Deer Creek (1989-1998)- An upscale gated community of 485 homes (378 custom homes and 106 villas) on 285 acres located amongst 17 lakes, providing ample bird and wildlife watching opportunities in the heart of Palmer Ranch. Deer Creek is one of the most established gated communities in the area. With housing options ranging from a small enclave of maintenance-free villas, to expansive luxury homes, Deer Creek truly offers something for everyone. The community is great for families; it is districted for Gulf Gate Elementary, Sarasota Middle School, and Riverview High School. The Villa Section has a community pool for residents, and sidewalks throughout. This is a great neighborhood for walking, biking and dog lovers. Deer Creek has an active social calendar that includes breakfasts, community picnics and even bowling! It is a great place to get involved, and residents take great pride in the upkeep of their community. Deer Creek is centrally located, within a mile of the Sarasota Square (Westfield) Mall and the new 12 theater cinema. It is also located very close to both the Legacy Trail and the Potter Park YMCA (C.J. Lofino Complex) and offers easy access to plenty of shopping and dining.