Lakewood Ranch Florida Schools - Your 2022 Guide to Updates and School Zones If you're thinking about moving to Lakewood Ranch, and you're wondering how the school system is, well today we're going to talk about Lakewood Ranch, Florida schools!
In today's video, we're going to talk about Lakewood Ranch, Florida schools and explain how you can figure out where certain homes are zoned to for school, where you find the school ratings, how they do that system, and also share some news on expansion and new school plans.
As the Lakewood ranch area continues to grow in population, there's a need to keep up with that as far as the school system, so there are plans for expansion to certain schools within Lakewood Ranch, as well as plans for brand new schools in the next few years. And we're going to talk about that as well.
We're going to show you some drone footage of each school area, so you can get a visual of it. If you're on our website, there is a page dedicated to Lakewood ranch schools that you can learn more about the schools and also how they rank within the state. Just visit www.soldbychenkus.com/area-schools.html
We live in Lakewood Ranch and love sharing information about the community with you! If you're interested in moving here, reach out and we can help you find the perfect spot in Lakewood Ranch!
Courtney & Michael Chenkus
Charles Rutenberg Realty
@Sold By Chenkus
We got exclusive information on the floorplans and amenities coming to the newest Lakewood Ranch Village: Star Farms Lakewood Ranch, and we wanted to share it with you, FIRST!
We have confirmed that the first phase will be released and built by D.R. Horton with a variety of villas, townhomes, single family homes, and multiple amenity centers.
This gated 700-acre village will have almost 40 floorplans to choose from between the Express and Premium series D.R. Horton homes. They will have paver driveways, tile roofs, and beautiful interior finishes.
Different sections of the village will have access to different amenity centers, but everyone will have access to the Resort, or the Club, featuring a clubhouse, fitness center, resort style pool, coffee shop, poolside bar & grill, dog park, and more!
Four Individual Amenity Centers:
A variety of Floorplans Featuring: (Pricing to be available very soon!)
Watch the video to learn more about preliminary HOA and CDD fees, as well!
Want to get in on the ground level? Contact us today to join the VIP List and be the FIRST to know about releases on homesites, inventory, and pricing!
We have new village details to share about Sweetwater and Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch, two new construction villages COMING SOON, with more new homes in Lakewood Ranch!
Star Farms is planned to be a 700-acre gated community with over 1,500 single family, villa, and townhomes. This resort ranch is going to have a bunch of amenities and multiple builders. So far, we have confirmed two: DR Horton and custom homes by Lee Wetherington.
** D.R. Horton just released floorplans and more details about Star Farms phase 1.
Their "Emerald Series" of homes will feature 272 single-family homes, adorned with tile roofs, paver driveways, and beautiful interiors. These two- and three-car garage homes are constructed with concrete block and feature soaring 9’4” ceilings, granite or quartz countertops throughout, and much more. Similar to the floorplans currently in Solera at Lakewood Ranch.
D.R. Horton is also building their "Freedom Series" of homes which will feature 212 single-family homes as well as 192 paired villas (The Siesta), complete with tile roofs, paver driveways, and beautiful interiors. These plans are more similar to what was built in Palisades at Lakewood Ranch.
Models are underway and should be opening in 2022.. we will keep you updated on new developments. Fill out this contact form below to stay in the loop!
Sweetwater is further along in construction, as their models are under construction now. This M/I Homes community will also be gated and will have single family homes and villas. There will be other planned amenities for both sections. Floorplans and pricing should be released soon! I believe the M/I Floorplans will be a mixture of 2- and 3-car garage homes in their River and Spring series. They will have tile roofs and natural gas.
As of now, both villages should be zoned to Gullett Elementary, Mona Jain Middle, and LWR High.
To stay in the loop and learn more about these brand new Lakewood Ranch villages, fill out the form on this page. We will reach out with more details as we get them!
If you are looking to move anywhere in Lakewood Ranch - contact us! We live here and love it here. We are your Lakewood Ranch Neighborhood Specialists!
