The future of residential communities can be found in Manatee County, not far from the City of Bradenton. Lakewood Ranch is a vital example of the many benefits of smart suburban development. The 8,500 acres are surrounded by trees, several lakes, ponds and creeks and is now hailed as one of the best places to live in Florida.
The Sunshine State is no stranger to master-planned communities; in fact, many urban planners in Florida have been criticized for their rushed and artificial neighborhood-building approaches. This has never been the case with Lakewood Ranch. Since its very first residential community was completed in 1995, Lakewood Ranch has been accumulating awards for its ecologically-friendly and innovative residential design.
In less than two decades, Lakewood Ranch has gone from a nice collection of leafy suburbs to a modern, vibrant and unique community for families, single professionals, retirees, and vacationers alike. This is a community where quality of life is a major priority, and a sense of prosperity, hope and pride is clearly visible in the different neighborhoods, public spaces and commercial areas of Lakewood Ranch.
The various eco-friendly Lakewood Ranch villages have floor plans and styles to match the interest of all home buyers:
Esplanade is a community that caters to active residents with its own Lifestyle Director. This is a brand-new community designed by Taylor Morrison; the single-family homes and maintenance-free villas are surrounded by lush landscaping and nature trails.
The opulent estates of The Lake Club are perfect for upscale home buyers. This is a Tuscan-inspired luxury gated community that has some of the most valuable real estate in Manatee County.
Nature lovers will enjoy the single-family homes and condos at Riverwalk and Summerfield, two pioneering neighborhoods that serve as the blueprints of Lakewood Ranch’s commitment to preserving the natural Florida beauty of the region.
Central Park, Greenbrook and Edgewater are neighborhoods that nourish family life with gorgeous single-family residences at very reasonable prices. These neighborhoods are cozy and convenient; they feature amenities such as community swimming pools, fitness centers, dog parks, nature preserves, lakes, canoe launches and more.
Unlike other planned developments that focus on the suburban sprawl of more homes loosely connected by roads, Lakewood Ranch is growing organically. The neighborhoods are already served by schools, medical centers and public safety facilities. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch’s premier marketplace and entertainment center, offers residents a variety of shopping and dining options. This is a community actively engaged in recreation, higher education and nature conservation. In essence, Lakewood Ranch is a place where prosperity and well-being are part of everyday life.