I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, which is a private membership only club that includes golf, a fitness membership, and also a social membership.
If you want more information on the membership tiers and the 2023 fees, click the button to download below!
We've had a lot of questions about this recently, so we're going to dive into that in this video and explain each tier and also where things stand in terms of membership and when and if and how much it would cost for you to join. So if that interests you, then stay tuned.
First, let's talk about what the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is, where it is, what it entails. One of the biggest misconceptions is that it's a private golf club and membership club for the communities of Country Club and Country Club East ONLY, and that's not the case.
It is open for anyone to join.
What does the club offer?
There's three different golf courses. Two of them are in Country Club, which is like the original country club. Some people call it Country Club West. And then we have one golf course in Country Club East.
You have 20 tennis courts, four pickleball courts, a 20,000 square foot fitness center, Eight lane Junior Olympic pool and one resort style pool as well. There's fitness classes that are included in the membership. You don't have to pay extra for the fitness classes.
In Country Club East, there's a little addition to the fitness and they built 16 additional pickleball courts, which is all the rage lately. Total pickleball courts is 20-...16 in Country Club East 4 in Country Club. And remember, you don't have to live in these communities in order to be able to join.
What are the membership levels?
So top tier, we have the premier golf membership. The second tier, we're gonna have the sports membership, and then there is the social membership. So you could do social only, you could do sports, which would include the social, or you could do golf, which includes all three; Golf, sports, social,
The social membership gives you access to the restaurants and the bars that are in both of the respective facilities. In Country Club, they have their main facility, banquet Hall, restaurant Bar, cigar Room. In Country Club East, we have the Lodge, which is the main restaurant and bar. Both communities are gated, and if you join the membership, then you get a special fob that allows you to enter in and out of the gates to access the club.
How much does it cost to be a member?
Okay, now let's talk money, because this is the part that everybody's been asking. What does it cost? How do you join? What does it take? Is there a wait list? Et cetera.
So let's start at the top... Premier Golf membership, which gives you access to all three courses, plus the fitness, plus the social. The initiation fee is $45,000.
It is a non-refundable initiation fee. The monthly dues at this point as of 2023 are $973 a month for a family membership. Or if you are a single person joining one person only, it'd be $826 a month.
What you would need to do in order to get on the wait list for the golf membership as of right now.... you have to put down half of the initiation fee. And it is non-refundable. That puts you on the wait list. So we're talking about a little over $24,000 with the taxes and the fees.
The second tier (Sports), which would get you the fitness and the social requires a $12,000 non-refundable initiation fee (plus tax).
The monthly dues are $315 for a family membership, and that is the only kind of membership there is. And this includes the social membership, as well.
How does the wait list work?
So let's say you put yourself on the wait list for Golf and you put your $28,000 down and you say, "I wanna join the sports and enjoy the social aspect as well". So you pay $12,000 and change to become a Sports member. When your name on the Golf waitlist comes up, you will only owe the remainder of whatever you've already paid.
So it's, it's gonna be about $24,000 left for the final piece of that initiation fee. If you're a member of the fitness and social, they're going to credit you the $12,00 towards that balance that you have already paid.
It's a nice setup so that if you join the fitness and then your time finally comes for golf, you're not double paying.
Now the final tier is the social only membership, that also is on a wait list right now. That's about 34 people on that list. The social membership just as it is, is $5,000 initiation non refundable, plus there's tax with that.
And then the monthly dues are $138 per family. There is no single membership, so that's it. It's $138 per household. There are no minimum spends at the restaurants or the bars, and that's different from other clubs like say Esplanade or River Strand, where there are minimum spends to be a part of the membership.
For more information on the fees and membership tiers, download the forms here, or contact us with additional questions!
BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT THE WAIT! Set on a quiet cul-de-sac street in the Lakewood Ranch village of ‘Indigo’, this 4 bedroom POOL HOME can be yours today.
Listed at $781,000.
Indigo is conveniently located adjacent to A-RATED elementary and middle SCHOOLS, Bob Gardner Park, and two Publix grocery plazas.
Indigo provides its residents with robust amenities including gated entry, two community pools, a fitness center, pickleball courts, playground, sidewalks throughout, and an on-site lifestyle director to plan events for residents.
This newly constructed “Heritage” is a 2 STORY, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage home, featuring a main floor owner's suite and a list of fantastic upgrades!
As you enter the main foyer, your eye will turn to the spacious Great Room with TRAY CEILING and sliders that lead out to the screened in POOL and LANAI. Luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the main living space makes for a designer feel and cohesive look throughout.
The eat-in kitchen features a brand-new GAS RANGE and dishwasher, and a walk-in PANTRY for additional storage. With room for 3 or more at the oversized ISLAND, and a café area adjacent, you have the perfect seating arrangement to enjoy dinner and entertain.
The MAIN FLOOR OWNER'S SUITE has sliding glass doors that lead out to the EXTENDED COVERED LANAI, dual sink vanities in the bathroom, a walk-in closet, and a large corner shower.
Once upstairs, you have a large LOFT SPACE that can be utilized in a multitude of ways… think recreation room, second living room, study, or flex space.
The three remaining bedrooms are also located upstairs, with a second full bathroom featuring dual vanities. Additional windows have been added to bedrooms 2 and 3 bringing in the Florida sunshine and extra natural light.
The oversized backyard is pie-shaped, facing a landscaped lush berm, creating a private oasis. The brand new saltwater POOL and screen enclosure, with its large covered outdoor living space, are an incredible find in today’s market!
LOW HOA fees of only $261 per month include all the amenities Indigo provides, plus your exterior lawn maintenance and irrigation!
*Guide Now Updated for 2023!