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Windward at Lakewood Ranch by Neal Communities has 16 floorplans to choose from spanning 4 unique home collections. Unfortunately, there is not a model of each floorplan, but we wanted to highlight some of the most popular plans to build with models from other Neal communities nearby!
Today’s video brings you the Kiawah model from the Coastal series. This is the largest floorplan you can build in Windward at Lakewood Ranch. The base floorplan is 4 bedrooms, den, 3 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage with a HUGE covered lanai space, coming in at 2,907 square feet.
BUT they have options to add a second floor with up to 2 more bedrooms, another full bathroom, and a loft space. This adds another 750 square feet or so to the house and allows for plenty of space for the entire family!
Windward at Lakewood Ranch is opening their amenity center SOON, which features resort style pools, tennis, pickleball, dog parks, a fitness center, playground, walking trails throughout the community, and a lifestyle director to plan events for residents.
The model shown in this video does not have the second floor and is built in Grand Park, a Neal community in Sarasota.
If you have questions about this plan, or any of the homes built by Neal Communities in Windward at Lakewood Ranch (or other spots) let us know! We would be happy to help!
We always want to make sure we are addressing real questions that you have about buying or building a home in Florida, so that our videos are relevant and informative. So, last week, we posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, which if you don’t follow us- you should! And we asked for questions you might have about home inspections, building, and just general living in Lakewood Ranch things.
Today, we are going to share those questions and our answers with you! Here we go..
Pest Control: Are the bugs that bad in Florida and how do we prevent them from getting in?!
I despise bugs, truthfully I don’t know anyone that likes them, so when we were talking about moving here this was a genuine concern for me, too. However, I had to remind myself that bugs are everywhere – not just Florida! In our experience (and everyone, everywhere is different) the bugs are not necessarily any worse here than where we came from. There are just more of them, and some I have never seen before LOL
So, how do you control & treat for them: definitely screen in your lanai or outdoor area so you can enjoy being outdoors without all the creepy crawlies. Also, as you would anywhere, if you are outside somewhere without a screen, use bug spray to help ward off mosquitos and no-see-ums. For your home, builders treat the wood they use in for your house with termite prevention and some builders install in-wall pest control tubes. Taexx was the original in-wall system and it is meant to create a barrier within the walls of your home to attack and prevent bugs before they penetrate those surfaces and get inside. It is not exposed to sunlight, nor is it released into your home in any way.
If you are consistent with Pest Control treatments, you shouldn’t have any issues in Florida!
Insurance: What insurance is required in Lakewood Ranch? Is it more expensive than other states?
The type of insurance you need will certainly depend on where you live in Florida. If you are on Siesta Key Beach, chances are you need flood, hurricane, and hazard insurance, which will be a higher cost. You can also add sinkhole coverage, fire & theft protection, and basically any type of insurance you want if it provides you more peace of mind. However, they all have costs.
Lakewood Ranch, specifically, is in the lowest risk flood zone "X", which eliminates that add-on because most lenders do not require flood insurance at that zone. The Sarasota/Manatee County area is also not very prone to hurricanes, as compared to other parts of Florida, so this could save you over $800 in insurance costs per year.
Older homes, built prior to 2001 are going to have higher insurance costs, while brand new construction is up to the most current codes and should not be very expensive. We have found in our experience with new construction, average costs are $700-1500/year depending on the size of the home and what you add on.
Things that can help to lower your home insurance costs are protective devices like security systems, hurricane impact glass in your home, residing in a secure gated community, and buying a new construction home versus an older one.
Home Inspections: Should you get one? If, so when? What does it cover?
As a buyer, and/or someone building a new home, you always have the right to conduct an independent home inspection on your property.
This can be done once, prior to your final walkthrough and closing of the home, or sometimes twice – once pre-drywall and again before closing. They might find issues the building subcontractors or county inspectors miss, so it is always helpful to have another set of eyes.
