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Lakewood Ranch: In a League of its Own

Lakewood Ranch, in Sarasota, Florida, has a list of accolades too lengthy to cite. A quick visit to the Lakewood Ranch website will quickly convey how it stands apart. The photos, awards, and videos you’ll find there speak for themselves.

The homes at Lakewood Ranch, and their surroundings, are equally breathtaking. Close to the sun-drenched beaches of Sarasota, and surrounded by nature preserves, bike trails, and the big blue Gulf, Lakewood Ranch offers endless access to outdoor adventure.

Example of Spanish-style home

Eco-luxury at its Finest

Hailed as the largest green, master-planned community in America, Lakewood Ranch spans 17,500 acres of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Since 2005, the construction of every home, village and business has incorporated eco-friendly products and building techniques. As a result, homes and buildings within the gates are more efficient and healthier spaces to inhabitat. Every Lakewood home meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Home Standard.

Equally important, environmentally-speaking, half of the land owned by Lakewood Ranch has been preserved. Hundreds of acres of community parks are spotted year round with picnickers. And, joggers, walkers, and cyclists as well keep the 150 community trails blazed.

As one might expect, wildlife is prolific in and around Lakewood Ranch. One can easily spot a sandhill crane, fawn, or even an otter simply while driving through the neighborhood.

Sandhill Crane

About Town – Culture, Shopping, and Food!

Lakewood Ranch hosts many vibrant events and festivals.

Music on Main features local jazz, rock, blues, and R&B bands on the last Friday of each month.

And, The Suncoast Food & Wine Festival, is an uber-popular fall favorite. The festival attracts visitors from around the world, and showcases hundreds of local and international wines and cuisines, cooking demos, and live entertainment.

Finally, Art at the Ranch is a must for all art lovers. The festival is known for being the South’s premier showcase of local, national, and international artists; not to mention for its mission. Art at the Ranch proceeds benefit the Art Center Manatee.

Shopping is an equally sought after main attraction at Lakewood Ranch. With over eight shopping districts, your needs as well as your desires are amply covered. Small boutiques, specialty clothing shops, art galleries, and culinary and home goods are among the shops you’ll find in Lakewood villages.

And, lest we forget the all-important palette! Restaurants are almost as plentiful, and equally as varied, as local shops. An array of dining options featuring global cuisines are scattered throughout Lakewood Ranch. Many others are located minutes away in downtown Sarasota.

The Heart of the Matter – Home and Lifestyle Options

Lakewood Ranch is home to many neighborhoods, as well as complete villages. Esplanade Golf and Country Club, a Taylor Morrison community, is one such “village”. Builder magazine named Taylor Morrison the #1 private builder in the country in 2010, and 2011. And, the homes and Country Club at Esplanade are, of course, stellar examples of such excellence. The Taylor Morrison community occupies 600 acres in Lakewood Ranch. In addition to its serene lake surroundings, it also features Mediterranean-inspired architecture, and lush landscapes. An 18-hole golf course and clubhouse are, of course, the centerpieces of the community. The community’s proximity to Main Street and Sarasota’s beaches are also an attraction.

Golfers, as well as other active adults, flock to Lakewood Ranch. The community hosts one public golf course, as well as two private courses. Tennis courts are plentiful. And, polo and cricket are equally popular among residents.

Overall, Lakewood Ranch has created an ideal balance between luxury and responsibility, and adventure and pure enjoyment. Call to inquire about discovery packages and discounts. Lakewood Ranch discovery travel offers the weekend trip of a lifetime in addition to the opportunity to live like a resident. Book your trip to experience the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle for yourself.

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