Located in Sarasota, Florida, Turtle Rock is a master-planned community nestled within the massive Palmer Ranch real estate development area. Located between the cities of Sarasota and Osprey, this deed restricted community is comprised of 750-plus single-family homes and villas surrounded by bodies of water and a picturesque scene bearing semblance to a small island. Turtle Rock’s history begins with Bertha Palmer, wife of Chicago-based department store mogul Potter Palmer, building a winter home in the area in the early 1900s. Because of her clout and influence, she brought worldwide recognition to Sarasota as being an ideal vacation destination. In addition to that, she is credited for having ameliorated the local agricultural techniques and added opulent gardens and beautifully designed buildings, known today as the Historic Spanish Point. At present, many of the outbuildings and landscaping remain in their original form and in well-maintained condition. Some of these historical landmarks were designed by Achilles Duchene, the famed French garden designer known for his many accomplishments, such as the Gardens of Eijsden Castle in the Netherlands. After Mrs. Potter Palmer’s passing, the land was left to her sons Potter Jr. and Honore who continued her legacy. Today, the gated community of Turtle Rock is home to an assortment of residents who either own summer homes here or have established permanent residence.
Potential home buyers find Turtle Rock an appealing location due to the community’s abundant amenities, as well as the many things offered by the Sarasota area. Turtle Rock features 17 lakes and 20 natural preserves, with a 1.4 mile Nature Trail winding through the preserves. It also features a recreation center with tennis courts, a basketball court, a fenced in children’s playground, and, most notably, a geothermally heated swimming pool. Furthermore, Turtle Rock offers a sense of security with its two controlled-access entrance and exit points, which allow only those who are authorized to enter the property. Further adding to the allure of owning a home in Turtle Rock is its being in Sarasota County, Florida, which, in and of itself, offers an enormous array of amenities special to this part of Florida. Besides the majority of Turtle Rock properties enjoying lakeside views, you will have access to places such as Siesta Beach, which has sand that is 99 percent quartz. Those who walk this beach attest to the sands soft and cool texture and has earned numerous awards for being the best beach in America and one of the best beaches in the world. Furthermore, there is Mote Marine Laboratory, founded in 1955. The Mote Aquarium is a part of the laboratory that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is open to the public. It houses over 100 unique marine species, including manatee, sea horses, and stonefish.
Florida is known to have a myriad assortment of real estate featuring various styles of residential architecture. Homes for sale in Turtle Rock predominantly reflect the different styles of Spanish architectural styles most commonly associated with single-family homes found throughout Florida. These styles include Florida Mediterranean, Spanish Ranch, and a large collection of custom designed homes, all of which feature some sort of Spanish exterior design. Most of these homes range in size from two bedrooms, two baths, and 2,900 square feet to four bedrooms, four baths, and 3,500 square feet. If you’re interested in learning more about properties available in Turtle Rock, please feel free to contact us today so we may assist you.