Home Inspections should cover all major areas of the home including roof, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, appliances, and major surface deficiencies. Some inspectors will also do another inspection prior to your Builder Warranty expiring to make sure you can get all issues fixed in time.
We are happy to recommend great companies we often use in the Lakewood Ranch area and encourage all of our buyers to get at least one inspection during their purchase process.
Closing Costs: How much does it cost to close on a new home?
Tourism is the biggest industry in Florida, by far, but lately real estate has been a big contributing factor to the economy, as well. Real estate closings in Florida tend to have higher closing costs than other states, comparatively, so it is something you want to prepare for and factor in to your home-shopping budget.
The main fees come from the loan charges, prorations for taxes, title charges and insurance, and recording & transfer charges. The Deed state/tax stamp is always the heftiest charge on the settlement statement. In a traditional resale transaction, this is usually paid by the seller. In new construction, the builder passes that cost on to the buyer, along with some additional builder fees, so new construction closing costs tend to be higher than resale. Also, paying cash eliminate some closing cost fees from the lender, if you go that route.
For a new construction house with a loan amount of $400,000, the closing costs could add up to over $20,000 including loan costs, other costs & builder fees, and no lender credits. As a comparison, a cash resale transaction for a sales price of $585,000 only cost the buyer about $13,000 in closing costs. Remember, the commission is always paid by the seller (or builder) so that is not factored in.
There are many components that impact this final cost, so talk to your lender about options and credits. You can also ask them for a closing cost estimate up front to help you plan accordingly.
That’s it for today! We plan to follow-up with some “Expert Segments” from an actual Home Inspector and a Lender we work with often to give more specifics. Let us know what other questions you have that you want answered!
Contact us for all of your Lakewood Ranch, Florida real estate needs!
Park East at Azario Lakewood Ranch – The Newest Lakewood Ranch Village by Taylor Morrison
We have exciting news! Park East at Azario Lakewood Ranch is officially OPEN!
This brand new Taylor Morrison community is the latest to join the actively selling villages in Lakewood Ranch. Located in the northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch, between State Rd 64 and 44th Ave East, Park East is adjacent to the Esplanade at Azario village, but they have their own floorplans and amenities, without the golf-included lifestyle. In fact, there are 21 floorplans to choose from! Park East will have just over 300 homes sites to build on.
All homes in Park East at Azario Lakewood Ranch are single-family homes. They differ from the Esplanade at Azario Taylor Morrison products in their floorplan design, fit, finish, and pricing. The lot sizes include 42', 52', 62', and 76' homesites, depending on the floorplan. There are 5 models to tour in this brand new village!
Visit our village page to see all available plans:
Our first video showcases the Java model, but we will be sharing each of the decorated models with you and more updates on the village, as they come!
These floorplans truly have something for everyone, ranging from 1,790 square feet to over 4,200 square feet.
The base pricing ranges from $370,000 to $670,000 and the HOA fee is about $158/month. There is a CDD fee for each home in this village, as well, dependent on the lot size.
Park East at Azario Lakewood Ranch has some wonderful amenities planned, but is not gated and maintenance is not included, which is why the monthly fees are so low.
Some other things to note: This village is a completely different product than the Esplanade homes, as they use shingle roofs in Park East rather than tile, cement sidewalks and driveways rather than pavers, and offer a unique design option: Canvas Collections.
Taylor Morrison has design packages, or Canvas collections, for the interior that keep the pricing and decision making very straightforward, or you can go to a design studio and pick out every single thing you want in the home. Here are the current Canvas Collection options:
Future Park East Amenities will include:
It is zoned to Gullett Elementary, Mona Jain Middle, and Lakewood Ranch High Schools.
For more information on this BRAND NEW Taylor Morrison village in Lakewood Ranch, contact us today!
