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.
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(all data current as of 7/27/2014)
$440,000 : 604 W 19TH ST, BRADENTON5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
$106,500 : 931 25TH W ST, BRADENTON3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$114,900 : 610 21ST ST W, BRADENTON3 beds, 3.00 baths
$239,900 : 2019 MANATEE W AVE, BRADENTON0 beds, 0 baths
$175,000 : 630 VIRGINIA DR, BRADENTON2 beds, 1 full bath
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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
T. 941 866 1666