Riverwood – Where the river almost runs through the community
Riverwood – Where the River “almost” runs through the community
The river is wide and a gentle breeze is blowing. Sitting on your lanai in Riverwood, you can smell the water, the mangroves…. the smell of some flowers nearby is lingering in the air. In the far distance, the El Jobean bridge is re-connecting the land which the river cuts in 2 halves. You can see tiny vehicles crossing the bridge. A little powerboat is gently rolling – the water is calm and in some spots, the water looks like quicksilver. Half a mile away from the shore the two anglers on the boat are trying to catch their dinner. Are they successful or are they only bathing their bait? We can’t tell, they are too far away. Maybe this time the fish are the “smarter” ones and don’t fall for the bait.
From the lanai, the water seems to be close, so close that you think you can almost touch it. A lush sub-tropical garden lies between the home and the river and catches your attention. It is so tranquil, so quiet. Even a clear blue sky is enhancing the beautiful picture. It looks so unreal, but it is real.
We are standing on the pool deck of a home in the premium location in the Riverwood community, enjoying the scenery. It is a “broker open house” tour. We are wondering why the hell would somebody sell a home like this? We should know better because we have been in real estate for such a long time. Life happens and sometimes you have to make decisions. Fortunately, there are not always tragic events forcing a move. And that is good to know. The owners of this home want to build a new one. A better home? Really.
It may sound as if we are grossly exaggerating the view, but it is exactly what we see. Come and see for yourself. How else can you describe what you see? Just the word “water view” does not even come close.
All properties along the Myakka River are a prime location, of course. The number of lots along the water is limited, like everywhere else. Riverwood offers many homes on large lakes, ponds, and views over preserves.
1,300 acres, with 300 acres of nature preserve, wetlands, ponds, lakes, and an 18 hole championship golf course. There are 29 different neighborhoods with a total of 1,323 homes.
That guarantees plenty of properties with beautiful views. Homebuyers can choose between huge estate homes, single-family homes, villas and condos, and coach homes. There is also another choice to be made by the home-buyer: each of the unique 29 neighborhoods offers a different degree of maintenance -with a different price tag attached to it.
When driving through the gate you can barely see the homes. They are all hidden behind thick tropical foliage. This award-winning community offers a variety of homes that are merging with nature. The homes are unique, the location is unique and the setting is unique – and you hardly see ’em from the main road.
There are neighborhoods with a very low HOA fee and you can choose and hire your own lawn service unless you need some yard workout.
If you want a worry-free and maintenance-free lifestyle you may look at a Condo. All the costs are included in one monthly or quarterly fee. You can actually put your feet on the handrail of your lanai and watch the cohorts of servants fix the exterior of the building and the grounds while fighting with what mother nature throws at them (we are kidding). Keep in mind: all insurances, including flood insurance, are part of the deal. You just move to your new place, pay insurance for your Rembrandt’s and Picasso’s (content or renter’s insurance) and enjoy being part of this beautiful, blue planet.
Condominium fees are always higher because they include all insurances and the maintenance of the exterior building. Yes, and the roof is most of the time also included.
Some single-family neighborhoods in Riverwood include a maintenance-free package for a decent price. What you get really depends on the particular neighborhood association.
24 h security gate, common ground maintenance, and newly renovated community/ activity center. The community center offers a junior Olympic size pool, spa, fitness center. 6 lighted tennis courts, bocce ball court, lawn croquet, and horseshoe pit are also available for the outdoor enthusiast.
The library, meeting room, arts and craft room, and playground are a matter of course. Large fitness room. A full-time activities director is also on duty to coordinate the homeowners’ needs for more action.
A dog park is waiting for your furry friend. Woof! Here he can meet other dogs, bark, exchange fleas (oh, that is a bad one), play a little, or take a nap. A small fee is required, but dogs usually do not mind. They don’t like to share their bone, but they like to generously share the owner’s wallet.
The Riverwood Beach Club is a private, custom-built, gated facility for Riverwood resident members and their guests. Located on the sub-tropical island of Manasota Key, this is the place where you can soak up the sun. Afterward, you can take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget You that greasy sunscreen before hitting the beach, even on a cloudy day. Manasota Key experienced a beach replenishment in April 2020. 100 feet of sand was added. Read more about Manasota Key Beach and don’t forget to watch the short video.
What can you expect on Manasota Key: a 5,500 sq ft Cabana Style Pavilion, outdoor and private showers, superior restrooms, covered deck with built-in seating and picnic tables, sundeck, sand chairs and loungers, barbecue grills, baby changing station, chilled water fountain, commercial ice maker, private parking, wheelchair access, and all-year-round staffing. What, that is all? Don’t get overly excited. There might be a waiting list and you might also have to splash out some money. Ask your dog about that. This is just a different dog park he may tell you.
Can you believe it, we almost forgot to talk about the golf course! 18 holes, par 72, 4 1/2 star rated (Golf Digest), designed by Gene Bates. The front nine is laid out like a North Carolina Pine course and the back nine is laid out like a Links Course offering two different types of play for golfers. This course has 50,000+ plays annually. Quite impressing.
Summary: If you like security, a tropical environment, a unique community, diverse homes, condos, and villas, if you don’t mind being a short drive away from the beach ….check Riverwood out. Give us a call (941-244-8341) or email us for more info.
What are the pet rules in Riverwood? You can have 3 dogs. Max weight 100 lbs. There is a small and large dog park. Additional fees apply.
How old are the homes? The community was started in 1992 and the last home was finished in 2013.
Are there still lots available? Yes, but only very few remaining. The community is fully developed.
How far are the closest stores? Within 5 miles you’ll find all the shopping you need. Sam’s Club, Walmart, Publix, furniture stores, restaurants, and a modern Mall are waiting for you.
Is Golf Club membership mandatory when buying a home in Riverwood? Golf Club membership is optional.
How far are the beaches away? The next beach is Englewood Beach on Manasota Key. It is approximately a 15-minute drive. Next to the beach is the Riverwood Beach Club. There is a waiting list for the Beach Club. Additional fees apply.
Is there a CDD Fee? Each property owner will pay an annual assessment, levied on the annual property tax bills as non-ad Valorem assessments, based on two-component costs. One is the capital amount required to amortize the long-term tax-exempt debts assessed against each lot, parcel or acre for the public facilities acquired or constructed by or on behalf of the District. The annual assessment amounts vary in relation to the land class of the property, and to the infrastructure benefit allocated to the property.
When you are ready to talk and make contact with us, write us an email or give us a call at 941-244-8341. We are always here to help. No pressure!