Lakewood Ranch celebrated 25 years of residential development excellence in 2023 with a significant expansion to the south with Waterside Village. Unlike most Lakewood Ranch villages that consist of single gated communities, Waterside is a collection of upscale neighborhoods arranged around seven scenic lakes; it is located to the east of The Meadows district of Sarasota, and it is anchored by a chic and vibrant lakefront town center. This is where the Wild Blue gated community is redefining the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle.
Wild Blue at Waterside is an exclusive lakeside enclave where the lifestyle experience is similar to what luxury Caribbean resorts offer. The development of Wild Blue started in 2023 with the selection of home models provided by four local builders: Arthur Rutenberg, John Cannon, Lee Wetherington, and Stock Luxury Homes. These building firms have won the Sarasota Parade of Homes dozens of times; they are known for their gorgeous architecture, stunning interior decoration, and commitment to quality construction.
Most of the properties at Wild Blue are imposing lakefront estates with living spaces ranging from 2,400 to 4,575 square feet. The predominant architectural style is modern Sarasota Coastal, but each builder provides unique interpretations, and some models feature elements of Mediterranean design. To get an idea of pricing in late 2023, the three-bedroom Azure model by Lee Wetherington was priced below $1 million; this is a single-story home with 2,380 square feet of interior, spa-style bathrooms, gourmet kitchen with chef’s pantry, oversized Florida room, open floor plan with high ceilings and natural lighting, a large den, panoramic windows, French doors, stone columns, granite countertops, and more.
As the most upscale community of Waterside Village, Wild Blue also offers the most impressive collection of amenities. The Midway Sports Complex of Wild Blue consists of numerous sports courts; six are for tennis, eight for pickleball, and one for basketball. This recreation area is accented by a lakefront resort-style swimming pool with a lavish clubhouse, spa, and modern fitness center. Inside the clubhouse, you can find a dining hall, bar, film theater, outdoor bar/restaurant, indoor golf simulator, and a billiards room.
Wild Blue residents have their own lakefront park and kayak launch. The park has a playground for children plus a covered pavilion for special events. A dog park, nature trails, and several picnic areas round out the amenities. For even more family entertainment, the nearby Waterside Place town center is filled with cafes, pubs, and restaurants where you can also enjoy concerts as well as community events such as the farmers market every Sunday.
As for the location of this fine community, it is just north of University Parkway, a 10-minute drive away from the University Corner shopping plaza where you can choose between Aldi and Publix supermarkets. If you keep driving a few minutes west, the Mall at University Town Center offers a comprehensive shopping experience, and the beaches of Siesta Key are just 20 more minutes to the southwest. Wild Blue is the Waterside Village neighborhood closest to Downtown Sarasota.
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