Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Blog

April 9, 2021

Pros and Cons of Waterfront Homes

Are you considering purchasing a waterfront home? Do you have interest in homes over $1 million that fit the bill of "Sarasota luxury homes" with pristine water in front of them? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about waterfront real estate.

Doing so will help you understand whether or not a waterfront property is the right decision for you. We'll also help you understand why Lakewood Ranch waterfront property is so valuable.

See below for an in-depth guide on waterfront homes in Florida. Be sure to consider this list as you make your decision.

waterfront homes

Pro: Breathtaking Views

We briefly touched on this in the intro, but one of the biggest benefits of investing in waterfront homes is the year-round view.

Have you ever heard someone say that they feel most alive whenever they're near water? As it turns out, they might've been onto something.

Studies have shown that being by water can offer you and your family numerous health benefits. It can increase blood flow to your brain and heart, as well as release feel-good hormones (such as dopamine) into our brain.

This is why beach vacations are so good for you. By investing in a waterfront home, you'll get these health benefits year-round. 

Contrary to popular belief, you aren't limited to waterfront properties on the Gulf of Mexico. There are many tremendous options in South Florida, such as finding waterfront real estate in the thriving Lakewood Ranch Florida area.

Take one look at our Lakewood Ranch Real Estate map and you'll see that there are plenty of lakes and waterfront real estate opportunities.

Another benefit to Lakewood Ranch homes is that be on the beach in Lido Key or Siesta Key Beach in less than 30 minutes!

Con: Privacy

This should be prefaced by saying that privacy isn't an issue if you invest in a Lakewood Ranch waterfront property. Homes on the lakes tend to be very private because there is nothing behind your home besides a beautiful body of water.

That said, many oceanfront homeowners will tell you that they experience less privacy than owners of lakefront homes. If a public beach is in your backyard you might have people walking past your back yard at all hours of the day. It will be especially busy during the winter months when snowbirds make their way into town.

We'll help you find a waterfront property that offers you the perfect balance of waterfront views, privacy, and activity. 

Pro: Dream Setup

Ask ten people where they'd like to move to, and 7 or 8 of them (if not all 10) will tell you South Florida. 

But when people think of Florida homes, they aren't just envisioning themselves in the suburbs is an hour or so away from the nearest beach. They want to invest in a waterfront home.

By investing in waterfront property, you'll have the setup that everyone dreams of. You will be able to use that to your advantage. Water will increase the value of your property if you ever sell.

Con: Lakes Not Swimmable 

We find that most people prefer not to swim in freshwater Florida lakes, to begin with. That said, we want to set the expectation from the start: the water behind your Lakewood Ranch property likely isn't swimmable.

Why? Because when you see a lake in Florida you just assume there are gators in it. That's just common sense! But every year we hear stories about someone who hopped a fence to go swimming somewhere in Florida and found a not-so-friendly inhabitant. Gators are not out to get you, and are actually scared of people, but we give them their space - and the lakes are their space. 

For swimming, we are 25-45 minutes from some of the most pristine, award-winning beaches in the world. There you can kayak, swim, snorkel, or anything other water activity that your heart desires.

Pro: Reduced Exposure Related Costs

So why should you invest in a lakefront home instead of an oceanfront home? There are many reasons.

First, an inland lakefront home lowers the risk of damage in the case of a rare hurricane, since storms break up over land. Also, since Lakewood Ranch is not in a flood zone you don't have to worry about carrying expensive flood insurance.

Since they are less exposed to extreme elements, lakefront property also has far fewer maintenance costs than oceanfront homes. This saves money while still offering the waterfront views that you desire.

Invest in Lakewood Ranch Waterfront Homes Today

Now that you have seen all of the different pros and cons to investing in waterfront homes, be sure to start your search in Lakewood Ranch Florida.

Are you interested in Sarasota as well? If so, then be sure to read this article on how to find a tremendous Sarasota luxury home today.

April 9, 2021

Best Lakefront Homes in Florida

Florida welcomes nearly a thousand new residents every day. It's no wonder, considering the Sunshine State's superior weather and tax advantages.

If you’ve clicked on this post, then you understand the appeal of Floridian weather accompanied by a lakeside view. But what lakefront homes in Lakewood Ranch are the best? Where can you find a home situated in a warm, welcoming community?

