Lakewood Ranch Real Estate News

Dec. 5, 2017

7612 Haddington Cove

With 3,100 Sq Ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and large den there is plenty of space for the whole family in this friendly Haddington Cove neighborhood of Country Club East. Enjoy a large covered outside space surrounding the private pool. Granite, volume ceilings, hardwood floors, plantation shutters upgraded cabinets and appliances are just some of the features of this beautiful home. Contact us for a private showing.

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Dec. 5, 2017

6471 Willowshire Way

With over $25,000 in upgrades since construction just 2 years ago this home is move-in ready! At 1,829 Sq Ft it is modestly sized yet comes with an unusual 3-car garage. Located just off the intersection of I-75 and State Road 64 the home is conveniently located close to shopping, airports and all the the Lakewood Ranch area has to offer. River Strand has 27-holes of golf, endless amenities and loads of social opportunities. Contact us for a private showing.

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Oct. 11, 2017

19422 Newlane Pl Bradenton FL 34202

This John Cannon custom home in Concession Golf Club was just completed. Offering 4,471 Sq. Ft. on a premium, reserve lot near a Cul-De-Sac, the home features 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 3 garage spaces off the motor court in two separate garages, one having a direct entrance to the Master wing. The formal entry opens to the massive Great Room and open floorpan with custom kitchen and informal dining. Enjoy Outdoor living at it’s finest with large pool featuring in-pool seating, spa and sundeck, and loads of under-cover space including a free-standing Gazebo and gorgeous beautiful Reserve views. Everything you could want in a home in Concession without the wait, and at a competitive price!

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July 27, 2017

CORE at Lakewood Ranch

CORE, which stands for “Collaboration Opportunities for Research and Exploration,” is the newest long-term commercial construction project in Lakewood Ranch. Introduced by Lakewood Ranch’s master developer, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the Collaborative Opportunities for Research and Exploration project plans to develop more than 4 million square feet of commercial space over the next two decades.

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CORE at Lakewood Ranch Artist Rendering

 

First announced in 2015, CORE aims to attract national life sciences and healthcare companies for its 305-acre biotech industrial park. Conveniently located between Tanglewood Parkway and State Road 70 at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, the future development will encourage commercial growth and increase employment in the area by a projected 10 percent. With the average job in the biotech field paying more than $70,000 per year, CORE will also boost the local economic climate.

Unlike many other major commercial construction projects, Lakewood Ranch Commercial spent eight months master planning the CORE facilities before announcing the project. Instead of opening the site and building a single structure at a time, LRC hired the renowned biotech architecture firm, Flad Architects, to produce preliminary design plans.

 

CORE at Lakewood Ranch

 

The vision for the industrial park includes a mixture of glass and metal mid and high-rise structures grouped together in blocks. While some buildings may soar to a whopping 12 stories, CORE makes it a point to emphasize Lakewood Ranch’s picturesque topography. Forty-two acres will be dedicated to natural wetlands, and additional space will be allotted to public spaces and bicycle trails. In total, CORE will contain 100 acres of landscaped open space.

The central CORE campus plans to offer a 300-room hotel and conference center, additional retail development, and 971,000 square feet of school space dedicated to study of science and technology.

CORE’s First Major Development: The Green

Neighboring Lakewood Ranch’s Harmony village, The Green at Lakewood Ranch is LRC’s first major development for CORE. Headed by Orlando-based firm Tavistock Development, The Green is a 37-acre mixed-use development project with 150,000 built square feet dedicated to retail, office, and restaurant spaces with a contemporary style. Encompassing 525,000 square feet in total, the vast project will feature more than two dozen businesses, including 304 luxury residents and anchor tenants, Earth Fare and LA Fitness.

June 25, 2017

Move In Ready Home in Lakewood Ranch Country Club East

This move-in ready new construction home from Cardel Homes is now available in Country Club East Lakewood Ranch. Located in the Haddington section of Country Club East, a maintenance-free golf community, this home is ready for your furniture.

 

Click for Full Listing: MLS# A4167741

 

 

The Cardel Homes Endeavor 3 features 12-foot ceilings throughout, and the wide open floorplan combining the living room, kitchen and dining area make the home feel much larger than it is.

Features include an extended lanai with large caged pool, huge granite island and kitchen, a den, custom moldings, hardwood floors, large laundry, and all of this on a pond-view lot.

