Market snapshot: Peridia Golf and Country Club, Manatee County



Peridia Golf & Country Club in Bradenton prides itself on its warm, friendly atmosphere. Located just north of State Road 70 between 37th Street East and 45th Street East, the community provides home buyers a variety of opportunities and amenities at affordable prices.




per2“People do not move out of there. They move around in there,” says Linda Quintero, a real estate agent with Re/Max Alliance, who has sold numerous properties in Peridia since its beginnings 27 years ago. She currently has three listings in the neighborhood — two houses and a condo.

In the past, she owned properties there herself, lived in a villa for some time, and helped start activities at the club. She continues to sponsor dance bands for Friday evening entertainment three times a month.

“In my opinion, Peridia has more to offer than most country clubs like it in the area,” she says.

Quintero remembers the orange and grapefruit groves along S.R. 70 being razed when Southern Lakes Venture began to develop the community in the summer of 1985. The first lots were sold in 1987.

Southern Lakes Venture invited several home-building companies, including King Home Corp., Arthur Rutenberg and Neal Communities, to put up residences. In 1993, it transferred control of the community to the residents.

Peridia has 649 homes, including 38 attached villas. The 124 condos are two-bedroom, two-bath units with floor plans from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. The 487 houses have from two to four bedrooms and range in size from 1,200 to 3,000 square feet. Many feature lanais that face scenic lakes and the winding fairways of the 18-hole executive golf course.

Architectural styles vary from ranch style to Florida Mediterranean and contemporary. The condo buildings are attractive, two-story structures with separate garage units lining the streets.

Southern Lakes Venture preserved some of the natural surroundings and planted a variety of trees and shrubbery. Many of the palms and live oaks have matured, and the neighborhood has a lived-in feeling.

Peridia is a member in good standing with the Audubon Sanctuary Cooperative Program. When golf-course architect Jed Azinger redesigned the fairways and putting greens to provide greater challenges to golfers, he made sure to maintain the environmentally friendly aspects of the course.

Everything is geared toward making the neighborhood appealing to its residents. The master board dues of $562 per quarter cover maintenance and property taxes of the golf course, tennis courts clubhouse, heated swimming pool, cable TV and equity membership.

The clubhouse was recently renovated and has a full service restaurant and bar. Banquet facilities are available both to residents and the public, and is a popular venue for weddings and anniversary celebrations.

Members can engage in a multitude of activities, from bingo to Bunco to bridge and canasta. The program includes line dancing, a book club and the occasional fashion show, not to mention travel clubs for cruise-ship vacations and cultural outings. Sports activities include pickleball, mixed tennis, bowling and water aerobics. Then there is golf, lots of golf.

The restaurant is used for birthday buffets and special holiday events.

“People just have so much fun there,” says Quintero. “Whenever the Elvis impersonator does his show, he brings the house down!”

Many of the year-round retirees and snowbirds have lived in Peridia for decades and know each other well. “It’ such a friendly place,” says Quintero. “People walk and socialize, but if you want to keep to yourself, they’ll just wave at you.”

New arrivals often are relatives of homeowners who have visited Peridia and fallen in love with it. The population is becoming younger, too. “Residents’ sons, daughters and cousins in their 40s and 50s are moving in,” Quintero explains.

Newcomers appreciate all the commercial establishments that have sprung up in the area over the past decade, including grocery stores, banks, restaurants and the Walmart at U.S. 301. A post office is just across the street and the Braden River Branch Library is less than a mile away.

Three miles to the east, Interstate 75 provides convenient access to the Ellenton outlet mall, to the north, and Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street and the new Mall at University Town Center to the south. To the west, downtown Bradenton, the airport and the beaches on Anna Maria Island are within easy driving distance.

According to Zillow, 15 houses are on the market in Peridia, listed from $130,000 to $350,000. Two condos are priced at $130,000 and $160,000.

Last modified: November 21, 2014
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