, upscale shopping can be found at St. Armands Circle or many of the boutiques at the Southgate Mall. “The Lakes,” while primarily known for luxury single-family homes is recorded as Lakes Estates. There is also an enclave of deed restricted maintenance-free villas known as “The Lakes of Sarasota.” Both sections together are affectionately known together as “The Lakes.”
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The Lakes of Sarasota consists of 43 villas from around 1,000 square feet up to 1,500 square feet. Villas feature open designs, tile roofs and, the units have a one car carport and a one car garage. The affordable monthly fee includes exterior maintenance, ground maintenance, insurance, a recreation facility and reserves for things like roofs. Construction began in 1983 and was complete in 1985.
Lakes Estates consists of 190 well-maintained single-family homes with home sizes from about 1,900 to over 4,000 square feet of living area under air. Home construction began in 1985 and wrapped up about 1990. Homes with lake or preserve views will command a somewhat higher cost of acquisition. Expect high ceilings, modern open kitchens, large living, dining and family rooms, and some of the most effective use of windows and sliders which brings some of the best views of the lush tropical views. The homes here are well maintained and have lush professional looking landscapes. Some homes will have pools and tile roofs. The mandatory fees include a community heated pool, fitness center, playground, recreation facility, and tennis courts. All homes have at least a two-car garage. Lot sizes range from just under 9,000 square feet and can be as much as three-quarters of an acre.
The schools are Brentwood Elementary, McIntosh Middle, and Sarasota High School.
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