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Venice, Florida
Venice, Florida | Realtor.com

Venice, Florida

$189,000

This three-bedroom, Mediterranean-style condo was built in 2004.

Windows run the length of the living room, which culminates in sliding doors to the screened lanai, says Colleen Hutchinson, Realtor with Premier Sotheby's International Realty in Venice.

The condo also has tile floors, architectural niches and an entryway with a tray ceiling.

The white galley kitchen, with Corian counters and smooth-top range, opens to a dining area with a large picture window, she says.

The 1,524-square-foot home has a bonus room that could be used for a den or office, plus two bathrooms and a laundry room, says Hutchinson. It has a detached one-car garage.

The community offers a swimming pool, fitness center and clubroom, Hutchinson says. And it's "a four-mile straight shot to the Gulf and the beaches."

A little about Venice

Located on Florida's west coast, Venice "has a beautiful, active main street," Hutchinson says.

The gazebo in the city park "has tons of concerts year-round," while the town's community center and arts center host live theater, she says.

The average home sale: $225,012, according to Realtor.com.

Another perk: When residents and visitors want to enjoy downtown or the beach, parking is free, says Hutchinson.

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