Courtney & Michael Chenkus
Lakewood Ranch Realtors
Call: (941) 348-2653
We often get asked questions about home insurance; what it covers, how you know what the cost will be, etc. But we are not in the insurance business, so, we contacted an expert to help us out with this one! Rachael Harper is the Content Marketing Strategist of Bennett & Porter, a wealth management and insurance firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She wrote the following article to share more about Home Insurance and the factors that can impact your rate!
Factors That May Impact Your Home Insurance Rates
Ever wonder why you are paying more for home insurance than someone you know? Insurers cover several factors when computing your home insurance rate. The factors can vary—some historical, some regional, others personal.
Insurance providers also have different ways of assessing risk. That said, it is recommended that you compare home insurance quotes to ensure you get the most affordable rate possible.
Factors that Can Affect Your Home Insurance Rates
The cost of home insurance will depend on many factors. Below are some of the critical elements that can affect home insurance rates:
Location is one of the most significant factors insurance companies consider when calculating your home insurance premium. Most insurance companies also track the number, types, and cost of claims in each postal code area. High-crime neighborhoods and earthquake and flood-prone locations have high insurance rates.
On average, larger homes will cost more to insure. This can be attributed to the fact that more space and more furnishings need to be repaired or replaced after a loss. Essentially, the more content, the more space, the higher the insurance premium, and the more insurance will be required.
A good credit history can reduce your home insurance premium. Statistics show that those with good credit history typically make fewer insurance claims. It is essential to keep in mind that any inquiries into your credit history or score will be recorded in your report. However, your credit rating won't be affected when done for insurance purposes.
When you renovate your home, your home insurance premium can also increase as the amount of insurance coverage also increases. In line with this, it is recommended that you inform your broker about any renovations you have done so you will be able to get adequate insurance coverage.
The condition of your roof can affect your homeowners policy significantly. New roofs often mean reduced premiums. Homes with older roofs will also typically pay more. Most home insurance providers expect homeowners to keep tabs on their roofs and make repairs when required.
Type of Dog You Own
While many people love their dogs, home insurers are not as enamored. If you have a dog that's considered "aggressive," it would be a good idea to shop around for a policy. Some insurance providers will not increase your rates, while others might. The typical home insurance rate is .3% if you have a dog that’s considered an aggressive breed.
What Homeowners Insurance Covers
What does your home insurance cover? In rare instances when you need to file a claim, knowing the answer to that question can make a world of difference. While home insurance policies have standard provisions, what's covered can vary from state to state, depending on the policy you choose.
Specifically, home insurance policies will only cover perils that are listed as covered events in the policy. In other words, if a specific disaster is not listed as a covered event, homeowners will not be able to file a claim if it transpires.
Typical perils covered include:
● Smoke and fire damage
● Weather-related damage like hail or wind damage
● Water damage from internal sources, but not from flooding
● Theft of personal property
● Damage caused by ice or snow on the roof
● Explosions (i.e., gas explosions)
● Damage caused by motor aircraft or vehicles
Many insurance policies include provisions for contents (personal property that is not affixed to the house). This is the reason theft of personal property is usually considered a covered event.
Most home insurance policies also cover damage to outbuildings, fencing, and landscaping. The coverage is generally equivalent to up to 10 percent of the total policy amount.
There is also a provision that provides homeowners with temporary living expenses if their home has been damaged to the point where it is no longer livable. The insurance provider will reimburse homeowners their living expenses while their home is being repaired.
Lastly, most home insurance policies provide liability coverage if a family member, a third party, or yourself gets injured on your property. The same is true when your dog bites someone.
Several factors can affect your home insurance rate. That said, it is crucial that you carefully analyze your options before deciding. After all, your home is a massive investment, and you need to be able to protect it accordingly.
About the Author:
Rachael Harper is the Content Marketing Strategist of Bennett & Porter, a wealth management and insurance firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. When not writing, she makes use of her time reading books and playing bowling with her family and friends.
