dozen tennis courts and basketball courts, and
days in one of many pools.
By the time he graduated high school,
groceries, and shops had popped up along Main
Street. Clydesdale-led parades barreled along the
intimate streets lined with Floridian architecture
that now wind through Lakewood Ranch
Town Center. And, by his 20s, entertainment,
shopping, schools, and a bustling business
district characterized Lakewood Ranch as a
“My parents had us volunteering for
everything in the beginning—every event, every
community project,” he says. “We’ve always
been invested in this place.”
And, the return on that investment
has been far greater than they dreamed.
Lakewood Ranch now has a tennis
center complete with 20 har-tru clay
courts, six world-class golf courses
(plus one under construction), homes
ranging from $180k to $10 million,
schools for pre-school to college, and
1,500+ businesses, including bio-tech
companies, health care facilities, and
the area’s top-ranked hospital.
Both Travis and his brother still
spend portions of their days “investing” in
Lakewood Ranch. Colby Hall is the Sports
Director for the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, and
Travis has been a Lakewood Ranch YMCA
tennis coach since he graduated from high
His parents are settled into retirement, living
their best life in the most popular planned
community in Florida.
“Yeah, they wouldn’t be anywhere else,”
When asked if he would ever consider
leaving, Hall easily responds, “No, we’re not
going anywhere. This is our home.”
Ret i r e d AT THE RANCH
Patricia (Pat) Collins, born and raised in the Canadian Rockies near
Alberta, Canada, and her husband Mark, born in Britain, have been
watching Lakewood Ranch since its Grand Opening in 1995. They moved
to Atlanta, GA, in the early 90s for work. And, while Pat says she's tickled
to be where she is now, that she left her home in Canada kicking and
screaming. “I truly loved where we lived,” she says.
While she learned to love or at least like wherever she was, luckily for
her, either good fate or a happy accident brought her to the blissful state
she lives in now.
“My husband was in Sarasota on business. He runs marathons … well, he
did back then,” she says. “And, after running across the Ringling Bridge in
Sarasota, he said he just knew that this was where we’d end up someday.
He started looking around a bit and discovered Lakewood Ranch.”
They continued to visit the Ranch through the years and were fortunate
enough to watch it grow into the vision that the founders laid out in the
And, 20 years later, give or take, when it was time to retire, Lakewood
Ranch decidedly became their destination.
After five years in, she says,
she’s still pinching herself.
“I can’t say enough about how
much fun it is here,” she says.
Most Fridays and nearly every
Sunday, the majority of their
Leopard Creek neighborhood in
Country Club East, also known
as “Party Creek,” head into Friday
concerts on Main Street and up
to the polo fields for ;unday polo matches and a little tailgating. ;at says
they have found their people. “This is what we worked so hard for, to sit back
and enjoy all the stuff we dreamed of doing while we were at work.”
They’re involved with groups that go kayaking, biking, running, and of
course, partying. ;We’re kind of known for finding any e;cuse to throw a
party around here,” she says with a laugh.
And, what’s not to celebrate?
“We always say we’ll never miss the shoveling, scraping, or shivering.
In Florida, even when it’s cold, it’s not cold.”
Overall, she said, you have to work pretty hard to have a bad day at