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When you decide to move to an area like Lakewood Ranch there are a lot of choices as far as different neighborhoods, different types of homes; they have different amenities, there are different fees associated with them and all of that information can be overwhelming if you're not familiar with it.
So, we've developed a guide to help you through this process and that's what I'm going to go over today.
I'm going to share with you how to download this free guide and how you can use it to help narrow down your choices and find the best fit for you within Lakewood Ranch!
Anytime you decide to move to a new place you probably start by looking on the internet... looking up different cities, towns, neighborhoods, possibly even different states.
If you’ve done all of that exploring and research, maybe you have narrowed it down to Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
What you may not realize is, Lakewood Ranch is twice the size of Manhattan and bigger than Disney World, so just choosing that location still leaves you a LOT of space to figure out where you want to live.
One of the questions we get asked most often from buyers looking in this area is: How do I know which neighborhood to choose?
Well, there are a few factors that go into that and that's what we're going to help you work through with this guide to narrow down the focus and choose the right village in Lakewood Ranch.
1. Type of House?
The first question you want to consider depends on the type of house. Do you only want New Construction? Do you want to build from scratch? Or are you okay with a resale home in a neighborhood?
(Now remember, Lakewood Ranch is only 27 years old so the oldest home was built in the mid 90’s and isn’t too old, just needs some modernization)
In the first part of this village guide, we break down all of the villages in Lakewood Ranch based on whether they are currently building and still have home sites available.
And then the resale villages where new construction is complete, but there are opportunities to buy. Watch the two videos we provide links to in order to get a feel for the various villages.
Depending on those videos, you would choose the villages that make the most sense for you based on which type of home you're looking for.
The next important question to consider is: which amenities are most important to you?
Most villages offer some type of amenities, but some Villages offer much more than others.
Some include golf, some only have a pool, so knowing those differences will help you determine which ones might work best for what you're looking for..
If you want to golf everyday, then a golf community where the HOA covers your membership might be a great option for you. That would be our Esplanade villages and Lakewood National Golf Club.
If that is not on the top of your list, then focus on the villages without golf memberships to keep your fees down.
As a side note, the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is a members-only club that you can join from anywhere, so if you want golf or tennis, but it isn’t available in the village you love most, you can always join the club separately and have that option.
3. HOA Fees?
We also share an HOA comparison chart so you can better understand how costly your fees will be each month and take that into consideration as you narrow down your choices.
Some villages have fees under $200/month and some are well over $350/month, so that should factor in to your budget.
Which leads us to the next question....
4. What is your Budget?
Knowing the price range you can comfortably stay within is very important and may immediately rule out some of the villages.
We share a chart showing the different pricing brackets of the villages to help you understand which ones will make the most sense to focus in on.
*If you are worried about getting pre-approved too early because you don’t plan to move for a while, I still recommend talking to a lender in order to get a better idea of the price range you want to look in. This is an immensely important factor, so the sooner you understand your numbers, the easier it will be to find the right location for your future home*
After reviewing all of those comparisons, you should be able to narrow down the village choices to a Top 5 List (or Top 3). These are villages that will have the type of home you want, with the amenities you want, in the price range you are looking for.
Once you have that list, you are ready to contact a realtor, plan a visit, and start looking for your home in Lakewood Ranch!
We are happy to help you with this process and lead your search, so please contact us to share the villages you are most interested in within Lakewood Ranch!
Download your free Guide here in order to start your search, today!
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7531 Windy Hill Cove - NEW LISTING in Country Club East, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Welcome home to 7531 Windy Hill Cove, Lakewood Ranch
Listed for $1,249,000
This elegant 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home offers the perfect SPLIT FLOORPLAN in one of Lakewood Ranch's most desirable neighborhoods; Country Club East. The Neal Signature-built residence offers over 2,500 square feet of living space and a beautiful outdoor lanai space with heated PRIVATE POOL and LAKE VIEWS.
As you step inside, you immediately notice the open great room leading to a beautiful chef's kitchen, with gas cooktop, large SPACIOUS ISLAND, quartz countertops, and separate breakfast nook looking out to the lanai and lake view. The engineered hardwood flooring flows throughout are a key design feature of the space. This “Verona II’ plan by Neal Signature perfectly captures the Florida sunshine making a light, bright, and inviting atmosphere throughout.
The right side of the home features 2 bedrooms and a DEN/OFFICE, as well as two full bathrooms and a laundry room with extra storage. The sizeable owner's suite located on the opposite side of the home, features TWO WALK-IN CUSTOM CLOSETS, a large bathroom with DUAL VANITIES, and a soaking tub.
Lounge outside on the peaceful lanai while soaking up the sun and lake views. Grill at the outdoor kitchen or just enjoy the HEATED POOL with a recently re-screened cage. The two-car garage is epoxy coated and includes convenient custom storage options.
“Windy Hill” is a quaint CUL-DE-SAC neighborhood within Country Club East with close proximity to one of the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club’s restaurant facilities, “The Lodge”, its pickleball courts, and one of its three golf courses (all available through separate membership which is not a requirement to live in CCE).
Country Club East ownership provides all residents the use of three community pools, a fitness center, community clubhouses, member coordinated social events, and gated entry. Windy Hill is also in a MAINTENANCE-FREE section of CCE, so your lawn, shrub, and irrigation maintenance are included in the HOA.
Conveniently located in an A+ RATED SCHOOL DISTRICT (Willis Elementary, Nolan Middle, Lakewood Ranch High), and a short drive away to Lakewood Ranch Main Street, the new Waterside Place, shopping or dining at UTC, and easy access to I-75, don't miss this opportunity to call Country Club East "home"!
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