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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.