Myakka Valley Ranches
Horse Country in Sarasota
When most people think of Sarasota, they think of pristine beaches, tourists, a vibrant downtown and a thriving business community. Generally, "horse country" does not immediately come to mind. However, Sarasota has a rich heritage in farming and ranches, often paid homage even in the naming of newer developments, such as Palmer Ranch and Lakewood Ranch Communities. The good news is there are still many opportunities to live the country life right here at the beach.
Some of the most established horse farms in Sarasota.
Homesites are at least 5 acres, and homes represent various styles and sizes. The community has large oak trees, majestic canopies and many ponds and lakes. Myakka Valley has miles of saddle trails, a trail riders club, book club and women's forum, making it a very social and friendly community. Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Beach are only 30 minutes away. Myakka River State Park is 1.7 miles down the road and there are excellent public and private schools in the area.
Although most of the acreage west of the highway has given way to new developments and subdivisions, there is still an active equestrian lifestyle available "out East", in the areas just east of I-75. These equestrian communities, farms and homes remind us of old Florida, with sprawling oak trees, miles of green pastures, working farms and horse breeders.