Lakewood Ranch, the nation’s best-selling master-planned community, has even more exciting developments. In today’s episode, I will fill you in on all the amazing new things that will be coming to Lakewood Ranch and Manatee County. 

If you have been watching my videos you know that Lakewood Ranch is very much a live, work, and play community. Part of the reason it was voted the #1 community in the nation is that residents have so many opportunities to enjoy and the absolute best quality of life. If you missed some of my previous Lakewood Ranch videos be sure to checkout after watching this one. 

First, let’s start with the most exciting news – hot of the press! Plans for some of the long-awaited amenities for the Premier Park site in Lakewood Ranch are approved and are beginning to take shape. But be sure to continue watching thru the end as I will also fill you in on Lakewood Ranch’s newest communities, places that you just may want to call home and what is going on at the area’s hottest locations.  

Premier Park Projects

Manatee County has outlined some of the first projects that will be built at the Premier Sports Campus. Here is an outline of what’s coming first, estimated costs, and estimated completion dates.

County Service Center

The Premier Sports Complex has been acquired by the County. Additional indoor recreation space in East County have been identified as a need by the Park Master Plan. 

Estimated cost: $560,000

Estimated completion date: August 2022

Soccer Multi-Purpose Building 

The Premier Sports Campus soccer facility is a major driver of tourism in the Lakewood Ranch area. Almost every weekend there is a major soccer tournament there, and you get hundreds of teams from across Florida and the nation. These state and national tournaments put the spotlight on Manatee County. Likewise, this facility brings many new families to our area – they stay at our hotels, eat at our restaurants, and enjoy our community. And then they may even decide to move to this area permanently.

The Premier Sports Campus already features 25 soccer fields — including eight with lights — across 14 acres, a 3,000-seat stadium, concession stands with seating areas, and permanent restroom facilities in the stadium area.

The county will continue to develop the adjacent Premier Sports Campus with. air-conditioned, multipurpose soccer tents for meetings, registration. As well as, climate-controlled restrooms, locker rooms, dining room, EMT/training room,and stadium improvements — including new lights and a scoreboard. Once completed, the 6,500-square-foot soccer structure could hold as many as 400 people in a banquet-style setting.

These improvements will be a wonderful added bonus to this amazing facility because as we all know, FL is hot, and these teams need an area where they can take in a little bit of shade at the end of the tournament and get their awards and their trophies.  

Estimated cost:  $2,298,410

Estimated completion date: 12/31/2023

Pickleball/Raquetball Courts

Pickleball is a big deal in LWR. And pickleball players have complained about a shortage of courts available in the Lakewood Ranch area. The county is responding to the demand with plans for a premier multi-court pickleball facility (3 pods, 8 courts in each pod with a total of 24 courts)  and the capability to operate a membership-based pickleball facility with fee-paying members checking in to use the courts.

The project features:

  • 24 pickleball courts,

The county has requested that one of the pods be constructed with a shade structure that would protect players from the elements

Estimated cost:  $4,885,257 

Estimated completion date: 8/31/2022

Aquatic Facility

This new aquatic complex will be the first of its kind in Lakewood Ranch. The county plans to build a competitive 25-yard lap pool with 10 lanes and a wide shallow area for fitness and swim lessons. Includes locker rooms with showers and restrooms, first aid and lifeguard office, starting blocks, lane lines, in the pool and deck lighting, water heating and cooling system/filtration system, deck seating, and shade structures. 

The county has submitted the aquatic project to contractors for proposal. The cost of the aquatic center is estimated at $13.6 million and could open by the summer of 2024.

Estimated cost: $13.6 million

Estimated completion date: 5/31/2024

East County Library

Phase I is to construct a new approximately 24,000 square foot library facility located East of I-75. 

Estimated cost: $17.7 million

Estimated completion date: 6/30/2023

More projects are slated to be completed at Premier Sports Campus in the future, including:

  • Event lawn
  • Baseball/softball complex
  • BMX track
  • Basketball court
  • Skate park
  • Volleyball courts
  • Gymnasium 
  • Playgrounds
  • Dog park 
  • Manatee County Sheriff’s Office/Emergency Medical Services/Fuel station, 
  • Parking facilities

Ok, so who is going to be using all these facilities and where are they going to be living. Well, let’s take a look at our new subdivisions and communities.

Star Farms

Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch  This 700-acre gated neighborhood will consist of 1,500 single-family homes, townhomes, and villas, all designed to meet the needs of today’s modern family and empty nesters.  Additionally,  it is set within Southwest Florida’s natural beauty and is close to many popular area attractions.