Lakewood Ranch’s homes aren’t only about the lake views — they’re also about standardizing quality architectural design, opulent amenities, and domestic comfort.

Want to learn more about them? Then keep reading to know which Lakewood Ranch properties earn our recommendation!

7802 Mathern Court, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

  • Listing Price: $1,549,000
  • BD/BA: 4 BD 4 BA
  • Size: 4,673 SqFt

Summerfield Village is the first housing community in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and continues to set Lakewood Ranch’s standard of luxury and comfort. Traditional architecture cements Summerfield Village’s timeless reputation, and its older properties have been updated with modern features like granite counters, stainless steel appliances, garages, pools, and more.

Family-friendliness anchors Summerfield, which has a 15-acre, carefully landscaped community park with tennis courts, jogging paths, a baseball field, and a playground. There are also charcoal grills and a pavilion for festivities or a casual Sunday picnic.

Students also don’t need to venture far for their education, as Braden River Elementary and Middle School are within walking distance.

This property on Mathern Court greets residents with a lavish U-shaped courtyard and has coffered ceilings inspired by Japanese architecture, lending it a grandeur that is both noble and neat. All this is coupled with meticulous millwork and oversized porcelain tile flooring, rounding out the sublimity of the entire house design.

Its gourmet kitchen has commercial-grade, stainless steel amenities, satisfying even the most dedicated home chefs. The master suite has its own sitting area, has walk-in closets, and a private bath and walk-in shower fit for two. This home’s living room is optimized for comfort with a fireplace, wet bar, wine fridge, and beverage coolers.

Just outside the living room’s French slider doors is an incredible outdoor paradise. A sheltered summer kitchen, a stone fireplace, and heated in-ground pool, and a birdcage-screened spa — what more could you ask for? All this, surrounded by skillful landscaping and a lakeside view, makes this residence one of Summerfield Village’s domestic gems.

13714 Messina Loop Unit 102, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

  • Listing Price: $299,000
  • BD/BA: 2 BD 2 BA
  • Size: 1,528 SqFt

Esplanade at Azario is Lakewood Ranch’s newly-minted golfing community, featuring pieces of lakefront real estate similarly designed as Esplanade Lakewood Ranch. True to its specialty, this area has an 18-hole golf course. But it also has a wellness center, tennis court, resort-style pool, Bahama Bar, and much more.

Of course, you can also reside here without a golfing package. Nonetheless, this community continues to boom in popularity due to its combined luxury and family-friendliness. It’s also just off SR-64 and close to I-75, making it a perfect area for those who commute on a regular basis.

The home in question is fully furnished and boasts a view of Floridian lake waters. It has a split, minimalistic architectural design, making room for both privacy and an arsenal of shared memories. With stainless kitchen appliances, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar, this unit is a modern utility for comfort and contentedness.

Its master suite suits those seeking utmost privacy and also has dual custom closets and an ensuite bath. The study can be used as-is or can be transformed into a den or 3rd bedroom. Guests will also enjoy the privacy of their guest bed/bath suite situated behind an out-of-sight pocket door.

7979 Matera Court, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

  • Listing Price: $1,525,000
  • BD/BA: 3 BD 3 BA
  • Size: 2,933 SqFt

The Lake Club is a private, gated community in Lakewood Ranch — and also its most exclusive area. These Florida lakefront homes are designed with Mediterranian, French Country, West Indies, or English Manor influences, coupling modern amenities with classic architectural style.

Residents can also access exclusive, luxurious services at The Grande Clubhouse. The Clubhouse features a private fitness center, a day spa, two resort-style pools, and much more. The Lake Club also guarantees that its homes feature clean indoor air filtration and drought-resistant landscaping.

7979 Matera Court is one of The Lake Club’s more modestly sized properties but is just as grand as neighboring homes. Its design is elegant and warm, classic but updated. There’s an entryway courtyard upon arrival, impact glass installed throughout the home, and country travertine flooring through main living areas.

One of this home’s key features is its stellar country kitchen, looking just as friendly as it is alluring. The owner’s wing is especially tempting, linked with a private foyer and an open-sided bedroom and bath. There are also two en-suite bedrooms for other residents and guests.

