Just south of Clark Road, is the expansive neighborhood of Palmer Ranch. This area was part of the original 80,000 acres of Florida land purchased by Bertha Honore Palmer, and just one of many former Florida cattle ranches that were later developed into planned communities.
Within Palmer Ranch there are a number of subdivisions, shopping centers, Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall and even a few acres of cattle land. Residential construction in this area began in earnest in the late 1970’s, with new construction spreading southeast toward Interstate I-75 even today. The neighborhoods closer to Tamiami Trail are a short drive to the southern bridge to Siesta Key, and around the corner from a myriad of shopping and dining venues.
Homeowners in Palmer Ranch enjoy a park like setting between most subdivisions, with miles and miles of walking trails, including the Legacy Trail, a rail road line that was converted into a dedicated walking and biking path that spans from Palmer Ranch all the way to Venice, Florida. Homes in this area ranch from small condos to larger homes on private lakes. Older homes are surrounded by mature trees and most have been renovated over the years.
Just south of Palmer Ranch is the acclaimed Pine View School, a public school for intellectually gifted students in grades two through twelve. Consistently rated one of the top schools in the nation, many families choose to live in Palmer Ranch so they can be closer to Pine View. Children are admitted to Pine View based on a series of tests, recommendations and other pertinent data as required by the State Department of Education. Students at Pine View enjoy knowing they attend a school where being intelligent is actually cool and their peers are also focused on academics.
There are a number of gated communities in Palmer Ranch, as well as Country Club communities. Many of the neighborhood back up to nature preserves, lakes and acres of lush landscaping. For a special day of entertainment, you can also enjoy a day at the new YMCA Water Park and Alpine Climbing Tower in Potter Park.