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The Islands on the Manatee River is not only a waterfront community, but it is also a community of residents who share a deep appreciation for the pristine natural beauty of the surroundings and the active, luxury lifestyle available here. Among the professionals, local business owners and retirees who call this community home, many are avid boaters who take full advantage of their private backyard docks, marina parks and the community dock of The River Lodge, the development’s central meeting and recreation spot, in order to explore the calm waters of the Manatee River or the open expanse of the Gulf of Mexico. Others are drawn to the opportunities afforded by the peaceful setting of The Islands, such as exploring the community’s network of walking paths, bird-watching, and nature photography. Sports enthusiasts will delight in area golf courses, tennis courts and an abundance of recreational amenities.
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Rio Vista gate entry to Florida golf community


The prestigious island of Rio Vista Estates features 65 homesites, all waterfront. This unique neighborhood combines nature’s beauty with homes of architectural distinction. As you pass through a private gated entry, 100 year-old antique brick streets greet you as you wind your way trough the island to Channelside Harbor. The largest estate sized homesites, up to 1.5 acres, are located directly on the Manatee River with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Estate lots on the Central Harbor also have direct access to the Manatee River and are pre-approved for boat docks. New homes, directly on the Manatee River, are being constructed by the area’s most sought after custom home builders. These skilled professionals can build your dream home, custom-suited for your Rio Vista homesite.

Harbourside monument sign


Forty-six estate lots comprise the gated island enclave of Harbourside, all are waterfront and approximately half an acre or more in size. Two marina parks within the neighborhood also harmonize beautifully with the natural surroundings and provide boating slips for our lakefront lots. Community planners Cooper Johnson Smith Architects designed Harbourside and oversee adherence to its architectural guidelines, which encourage the community’s preferred builders to offer homes in varying shades of white, with metal and barrel tile roofs, tasteful tropical plantings, and distinctive architectural details. The homes feature Spanish Colonial, traditional or modern British West Indies designs. Choose between our seasoned luxury custom home builders to create your dream home at Harbourside.  We currently have a limited number of lots available for sale in Harbourside.  
RiveIsle Dock in Florida boating community


The island neighborhood of Rive Isle consists of a unique selection of 67 estate lots located on the Manatee River, East Harbor and Preserves. Estate lots range from a half acre to over 1.5 acres in size. For those who prefer not to live on the water, Rive Isle has a large selection of Preserve lots nestled in a bucolic natural setting. Homes in the Mediterranean, Tuscan, West Indies and Old Spanish style can be found on this beautiful and scenic island. The River Lodge, a community gathering place exclusive to residents of The Islands, along with the Riverfront Park and a community boat ramp are also located on Rive Isle. Adjacent to The Islands community, the Fort Hamer Park and the new Hidden Harbor Park provide additional first-class facilities for boaters, fishermen and residents that just want to enjoy a beautiful and peaceful stretch of the river.  We currently have a very limited number of Preserve, Harbor and Riverfront available for sale in Rive Isle. 



The Islands on the Manatee River has four distinct island neighborhoods of luxury residences and estate lots. The following is a price list of available estate lots and model homes pricing in Channelside, Rio Vista Estates, Harbourside and Rive Isle.


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For more than three decades, the Principals of The Islands Development Group have been recognized for their upscale design, development and construction. Based in Coral Gables, Florida, the company’s thriving projects include luxury country club communities, waterfront resort developments and the construction of million-dollar-plus estates throughout Florida. Its communities have been featured in such respected publications as Architectural Record, Florida Architect and Vanity Fair. In addition to The Islands on the Manatee River, recent developments completed by The Islands Development Group include River Wilderness Golf & Country Club, Longboat Key Moorings Marina and Resort, DeBary Golf & Country Club and Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club. Current and future residents of The Islands on the Manatee River can take great comfort in the fact that The Islands Development Group’s investment in this upscale waterfront community is debt-free and backed by a strong capital commitment that provides sustainable stability and security. This unparalleled experience and strong financial commitment will ensure both the success of The Islands on the Manatee River and the investments of its residents for years to come.