The outdoor area leads out from the living room to a spectacular outdoor kitchen, lounging, and dining area. With an outdoor fireplace, resort-style pool and spa, tropical landscaping, and a lake view, you’ll want little more from this bountiful property.

Are You Ready to Soak Up the Sun in Florida’s Best Lakefront Homes?

Whether you’re looking for a permanent residence or a vacation home, these lakefront homes in Lakewood Ranch will elevate your domestic lifestyle. This is truly the best place to soak in golden Floridian weather and enjoy both modernity and nature.

Do these listings interest you? Then contact Fine Properties today! With us, you’re bound to find your perfect home.

March 30, 2021

New Construction Homes Lakewood Ranch: The In's & Out's

Lakewood Ranch was second only to The Villages for the number of new homes sold in 2020. If you haven't looked at new construction homes in Lakewood Ranch yet, you don't know what you're missing.

Lakewood Ranch is a master-planned community in Manatee and Sarasota counties. It has more than 20 villages that have been mindfully designed with luxury homes, schools, retail, restaurants, recreation, and natural areas. The vibrant way of life and sense of community continue to attract new residents.

Find out more about new construction homes in Lakewood Ranch. You'll be ready to buy your new home.

Making Your Home in Lakewood Ranch

You have many good reasons for choosing to buy your new home in Lakewood Ranch. RCLCO Real Estate Advisors ranks Lakewood Ranch as the top multi-generational community in the US. Two villages , Del Webb and Cresswind, are exclusively for residents 55 years old or older, but people of all ages live in Lakewood Ranch.

In addition, homes in Lakewood Ranch are primarily owner-occupied. Unlike many other communities in Florida, the majority of Lakewood Ranch residents live there throughout the year. The community keeps its vitality even in the summer.

Buying a home in Lakewood Ranch gives you additional security in your investment. Home prices in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area increased in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Master-planned communities have more stable housing values. They are also increasingly attractive to a range of buyers looking for homes with a sense of community and convenient access to work, school, shopping, and recreation.

Home sales in Lakewood Ranch have risen consistently since 2011.


Advantages of New Construction Homes

Buying a new home gives you several advantages over buying an existing home. New homes have new materials and appliances, so you won't have to make repairs or renovations right away. Major appliances and systems come with manufacturers' warranties.

New homes meet the requirements of today's building codes. You often get more safety features and have fewer worries about health hazards.

Greater energy efficiency is another benefit of buying a new home. Newer building materials and better insulation contribute to a lower energy footprint.

New homes have the latest technology and amenities. They may have smart home technology like a thermostat and door locks you can control from your smartphone. You get modern architecture and an up-to-date layout with features like a double-island kitchen, extra high ceilings, or a dual primary bedroom suite.

You can customize many features of a new home, including paint colors, light fixtures, cabinets, and countertops. This is easier than renovating or remodeling an existing home.

Villages in Lakewood Ranch with New Homes

Of all the villages in Lakewood Ranch, at least 15 have new single-family homes available. These include the two villages exclusively for residents over the age of 55, Cresswind and Del Webb Lakewood Ranch. The other villages are Country Club East, Esplanade at Azario, Indigo, The Isles, The Lake Club, Lakewood National Golf Club, Lorraine Lakes, Mallory Park, Palisades, Polo Run, Sapphire Point, Savanna, Solera, LakeHouse Cove at Waterside, Shoreview at Waterside, and Windward.

There are three villages with new townhomes or attached villas available.

Most villages have a single builder, though there are exceptions such as The Lake Club, LakeHouse Cove at Waterside, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and Country Club Eas. Each of these communities feature several builders.

Choosing a Village in Lakewood Ranch

When you're looking for a new home in Lakewood Ranch, you have many factors to consider. The village where the home is located is one important consideration.

Each village in Lakewood Ranch has its own lifestyle and amenities. You can find the community that fits your needs and interests.

For example, The Lake Club is a gated community of single-family homes. The lakefront homes range in size from 2,431 to 5,105 square feet. The community features a Grand Clubhouse with tennis and a fitness center.