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May 24, 2017

Everything you need to know about the Fort Hamer Bridge

Bridging Communities and Improving Roads

Construction is nearly completed on the Fort Hamer Bridge, a $32.7 M project connecting Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR) with Fort Hamer Road. This will give residents of Lakewood Ranch a 2nd option to I-75 to move between Manatee and Hillsborugh counties. Initially started in 2015, this two-year project was commissioned by Manatee County at the behest of community developers wanting a more accessible route between the Parrish and Lakewood Ranch. The project spans approximately 5.5 miles and includes the new construction of Fort Hamer Bridge, as well as necessary improvements to both UMRR and Fort Hamer Road. 

The Fort Hamer Bridge itself consists of a two-lane bridge that extends roughly 2,300 feet across the Manatee River. With paved bike lanes, spacious shoulders, sidewalks, and additional turn lanes, Fort Hamer Bridge is projected to become a smooth transition between the UMRR and Fort Hamer Road. The north and south approaches also include sidewalks, shoulders, and roadway lighting to ease traffic conditions. 

UMRR and Fort Hamer Road will include comprehensive improvements, including extra sidewalks, paved bike lanes, and right and left turn lanes. In addition, the roads will be widened to 24 feet, and a traffic signal will be positioned at the intersection of UMRR on the south side of Fort Hamer Bridge.

 

Current Status of Construction

The Fort Hamer Bridge contract was initially given to the Johnson Bros. Corp of Hillsborough County with an estimated 630 calendar days for completion. Construction began March 2015 and is expected to continue until late Summer 2017. 

As of May 2017, the Fort Hamer Bridge is more than 80% complete. The bridge currently extends more than 1,850 feet from the northern side of the Manatee River. The Material Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall has also been completed on the southern approach. Construction crews are working on the piers on both sides of the bridge. Once finished in July, crews will begin connecting the southern section to the UMRR side of the bridge.

Crews must complete several scheduled projects before finalizing Fort Hamer Bridge. The continued construction of piers, pouring of concrete decks, and building a new road to connect the southern approach to the bridge are all necessary projects to be completed before the end of summer. 

Benefits To Residents on Both Sides

Although the Fort Hamer Bridge cost a whopping $23.5 M - UMRR and Fort Hamer Road improvements cost $2.7 M and $6.5 M respectively - the benefits to Manatee County are immense.

With the construction of Fort Hamer Bridge, residents of Parrish and Lakewood Ranch communities have easier access to both sides of the Manatee River. Parrish residents will gain a speedy route to Lakewood Ranch’s expansive amenities, while Lakewood residents will be able to enjoy Parrish’s revitalized historic village within a short drive. Parrish also includes the Florida Railroad Museum and the elite rowing facility at Fort Henderson Park, host of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

The Fort Hamer Bridge is also expected to increase outside business and open up new development on both sides of the river. Developers are already planning more than 23,000 new residential units in the North River area, mostly along Moccasin Wallow Road. Developments, like The Islands of River Wilderness near Fort Hamer Park, are capitalizing on the bridge’s construction and using it as a selling point for prospective buyers.

Community residents are hoping the UMRR and Fort Hamer Road improvements will help smooth traffic flow and eliminate accidents. US 301 and I-75, currently used to reach the opposite sides of Manatee River, often suffer from traffic congestion. The Fort Hamer Bridge will provide a more-direct route and ease driving conditions for locals during tourist season. Alternative routes are also critical in case of evacuation due to natural disasters.

May 22, 2017

New-Construction Cardel Homes Dolcetto 3 Now Available

This brand new construction spec home from Cardel Homes is now available in Lakewood Ranch. Located in the Collingtree section of Country Club East, a maintenance-free golf community, this new home is loaded with options. 

 

Click for Full MLS Listing: MLS# 4182933

 

 

The dramatic 16’ ceilings, combined with the very open floorpan, offer a feeling of massive space. The great room flows nicely out the outdoor living area with pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The huge bonus room with full bath, bar with cabinetry, and lanai access will be amazing as an office, entertaining space or game room.

 Come on down and see why everyone is so excited about Lakewood Ranch real estate! There are many great reasons why Lakewood Ranch is one of the best selling Master Planned communities in the U.S, and we would love to show you around.

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May 22, 2017

Luxury Living in Country Club East

Interested in new luxury home in Lakewood Ranch but don’t want to wait for new construction? Now available is this beautiful Neal Signature Fairhaven II home in Lakewood Ranch’s Country Club East.

MLS# 4184182

Neal Signature Home

 

Built just 2 years ago this home was extended and heavily optioned making it a turn-key opportunity. The exceptionally large 3/4 acre lot allowed not only space for the extension but also a very large pool and outdoor living area.

Inside you’ll find luxury features everywhere you look including: a gourmet kitchen with huge center island, granite counters and glazed cabinetry; casual, off-kitchen dining with bench seating and aquarium window overlooking pool; upgraded hardwood floors throughout; a huge, luxury master bath with large shower and separate tub; oversized outdoor living with large pool and spa, loads of deck space, and a large covered area with dining, living area and summer kitchen.

