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Press Release


June 21, 2018

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Crystal Pope, (941) 757-1540



Lakewood Ranch received two, distinct recognitions in ideal-LIVING magazine’s 2018 “Best of the Best” issue.

ideal-LIVING, a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses, received hundreds of nominations for their ‘Best of the Best’ issue earlier this year. Editors assessed nominations and selected the winners in nine categories. Lakewood Ranch was recognized in the “Top 100 Planned Communities” and “Best Golf Communities” categories.

“The ‘Best of the Best’ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher Kelly Godbey. “We hope that this special feature in our Summer 2018 edition will serve our readers by focusing on the places that offer the lifestyle enhancements that are the most important to them.”

Named the third best-selling master-planned community in the U.S. in 2017 by both RCLCO and John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Lakewood Ranch offers everything from townhomes to custom-built estates, ranging from the $200s to more than $1 million. Among the extensive list of community amenities are A-rated schools; a hospital and preventative medical care; the Sarasota Polo Club, and the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus. Lakewood Ranch’s own Main Street serves as a gathering place for shopping, dining, festivals and events.

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club features 54 holes of private golf and a country club with two clubhouses, tennis and athletic centers. As noted in the “Best Golf Communities” award, “In addition to three villages within the community that offer golf as part of their bundled amenities, Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club offers membership to all. This award-winning club is the emerald jewel of the community, with 54 holes of championship golf over three courses, two of which were designed by Arnold Palmer. In addition to a full social calendar at two incredible clubhouses, the club also features a brand-new Golf Academy, using state-of-the-art technologies for custom fittings and teaching programs.”

“In the past two years, the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club has invested $30 million to upgrade and expand the Club’s resort-style amenities and lifestyle offerings, said Wayne Piazza, General Manager of Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. “We are honored to have been recognized by ideal-LIVING magazine for our facilities and programs and for delivering an exceptional family experience in a community atmosphere.”

Life in Lakewood Ranch is centered around health and happiness. As the nation’s largest green certified community, Lakewood Ranch is committed to providing a healthy, environmentally responsible place for people to live better lives. An extensive parks and trails system, consisting of over 150 miles of trails and 10,000 acres of lakes, parks and nature preserves gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the pristine natural surroundings and tranquility of the community. The Market at Lakewood Ranch, held in a unique outdoor environment, was established in 2017 to be a sustaining influence in the community’s connection to the land for generations to come. This seasonal farmers’ market serves as a social and educational resource for the community and encourages healthy lifestyle choices.

Featuring homes of every size and for every stage of life; amenities focused on a healthy, balanced lifestyle and an active, engaged community; it’s no surprise that over 25,000 residents have chosen Lakewood Ranch as their “ideal” community.

ideal-LIVING magazine has been helping people find their ideal community and home for over 25 years. Each edition of the quarterly publication is delivered to more than 100,000 homes. To view the full list of ‘Best of the Best’ honorees, visit www.ideal-LIVING.com/bestofbest.

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Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 30,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit www.lakewoodranch.com.

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