Park East at Azario Lakewood Ranch is located in the northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch., between State Rd 64 and 44th Ave East. This will be adjacent to the Esplanade at Azario village, but they will have their own floorplans and amenities, without the golf-included lifestyle.
In fact, there will be 21 floorplans to choose from! Park East will have just over 300 homes sites to build on.
Homes will range in size from 1800 sq ft to over 4800 sq ft. There will be 4 different home site sizes, as shown on their Phase 1 site plan, with 42’, 52’, 62’, and 76’ lots. And there are some beautiful sites, as we show in our video! Homes will be priced starting around $375K to over $800K, depending on floorplan and options.
This village will be zoned to Gullett Elementary & Mona Jain Middle School, which are both A-rated and just over 3 miles away down 44th Ave E. It is also zoned to Lakewood Ranch High School.
There will be 5 models to tour, opening soon, and they will be starting some inventory home builds in the next few months.
The HOA fees will most likely be under $200/month per home and the amenities are set to include a pool, sports courts, volleyball, and BBQ spots for residents to enjoy.
More specifics and pricing are still being determined, so contact us to join our VIP list and learn more details as SOON as we do!
Florida taxes are a mystery to many, but today we try to explain a bit more about taxes, how to find tax bills for homes, and what the Homestead Exemption could mean for you as a homeowner. To download your Guide to Homestead Exemptions, click here!
When you are considering buying a home in Florida, one of the main questions you will ask yourself will probably be "what are the annual taxes?"
It is not a very easy mathematical equation to figure out, but we wanted to share some helpful tips on ways to find out what taxes are on similar homes and determine if you are eligible for any tax exemptions.
First of all, you want to figure out which county the home is located within because each county can have different tax systems and millage rates.
Our video above focuses on Manatee county, specifically.
The county Property Appraiser's website is going to be a wealth of knowledge for you as you explore different exemptions and tax information.
Once there, type in the address of the property you want to look up and click "Search". This will bring up a screen with a ton of information about the home, including all of the tax exemptions listed. To download a free guide explaining more about tax exemptions, click here.
The Tax Bill will list all components of the total tax amount, including any non-ad valorem taxes- which in Lakewood Ranch, make up the Stewardship or CDD fees.
The totals listed indicate which amount you pay depending on how early you pay your taxes. For new construction, we like to estimate that the taxes will be about 1.5% of the purchase price of the home. That would include the CDD fee, and may be over-estimating in some cases, but it is a good starting point.
The Homestead Exemption essentially decreases your home value for tax purposes by $50,000, assuming your home is a primary residence.
Also, the “Save Our Homes” amendment limits, or caps, the annual increase in assessed value of property that has a homestead exemption. The increase cannot exceed the lesser of 3% or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous year. The assessed value cannot be greater than the market value. These two initiatives combined help to save money on your property taxes as a Florida resident.
For more information and FAQs, download your guide.
Or contact is with questions!
A popular question from buyers out of state is: what neighborhoods are NEAR Lakewood Ranch, but not necessarily in it?
Today, we are going to share information about the neighborhoods, or developments, that border Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County, between State Road 64 and University Parkway, east of I-75. This includes Braden Woods, River Club, Rosedale, Eagle Trace, Serenity Creek, and Avaunce.
Braden Woods- The aesthetic of this neighborhood really lives up to its name, as the tall pines and forests scattered throughout the homes make it feel like you are far out in the country, when really you are easily accessible to everything. The developer’s intention for Braden Woods was to create a neighborhood where you could enjoy the natural beauty of Florida, without having to find a state park.
Even the smaller lots at Braden Woods measure at least half an acre and homes meet a variety of sizes and styles. Homes were built starting in the 80’s, so this is an older development, which contributes to the more mature landscaping. Prices range from the $300,000s to the $500,000s There are no CDD fees and low HOA fees. Also, this is the only neighborhood in the area (that we know of) where septic tanks may be used rather than public sewer.
