Today's video's all about making your Lakewood Ranch, Florida home search easy. I'm going to share a secret that I tell all of our clients that helps them make their home search simple and organized in their minds. So when they're online, looking at YouTube or Facebook, Instagram, Zillow, or Trulia, and trying to figure out what's the best neighborhood for them, this Tip is going to make it all easy.
So I'm going to start by recapping the Lakewood Ranch map, as you can see here...Lakewood ranch is huge. Lakewood ranch is really big.
This piece of paper, this map, it really doesn't express how large it is. From top to bottom to drive is about a 20 minute ride, across is 15- 20 minutes as well. It's really huge.
Let's break this down into zip codes, because Lakewood Ranch sits within three different zip codes. It's that big!
An easy way to think of it is there's: Top middle bottom. We have the top zip code, middle, and the lower zip code is actually part of Sarasota county. But I'll get into that in a second.
Let's start at the top, the zip code on the Northern side, which would be between state road 70 and state road. 64 is 34211. This encompasses a very large area, like I said, and is where most of the new construction is occurring right now.
There's a street called Bourneside, which is the Eastern border currently of Lakewood Ranch. They're talking about going a little bit further across Bourneside They're talking possibly a new Del webb, which would be a 55+, and also a Lakewood National 2, so a new golf course community, which is kind of cool. But it hasn't even begun. It's just cows.
How many houses are for sale in 34211, the Northern part of Lakewood ranch? As of July 7th, which is just a couple of days ago, there are 227 active listings... that doesn't include property that's under deposit. It's not recently sold. It's just everything that's currently available that you can view, make an offer on, and purchase.
The median number is a really good number to use because it kind of takes the large, big, expensive house and the cheaper houses and disregards those so that you can understand where's that sweet spot in the middle. And that is $619,000 in this zip code, this data I pulled myself from the MLS.
This zip code includes probably about 50% of completely built out neighborhoods like Central park, Mallory park, Arbor Grande And it also includes the new construction stuff, like Star Farms, Sweetwater, etc. So if you're looking for new construction and your price point is in that $600k to $800k range, this is the area for you. Of course there's more expensive properties than that in the zip code, but, as a whole, the data shows 600 to 800. That's probably where we're at now in July of 20 22, in 34211.
Now let's go to the center zip code of Lakewood ranch. This is the original zip code when Lakewood ranch began and sold their first house. And I think it was in 1995 for $88,000. I'm close...Don't quote me, but it's something like that.
Summerfield, Greenbrook, Country club, Riverwalk, and Edgewater. And then you have The Lake Club, Country Club East, the Ritz Carlton golf membership that that's just a golf course. That's privately owned. And then you have Del webb, The Isles, and another portion of Greenbrook. That's 34202. You can see just from glancing at this that it is a bit smaller in land area than 34211.
And there's less neighborhoods. They're bigger neighborhoods. There's definitely a different aesthetic and a different feel from the two zip codes as you travel down, just simply because of when they were built and this zip code 34202, has the most established resale.
There's 131 active listings as of July 7th. This is from MLS data that I pulled. The median price is $815,000. So you could see it's a little higher. 34202 has slightly different school zoning than 34211 and there's some differences in terms of the aesthetic of the neighborhoods, just simply because these were developed as very, very large neighborhoods with individual communities and villages within like Country Club East and Country Club. They each have sub neighborhoods, in comparison to say a Mallory park, which that's just one neighborhood Mallory park.
The Southern portion of Lakewood ranch, which is from University Parkway down to Fruitville road is actually in Sarasota county. This is the area of Lakewood ranch where Waterside place is. And if you haven't heard of Waterside place, it's a town center that was built on this massive lake. So there's apartments and shops and restaurants.
It's become a really cool cultural center for the residents to enjoy
The shape of Lakewood ranch and the land that was actually owned and/or acquired by the original family, doesn't have as much of a consistent shape to it. So as you can see here, it goes across. And then down Lorraine road and stops where you see the village Windward.
Turning to the statistics of this particular zip code, 34240 in Sarasota. Now this is eye opening because like I said, it's a huge area. Huge and only a little portion of it is Lakewood ranch. But these numbers, this isn't just Lakewood ranch. This is for the entire zip code. So of that entire vast area, there's only 55 houses for sale.
The data's gonna be a little more difficult because this area is simply just not as developed. Waterside is still developing and there's a lot of residential opportunities still coming. Shoreview is there, LakeHouse Cove, but then there's the Alcove being built by Neil Signature, Avanti by Pulte.... All of this is under development right now.
There's a few resale here and there, but every one of these neighborhoods are pretty much brand spankin' new.
And that brings me to my final point. And it's a word of wisdom. It's a tip. It's something to really keep in mind when you're shopping online, looking browsing homes on realtor.com or Zillow.
What you see is simply what has been listed. So if it hasn't been inputted into the MLS, or if someone hasn't manually inputted this property for sale in that website, within their database, it's not going to show. You won't even know that it exists. Each of these builders have inventory that you just wouldn't be aware of.
Unless you have a resource here with boots on the ground to gather that information and make sure you get it right away. And that's us! So, if you're considering any of these neighborhoods in all three of the zip codes of Lakewood ranch, give us a call and let's have a conversation. It's our job to work with you and guide you to the very best decision to match the right neighborhood, the right floor plan, help you select all your options and design and make sure that when you choose a home and make an offer, it's the right fit for you.
To get a better visual of each neighborhood and zip code we mentioned, watch this video.
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We are on the road today to show you how easy it is to travel from the Sarasota international airport and take off. So let's go!
One question we constantly get asked is: Where is the closest airport to Lakewood Ranch? Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is Lakewood Ranch's #1 Airport! We share our trip and review of the airport in this video, above.
You do have options when traveling from the Lakewood Ranch area, as Tampa is about one hour, Orlando is about 2 hours, and Fort Myers isn't too far, but SRQ is definitely the closest!
Fun Fact: The airport code is "SRQ" because of radio communication issues dating back to WWII era. The original Sarasota code was "SSO", but over the radio it sounded too similar to "SOS", so the code was changed to include a filter letter that was used less often and became "SRQ". Read the full story here.
The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is a quick 20 minute ride from mostly anywhere in Lakewood Ranch. They have some great routes and more flights being added as the airport continues to expand.
Current Airlines Available at SRQ:
We took a trip home to visit family and flew out of SRQ, so we used it as an opportunity to show you the ins and outs of the SRQ airport, and to highlight how easy it makes traveling from the Lakewood Ranch Area!
Inside the airport, you will find some great options to grab a bite before your flight. For a smaller airport they have a good variety, both in the main concourse and within the gate terminals. One grill features local brews from Kona Brewery. There are plenty of convenience stores and stands to grab a quick snack, too! Airport employees are always friendly and super helpful. TSA Pre Check is available, as well as rental cars and Ride Share pick up locations.
It is easy to see why it is Lakewood Ranch's #1 Airport!
Non Stop Destinations from SRQ include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Hartford, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and so many more!
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