A Place We Call Home: San Remo Estates

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There are 67 homes in San Remo estates. Fifty-three of them are directly on the water. Scott Schechter, president of the Homeowners Association says there are many reasons this is a great place to call home.

"One of them is location. It's close to downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key Beach. It's on the main land so you don't have to deal with traffic."

San Remo is man made, created by dredging. Its surrounded by water on three sides, up to 16 feet deep. It was first planned in the 1920s. Then the economy tanked and it went on hold for 30 years.

"The basin was developed in the early 1950s and it's protected by sail boat water which is a really unique feature in Sarasota."

Several small islands were created nearby. Many older houses are being replaced by new construction. But updated restrictions make sure new homes fit in.

"The main thing that they did was require that we have a 60 foot set back from the water as opposed to the city which only requires 30 feet. Also we require very low fencing, three foot high fencing that's made of a see through material."

ABC 7's own weather caster Wendy Ross grew up on San Remo.

"We came here in 1970 to Sarasota and my dad is a boater and he wanted a place for his boat; so this property came on the market it was in 1971."

Homes now sell for $4 million. For Wendy, it was a great place to call home.

"Its so friendly everybody says hello in the mornings, we have our neighborhood gatherings where we all cook and bring something so you get to see everyone's home."