Sarasota is located on the west coast of Florida on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The city was recently listed by the Times magazine among the 100 best cities in the world. There are only two Florida cities on this list, the second being our beloved Orlando.
The city was also voted one of the 10 best places to live in the US between 2021 and 2022, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Sarasota area is 9th on the annual list, which ranks metropolitan areas based on job market, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability and net migration rates. U.S. News & World Report notes that Sarasota "has a distinct vibe that is unlike Florida's coastal cities, with its own vibrant arts scene, beach atmosphere and growing food culture." Among the areas that are making the region special are St. Armands Circle and the "up-and-coming" Rosemary District neighborhood.
Sarasota also earned two other top 10 lists from U.S. News & World Report, ranking 2nd among the fastest growing places in the U.S. and 5th on the list of "places safest placesto live in the U.S."
Lakewood Ranch, a "Master Planned Community", is located in this region. That is, it is a planned community, just like Lake Nona and Horizon West (in Winter Garden).
Lakewood Ranch is an award-winning community of over 33,000 acres located between Sarasota and Manatee counties on Florida's west coast.
Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and more are about 20-40 minutes from Lakewood Ranch, and a quick drive will take you to the beaches of Clearwater, St Petersburg many more.
The community is already home to more than 50,000 residents and boasts A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own "main street" with theatres, shops and restaurants, and more than four million square feet of retail.
Lakewood Ranch offers a variety communities (called Villages) throughout its length. Each offers homes, recreational areas and a lifestyle for all sizes and stages of life. Whether you prefer the seclusion of a nature preserve, the fun of a more active, family-friendly community, the excitement of downtown living or the luxury of a country club - you'll find something that meets your interests and needs.
In all, there are about 20 Villages, each offering several types of houses and several options for floor plans. Check out this link for a comparison of the Villages, with average prices, types of houses offered and leisure facilities available.
Lakewood Ranch includes 15 preschools, seven public elementary and secondary schools and five private and 10 higher education campuses, with an emphasis on business, vocational, culinary and medical programs. The elementary and secondary schools are consistently well rated.
By mid-year 2021 Lakewood Ranch was considered the best-selling community in the U.S., according to research conducted by RCLCO, a national real estate market consulting firm. Lakewood Ranch reached 1,535 new homes sold by the end of June 2021, beating last year's numbers by 83 per cent.
While Lakewood Ranch has been the best-selling Master Planned Community for all ages in the US for the past three years, the 2021 report marks the first time it has taken the top spot overall.
Follow our video series around Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. We've created a playlist with all the videos from the region, which you can check out below.