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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 super 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 for yourself so that 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 25 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, some coming soon or new Villages that haven't started yet or have just started, newer resale which would be communities that are pretty much built out or completely built out but homes are available for resale in there that are only a couple years old, and then the older resale which would be the original Lakewood Ranch Villages like Edgewater, Greenbrook, Riverwalk, Summerfield, and Country Club. Depending on that list, 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 when you move to Lakewood Ranch.
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. The most ammentized villages are Esplanade, Waterside, and Lorraine Lakes is planned to be another one.
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 may 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!