Overview of Neighborhood
From wooded garden apartments to townhouse and duplex homes, Manatee Village offers residents a choice of remarkable living environments in southernmost Hillsborough County. Its companion, Manatee Village SRO rental community, even offers shared rental accommodations to the local unaccompanied workforce. From the modern metal work and Mondrian-patterned paint of the newest phase completed in 2010 to the original contemporary homes constructed in 2005, our 89 families can choose among spacious 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments and access amenities like our large clubhouse, computer learning center and library, and playground and sports courts.
Plentiful residential activities from holiday events to homebuyer education to health fairs engage tenants and build a great sense of belonging – a valued characteristic of a Rural Neighborhoods’ community.
Optional Washer & Dryer
Computer Learning Center & Library
Playground & Sports Court
The Community: Ruskin
Since the early 1900’s Ruskin has been an agricultural center with a unique beginning. The town was started as a utopian community, where residents not only farmed the land, but acquired an education at the Ruskin College. Until the early 1960s, this “Commongood Society” remained intact through depression and war. Today, tomato and row crop farming is receding to the east and south as real estate development rises from farm fields.
Still more than half of this rural area’s 17,208 residents is Latino or African American – a sign of its not-too-distant agricultural past. The town’s transition poses economic hardship to its low wage workers as housing prices rise — 4 in 10 are rent overburdened paying more than 35% of income toward rent. Though Manatee Village is not a utopian cooperative in the image of namesake and England social critic John Ruskin, our affordable rents and generous amenities make it a highly desirable place to call home.