Lakewood Ranch

The master-planned community and paragon of luxury is replete with high-end shopping, dining, and show-stopping amenities.

Welcome to Lakewood Ranch


Ensconced by the breathtaking beauty of Florida’s dynamic landscape and outfitted with a sophisticated commercial hub, there’s more than one reason why the community of Lakewood Ranch has been consistently ranked as the #1 multi-generational community in the nation. From the swaying palm trees lining its bustling Main Street to the jaw-dropping estates and swanky condos, Lakewood Ranch positively radiates affluence.

Over the last 100 years, the Lakewood Ranch area has blossomed from a collection of neighborhoods into a sprawling town in its own right, complete with more than two dozen unique villages and nearly 18,000 homes. Lakewood Ranch is considered one of the fastest-growing communities in the US, too, and has seen a recent increase in new-construction homes and an influx of trendy eateries, shops, and entertainment venues. 

Many of those looking to buy their homes in the Lakewood Ranch area are drawn to its collection of opulent estates and lavish executive homes, often situated to offer sweeping panoramic views of waterways, golf course fairways, or open natural preserves. Architectural styles are heavily influenced by Spanish and Mediterranean designs, though many of the newer homes brag contemporary aesthetics and modern flair. Condos are also a popular choice for residential real estate, especially with an abundance of waterfront properties in development. 


What to Love


  • Highly walkable with plenty of bike lanes
  • New construction and continued growth
  • Thriving downtown district and vibrant culture


Local Lifestyle


The community of Lakewood Ranch prides itself on its ability to cater to those of all ages and interests. Whether it’s retirees looking for a personal paradise to relax in, young adults seeking out an upscale hotspot for entertainment, or families hoping to settle into a quiet, safe village — Lakewood Ranch is large enough to meet nearly every need and desire. 


Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping


In addition to an assortment of neighborhood plazas, Lakewood Ranch is home to three incredible town centers, each with its own unique atmosphere. The open-air elegance of Main Street is reminiscent of a European village square, complete with adorable boutiques and upscale dining. Waterside Place serves as the lakeside dining destination, while The Green at Lakewood Ranch offers more than two-dozen businesses and restaurants. 

Retail enthusiasts will want to visit the nearby Mall at University Town Center. Known as Sarasota’s premier shopping destination, this high-end center has over 100 stores, including luxury brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors

There’s a delightful cornucopia of dining options available in Lakewood Ranch, conveniently peppered throughout its many neighborhoods and carrying cuisines that can range from globally inspired to South Florida specialties. At Bourbon & Bones Chophouse, delectable cuts of prime meat are paired with a staggering menu of fine bourbons, spirits, craft beers, and cocktails, which can be enjoyed throughout the week or on the weekends during the venue’s special live performances. 

Nancy’s BBQ is the go-to for mouthwatering, authentic, North Carolina barbecue, and wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on the sumptuous selections available at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. For a casual atmosphere and heavenly American cuisine, Libby’s offers up their gorgeous restaurant as the ideal place for family gatherings and special occasions. 


Things to Do


Lakewood Ranch is a lively, convivial community, where there’s always an exciting event, club gathering, or celebration underway. Held at Waterside Place every Sunday from 10 am until 2 pm, the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market provides an opportunity to browse the best of local produce, artisan crafts, and specialty products while listening to live music performances and sampling from an array of vendors. 

Every first Friday of the month, the Music on Main event is among Lakewood Ranch’s most popular. This free concert series packs in the fun with its showcasing of local talent, and attendees come from all neighborhoods to browse the dozens of vendors and crafters lining the street. 

New to Lakewood Ranch is the annual Fine Arts Festival, held every March. The festival consists of an invigorating outdoor gallery that displays a wide variety of artistic mediums, as well as the chance to meet personally with local creators and commission specialty pieces. For the athletic types, Lakewood Ranch has plenty of sports clubs, including soccer clubs, running clubs, and the nearby Sarasota Polo Club.




Lakewood Ranch is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Lakewood Ranch High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school ranked #2 in Manatee County
  • Pinnacle Academy, PK & K-11, highly rated private school
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated public elementary school ranked #5 in Manatee County



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