Located inland from Sarasota Bay, near the southeastern corner of the city of Bradenton, lies Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned community which certainly has a lot to offer its energetic residents. With an approximate population of 16,000, it is still growing, boasting green construction and some of the most wonderfully environmentally unspoiled landscaping in Florida.
Schools serving this luxurious and plush community include Lakewood Ranch High School, Braden River High School, Braden River Middle School, R. Dan Nolan Middle School, Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, and Robert Willis Elementary School. There are also private schools and colleges in nearby areas.
<h2>Lakewood Ranch Real Estate</h2>
This master-planned community is for the discerning homeowner, with an average listing price is just over $608,500, and a median sales price of about $330,000. The price per square foot averages $158, making this one of the most desirable areas in the state to call home.
There are ten villages on-site, comprised of single family homes, villas, and townhomes. All built by top residential developers with plenty of creature comforts, style, and energy-saving functionality. With so much to offer, many families choose to call this location to raise a family.
<h3>Things to Do and See</h3>
Main Street is the most popular destination for local downtown shopping and dining. It is also home to an events center. What's more, there's no end of things to do right on property, such as polo, cricket, a gun club, and a sports complex, not to mention the dozens of other amenities in this upscale community.
Golf lovers will find the beauty and challenge of some of the best designed links in the state at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood, The River Club, The Preserve Golf Club, Waterlefe Golf and River Club, and Stoneybrook Golf Club.
For those who like to indulge in some serious retail therapy, there are plenty of options, such as Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, Creekwood Crossing, Lakewood Ranch Plaza, Ellenton Premium Outlets, and Westfield Southgate. Notable nearby destinations include Crowley Natural and Cultural History, Sarasota Classic Car Museum, South Florida Museum, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Cà d'Zan Mansion, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for history enthusiasts and nature admirers.
The greatest thing about Lakewood Ranch is it has it all in one place. Developed with a vibrant and active lifestyle in mind, there are plenty of trails, events, festivals, and of course, boating, fishing, biking, hiking and much, much more!