Bradenton Real Estate Information
Bradenton is a relatively large city located in southwestern portion of the state of Florida, bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Bradenton has a population of approximately fifty three thousand five hundred residents, making it the largest city in the entirety of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bradenton is found in Manatee County, and is known as the Friendly City. Bradenton serves as the county seat of Manatee County, and maintains a Mayor-City Council Form of government. The current mayor of Bradenton is Wayne H. Poston, who is assisted in his civic duty by five city council members. Bradenton covers a total area of approximately fourteen and a half square miles, including about two and one third square miles of standing surface water.
Although the area which is now considered Bradenton, along with the rest of Sarasota County, was originally populated by numerous tribes of Native Americans, European explorers did not arrive until about five hundred years ago. The Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto was the first to discover the region, specifically Shaw's Point, in the year fifteen thirty nine. The community of Bradenton did not come into existence until the year nineteen forty three, when the cities of Manatee and Bradentown were merged by order of the Florida State Legislature. Bradenton's name is taken from an early settler, a Doctor Joseph Braden, whose house was regularly utilized as a refuge from hostile Native American tribes bent on eradicating European and American settlements.
The educational needs of Bradenton are met by a wide variety of public and private institutions on the primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Some of these schools include the State College of Florida, the New College of Florida, and the Manatee School for the Arts. Bradenton real estate and properties are also located near the Bradenton Christian School, Manatee High School, Southeast High School, and Bayshore High School. Points of interest in Bradenton include the Cortez Fishing Village, the Palma Sola Botanical Park, DeSoto National Park, Myakka River State Park, ArtCenter Manatee, the South Florida Museum, and Gamble Mansion