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    Bradenton Real Estate The Friendly City!

    Bradenton is South of Tampa on the Manatee River. Bradenton is close to Gulf shores: Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Culture and heritage is rich here – don’t miss De Soto National Memorial features the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. Love to enjoy the outdoors? The Robinson Preserve  is all about gorgeous hiking paths, kayak and canoe waterways, bridges, picnic spots, mangrove forests and a 53-foot-tall tower with a view of the Tampa Bay area. Bradenton is also home of The Village of the Arts. According to the website, “The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. The Village is an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and later additions. The neighborhood features a legal commercial overlay, which enables a rare live/work/play mix.” Learn more about The Village here

    [Image from the Village website]

    Historic properties in Bradenton include:

    Braden Castle Park Historic District, off Manatee Avenue and 27th St East
    Bradenton Bank and Trust Company Building, 1925, now the Professional Building, 1023 Manatee Avenue, West,
    Bradenton Carnegie Library, 1405 Fourth Avenue West
    Iron Block Building, 1896, 530 12th Street West (Old Main Street)
    Manatee County Courthouse, 1913, 1115 Manatee Avenue, West
    Old Manatee County Courthouse, 1860, 1404 Manatee Avenue, East
    Peninsular Telephone Company Building, 1925, 1009 4th Avenue, West [Wikipedia]