The coastal city of Bradenton in Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and mild clime. Located on the Gulf of Mexico between Tampa and Sarasota, the city is home to about 50,000 residents from Hispanic, African American and Caucasian descent. Those looking to rent an apartment in Bradenton will find themselves welcomed into a warm and friendly community.
Finding Apartments for Rent in Bradenton, FL
Bradenton offers an array of apartment options for renters of all ages ranging from apartment complexes to duplexes, townhouses and condos. When it comes to good locations for renting an apartment, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Overall, Bradenton is fairly safe for a city its size; however, like all cities, it does have areas that are best avoided, such as the vicinities close to Old Hwy 301 and those near Palmetto.
Apartments can be quite pricey in the historic downtown area, ranging from $1,000 per month or more. However, you’re closer to the cultural heart of the city where you can partake of fine arts, theatre, museums and other cultural sites to the full. If you’re interested in modern apartment living, East Bradenton may be more your style where newer apartment complexes are a key attraction for many renters. Properties on the waterfront in the western part of the city are more historic in nature, yet offer their share of amenities for those who love beachfront living.
Cultural Attractions in Bradenton, FL
Renting an apartment downtown puts you within easy distance of visiting some of Bradenton’s most popular cultural sites to include the South Florida Museum, Parker Manatee Aquarium and Bishop Planetarium - all located under the same roof.
Art lovers will appreciate living close to the Village of the Arts, the largest artist community in the state. The Village is home to over 35 talented artists who host art exhibitions and walks on a monthly basis. Downtown apartment rental also gives you easy access to gourmet cafes, quaint shops and live theatrical performances at the Manatee Players, Inc., Bradenton’s top performing arts theatre.
If you prefer to be close to nature, you could always rent in Northwest Bradenton close to Palma Sola Botanical Park which is surrounded by lush gardens, beautiful palm trees and peaceful lakes.
Sports in Bradenton, FL
By choosing waterfront apartment living, you’re apt to be walking distance from any one of Bradenton’s pristine Gulf beaches or the shores of the Manatee River where you can partake of dozens of water sports throughout the summer. Swim, fish, jet-ski, kayak or ride the waves anywhere along the 20 mile stretch of Bradenton’s shoreline. By renting a cozy apartment on the nearby destination of Anna Maria Island, you can take pleasure in its quaint eateries and shops and enjoy beach life to the full.
If you prefer ground sports, a visit to the nearby Myakka River State Park southeast of the city or Robinson Nature Preserve offers opportunities to walk, jog, hike or bike while enjoying the beautiful scenic trails and landmarks.
For the avid golfer, there’s no shortage of prestige golf courses to enjoy. Waterlefe Golf & River Club and Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club are among the many golf course options located in the eastern part of the city where modern apartments are readily available for rent. If you have children, be sure to take them down to Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf to enjoy the best mini golf course in the state – so voted by Florida Monthly Magazine readers for three years running.
Shopping in Bradenton, FL
In addition to locally owned shops and the typical chain stores, Ellenton Prime Outlets offers Bradenton residents and visitors a shopping experience to remember. This affordable shopping district is located within easy driving distance from the city and contains over 100 name brand stores for your pick of fashionable men’s and women’s clothing, sportswear, kids’ wear, top of the line electronic gadgets, home accessories and more. At Ellenton Prime Outlets, you can easily spend the whole day perusing the shops, enjoying a savory meal and fellowshipping with family and friends.
If you rent an apartment close to downtown, you can find unique gifts and fresh produce at the Old Main Street Market. DeSoto Square Mall off of US 301 hosts such well known stores as JC Penney, Sears and Macy’s. Local thrift shops sprinkled throughout the city are also a favorite shopping option for those looking for special buys at low prices.
Festivals in Bradenton, FL
Bradenton celebrates a number of interesting festivals year round for your entertainment. From October through May, downtown apartment renters can take a casual stroll to the Farmer’s Market on Main Street for their pick of choice fruits and veggies or to stock up on homemade crafts for Christmas gifts. Fall celebrations include Oktoberfest Suncoast at Palma Sola Botanical Park where you can find lovely plants and unique crafts on sale to decorate your new apartment.
Renting an apartment close to the coast gives you easy access to the annual Bradenton Blues Festival held the first week of December on Bradenton’s Riverwalk. The festival brings you lively musical performances and Nutcracker presentations all week long. The Gamble Historic Sugar Plantation at Florida State Park hosts its holiday open house at the same time along with the annual Winterfest art celebration at Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton’s gorgeous beaches, small town charm, temperate year round climate, low cost of living and affordable apartment rentals make it an attractive place to live. Take advantage of short or long term leasing, modest one month refundable deposits, pet friendly locations (assuming your pet isn’t the size of an alligator) to find the perfect apartment as your future home.View Apartments in Bradenton, Florida
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