Venice: Southwest Florida’s Best Kept Secret


Venice: Southwest Florida’s Best Kept Secret

Selecting the best place in SW Florida to buy real estate can be like swimming against the tide. The influx of “best of” lists can push against what you are thinking to be true about a certain area. However, depending on the source, there is some validity to these lists as well. Here are a few reliable, current sources and what they’re saying about Venice, FL.

Not only are the best of lists boasting of Venice’s abundant qualities, but recently, have also been mentioning the area as the “Second Most Livable city in Florida by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Venice was also called “an idyllic city of around 22,000” in the U.S. Chamber’s rankings and is quoted as saying, “The city has a thriving arts district, with the largest community theater in the country and a long stretch of beautiful coastline.” The most recent data shows us 23,020 of the Sunshine State’s population of over 21 million currently reside in Venice, up from 21,778 in 2014.

The chamber used five factors in its evaluation:

1.) Employment, including number of establishments and median earnings.

2.) The number of owner-occupied housing with a mortgage and monthly housing costs.

3.) Quality of life, including work commute and poverty levels.

4.) The percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

5.) Health, mainly obesity ratios.

As if those rankings weren’t enough, the waterfront city was also one of eight SW Florida communities celebrated on the list of 100 “Best Cities to Live in Florida – 2019” by the National Business Organization.

A few other attractive aspects of the area are Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach, the Fishing Pier and the Venice South Jetty Beach. In addition, Centennial Park, with its interactive fountain and large gazebo, makes for a beautiful outdoor music setting. Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park is also a wonderful attraction in Venice. It’s situated on 4.5 acres of the Park and serves as one of the City’s major points of environmental interest and educational opportunities. The Arboretum holds over 80 species of trees and palms identified with information signs and a total of 118 trees and palms. A portion of Venice is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway, has several bridges and is often called “Venice Island.”

With so much to see and experience, Venice is definitely one of Florida’s best kept secrets.

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