LakeHouse Cove at Waterside offers lakefront single-family homes as well. The homes range in size from 1,625 to 3,426 Sq Ft. LakeHouse Cove at Waterside includes a plenty of preserve space, a community center, fitness center, resort-style pool. Residents also have access to a boat house with kayak storage and launch, dog parks, a playground, pickleball courts, and a sunset viewing lawn.

New Home Prices in Lakewood Ranch

Many types of new homes are available in the villages of Lakewood Ranch. Single-family homes start in the high $200s. Each village offers homes in a range of prices. For instance, Indigo has properties starting from the high $200s to $500s, while The Lake Club features homes with base prices from the mid-$900s to over $3 million.

Some builders offer incentives such a percentage towards closing costs with preferred-lender financing, or credits for interior design options. Many communities in Lakewood Ranch are maintenance-free, where you don't have to touch the grass or landscaping; it is all done for you and is included in the monthly HOA fees.

HOA and Stewardship Fees 

Each village in Lakewood Ranch has HOA fees or condo fees. These fees cover services like the neighborhood amenities, maintaining common areas, and some irrigation.

Fees range from $100 to $650 per month, but the average is $200 to $300. The size of the village, types of amenities, level of maintenance, and the type of home you have determine how much you pay in HOA fees.

Lakewood Ranch has a stewardship fee in addition to the village HOA fees. This Community Development District fee is like an HOA fee for the whole community. It helps keep Lakewood Ranch well-maintained and supports community-wide services like parks and trails.

Do I Need a Realtor to Buy New Construction Homes in Lakewood Ranch?

To buy new construction homes, you can work directly with the builder. However, over 70% of new-construction homebuyers in Lakewood Ranch choose to work with a Realtor. Your Realtor can be a valuable resource as you go through the home buying process, helping you find the right community, building site, and model of home.

A Realtor is especially valuable if you are coming from out-of-state. Lakewood Ranch is a massive community with over 100 model homes, and your Realtor will save you a LOT of time by helping you find your areas of interest.

Daniel Bacon is a Realtor and Broker with almost two decades of experience in new-construction, and he is ready to help you build your dream home. He knows the builders, what they're building and where, which communities have what amenities, and he works with many clients from out of state.

Contact us today and let us help you find your dream home.

March 24, 2021

Finding a Tremendous Sarasota Luxury Home

Are you searching for a luxury home in the Sunshine state, but unsure of where to look? Do you want to invest in waterfront homes or luxury homes in an area that justifies the price? If so, then you need to search for Sarasota luxury homes.

Sarasota is one of the United State's hidden gems. It's loaded with waterfront homes, new construction homes, and is near tourist destinations such as Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and Lido Key, some of the best beaches in the world. 

See below for an in-depth guide on how you can find the Sarasota luxury home of your dreams.

Learn the Areas

When people think of Sarasota, FL, their mind automatically goes to waterfront homes and sandy beaches. There is a lot more to Sarasota than that, however, and there are other luxury communities in the greater Sarasota area.

One community featuring luxury homes near the city of Sarasota is Lakewood Ranch, now the 2nd best-selling Master Planned Community (MPC) in the US. In Lakewood Ranch you can buy or build everything from new construction homes, lakefront homes, golf homes, townhouses, find condos for sale, you name it. 

Lakewood Ranch spans two counties, Manatee and Sarasota, and much of the community lies in the city of Bradenton. Bradenton boasts access to the beaches and barrier islands as well, including the infamous Anna Maria Island (locally known as AMI).

If you're looking to invest in a luxury home in an area on the rise, then Lakewood Ranch is a great choice. If you want to be at the beach in under 5 minutes then a luxury home in downtown Sarasota or Siesta Key might be a better option.

For those of you that need a downtown scene, Sarasota is a clear choice. Its downtown area is a perfect blend of business and pleasure. Main street is filled with incredible spots to eat, Lido Key is right over the bridge, and there are palm trees as far as the eye can see.


Sarasota Luxury Homes

Entrust in a Local Expert

If you truly want to invest in a Sarasota luxury home, you'll want to find a local expert to guide you through the process. At the Danial Bacon Group, we live and breathe South Florida luxury living.

We have access to all high-end properties in phenomenal locations throughout the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch area, and we have the experience to make all of your dreams of Florida come true.


