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multiple pools, ;tness centers, and clubhouses. Meanwhile, the community has its own 120-bed hospital that
opened 13 years ago, and nearly 1,400 businesses that
employ more than 13,000 employees in diverse ;elds such
as ;nance, insurance, health care, retail, professional/
technology, and construction.
On the growing Lakewood Ranch Commercial front,
which truly makes Lakewood Ranch a rare place to “live,
work, and play,” Lakewood Ranch already has more than
four million square feet of commercial development and
government approvals for up to 10 million square feet
Lifestyle & Value
Product diversi;cation continues to be one of the critical success factors driving sales, Cole says. For instance, the
community has bene;tted from the addition of builders
who o;er a wider array of home products and sizes. What
that brings is a healthy mix of younger families starting to
positively impact sales in communities like Savanna and
Mallory Park or established, high-quality lifestyle neighborhoods with their own set of amenities and attractions
that are drawing people at higher price points to places
like Esplanade and Country Club East.
;e real estate options are limitless, featuring nearly
every type of residence imaginable from condos in the
low $200,000s at Esplanade Golf & Country Club to
single-family homes from the low $500,000s at Waterside
to custom lake-view homes from $1 million in the newest
Lake View Estates section of ;e Lake Club.
Ongoing expansion of amenities at Lakewood Ranch,
including renovations to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and
Country Club’s existing athletic center and clubhouse, and
a new clubhouse at Country Club East called ;e Lodge,
are also instrumental in stimulating new interest as it
shows the landowners are committed to the long-term.
Meanwhile, the community’s newest village, Lakewood Ranch Waterside, opened its ;rst models this
summer, marking a new beginning for the Ranch as it’s
located in Sarasota County just minutes from the heart
of high-end Sarasota and its famous beaches and culture.
When completed, Lakewood Ranch Waterside will feature single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments—
all nestled among seven lakes with walkability to a new
village center, Waterside Place.
According to Lakewood Ranch, another change in the
community is a growing number of younger families following their parents into their active-adult stages of life.
“Kids are following their parents to Lakewood Ranch
because of quality of life,” Cole says. “Technology and
the proximity of four international airports for busi-