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By Robert Schult | Agent in Sarasota, FL

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate

Lakewood Ranch has been ranked 2nd on the list of master planned communities in FL and 12th nationwide according to today's Bradenton Herald. If you haven't looked into this wonderful community, now is the time.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A national real estate consulting firm has ranked Lakewood Ranch the No. 2 master-planned community in the state, after The Villages in Ocala.

Lakewood Ranch also held the 12th spot nationally in the ranking by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, a firm with offices across the U.S. that specializes in housing research, advice and consulting.

“We are so proud of this top nationwide ranking,” said Milt Flinn, president of LWR Communities.

“We know that our strategic master plan -- incorporating our neighborhoods with amenities like parks and schools, shopping and recreation -- is one of the key reasons why Lakewood Ranch is so successful.”

Lakewood Ranch is an 8,500-acre, master-planned community in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

It is home to more than 15,000 residents.

Among its many features are A-rated schools; a hospital; the Sarasota Polo Club; Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining; and 4 million square feet of commercial property, LWR officials said.

A master-planned community is one that, from the beginning, is strategically mapped to insure walkability, a good fit with businesses and to provide a variety of amenities, according to Candice McElyea, director of marketing and public relations for Schroeder Manatee Ranch, Inc., developer of Lakewood Ranch.

Such advance planning produces “a very desirable place to live,” she said.

Although every developer has different goals in mind, at SMR, the focus has always been on walkability, she said.

“Everything is convenient,” she said, adding that children can walk to school and families can walk to parks and to businesses. And there’s golf in the backyard.

A respect for nature is also a key theme at LWR, she added.

“Some developments are not necessarily master planned communities,” she said.

“They wipe out all the trees, and put in the homes; in Lakewood Ranch, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like that: Wetlands, nature preserves, big oaks, and nature is a really, really big part of our master plan here.”



Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2011/03/18/3043180/lwr-no-2-planned-community-in.html##ixzz1Gz5oGKyO
 
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