Osprey Homes for Sale
Osprey Homes for Sale
Here on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, we have piers.
They are our horizontal pathways, stretching not up to the heavens, but out to the sea.
Residents and visitors love piers because these simple walkways between land and sea offer peace, transcendence—and excellent fishing. Osprey was built because of its pier.
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Archaeological evidence shows there were plenty of prehistoric people who lived here in relative prosperity, well fed on the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico, as long as 5,000 years ago.
Between 1959 and 1962, scientists started digging around Osprey, excavating burial mounds and shell middens, a landfill of sorts for domestic discards. Imagine what life was like thousands of years ago.
Middens are a cutaway of life. Amid the pile of shells, are found remnants of prehistoric pottery and tools the Indians used in their daily life.
Bertha Honore Palmer who came here in 1910 to develop this lush subtropical paradise on the Gulf Coast into housing, ranches and citrus groves.
The matriarch of the Palmer clan, socialite Bertha Honore Palmer, was the widow of Potter Palmer, a prominent Chicago real estate developer and cofounder of Marshall Field and Company.
Eight years after her husband’s death, Bertha Palmer purchased more than 80,000 acres of land around Sarasota, including 30 acres belonging to Florida pioneers John and Eliza Webb, who established a farm on the Osprey site in 1867.
The Webb family farmed the land for more than 40 years before it was purchased by Bertha Palmer in 1910. Bertha Palmer selected the Webb farm as the anchor of her 350-acre Osprey winter estate, where she could live while overseeing the development of her other lands in Sarasota County.
She left largely intact the shell middens and burial mounds on the property, as well as the Webb homestead, outbuildings buildings and chapel, while building her own home and gardens on a ridge above the bay.
Palmer developed the gardens in keeping with the layout of the original homestead, incorporating the farms buildings into a tropical landscape punctuated with pergolas, classic Greek columns, lawns and flower gardens.
An early aqueduct that transported water for the Webb homestead and farmlands can still be seen among the rich foliage and flowers that Palmer added to the property, which she called Osprey Point and is now known as Historic Spanish Point. You can visit Historic Spanish Point and learn about this fascinating history.
A few miles from Osprey Point, Palmer carved out a 15,000-acre cattle ranch along the Myakka River called Meadow Sweet Pastures.
Mrs. Palmer’s intent was to make the ranch a laboratory for improving cattle production.
Under her tutelage, the Meadow Sweet was responsible for numerous innovations in cattle ranching, including large concrete vats where cows were “dipped” in medicines and insect repellents. Meadow Sweet Pastures was acquired by the State of Florida and is now a substantial part of Myakka River State Park.
Oscar Scherer State Park is on U.S. 41 in Osprey. We love this state park with its shaded sites, river and intercoastal access and network of off-road and on-road bicycle and walking trails. There is also a swimming lake just a short walk from the campground, which has 104 sites suitable for RVs and tents with water and electric. The 15-mile-long Legacy Trail, a paved rail trail, runs through the park providing two-wheel access to both Venice on the south and Sarasota on the north. Oscar Scherer State Park is a hidden gem, a 1400-acre wilderness with paddle trails for canoe and kayak. For birders, Oscar Scherer State Park is home of the Florida scrub jay, a threatened species increasingly rare as its natural scrub habitat disappears.
The Legacy Trail as part of the ‘rails to trails’ is a gift of significant historical and environmental lands which promote a sense of community among Sarasota County residents and provide a place for visitors and residents to use and enjoy. Uses include viewing wildlife in different habitats, relaxing in a mostly undeveloped environment, a travel corridor to other places in the County, discovering and studying local history and recreation such as walking, rollerblading, bicycling.
Historically, what is now the Legacy Trail, the first passenger coach ran on the brand new Seaboard Air Line Railway Sarasota to Venice extension on November 12, 1911.
The Venice Train Depot, built by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, was opened March 27, 1927. The railroad helped Venice survive during the Florida real estate bust and the Great Depression.
The railroad also transported patients to Dr. Albee’s Florida Medical Center from 1932 to 1942. Many servicemen and goods were transported over the rails to Venice and the Army Air Base during WWII (1942-45).
On April 30, 1971, the last passenger train ran. Limited freight service continued until January 1992. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus used the Seaboard Air Line / Legacy Corridor to reach its winter quarters in Venice from 1960 to 1992.
Sarasota County schools are consistently rated amongst the top in the state. Osprey is the home of Pine View School - a highly acclaimed public school for intellectually gifted students.
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Osprey is blessed with natural beauty and we would love to help you find your piece of our paradise.
Osprey homes for sale will include condos, single family homes and maintenance free homes.
We have exclusive gated golf communities, waterfront homes, and homes with water access. Choose the lifestyle that fits you – you can be as active as you choose.
Beverly Bowen - 2000 Webber St., Sarasota FL 34239 - Phone: 941 321 3916