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Palmer Ranch

Quiet, relaxed, and convenient, wrapped in luxurious communities and even warmer residents

Welcome to Palmer Ranch

A laid-back town with incredible entertainment and dining
Among many other admirable things, Palmer Ranch is one of Sarasota's largest master-planned communities. This modern town lies on 10,000 acres of land featuring natural landscapes, apartment communities, and senior living facilities. Palmer Ranch is only a few minutes from the beaches, cultural activities, and other entertainment spots. 
In fact, you can access Downtown Sarasota in only ten minutes from Palm Ranch. Even with a huge population, Palmer Ranch is quiet, relaxed, and convenient, wrapped in luxurious communities and even warmer residents. We explore all the reasons why you will love moving to Palmer Ranch, regardless of whether you are a young family or looking for a relaxed and laid-back place to call home after retirement. 

What to Love 

  • Close to Siesta  Key beach — only 10 minutes away
  • Selection of top-rated schools such as the Imagine Schools
  • Easy access to 1-75
  • Maintenance-free villas in some of Palmer Ranch communities

Local Lifestyle

Palmer Ranch is fairly laid-back, but don't think that it's a dull place to live in. Most of the 20 neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch are gated, while others are nested in wooded enclaves. However, Palmer Ranch's location makes it easy for you to access all the dining and entertainment experiences Downtown Sarasota has to offer. For instance, Downtown is only a few minutes away, and you will be in the land of numerous dining options, art galleries, an opera house, and multiple theaters. 
This ranch is also one of the most walkable master-planned communities. The icing on Palmer Ranch is its extensive picturesque landscape dotted with walking trails, parks, and botanical gardens. Both young residents and older retired folks will find a place to call home in this beautiful community. Palmer Ranch's homes are typically villas, condominiums, gated apartments, and single-family homes. 
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Palmer Ranch has plenty of fine dining options. One popular restaurant is the Bohemios Wine and Beer Tapas Bar because of its helpful staff, extensive wine list, and rich Mediterranean cuisine. Vitality Bowls is another option if you want a healthy and filling bowl of superfoods and smoothies. On the other hand, Oak & Stone is the place to frequent whenever you want a craft cocktail, plenty of bourbons, and an extensive wine list. This restaurant majorly serves American cuisine, and they are also vegetarian friendly. Finally, the Peruvian Grill restaurant is one more dining spot you can access from Palm Ranch for an exquisite Peruvian meal. 
Downtown Sarasota and the University Town Center Mall are only  15-17 minutes away for your shopping needs. 

Things to Do 

Palm Ranch offers residents a healthy dose of recreational activities and nature preserves to fill relaxing afternoons and family day outs. For starters, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus is a must-see and an easy-to-access spot from Palm Ranch. At Marie Selby Botanical Garden, you will enjoy sightings of some of the world's most interesting flora and learn of the region's rich history. The garden also has numerous interconnected trails where you can take walks as you take in the breathtaking botanical garden. 
Another picturesque spot accessible from Palmer Ranch is Oscar Scherer State Park. This park is perfect for bird-watching enthusiasts. You can also jog or take long walks through the park as you bask in the beauty of Florida's sunny weather and native wildlife. Swimming fanatics will appreciate Lake Osprey as they create memorable diving experiences, while anglers will love Lake Osprey's numerous fishing opportunities. 
Golfing enthusiasts can enroll in one of the three prominent golf courses in the community. Prestancia and Oaks Club offer two 18-hole championship golf courses, while Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club offers one 18-hole golf course. 


Sarasota Schools County is the school district that oversees schools in Sarasota County. Below are all the top-rated schools in Palmer Ranch:
Gulf Gate Elementary School, (kindergarten— fifth grade)

Overview for Palmer Ranch, FL

16,855 people live in Palmer Ranch, where the median age is 63 and the average individual income is $61,883. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

63 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Palmer Ranch, FL

Palmer Ranch has 8,707 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palmer Ranch do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 16,855 people call Palmer Ranch home. The population density is 3,740.584 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.55 / 51.45%

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Around Palmer Ranch, FL

There's plenty to do around Palmer Ranch, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Double W Ribeye Wagon, ARCADEbar, and The Blue Heirloom.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.59 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.28 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.76 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.29 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

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