Those interested in making a home in the verdant Florida woodlands might want to consider living in Lakewood Ranch. Founded in the mid-1990s, this 8,500-acre master-planned community is made up of seven villages suitable for buyers in all stages of life. Each community offers a variety of beautiful homes and numerous lifestyle amenities: shopping, dining, community parks and nature preserves, as well as dedicated spaces to pursue hobbies like golf and polo.
According to Sarasota Magazine, at the close of 2016, Lakewood Ranch was named one of the top five best-selling master-planned communities in the country. Increasingly, the community appeals to millennial residents with a growing number of apartments. With renters looking to expand into homeownership, it doesn’t hurt that the average sales price for a home is $150,000. For millennials seeking walkable environments, food hubs and town centers, Lakewood Ranch offers the perfect spot. Those living here will soon be able to enjoy the Waterside Place town center, a nucleus for a neighborhood expected to one day grow to have more than 5,000 homes, Sarasota Magazine reports.
Living in Lakewood Ranch can be both social and serene. Those interested in active pursuits can thrive here — the lakes, parks and wildlife-rich forests that spread over the community’s 8,500 acres await exploration.
Organized clubs connect residents with similar interests and offer community-wide activities. In late October, residents can enjoy the annual Boo Fest, where kids and adults alike dawn their Halloween costumes to enjoy music, games and a Spooktacular Dark Maze.
Of course, the Florida lifestyle always begs the question: how far to the beach? For residents in Lakewood Ranch, just a half-hour in the car gets you to Sarasota’s world-famous Siesta Beach. Known for its fine, white sand and pristine, turquoise waters, it’s no wonder this beach earned itself the No. 1 spot on Trip Advisor’s list of best beaches in the U.S.
Don’t want to drive? Lakewood Ranch has plenty to do within its borders. Its town centers pulse with activity, with families competing in rounds of mini-golf, retirees soaking in midday movies and millennials browsing the shops and enjoying the many places to dine with friends. Concerts and festivals populate the community calendars, as well, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
Getting Around Town
Although Lakewood Ranch is increasingly becoming a business hub of its own, Interstate 75 affords residents easy access to the amenities of nearby cities of Sarasota and Bradenton. Lakewood’s community, however, is as self-contained as those living here want it to be: with grocery stores, schools, a host of businesses and even its own fully integrated medical center, residents don’t have to travel far for anything. The city’s Paw Park dedicates three acres to residents who enjoy spending time outside with their dogs.
Interested in exploring the idea of a move to Lakewood Ranch? Visit Owners.com for a deeper look into what this Florida community has to offer.
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