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Old 07-04-2015, 06:42 AM
 
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Having a hard time deciding between Fishhawk Ranch and Lakewood Ranch. Anyone familiar with both neighborhoods? I have a 5 & 7 year old, so schools are important. We would like to rent for a while first.
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:21 PM
 
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Fishhawk IMHO
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:30 AM
 
Location: So.Hills.Co.,FL
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I think it may depend on where you have to commute for work.
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch
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Also, are you looking for a more laid back vibe that Sarasota/Bradenton will bring, or to be in the outskirts of a faster paced metropolitan area like Tampa? We chose Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch after moving from Orlando due to the active lifestyle offerings and small town friendly feel that is harder to come by in the metropolitan areas.
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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If schools are a priority, Fishhawk Ranch is where you want to be. Some of their schools are the highest rated in the state. The rest are right up there.

RM
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:09 AM
 
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My impression was always that Fishhawk is a middle class master planned community thats a little hard to get to, I have friends in the military that live there are they are happy with everything but the commute, my SIL lives in Valrico and her kids go to the Fishhawk middle school (randall) they seem happy but they are not too excited about HS seems like thats a mix bag. I always thought that Lakewood Ranch was a lot more exclusive than FH, I have business relationship with someone that lives by the Legacy Golf course and those houses are retired drug lord worthy, I know they have been building a lot and expanding maybe the new subdivisions are less affluent.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:49 AM
 
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My impression was always that Fishhawk is a middle class master planned community thats a little hard to get to, I have friends in the military that live there are they are happy with everything but the commute, my SIL lives in Valrico and her kids go to the Fishhawk middle school (randall) they seem happy but they are not too excited about HS seems like thats a mix bag. I always thought that Lakewood Ranch was a lot more exclusive than FH, I have business relationship with someone that lives by the Legacy Golf course and those houses are retired drug lord worthy, I know they have been building a lot and expanding maybe the new subdivisions are less affluent.
Thanks, I spit coffee all over my white tee-shirt, thanks for the chuckle.
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch
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There are a few new developments going on in Lakewood Ranch that would start in the low $200ks, but you're right there are some very expensive areas as well.
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:50 PM
 
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We would rent for a year first (under $1800 mo would be nice). And high $200's, low $300's for buying a home in the future. I won't be able to buy anything even close to retired drug lord worthy Still working on finding a job. Seems like either community will be fine.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:01 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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They are pretty far apart from each other...where are you working?
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