Named for William Mote, the namesake of Mote Marine Laboratory and Oceanographic Center, Mote Ranch sits on the Braden River in southeast Manatee County. Within the University Park area, this community is just minutes from challenging golf courses, sophisticated shopping, and the arts and culture of downtown Sarasota. Featuring a community dock and kayak launch, fishing area, and swimming pool, the neighborhood is also a popular favorite among young families. ... more.Home sites are generous in size and offer views of ponds or conservation areas. Mote Ranch homes for sale may include maintenance-free condominiums, villas and single-family homes designed in a blend of contemporary Florida and Mediterranean styles.