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Old 04-28-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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Hi, we are planning on moving from North Port to one of the listed communities. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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If you can give us an idea of what you'd like to know, I'm sure you'll receive plenty of info.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Lakewood Ranch Properties

Lakewood Ranch, situated on the West Coast of Florida, is a master planned community that offers residents the chance to enjoy the stunning array of activities and beauty of Florida while forming lasting friendships in a community setting. From beautiful homes to world class shops to job opportunities to places to have fun and play with friends and neighbors, Lakewood Ranch has it all.
There are seven distinct and unique villages that comprise Lakewood Ranch, Florida. They are the Country Club, Country Club East, RiverwalkVillage, EdgewaterVillage, SummerfieldVillage, GreenbookVillage, The Lake Club and the new Central ParkVillage.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club is a beautiful gated community that was built around three stunning Arnold Palmer designed golf courses. Buyers here can choose from full-maintenance LWR Lakewood Ranch condos, single-family residences or custom estate homes.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club East provides a private gated community with select single family as well as multi-family homes. This village features the Rick Robbins-designed 18-hole golf course.
Lakewood Ranch Edgewater is a beautiful lake community set amongst custom single family homes as well as luxury LWR Lakewood Ranch condos. At the heart of it all is the 160 acre LakeUihlein. Residents can enjoy fishing, boating and gorgeous sunsets.
RiverwalkVillage is situated near the parks, providing a cozy hometown feeling. A wide selection of single family homes is available in this natural setting.
GreenbrookVillage offers everything you could want; preserves, parks and lakes. Families of all ages will feel comfortable here. Amenities include a playground, dog park, skating/hockey rink, sports fields, pavilion and more.
SummerfieldVillage is situated near the BradenRiver, providing two community parks and nature trails. Single family homes, some of which offer maintenance free lawn service, are available here in a wide array of price ranges.
The LakeClub is the newest addition to the villages of Lakewood Ranch. This unique village offers both style and sophistication to discerning buyers. Travel along the beautifully landscaped entry and you will not see any visible homes, but rest assured there are plenty of options available for complete seclusion.
Central Park offers single-family homes along with amenities such as a playground, tennis courts, ballpark, dog parks and other features. If you love nature, you will feel right at home amongst the preserved habitats and wetlands of this village.

Palmer Ranch

Palmer Ranch, a spacious master planned community, offers a myriad of different lifestyle options to suit any taste. Convenient to cultural attractions, the vibrant downtown and the beaches of Sarasota, the communities in Palmer Ranch have something for everyone.
The Country Club of Sarasota is deal for golf enthusiasts as well as anyone who wants easy access to fine dining, shopping and cultural activities. This community is primarily composed of single family homes on sprawling home sites.
The Hamptons is an outstanding residential area that is divided into three unique areas; North, West and South. In the West Hamptons is ideal for privacy, with its gated community and spacious homes. For beautiful landscaping, look to the South Hamptons while the North Hamptons offer stunning homes.
Huntington Pointe is the ideal blend of architecture and nature. Stunning wooded and lakefront home sites are available here. This is Florida living at its best.
Marbella is considered to be one of the most charming neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch. Centrally located, the PR Palmer Ranch condos and homes here offer convenience and comfort.
Prestencia is considered to be one of the most coveted addresses in Sarasota. Choose from low-rise PR Palmer Ranch condos, villas and single family homes in this prestigious neighborhood.
Young professionals are often attracted to Stoneybrook along with active retirees and growing families. This warm neighborhood features spacious homes, PR Palmer Ranch condos will full amenities and fantastic panoramas that are sure to charm.
Turtle Rock is the ideal choice for young families and active adults who are looking for a country club style setting with privacy. Conveniently located near the golf courses, the amenities here include tennis courts, swimming pool, walking paths, canoeing and a recreation building. Choose from single family homes, spacious villas and estate homes.

Greyhawk Landing

Is a delightful, upscale, family friendly neighborhood. This guard-gated community offers exceptional home designs surrounded by pristine lakes, natural preserves, and beautiful wildlife. Estate-sized home sites range from about ¼ - ¾ acres with no rear neighbors! Extraordinary recreational features abound at Greyhawk Landing such as their enormous lagoon-style pool with water slides, waterfalls and spa. Your kids will love the playground and it’s many activities. Get your daily workouts in at the fitness center or on the tennis and basketball courts. Enjoy peaceful, walks; runs or bike rides along nearly 2 miles of nature trails. The fishing pier, soccer and baseball fields complete the family experience.
Your kids can attend some of the best schools in the state! Brand new GullettElementary School, “A” rated CarlosE.HaileMiddle School, or the extremely popular “A” rated LakewoodRanchHigh School.
Located close to schools, restaurants, entertainment and the Interstate, this beautiful, private, gated-community provides exciting living in a natural environment. Greyhawk Landing is the natural place to call home.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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All 3 of the communities you mentioned are popular planned community developments.

