The various communities in Laurel all have some things in common. They are all off Laurel Road with direct access to I-75, all are a short drive to the beach, and all have central water and sewer and deed restrictions.
They differ in the age of the homes, the size of the homesites, price and the amenities they offer.
Laurel Woodlands Laurel Woodlands is a family neighborhood not far from the Laurel Road exit off I-75. From here it is only a five minute drive to Nokomis Beach. This private community of tiled rooftops is a little closer to Venice than Sarasota but either one is a short drive.
For daily services, Venice is handy. For special events or a wider array of services and shopping, Sarasota is about 25 minutes away.
Since most of the homes were built in the late 80s or early 90s, the lush tropical landscaping has had time to mature. You’ll see a canopy of trees and plenty of flowers along the sidewalks. Streets here are named for presidents like Truman, Eisenhower and Hoover and homes range from 1700 to over 2600 sq. feet.
Both the lots and the homes are spacious, giving the gated community a hometown feeling. A modest mandatory homeowner’s association fee includes a manager, common grounds maintenance, private road and reserves, which helps maintain the value of your investment.
Being outside of the city limits of both Venice and Sarasota, the taxes are a little lower since you are only paying county taxes.
Laurel Hollow Conveniently located between Venice and Sarasota, Laurel Hollow is a land condominium with 93 individually owned homes and lots. Everyone shares in the maintenance of common areas, community pool, lake, gates and nature preserves.
These maintenance free detached villas built in the late 1980s have larger rooms not found in today’s villas. Even three bedroom, two bath villas are available at Laurel Hollow, which is rare for villas.
Laurel Landings Estates
Just off Laurel Road very close to I-75 is Laurel Landings Estates. Million dollar homes sit gracefully on two to five acre homesites,
Custom estate homes in many different styles range from $500,000 to over a million. Most homes in Laurel Landings Estates are under ten years old and have plenty of room to spread out over the acreage. Some have canal, lake or preserve views. A community boat dock on Shakett Creek provides Gulf access for residents.
Closer to US 41 in Laurel but still only down the road from I-75 is Laurel Pines.
This deed restricted family neighborhood, is also under five minutes to Nokomis Beach and across the street from Laurel Park, a 13-acre multi-purpose facility with a community center for all ages and a half–size gym. This facility is available for dances, meetings, weddings, family reunions and special events. In fact, the Laurel Civic Association offers many programs for youth and seniors here.
In addition the park has playgrounds, tennis court, ballfield, community garden, weight room and a trailhead access to the Legacy Trail.
In Laurel Pines, you’re in the midst of a pine forest, and all the mature oaks and pines provide lots of shade.
These modest, more affordable homes were built from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, and many have a lake view.
In the Laurel area, there is a home and setting for every desire and every pocketbook.