More importantly, we build relationships with our clients, and work to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are building a new-construction home we'll take you through the entire process, from looking for the right community, choosing the right builder, through contract, and all the way to closing. We'll be with you every step of the way.

Consider Your Dream Lifestyle

Truth be told, the greater Sarasota area, which includes Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, has about everything you could ask for. Purchase a luxury home a luxury home anywhere in the area and you'll have access to a tropical paradise, with world-class beaches, luxury shopping, endless golf courses, beautiful year-round weather, and low taxes.

If you're an avid golfer, then the Sarasota area has a course or club for you. It's home to top-rated courses such as the The Concession, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, The Ritz Members Gold Club, TPC Prestancia, and many more.

Others prefer beach and water activities such as boating, fishing, sailing, board sports, shelling, or just relaxing on the beach and looking at the beautiful blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. No matter where you buy a luxury home in Sarasota there there will be unlimited opportunities for entertainment and relaxation.

New Type of Waterfront Life

When people generally think of waterfront or beachfront property, they envision dark blue water with big waves and choppy water. That isn't the case in Sarasota.

Lido beach in Sarasota—and the other beaches such as Siesta Beach and Anna Maria—are all on the Gulf of Mexico, where the water is crystal clear and calm, and the sand is soft and white. Buying waterfront property here means having access to a peaceful serenity that will soothe your soul.

We want you to make the most of the Florida lifestyle. If it's always been your dream to own a waterfront or luxury home in Sarasota, let's turn it into a reality. At The Daniel Bacon Group, we'll help you narrow down your options, take the time to learn about your needs and goals. If you aren't familiar with the area, you can rely on our local expertise to point you in the right direction.

Invest in the Sarasota Luxury Homes of Your Dreams

Now that you have seen all of the different things to consider when searching for Sarasota luxury homes to purchase, we hope you will use as a resource. You can begin by visiting our Lakewood Ranch Real Estate market reports page to start your research and familiarize yourself with what properties are selling for in different areas.

For any other inquiries that you may have, please feel free to call or text Daniel Bacon at 941-330-7661 and he will be happy to assist you further.

March 22, 2021

Lakewood Ranch Homes For Sale: What to Know

Do you dream about living in a tropical paradise with pleasant weather, or enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of Florida? There is a reason why Florida is known as the "sunshine state," and hundreds of thousands of people visit the state for it every year. Some of them decide to move here so they never have to leave, or end up buying a second home or investment property and visit for part of the year.

But, finding Florida real estate is not one size fits all. There are big cities, small towns, resort areas, and more to choose from. How do you know which real estate location is best for your needs or lifestyle?

If you are looking for a unique community with an established reputation, consider Lakewood Ranch homes for sale on Florida's Suncoast.

Lakewood Ranch is a Master Planned Community, ranking as second best-selling in the United States. This community, which spans both Manatee County and Sarasota County, is just 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota. Downtown St. Petersburg is 40 minutes away, and Tampa an hour. 

Read on to learn what you need to know about Lakewood Ranch homes for sale in the Sarasota area.

New Construction Homes 

Some home buyers want a fresh start and that build their dream home from the ground up, choosing all of their finishes, colors, structural options, etc. Lakewood ranch has many builders of new-construction homes to choose from, including some of the best custom builders in Florida.

Building your new home from scratch is exciting, but the process can be overwhelming. Choosing the right community is the first step, but then you'll need to find the right homesite, the right model of home, choose all of your options, design your pool. We will help you with all of these things, from choosing a community all the way to the closing table.

We have extensive experience with new construction, have established relationships with builders, and have guided countless clients through the building process, and we would love to help you.

Over 70% of buyers who build new construction homes in Lakewood Ranch work with a Realtor. Best of all, at the Daniel Bacon Group our services are FREE to our clients. Once your home is complete the builder will pay our commission. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by consulting with us on your new home purchase.

Waterfront Homes and Lakefront Homes 

If you are hoping to live in Florida, you may be considering a waterfront or lakefront home, like so many others looking for homes in Lakewood Ranch. Waterfront properties not only provide spectacular views, they can also be great investments and more likely to hold their value over time.

