Welcome to the Turtle Rock Community Website
Turtle Rock on Palmer Ranch is located in the heart of the massive real estate development of Palmer Ranch. Palmer Ranch was part of 80,000 acres of land originally purchased by Bertha Honore Palmer in 1910. Bertha Palmer was the wife of Chicago department store tycoon Potter Palmer and she began the trend of establishing winter homes in Florida. Bertha Palmer devoted much of her acreage to cattle ranching and citrus groves. In 1973 Hugh Culverhouse, Sr. purchased Palmer Ranch which was then 11,000 acres, eventually developing the area.
Turtle Rock is one of over 20 planned communities which comprise Palmer Ranch. It has two controlled-access entrances located at Palmer Ranch Parkway on the North and Central Sarasota Parkway on the South. Many of the 758 single-family residences enjoy superb lake-front views on one of the 17 serene lakes or border one of the over 20 natural preserves. The lakes and ponds can be accessed by the residents for canoeing or fishing, while a 1.4 mile hiking Nature Trail winds through a preserve.
The community recreation area is located just inside the south entrance and includes a geothermic heated swimming pool, two hard surface tennis courts, a basketball court and a fenced in playground for the younger set. The 1,990 square foot Community Center houses the office of an on-site Property Manager and may be used by residents for family get-togethers.
Turtle Rock is conveniently located near the YMCA, the Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall and is only a 10 minute ride from the world famous Siesta Key Beach. The 10 mile Legacy Bike Trail borders Turtle Rock on its west side.
While the physical aspects of Turtle Rock are truly spectacular, it is the tremendous sense of community pride which really sets Turtle Rock apart from other communities. It may seem difficult to comprehend the idea of a close community on over 500 acres. However, periodic social activities and clubs allow neighbors to meet and enjoy each other’s company. When residents are not socializing, they can increase their knowledge by attending one of the many presentations put together by the Turtle Rock Academy. One needs only to spend a short amount of time within the gates of this community to feel the harmony and understand why Turtle Rock is considered one of the premier communities in all of Sarasota.