History, Style and Convenience – The Oaks

Schemmel Real Estate - The Oaks

Today’s lifestyle trends are everywhere. Communities are orienting themselves to be more inclusive – bringing people together with similar interests but also offering varying activities for all age groups and lifestyles. We all are probably familiar with the obvious offerings available in The Oaks, including two championship golf courses, an award-winning tennis facility, elegant clubhouse, pool and even competitive croquet.  However, The Oaks also is home to a brand new WellFit Center including state-of-the-art machines, cycling studio, exercise room, and private massage rooms, all overlooking one of the tranquil golf courses. Now more than ever The Oaks is the place to be when looking for an instant community feel and the convenience of having everything at your fingertips!

I am also out there everyday in the real estate world and get to see all the communities in the area. Sometimes it becomes a little generic or cookie cutter. If you have experienced The Oaks you know that generic it is not. It is about style and bringing together the best of classic and new. I do not think there is any other gated golf community in the Sarasota area that has so much style and diversity among architecture. From Modern and Colonial to Greek Revival and Mediterranean, the Oaks has it all. The large lot sizes, mature landscape and stunning architecture set the stage for a beautiful community, second to none in Sarasota County.

And of course, we cannot forget the history of Oaks. In the early 1900s Bertha Palmer, well known Chicago socialite, purchased more than 80,000 acres including the 1,000-acre parcel along Little Sarasota Bay, where she built her winter home, giving it the name The Oaks. It soon became a place of gathering for famous politicians, industrialists, and artists to enjoy the nature and culture of the area. Her thoughtfulness, attention to detail and preparation of the estate were the foundation for what is now The Oaks Club, one of the area’s most exclusive private clubs.

So if you are looking for lifestyle, style and history, explore Oaks Bayside.  You just may find everything you are looking for.

*Written by Joel Schemmel for Sarasota Magazine