The primary builder in this community is D.R. Horton. All of our homes are constructed with concrete blocks and include D.R. Horton’s state-of-the-art Smart Home Automation system. They are currently releasing homes in a unique way with specific design features and no customization. 

Express Series

The Express Series will consist of 458 single-family homesites, featuring granite countertops throughout and all appliances included. Star Farms will also be debuting our new Express Modern Series homes, ornamented with chic, contemporary exteriors and complete with matching trendy interior finishes.

Premium Series

The  Premium Series will feature 127 single-family homes featuring 3-car garages, 9’4” ceilings, and beautifully-finished interiors, including granite countertops throughout, 42” crown-molded kitchen cabinets, and much more!

Amenities in this neighborhood include: 

The Club

The social hub of Star Farms, The Resort Club, will be an innovative, amenity-rich campus including a hospitality-staffed clubhouse, where members can explore interests, stay active and connect with friends who share similar excitement for this new chapter in life.

Explore Junction

“The Junction.” We plan to design a family center programmed and built for families to enjoy social scenes with neighbors, outdoor activities for children in a resort setting, and after-school programs to meet their children’s interests.

Adventure Retreat

The Adventure Retreat will be a social center catering to the needs and lifestyle of the active adult. Amenities will include an indoor gathering space for gaming, clubs, and a calendar of activities in addition to a strategically designed wellness center, a private pool for relaxing in the Florida sunshine or joining group water aerobics, and much more.

For fun outside of the community, top dining and shopping destinations, along with the area’s top-rated beaches or within close reach.

Also in Star Farms are 92 homes build in the center of Star Fams build by some of our luxury builders such as Lee Wetherington and Arthur Rudenberg Homes. These designer homes will be very well appointed and prices begin at around 1.5 Million for these 92 homes. D.R Horton home will begin at around 700,000. 

Sweetwater by M.I. builders

Are you looking for Brand New Construction in Lakewood Ranch? Well, Welcome to Sweetwater! This brand new construction community in Lakewood Ranch features over 500 gorgeous single-family homes and villas. This community is designed to appeal to a variety of families and lifestyles. This gated neighborhood is zoned for outstanding schools and has quick access to all of the shopping, dining, arts, activities, entertainment, and recreation that Lakewood Ranch homes are known for. And Sweetwater features a gorgeous amenity center coming spring 2023! 

Here your family can enjoy the most popular amenities like: 

  • Resort-style pool
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Pickleball courts
  • Playground 
  • And custom-designed community center with a café, social hall, and more!

Sweetwater at Lakewood Ranch sets itself apart from other communities with its special pump track, a paved loop with bumps and turns designed for riding bikes and having fun. There also is a smaller track found off to the side, perfect for younger children or adults looking for a smoother ride.

That is not all! Sweetwater amenities will also feature a festival lawn and amphitheater where you can enjoy afternoon picnics with the family and nighttime movie screenings with friends. The fun never ends when you live in Lakewood Ranch. 

This lawn-maintenance-free community not only features modern amenities and the latest conveniences for resort-style living – They also have dreamy floorplans, offered by M/I Homes. 

However, due to high demand, they have implemented a lottery system as the best practice to give equal opportunity to own a new M/I Home in Sweetwater at Lakewood Ranch. If selected, you will be contacted for steps moving forward.

These homes will require 20% down at contract. For more information, feel free to give me a call and I can help you work through the process especially if you are out of state. 

M/I homes are offering two series – the Spring Series and River Series 

M/I Homes’ River Series homes feature:

  • Stunning British West Indies, Craftsman, and Tuscan elevations
  • 1,761 sq. ft. to 3,322 sq. ft. spacious floorplans
  • 52-ft-wide homesites with waterfront and preserve views
  • 3- to 5-bedroom, 2-car garage homes designed to be personalized for your family

M/I Homes’ Spring Series homes feature:

  • 2,309 sq. ft to 3,759 sq. ft. that give you room to spread out, grow, and live life to the fullest
  • 62-ft-wide waterfront and nature preserve homesites
  • 4- to 5-bedroom, 3-car garage homes for growing families

Exciting news! The model home at Sweetwater is now open! Give me a call if you would like a tour of LWR and this community. 

Sapphire Point

You’ll discover everything you need at Sapphire Point, perfectly located in Lakewood Ranch. Our new construction homes offer flexibility, personalization, and an array of designer features that make everyday living effortless. When not enjoying the resort-style amenities within the gates, take advantage of the ultimate Florida lifestyle that awaits you beyond, with quick access to endless shopping, dining, and recreation. It is Pulte Homes and directly across from Lakewood National off of Uihlein Rd

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