Lakewood Ranch has waterfront homes in all of its 22 communities (and counting). While you will pay a premium for a waterfront home compared to a preserve view, or a homesite backing to other houses, there is nothing like sitting in your living room or lanai and looking out over a peaceful lake.

Luxury Real Estate 

When you think of luxury homes, what comes to mind? In Lakewood Ranch, luxury real estate isn't out of reach. With 22 communities and counting you will be sure to find the home of your dreams.

Depending on your budget, there are plenty of luxury homes in Bradenton under the 1 million dollar mark. Many of these homes will have all the luxury finishes and touches you expect. Think open floorpans, gourmet kitchens, bright and luxurious master bathrooms, spacious lanais featuring custom pools and spas.

Market Expertise 

In the luxury sector, you'll need a guide with a lot of experience. The Daniel Bacon Group offers proven expertise in the Lakewood Ranch real estate market. 

Homes Over $1 Million 

There are many Lakewood Ranch homes for sale exceeding the $1 million dollar mark. These luxurious real estate offerings showcase the best of Florida, and include neighborhoods such as Country Club East, Lake Club, and The Concession. If you are interested in high end homes it may be useful to spend some time on our Market Reports page. You can search all active, pending, and sold homes within the last 6 months. You can also create an account and get email updates on all new listings for luxury homes over $1 million.

Golf Homes

Anyone in Lakewood Ranch can join the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. This is a country club as well as a community and is divided into two sections: Lakewood Ranch Country Club is the original, and Country Club East is the newer addition. Also, you can purchase a home in either of these communities without joining the club.

Other places to look for golf homes are the communities of Esplanade Lakewood RanchEsplanade at Azario, and Lakewood National.

Ready to Move? Lakewood Ranch Homes For Sale Are Waiting For You.  

Lakewood Ranch is a unique community that offers a place to call home for every taste. Whether you are searching for luxury homes on the resale market, or are ready to build a new construction home, we are here to help you make it happen.

To learn more about Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, visit homes, or to schedule a showing, contact The Daniel Bacon Group

May 2, 2020

Find a New Home with The Daniel Bacon Group

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April 10, 2020

Why Lakewood Ranch Ranks on Top in New Home Sales

For the second year in a row, in 2019 Lakewood Ranch was the best-selling master-planned community in the nation. With an astounding total of 1,655 new homes sold (an increase of 12% over 2018), there’s no sign that the popularity of new homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, will decline anytime soon. If you’re wondering why so many people want to live in Lakewood Ranch, here are just a few of the reasons people love this world-renowned community.

Aerial shot of two luxury homes

Lakewood Ranch Is for Everybody

With lush landscaping, miles of tree-lined trails and walking paths, and acres of luxurious parks and golf courses, it’d be easy to think of Lakewood Ranch as a city of millionaires. The reality, however, is quite different. While there are plenty of luxury homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, with values into the millions of dollars, there are homes and condos for sale at all price points. New families just starting out can find unlimited options in the low 200s, and—with no state tax—it’s the perfect destination for those seeking a retirement home as well.

Incredible Amenities

Lakewood Ranch was planned with the whole community in mind, so it’s not just a series of neighborhoods connected by streets. Many neighborhoods, or “Villages,” offer large amenity centers with resort pools, fitness centers, tennis, pickleball, and even kayak storage. Lakewood Ranch Country Club’s main clubhouse contains over 44,000 square feet of space, including casual and fine dining. There is also a 20,000-square-foot modern fitness center, and a tennis center with 20 courts. The amenity center at LakeHouse Cove, in Lakewood Ranch Waterside, even includes a sunset viewing lawn and its own boathouse.

Green Space

The designers of Lakewood Ranch have always appreciated the importance of enjoying the great outdoors and preserving the environment. With that in mind, residents are able explore 150 miles of interconnected trails and walking paths spread out amid 7,000 acres of parks, lakes, and natural preserves.

home for sale in Lakewood ranch

Main Street Town Center

When you live in Lakewood Ranch, you feel like you’re part of a small town, and nowhere is this more evident than on Main Street. A walkable, friendly street, Main Street feels more like a small Midwestern town than the primary town center of a master-planned community. The wide variety of food and entertainment options makes it easy to spend the day just wandering the shops and enjoying the weather. You can see a movie, play miniature golf, partake in some fine dining, or just go for a stroll. On the first Friday of every month Main St. is blocked off from cars, vendors set up tents, and featured bands play in the street for Music on Main.