 

Neal Signature Home Pool

 

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May 22, 2017

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Market Summary

Lakewood Ranch is a vibrant American success story. In Florida, where many markets can boom or bust over time, Lakewood Ranch has emerged as one of the 5 top best selling master planned communities in the U.S. since breaking ground in 1995. 

A strong regional market and resilient values, even through hard times

Values have gained steadily due to the Ranch’s close proximity to major metro areas in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa, plus easy access to major transportation routes, airports, beaches, cultural attractions, businesses and shopping. 

Florida is already a mecca for both retirees and younger family households attracted by a great climate and growing job base. Being located between near large metro areas on Florida’s Suncoast, Lakewood Ranch is well positioned to capture new buyers from out of state as well as current Florida residents attracted by its newer homes and unique resort-like amenities.

During the housing crash from 2008-2012, when hundreds of other Community Development Districts in Florida were forced to declare bankruptcy as housing values slid, homes in Lakewood Ranch continued selling, and the community emerged from the Great Recession stronger than ever.

Current Market Conditions, Spring 2017

Following the best sales year in history, having been the 4th best selling Master-Planned Community in the U. S. with 785 homes sold, sales and interest in Lakewood Ranch homes are hotter than ever.

Sales have been brisk for new homes in all communities offering new construction. Lakewood Ranch’s newest development, Arbor Grande, recently sold its first home. Initial construction of infrastructure for Lakewood Ranch Waterside is well under way. Country Club East has opened two new sections; Eaglescliffe and Hawksnest. Stock Signature Homes has finished land preparation for Lake Estates in The Lake Club, and new sales models are under way. The new development of Lakewood National now has two single family models open, and they have sold out the first three condo buildings. Open for four months, the first golf course is getting rave reviews. Indigo is on it’s fourth section and selling quickly.

Average days on market in Lakewood Ranch since January 1st was 107, with homes selling at 96% of list price on average.

The following table represents Lakewood Ranch Real Estate statistics for the period spanning 1/1/17 to 5/21/17.

Spring 2017 Lakewood Ranch Market Statistics

May 22, 2017

Real Estate Marketing with Drones

Drones are proliferating everywhere these days, and not just for recreation. More and more, real estate companies are making use of aerial drone photography and videography to create property photos and videos of homes for sale. Drones are the biggest advance in visual real estate marketing since the virtual tour became common in the early 2000s.

The stirring emotional appeal of a bird’s eye view

Especially in a master planned area such as Lakewood Ranch, drone photography and video can give home buyers a more complete impression of the home itself, as well as the surrounding community. It stirs excitement to see layout of the homes lot, community design, and proximity of unique lifestyle amenities such as lakes, golf courses, parks and recreation centers.

For properties with water frontage, for example, drone photography is especially beneficial. Being able to show the entire scope of the house and surrounding landscape features can produce a strong emotional appeal over more traditional ground-based photos, helping the buyer better envision the appeal of the home’s location.

 

Country Club East Homes Drone

What drones can tell you about a property

When used for real estate marketing, drone photography can show potential buyers a whole range of visual details that can’t be encompassed by the naked eye, such as

  • The neighborhood and surrounding area, including the home’s proximity to amenities
  • Encompassing aerial views of the entire property and land
  • Unique features such as water or golf course frontage.
  • What the drive home or the kids’ walk to school looks like
  • Civic developments or local improvement districts (LIDs) that the buyer’s property taxes might cover

Drones must fly by the rules, and respect neighbors’ privacy

The idea of drones buzzing around your head or taking illicit footage of you through your window is disturbing, but is not a realistic concern. Few drones even have lenses that allow zooming, so a person with a camera-phone 100 ft. from your house has a better chance of invading your privacy than a commercial drone does.

Drones weighing over .55 lbs. are regulated by the FAA, and to operate a drone for commercial use a drone pilot must have a FAA license. The agency has a process for legal use of drones, and has issued operational guidelines and common sense rules. For example, operators must fly under 400 feet — plenty of height to capture a home’s features — fly only during daylight hours, and keep the drone within sight. They also are not allowed to fly directly over people or homes without permission.

The use of drones for real estate is still a relatively new thing, and the truth is that there are a lot of people out there using drones for commercial use without the proper credentials. We at LakewoodRachLife.com and Century 21 Beggins Enterprises have a FAA licensed drone pilot on staff, so you can be sure when you list your home with us you will get the highest quality, professionally licensed drone services for real estate.