So Where Do You Live?
North of the River, North Manatee, North of the Manatee, Northern Manatee, North County, or North? Sometimes it’s difficult to know just how to answer this question. All can apply.
With Parrish now becoming “the center of the universe in real estate” some are even referring to the Bradenton side of the Ft. Hamer Bridge as “North Side.” As you might you might imagine, area Realtors face an interesting challenge explaining this oddity to newcomers. Are we an area best defined by the side of the river you choose to reside? Hmm.
Recently, while attending an event, I was touting the many wonderful things happening “North of the River,” to a friend who lives “South of the River” in an area I commonly refer to as “South County.” She had a bewildered look on her face, stating she referred to everything on our side of the river as simply “Palmetto.” That statement made me take pause. While Palmetto is indeed the largest municipality in our area, it does not encompass, Terra Ceia, Parrish, Ellenton and Rubonia.
By many, North County is defined as starting at the North side of the Palmetto Bridges, extending to Emerson Point, to the middle of the Skyway Bridge, to Port Manatee, along SR62 to State Road 39 and to the areas on this side of Rye Bridge.
As many of you well know, my curiosity gets the best of me sometimes. Lately I find myself asking everyone I meet how they define our area. My not-so-scientific research has yielded the following results: Longtime residents use all the terms above to describe this area. The river as a divider resonates with kids because of sports and school. Business owners who use specific terms within their business name say it helps potential customers know they specialize in this part of town. Doing so, helps locals pinpoint backyard businesses!
The county also differentiates our area with references. Think North River Fire District. The Sheriff’s office refers to the location as North Side, churches have North Campuses and even our new high school will be named North River High School.
Geographically, I guess we’re all correct. And from a real estate perspective, we’re hot on the map! So, from all of us on the North side of the Manatee River, we wish everyone a safe Fourth of July; celebrate your freedom and proudly fly our flag!