At its inception, Lakewood Ranch was little more than an expansive agricultural tract that straddled the Sarasota-Manatee County Line, just east of Sarasota and Bradenton.
In 1994, after 19 years of careful planning and approvals, real estate development began. Today's Lakewood Ranch is an award-winning 7,000-acre master-planned community encompassing all aspects of residential and commercial development.
Seven villages, offering a variety of lifestyles—from town homes to estate living—share dramatic landscapes with forest and wetland preserves and hundreds of species of native wildlife. Recreational facilities include Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Athletic Center, 54 holes of Championship golf, the Sarasota Cricket Club, nine world-class polo fields and a variety of community parks, lakes and nature preserves. The community, also features shopping, dining, excellent new schools and healthcare facilities, and was recently voted "Best Neighborhood" by the readers of Sarasota Magazine.
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