Located nine miles east of I-75 in Sarasota County, Oak Ford is part of an 850-acre nature preserve. The neighborhoods are made up of wooded properties with views of wildlife preserves and private picturesque lakes on many of the larger homesites. Surrounded by nature, families are attracted to this unique community for its friendly neighborhood-feel, canopied streets, and flourishing wildlife. ... more. Wooded home sites at Oak Ford range from one to five acres, with larger properties allowing an equestrian lifestyle. Custom homes pay homage to classic and contemporary Florida styles, grand southern estates, and newer Mediterranean designs. Residents enjoy the convenience of nearby SR-70, Lakewood Ranch, University Town Center, grocery stores, and the Sarasota Audubon Nature Center. Within a 30-minute drive, experience the outdoor adventures presented at Myakka State Park, Lido Beach, and Siesta Beach.