Homes in Braden Woods are zoned to Braden River Elementary, Braden River Middle, and Lakewood Ranch high school.
River Club - River Club is a deed-restricted community located in Bradenton, just outside of Lakewood Ranch, with no CDD fees and low HOA fees. There is a semi-private golf club and restaurant that is also open to the public for select hours. River Club was primarily built in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and has smaller sections within it including River Club North, River Club South, and River Club Sanctuary. Many of the lots are 1 – 3 acres in size, which is more than the average in this area.
Homes in River Club were originally built by well-known names such as Todd Johnston and Arthur Rutenberg. River Club accommodates a wide range of lots and properties, from maintenance-free villas to larger estates. The 3-5 bedroom residences start at $350,000 and extend to $900,000. The HOA fees are about $70/month for most homes and there are no additional CDD fees. The homes in River Club are also zoned to Braden River Elementary and Braden River Middle School, which can be found right within the neighborhood. Older students are zoned to Lakewood Ranch High School.
Rosedale - Rosedale is a gated golf course village located East of I-75, north of Sarasota in the Lakewood Ranch area. This location is very convenient for commuters and residents, with access to all Lakewood Ranch and the UTC area has to offer, as well as quick access to I-75. This maintenance-free community has no CDD fees and a private Golf membership for residents.
Homes for sale in Rosedale are a mixture of newly-built homes and resale. Lennar built many of the homes in Rosedale and offer floor plans ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to over 2,400 square feet. Ashton Woods is an additional builder in Rosedale with some homes still under construction.
Residents can choose to join the golf membership, but social membership is required for most homesites with an annual fee. Also included is a new clubhouse, tennis, pool, fitness center, and full service restaurant with no minimum spend.
Rosedale is zoned to Braden River Elementary, Braden River Middle School, and Lakewood Ranch High school.
For more information on golf or other membership, contact us!
Eagle Trace –
This neighborhood was built by Neal Communities starting in 2015. It is a small, gated enclave of just under 300 homes and villas, conveniently located right off State Rd 64. There are nature trails, dog parks, tennis courts, a playground, recreation center, and community pool within the neighborhood. Lawn maintenance is also included in the low monthly HOA fees and there are no CDD fees.
Homes in Eagle Trace are zoned to Lakewood Ranch schools: Gullett Elementary, Mona Jain Middle, and Lakewood Ranch High.
Serenity Creek – This gated neighborhood was built by Meritage Homes and is a small section of energy-efficient, larger two-story floorplans (primarily). All homes at Serenity Creek are equipped with special windows, Energy Star appliances, water-efficient fixtures, spray-foam insulation, smart HVAC system, and other features that translate into monthly utility bill savings.
Inside the community, residents can enjoy a dog park, playground, and trails to walk, run, or bike for an HOA fee of under $100/month. This neighborhood was built within the last 5 years, so resale homes are relatively new and modern. Most homes in Serenity Creek are zoned to Lakewood Ranch Schools – Gullett Elementary, Jain Middle, and LWR High School. There are no CDD fees in Serenity Creek.
Avaunce - Avaunce by KB Home is a gated community in Bradenton, FL, right in the heart of Lakewood Ranch yet without the CDD fees. This commuter-friendly location is just minutes from I-75, Hwy. 70 and Hwy. 64. With 8 floorplans to choose from, families can find the space they need without the extra fees.
This community does not offer many amenities, but there is a pool and cabana for the residents to use. It is not maintenance-free, but all of these options help to keep the HOA fee and cost of living down for homeowners.
Homes for sale in Avaunce were built by KB Home and range in size from 1,200 square feet to over 3,000 square feet. The largest floorplan can have 6 bedrooms and pricing on homes starts in the mid $200,000s. They are also zoned to Lakewood Ranch Schools: Gullett, Mona Jain, and LWR High.
If you are interested in learning more about the homes in these neighboring communities, contact us today! We would love to help you find your dream home in the Lakewood Ranch area.