On the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa Bay sits the luxurious yet relaxed beach town of Sarasota, Florida. This is a haven for those looking to escape the headaches of the daily rat race. People from all over the world come to the Sarasota/Bradenton area to play in the sun. Beaches, boating, golf and tennis are popular past time events for residents and vacationers in this highly desired area.
While gorgeous beaches are a huge draw to the Sarasota area many come here because of the cultural scene. You can enjoy the opera, catch a great play in one of several theatres, spend the afternoon at an art festival or view art masterpieces at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Vacationers and part time residents from large metropolitan cities feel at home in Sarasota because it offers big city amenities yet still has that small town feel.
This is an 8,500 acre master planned neighborhood in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. People love the consistency of this community. You won’t find a neighborhood of million dollar homes sitting next to a mobile home park. Lakewood Ranch offers seven villages ranging from town homes all of the way to multi-million luxury homes.
Lakewood Ranch amenities include: A-rated schools, plethora of unique shops and boutiques, plenty of fine and casual dining establishments, business parks, hospital and medical center, three challenging golf courses, state of the art athletic center, 18 lighted tennis courts, 150 miles of sidewalks, numerous parks as well as Polo and Cricket facilities.
If you are looking to purchase a newer homes or build a home there is good chance Lakewood Ranch will be on your list of communities to explore. Currently, prices of homes range from $150,000 on up to several million dollars.
Golfers will love the location of Lakewood Ranch as it is basically surround by several fabulous tracts. Some of them include River Club, University Park, The Legacy, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Rosedale, Tara, Ritz Carlton golf course and The Concession.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club East
Country Club East is the newest addition to Lakewood Ranch. Located on the east side of Lorraine road you will instantly notice the beautiful lakes and preserves that surround the community. It also offers an 18-hole golf course designed by Rick Robbins.
Since living Green is all the rage now all of the homes in the Country Club East meet the Florida Green Building Coalitions standards – energy efficiency, sustainability, drought resistant landscaping and clean indoor air.
Homes in this gated community start around $300,000. Communities where you can build a home include Belleisle, Secret Harbor, Camargo, Hazeltine, Royal Valley, Leopard Creek and Valderrama.
Some of the area’s best builders are constructing homes in Lakewood Ranch. They include Anchor Builders, Arthur Rutenberg, Bruce Williams, Cardel, Gibraltar, Neal, Homes by Towne, John Neal, John Cannon, Lee Wetherington, London Bay, Minto Communities, Paradise Homes, Peregrine Homes, Todd Johnston, Westwater and Taylor Morrison.