Premium Location

Being close to three major cities has a lot of perks. You can be in downtown Sarasota in 20 minutes, downtown St. Petersburg in 40 minutes, and downtown Tampa in 60 minutes. The options for dining, arts and every kind of entertainment are endless. Need to fly? Sarasota Airport is 20 minutes away, and Tampa International is just an hour. All of the sites of Florida’s Gulf Coast are easily accessible from your quiet suburban neighborhood, so you get all the benefits of big-city living, but without all the hassle and congestion. You can be on a white sand beach in as little as 20 minutes.

Whether you want to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch, contact Daniel Bacon today at (941) 330-7661.

Posted in Buying Homes
April 5, 2020

A Closer Look at the Lakewood Ranch’s Multi-Generational Community

In 2019, Lakewood Ranch became the top-selling multi-generational community in the U.S. People are flocking to south looking for luxury homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Why do people love living in this community so much? Here is a closer look at Lakewood Ranch’s multi-generational community and reasons why the master-planned community is a real estate mecca.

lakewood ranch luxury home residents

An Ideal Community

Lakewood Ranch provides an idyllic Florida lifestyle to people of all ages. The multi-generational community is built around convenience, green practices, and healthy living. The 31,000-acre community, which extends through Manatee county and into Sarasota county in Southwest Florida, has a broad selection of recreational activities, shopping, sport, and abundant medical facilities.

The gorgeous natural landscape spans the entire Lakewood Ranch community. 150 miles of trails, paths and walkways connect residents’ homes to outdoor spaces, as well as indoor spaces where individuals and groups come together to celebrate or just have a good time. These trails will likewise connect you to recreational facilities, shopping centers, and town centers in other neighborhoods.

Shopping at University Town Center, a major regional mall and shopping district, and Ellenton Outlets are both close by. The white sand beaches of Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island are just a short drive away.

It’s easy to see why Lakewood Ranch’s new homes for sale are a hot item. There are more than 20 unique “Villages,” each featuring distinct features and price ranges, thus assuring a home to suit every lifestyle and budget.

A Center for Wellness and Innovation

Lakewood Ranch is among the best places in Florida—and the U.S.—for you to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. In fact, the multi-generational community has been chosen to be included in a landmark multi-generational research initiative that will study brain health globally. In addition, an expansion to the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has recently been completed.

Recently, the town added two community parks, two shopping centers, a town hall, sheriff sub-station, middle school, and 1.1M square feet of commercial property used to create 222 business and 2,361 additional jobs.

life at Lakewood Ranch fl

National Appeal

People come from all over the U.S. to purchase property in Lakewood Ranch and surrounding communities. Though many move from other cities in Florida, a steady flow of buyers also come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and even California. Seventeen of the 19 villages, two of which are 55+, are actively selling homes. Kolter’s Cresswind, The Palisades, and Woodleaf Hammock are some of the recent additions to the multi-gen community. A quarter of home sales are from residents purchasing a second, third, or fourth home in town.

If you are interested in learning more about homes and condos for sale in Lakewood Ranch, FL, you can visit our Lakewood Ranch website today. You can also call Daniel Bacon at 941-330-7667, or send questions and comments through

Posted in Buying Homes
April 1, 2020

The Advantages of Owning a Home

There are a lot of people out there who believe that purchasing a home has too many risks. They don’t understand the real estate market, or they find the purchasing process to be too complicated, so they continue to rent and live at the mercy of a landlord. What they don’t realize is that homeownership has a lot of advantages, and, in most cases, purchasing the right home is a better financial decision in the long term. Homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch, FL, are likely to rise in value over the years, and purchasing a property in this growing location now could help a buyer create a comfortable financial position in future. If you’re interested in learning more about the advantages of homeownership, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few reasons why it’s better to buy…

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Safe Long-Term Investment

We touched on this in the introduction, but this point is worth expanding on. Purchasing a home is one of the best long-term investments one can make. This is especially true in well-planned, growing communities, such as Lakewood Ranch, FL, and especially if you’re planning on owning the home for a long period of time. The real estate market is cyclical by nature, so there are more risks in short-term home ownership and in ventures such as flipping a home. However, owning a home for many years can prove to be a powerful financial decision since eventually you can take advantage of a hot market and sell at peak pricing. If you and your family are looking for a forever home and a great investment, Lakewood Ranch could be a perfect fit for you.

