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Considering Moving to Lakewood Ranch?

Let me help you discover our top-rated, master planned community.

Greetings. I'm Abigail Altier and I'm your Lakewood Ranch relocation specialist. You've landed on this page because you've likely given some thought to moving or relocating to the Lakewood Ranch area. To help you in your research process, I've organized my site as a helpful resource to help give you a good overview of the area as well as my TOP 10 Reasons on why you should consider moving to the top-rated Lakewood Ranch community. When you're ready to make the move, or just have some questions not addressed on my site, feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Overview of Lakewood Ranch, FL

Originally known as Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the current day Lakewood Ranch community began its transition into a master-planned residential development back in 1994. Today, the Lakewood Ranch community is home to 58,523 residents at an average age of 49 (2022 data) and features top-rated schools, top golf and country clubs, thriving community centers, sports facilities, a polo club and now ranks as a top Florida retirement destination in the country.

Lakewood Ranch Awards & Accolades

Lakewood Ranch, and the greater Sarasota area, commonly receives awards and accolades for its white sand beaches, its quality retirement lifestyle as well as top-rated healthcare services. See recent mentions below.

Lakewood Ranch Community Sign
Polo Game at LWR
Town Center at Lakewood Ranch
Tower at Nathan Benderson Park

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Lakewood Ranch Area Map

Your Guide to Understanding the 33,000 Acre Master-Planned Community

The following interactive map is your guide to understanding the boundary of the Lakewood Ranch master-planned community as well as the communities located within. I've also outlined the new Lakewood Ranch Southeast expansion area (approved in Oct 2022) which will include up to 5,000 additional homes in eastern Sarasota county. When you connect with me, I'm glad to show you the communities in Lakewood Ranch that best meets your needs, lifestyle preference and price point.

Your Guide to Lakewood Ranch Real Estate, Schools, Shopping & Healthcare

Best Lakewood Ranch Golf Communities

For the avid golfer, Lakewood Ranch offers multiple golf and country club communities. Most of these golf courses are private and were designed by Arnold Palmer.

  • Country Club East
  • The Country Club
  • Lakewood National Golf Club
  • Esplanade Golf & Country Club

Best Lakewood Ranch Neighborhoods

Lakewood Ranch offers a wide selection of top neighborhoods to call home. Many of these communities are family-friendly and offer great water views and have nature trails nearby.

  • Waterside (includes Lakehouse Cove & Shoreview)
  • The River Club
  • The Lake Club
  • Edgewater
  • The Isles
  • Polo Run
  • Bridgewater
  • Palisades
  • Greenbrook
  • Summerfield
  • Central Park
  • Arbor Grande
  • Mallory Park
  • Savanna
  • Indigo
  • Star Farms
  • Sweetwater
  • Lorraine Lakes
  • Esplanade at Azario

Lakewood Ranch Senior Communities

  • Del Webb Senior Community

Lakewood Ranch Assisted Living Communities

  • Windsor at Lakewood Ranch
  • Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch
  • The Sheridan at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Town Centers

Lakewood Ranch was planned with three town centers for residents and families to gather, have fun with friends while enjoying outdoor festivities and events, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Waterside Place Town Center from Above Waterside Place Town Center from Above

Lakewood Ranch Shopping Plazas

Residents of Lakewood Ranch can easily run errands close to their new home. The master-planned community offers supermarkets, banks and drug stores conveniently located throughout the community.

  • The Shoppes at University Center
  • Lorraine Corners Plaza
  • Lakewood Ranch Town Center Shoppes
  • Market Square Plaza
  • Gateway North Plaza
  • San Marco Plaza

Waterside-UTC Connector Project

Lakewood Ranch residents may also soon have even more convenient access to shopping and dining at the UTC Town Center via a new I-75 overpass at the south end of Benderson Park. To learn more about this project currently under review, including site photos, visit my Waterside-UTC Connector page.

Lakewood Ranch Medical & Healthcare

Lakewood Ranch offers its residents nearby medical and healthcare services without leaving the Ranch. Below are providers.

  • Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
  • Lakewood Ranch Medical Group
  • Lakewood Ranch Medical Care

Lakewood Ranch Corporate & Business Parks

Lakewood Ranch is home to many of the top and best employers in Manatee and Sarasota County. Below are some of the biggest Lakewood Ranch employers, many of which are headquartered locally. View

  • FCCI Insureance Group
  • Willis Smith Construction
  • Neal Communities
  • Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
  • Roper Technologies
  • Trinet USA
  • Miles Partnership

Lakewood Ranch Schools

With many young families moving to Lakewood Ranch, there are now many public schools and private schools in the area.

  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Robert E. Willis Elementary School
  • Braden River Elementary School
  • Braden River Middle School
  • B.D. Gullett Elementary School
  • Imagine School @ Lakewood Ranch
  • Lakewood Ranch High School
  • Saint Stephen's (Private)
  • The Classical Academy of Sarasota (Private)
  • Out-of-Door Academy (Private)