EAST MANATEE COUNTY and
LAKEWOOD RANCH HOMES and CONDOS
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About Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Lakewood Ranch is the 2nd fastest growing master planned community in the United States. It is located just east of the I-75 corridor outside of Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida.
Lakewood Ranch's 50 square miles includes 36 residential villages. The community features over 15,000 homes, 12 professional business centers, and a population of 36,000 residents. Offering a variety of amenities, Lakewood Ranch boasts pools, clubhouses, golf courses, and kayak launches. There are also restaurants and several shopping districts featuring boutique shops, restaurants and movie theaters.
Lakewood Ranch History
The area now known as Florida was explored in 1539 by the great Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto along with his crew of conquistadors. The area was home to the Tocobagan Indian tribe, until the group faded from existence. The Seminole Tribe claimed the area shortly thereafter.
Florida became an American territory in 1821, with the area south of Tampa Bay deemed Manatee County in 1855. The area’s name is homage to the manatees that live in Florida waterways. Josiah Gates, along with Hector and Joseph Braden, settled the area in 1842, and purchased large parcels of land. Manatee County became a major port shipping citrus and livestock on Tampa Bay to Sarasota, New Orleans and Key West.
In the early 1900s, John Schroeder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an owner of furniture, turpentine, milling and lumber businesses, began acquiring the land in south-central Manatee County. That land became today's Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.
In 1922, the Uihlein family, founders of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, acquired the property. They continued to expand the agricultural operations that are still active today. Operations include cattle ranching, vegetable, citrus, timber, and turf farming as well as shell mining. Today, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch consists of 30,000 acres. It supports 2,000 head of beef cattle, 1,300 acres of citrus, 1,800 acres of vegetables, 600 acres of trees, and 1,200 acres of turf.
Lakewood Ranch Villages
(*Denotes communities adjacent to Lakewood Ranch but not part of Lakewood Ranch)
Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch
Harmony at Lakewood Ranch
Isles at Lakewood Ranch
Lake View Estates at the Lake Club
Lakewood National Golf Club
Lakewood Ranch Country Club
Mallory Park at Lakewood Ranch
Oakbrook at River Club North*
Preserve at Panther Ridge*
Savannah at Lakewood Ranch
Woodleaf Hammock in Lakewood Ranch
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