Build Equity

When you buy a home, you build equity as you pay off the mortgage. This is one of the key reasons why buying a home is a smarter financial decision than renting; you are paying your money into your own asset rather than a landlord’s. When homeowners make a mortgage payment, they are subtracting money they owe on the loan, while increasing their equity in the home at the same time. On the other hand, when you lease a home, you don’t have anything to show for it when you move out.

Build Credit History

Homeownership will improve your credit history as well as help you build a higher credit score. Nothing says “responsible” like a homeowner who makes steady mortgage payments on time. As you continue to pay off your loan, your credit score will shine, allowing you to borrow more in the future. If you’re hoping to buy a car, boat, investment property, or any make any other major purchase, it will be a lot easier to pull off if you own a home and have a solid payment history.

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Freedom to Improve Your Home

Being a homeowner also gives you complete control over your home. If you want to paint a room, knock down a wall, install better appliances, paint your cabinets, or maybe add some landscaping, the choice is yours when you are the owner. You’re not restricted by a property management company, or landlord that’s too cheap or lazy to maintain the home himself. Whatever you imagine, your own home is your own blank canvas.

If you’re interested in becoming a homeowner and seeing some houses for sale in Lakewood Ranch, FL, it’s time to contact an agent. Call or email us today to start the process!

Posted in Buying Homes
March 30, 2020

Why You Should Invest in Lakewood Ranch Real Estate

Lakewood Ranch, Florida, is the second best selling Master Planned Community in the U.S., and one of the hottest real estate locations in Florida. With home values on the rise and so many people moving to FL, it’s no wonder so many are choosing to invest in this growing neighborhood. But what about the Lakewood Ranch real estate that makes it so compelling? There isn’t just one answer, but many.

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Luxury Homes

Lakewood Ranch was designed to be a place where lifestyle and architecture meet. Both mainstream and custom homes are designed to give the community a luxurious and high-end look, with a British West Indies theme common. Most yards and landscaping are maintenance-free giving neighborhoods a manicured look. And, that’s just on the outside! Luxury homes ranging from 700K to over $1 Million offer a limitless selection of architectural and lifestyle features. You can find homes built by luxury builders such as Stock Signature Homes, John Cannon Homes, Arthur Rutenberg, Neal Signature Homes, Taylor Morrison, Lee Wetherington Homes, and Homes by Towne, among others.

The Perfect Location for Water Lovers

Lakewood Ranch is great location and community in which to invest in real estate. A prime location for beach lovers, there are four world-class beaches a short drive away: Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and fine white powder-like sand beaches.

Master-Planned Community

A-rated schools, parks and recreation, housing from apartments to high-end luxury homes, shopping and dining; you’ll find everything you need in or close to Lakewood Ranch. Taking a walk around Main Street, where you will find boutiques, international restaurants, and entertainment opportunities such as the Lakewood Ranch Cinema. With the ability to join Lakewood Ranch Country Club, as well as and other luxury amenities offered in different neighborhoods, you’ll stay active and find friends to last a lifetime. The new Waterside Place will feature shops, trails, parks, waterfront dining and The Players Centre of Performing Arts. You will not be bored in this exciting community.

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A Solid Investment

With 20 years in planning, over 20 years in building, and around 20 years left before completion, Lakewood Ranch is a safe place to invest your money. Sales have risen consistently since 2011, and there are almost 15,000 more homes to build. Home values are increasing along with the number of luxury million-dollar homes. There are also opportunity for investment in second and rental homes. Whether you’re looking for a primary residence, retirement property, or you’re just looking for another investment, you can’t go wrong by purchasing real estate in Lakewood Ranch.

If you’re looking for Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, allow the experts at The Daniel Bacon Group to help. With years of experience in the area, we can help you find the perfect property for your next purchase. Fall in love with Lakewood Ranch and find your place in the community! To learn more about our available properties, visit today.

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