Wares Creek

Wares Creek Bradenton’s historic gem

Bradenton - The Wares Creek neighborhood has recently been featured by Sarasota Tribune. Historic Ware’s Creek is one of Bradenton’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. Its boundaries extend from the creek to 26th Street West, and south from Manatee Avenue to 14th Street, west of downtown Bradenton. The majority of homes was built before 1930, so history is alive.

Most of the historic buildings are one- and two-story Florida bungalows with a sprinkling of Spanish-style architecture, including the 1925 Bradenton Women’s Club on Manatee Avenue.

With its mature oaks, tall palm trees and picturesque homes, the neighborhood exudes “Old Florida” charm, serenity and a neighborly atmosphere.

It wasn’t always like that, however.

By the 1990s, rezoning had converted many of the homes into rental units and crowded apartment buildings. Vagrancy and crime seeped into the area, and many of the homes were neglected.

But a determined group of residents started the Historic Ware’s Creek Neighborhood Association and turned things around.

Their efforts paid off, and today, Ware’s Creek is once again an up-and-coming neighborhood.

The Bank of Ozarks’ decision to build its Manatee County headquarters on a 2-acre lot between 19th Street West and Manatee Avenue has helped raise the profile of the area, as has the recent dredging of Wares Creek. The work was part of a massive, $51.8 million project to prevent flooding and to eliminate the creek’s mucky, clogged appearance.


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Part of the attraction of the area is its convenient location. Besides the proximity to downtown Bradenton, there is Ballard Elementary school right across the creek, and Manatee High School not far to the west. Shops, restaurants and grocery stores are within walking distance on Manatee Avenue; Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island are just a short drive down the road.

The Bank of Ozarks is planning their Manatee County HQ to be built on a 2 acre lot between 19th St W and Manatee Ave W. The plans look nice and will definitly bring Bradenton Wares Creek back on the most desireable areas to live old style Florida.

Sarasota charm at a discount

Wares Creek was mentioned by several national magazines including the Sarasota Magazine and Real Estate Junkie in 2009 and 2010 as Bradenton’s nicest old Florida style neighborhood. Wares Creek was hit hard during the downturn and is just about to rebound. Prices are still reasonable and a fraction of Sarasota prices for comparable properties.

Bradenton has several wonderful old neighborhoods that surround the downtown district, but the best priced may well be Wares Creek. It’s got block after block of old houses, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and all the classic styles of American vernacular architecture are represented. The residents are a mixed bunch – retired people, working class, gentrifying young families: a little bit of everything.

If you’re in the market for a great old house, full of character and history, this is the place you must check out. The variety is amazing, the prices are great, and the atmosphere is straight out.

See all Wares Creek.
(all data current as of 12/22/2014)

  1. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,116 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,621 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Days on market: 70
  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,881 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Days on market: 73
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,932 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,125 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Days on market: 109
  4. 6 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,610 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,440 sqft
    Year built: 1910
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 129

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For Wares Creek properties and information:

Sea to Sky Realty, the Wares Creek and Riverview expert

Axel and Bea Weiss

Bradenton, Florida 34205

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