Hurricanes in Florida are a fact of life, but there are ways to be prepared for the storm!
In this video, we share 5 Tips to help you prepare for a Hurricane. We mention some resources in Sarasota and Manatee county, specifically for Lakewood Ranch, but these websites and guides can be used for all of Florida. Be sure to check with your local county government for updates and information on impending storms.
1. County Resources
Visit your local county websites for Emergency Management resources. This will include preparedness guides, evacuation zone maps, emergency shelter locations, and more.
Manatee County: mymanatee.org
Sarasota County: scgov.net
2. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Locate your CERT Team, either on Facebook or through the county website, to get additional updates on storm warning and watches for your community. They offer classes you can take if you would like to become a part of this community team, as well.
3. Hurricane Kit Checklist.. Build it!
It would be ideal to have a Hurricane Kit ready to go at the start of each season. If you need to get one together quickly, you can download the checklist here.
Knowing you have the items you may need in a disaster will make you feel much more prepared.
4. Physical Prep for your Home
Remove any loose items outside or by your pool cage, put up Hurricane Shutters if necessary, make sure your house is free from any items that could become flying debris in high winds, and prepare to hunker down should you need to. Also, have a plan in case you need to evacuate or head to an emergency shelter.
5. Building a New Construction Home? Have faith in the builder
They will do what they can to make sure your home, and all homes or homesites, are as secure as possible to prevent damage. Should anything happen, they will do what is necessary to fix it. Just worry about keeping yourself safe and let them handle the house!
It is important to be prepared!
Follow the steps in this video to make sure you are.
Here are additional helpful links:
Download your own Disaster Supply Checklist:
Please reach out with any comments and questions. We are always here to help!
Windward at Lakewood Ranch is a beautiful Neal Community village near Waterside Place in the Sarasota County section of Lakewood Ranch.
Their brand new amenity center is NOW OPEN and in the video above, we take a tour of the amazing space with Ryan Zimmerman, one of the salespeople for Neal Communities.
Residents at Windward Lakewood Ranch can enjoy endless activities with:
- Event lawn
- 2 dog parks
- Pickleball & tennis courts
- Clubhouse with catering kitchen
- Lifestyle Director on staff
- Fitness center and studio
- 2 pools, one with lap lanes and one with a splash zone
- Covered pool cabanas
- Clubs & Activities ......and more!!
All of this for under $350/month HOA fees, including exterior lawn and landscape maintenance!
Homes at Windward Lakewood Ranch range in size from paired villas at 1,400-1,500 square feet, to single family homes from 1,500-3,600 square feet. There are different series of Single Family homes, as well, with different lot sizes and pricing.
CORAL HOMES SERIES
1,434 - 1,524 SQ FT.
FROM UPPER $400's
CRUISE HOMES SERIES
1,531 - 2,428 SQ FT.
FROM MID $500's
CELEBRATION HOMES SERIES
2,064 - 2,936 SQ FT.
FROM MID $600's
COASTAL HOMES SERIES
2,453 - 2,907 SQ FT.
They have inventory available and lots to purchase and build. Their design studio is terrific and you can make all of your interior design choices if you build from scratch, along with a pool from Waterscapes.
There is truly something for everyone at Windward! To learn more about pricing and availability, give us a call!
Michael visited Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch to showcase a brand new community that's being built by Taylor Morrison here in Southwest Florida that includes a golf membership for most of its homes. The Esplanade brand really focuses on lifetyle. That's what Esplanade is about: living the life.
There is a very, very robust amount of amenities that are planned and they're all in progress as we speak. Pickleball and tennis courts, resort style pool, full service spa, wellness and fitness center, tiki bar and restaurant, and more!
The largest amenity here in Esplanade is its 18 hole championship golf course. So Michael decided to play the whole thing and film what he can of each hole to show you some of the houses along the way that border the course and give you more details about living in Azario.
To get a feel for what the amenities will look like. We'll show some of the existing amenities at Esplanade at Lakewood ranch country club. Similar to what's planned for Azario.
Homes are available now with golf deeded memberships. Watch the video for more details on the course and if you're ready to buy, give us a call today!
We can help you start living that Esplanade Lifestyle in Azario at Lakewood Ranch!
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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Housing is on the rise in Lakewood Ranch! And for the first time in a while, I don't mean the pricing. I mean AVAILABILITY!
The crazed frenzy seems to have slowed down, which is giving builders time to catch up. New construction options are popping up in every Lakewood Ranch village - both to build from scratch and as inventory!
Things are starting to seem almost...normal. Sort of.
We wanted to provide a quick breakdown of what is going on in each new construction village as far as availability.. so here you go!
Windward - Inventory homes available for purchase in each series. Lots available to build in each series. NO BIDDING! Amenity center complete and opening this month. Phase 2 construction underway.
Waterside: LakeHouse Cove - New floorplans available for smaller series under $500,000 all in! Inventory options available and released periodically each month. Currently a lottery system if more than one person is interested in release. New phase underway and new pickleball courts being built at amenity center.
Waterside: Shoreview - Lots available to build in the Estate and Premier Series, NO BIDDING! Released monthly, limited amounts on water and preserve. Amenity center complete, new phase of homesites in the works.
Sweetwater- Single family and Villa options available as inventory to purchase now! No more lottery system. Amenity centers are under construction and phase 1 just started selling in the Spring.
Star Farms - Tons of inventory being built for Single Family, Townhomes, and Villas. Amenity centers breaking ground soon. Homes available at varying stages of construction and you can go to contract right away. No Bidding, No Lists!
Solera - Inventory homes available in each series and at varying stages. No Bidding, No Lists! Amenity center and playground now open!
Savanna - Only inventory being built. Released each month, sometimes there might be a wait list but no bidding! Depends on the plan and series. In the final phase of construction.
Sapphire Point - Lots available for building in each series, some inventory homes being released when they are close to completion (30-45 days out). No bidding! No Lists! Amenity center is under construction.
Park East - Lost and inventory homes available to buy. No bidding! No Lists! Limited releases each month. Amenity center is underway.
Lakewood National - Inventory Homes being released weekly. Still a bidding process on those. Limited availability for single family homes, as they are in the final phase of construction.
Lorraine Lakes - Inventory homes being released weekly. Still a bidding process for buyers. Amenity center is under construction.
The Lake Club - Some remaining home sites and inventory options with Stock Signature available to purchase. Final phase of construction! No bidding or lists!
The Isles - Lots available in both series to build and inventory homes available to purchase. No bidding on the majority of releases. No wait list. Amenity center open!
Indigo - Final phase of construction! Cove and Cruise series remaining in lots and inventory homes, as well as villas. No wait lists, no bidding! Amenities all complete and active.
Esplanade at Azario - Releasing homes and lots for select plans each month for single family and smaller villas. No bidding or lists! Main Amenity center is under construction, golf course complete & open. Smaller amenity center open.
Del Webb - (55+) Limited releases each month for lots and inventory homes. NO BIDDING!
If you are interested in a specific village, please contact us and we can share details on current homes and pricing! Always happy to help with your Lakewood Ranch real estate needs!
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!
We would love to talk to you about Lakewood Ranch, Florida real estate!
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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!