About Lakewood Ranch, FL
Lakewood Ranch, Florida was originally agricultural land that straddled the Sarasota and Manatee County Line, just east of Sarasota and Bradenton. Lakewood Ranch, Florida was a working ranch at one time with cattle ranching, citrus crops & tree, and turf farming. The ranch was owned by the Uihlein family, who were one of the original owners of Schlitz Brewery. Lakewood Ranch, Florida is now an award-winning 7,000-acre master-planned community encompassing all aspects of residential and commercial development.
There are 20 villages that make up Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and they all offer a variety of lifestyles. From townhomes, single-family homes and luxury estates, Lakewood Ranch, Florida communities share living space with beautiful landscapes of forest and wetland preserves that are full of native wildlife. There are also recreational facilities that include Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Athletic Center, which is a 54 hole championship golf course, the Sarasota Cricket Club, nine world-class polo fields and a variety of community parks, lakes and nature preserves.
Lakewood Ranch, Florida development started in February of 1994 and today Lakewood Ranch, Florida in one of the fastest-selling multi-generational, master-planned communities in the United States with more than 36,000 residents.
Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street also has its own downtown that offers stylish boutiques and international restaurants, the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas and other creative entertainment opportunities. Main Street combines elements of the ideal downtown with easy to access stores. The open-air environment provides a unique place for strolling and shopping, special events, and concerts and festivals throughout the year, making this the focal point of the community and Lakewood Ranch's "downtown."
Lakewood Ranch, Florida also offers numerous public and private schools – elementary through college. The public schools zoned for Lakewood Ranch consistently receive some of the highest ratings from the Florida State Board of Education. There are nine college campuses which include medical, pharmacy, and dental schools.
Lakewood Ranch also has Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, a 120-bed hospital that opened in the fall of 2004, began a large expansion project in 2018, and is adding a robotic surgery program in 2019.
Lakewood Ranch, Florida is accessible from interchanges at University Parkway, State Road 70, State Road 64, and Fruitville Road.