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.
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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.
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