Lakewood Ranch is obviously the largestest of the 3, with a larger range in prices (from inexpensive town homes to multi-million dollar mansions) and has it's own shopping center, hospital and business parks. One of the regular posters here is a real estate agent that lives in Lakewood Ranch that can fill in any questions you may have if you can't find what you're looking for at the official Lakewood Ranch web site at Lakewood Ranch - real estate in a master-planned community near Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida You'll find it's a very extensive, informative web site regarding the community, the individual neighborhoods, maps, etc. Lakewood Ranch also has a visitors center at the University Pkwy entrance. Most homes (but not all) in Lakewood Ranch are in a Community Development District (CDD) which assesses a CDD tax on the annual property tax bills.

Palmer Ranch in south Sarasota is next door to a shopping mall and close driving distance to the south end of Siesta Key & it's fabulous beaches. It has a wide range of prices from around $60,000 for a condo in one of the 3 apartments converted to condo communities of Vintage Grand, Bella Villino or Serenade to large estate homes. Village Walk is a popular, newer townhome community in Palmer Ranch. Most of the neighborhoods are gated, some are not. You'll find the properties will have HOA fees and a master Palmer Ranch HOA fee. Costs per year will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Greyhawk Landing on SR64 is a beautiful gated, upscale community but is about 9 miles from Sarasota, so is less centrally located. It also is a CDD (Community Development District) which assesses additional taxes on your property tax bill to fund certain expenses. You can read about the CDD's at
Greyhawk Landing CDD

If you're considering Greyhawk Landing you might also want to check out Heritage Harbour, which is just off I75 at the same SR64 exit.

Since you're currently located in North Port, I suggest you spend a day visiting each of these planned developments (3 Saturdays perhaps?) and tour the various communities to get a feel for what appeals to you personally in the way of neighborhoods.

Once you've narrowed down your search to a short list of favorite neighborhoods in the 3 communities, then you can ask for and get much more detailed information, both positive & negative, from various posters here (including myself) on those particular neighborhoods.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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All 3 of the communities you mentioned are popular planned community developments.

Lakewood Ranch is obviously the largestest of the 3, with a larger range in prices (from inexpensive town homes to multi-million dollar mansions) and has it's own shopping center, hospital and business parks. One of the regular posters here is a real estate agent that lives in Lakewood Ranch that can fill in any questions you may have if you can't find what you're looking for at the official Lakewood Ranch web site at Lakewood Ranch - real estate in a master-planned community near Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida You'll find it's a very extensive, informative web site regarding the community, the individual neighborhoods, maps, etc. Lakewood Ranch also has a visitors center at the University Pkwy entrance. Most homes (but not all) in Lakewood Ranch are in a Community Development District (CDD) which assesses a CDD tax on the annual property tax bills.

Palmer Ranch in south Sarasota is next door to a shopping mall and close driving distance to the south end of Siesta Key & it's fabulous beaches. It has a wide range of prices from around $60,000 for a condo in one of the 3 apartments converted to condo communities of Vintage Grand, Bella Villino or Serenade to large estate homes. Village Walk is a popular, newer townhome community in Palmer Ranch. Most of the neighborhoods are gated, some are not. You'll find the properties will have HOA fees and a master Palmer Ranch HOA fee. Costs per year will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Greyhawk Landing on SR64 is a beautiful gated, upscale community but is about 9 miles from Sarasota, so is less centrally located. It also is a CDD (Community Development District) which assesses additional taxes on your property tax bill to fund certain expenses. You can read about the CDD's at
Greyhawk Landing CDD

If you're considering Greyhawk Landing you might also want to check out Heritage Harbour, which is just off I75 at the same SR64 exit.

Since you're currently located in North Port, I suggest you spend a day visiting each of these planned developments (3 Saturdays perhaps?) and tour the various communities to get a feel for what appeals to you personally in the way of neighborhoods.

Once you've narrowed down your search to a short list of favorite neighborhoods in the 3 communities, then you can ask for and get much more detailed information, both positive & negative, from various posters here (including myself) on those particular neighborhoods.
That's good advice to spend time touring the communities and the neighborhoods. I'd like to expand on that and suggest (if possible) you throw a couple of bikes on a car rack, park at the clubhouse or community center in the developments that interest you and bike around to get a closer look. Since moving to HH, I leisurely bike daily around my neighborhood, Waterlefe, and Greyhawk Landing. Bike riding gives you a more intimate knowledge of an area than driving in a car. Good luck in your investigations!
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:06 PM
 
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What does HH mean?
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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I'm assuming it refers to Heritage Harbour. It's a large Lennar golf course community located at the NE quadrant of I75 and SR64.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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HH=Heritage Harbour. Adjacent to Greyhawk Landing on SR 64 in Manatee County.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Sorry! I'm new at this posting thing! we are looking for a 4/3/3 with a den and a bonus room in a community that is family and kid friendly. Thanks! A pool is a plus! Under $300k.... I know it's a lot to ask for that budget....
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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We looked at GH and we liked the location of the phase I homes. I'm just not sure if the location is ok... I really need to check out the area.... I'm just not sure how close it is to everything else. And, if we'll get our money back or if we are better in LWR.....
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