Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Information

Lakewood Ranch is a medium sized town situated on the south central coast of the state of Florida. Lakewood Ranch has a population of approximately fifteen thousand three hundred residents, and is technically considered a part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lakewood Ranch is also categorized as a part of Manatee County, where it is found in the southeastern area. Lakewood Ranch borders Sarasota County, and offers easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Two notable residents of Lakewood Ranch throughout the years are National Basketball Association referee Tim Donaghy and broadcaster Dick Vitale. Lakewood Ranch is notable as being one of the newest master planned communities in the Sunshine State, resulting in a somewhat homogeneous in terms of both socioeconomics and demographics.

The area which is now considered Lakewood Ranch was originally inhabited by Native Americans, especially those of the Timucuan and Caloosa Tribes, who often used the region as a vacation spot much like Longboat Key. Like the rest of the coastal regions of Florida, the first European explorers to map and chronicle the region were Spanish conquistadors, specifically the expedition of Hernando De Soto. Lakewood Ranch developed much later than the rest of Florida and the Sarasota region, as the first settler, John Schroeder, did not purchase land or set up a residence until the early twentieth century. The master planned community of Lakewood Ranch was planned and built during the nineteen nineties, and continues to be developed for environmental friendliness to the present day. There are a number of educational opportunities to be found in and around the community of Lakewood Ranch, including the namesake Lakewood Ranch High School, Braden River Middle School, Carlos E. Haile Middle School, Robert E. Willis Elementary School, Freedom Elementary School, and Gilbert W. Mcneal Elementary School. There are also plenty of public and private schools found in the nearby metropolitan area of Sarasota. Relatively close attractions include Disney World, the Ringling Museum of Art, the Parker Manatee Aquarium, and the Crowley Museum. Parks in the region include Adventure Park, Heron's Nest Nature Park, Summerfield Community Park, Country Club Community Park, and Greenbrook Park.