Living in Waterside Lakewood Ranch: What It's Really Like

Waterside Place, nestled in the vibrant Lakewood Ranch community, isn't just a location; it's a lifestyle. As I recently discovered, you don't need to live here to experience its allure.

I set up a tent and lived here for the night to get the full experience. Even this short amount of time offered a glimpse into the exceptional life one could have here.

In this blog post, I'll take you through the amazing Waterside Place, its neighborhood amenities, and, most importantly, the diverse real estate options available.

A Morning at Waterside Place

Picture this: waking up to the stunning views of King Fisher Lake, where a water taxi can whisk you from your neighborhood marina to the heart of Waterside Place. My day started at O&A Coffee, a local gem in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, fueling up for the adventure ahead.

The Community Hub: Waterside Place

Waterside Place is more than just buildings and streets; it's a vibrant hub for locals to connect, enjoy seasonal events, and unwind. Imagine strolling through a farmers market on a Sunday morning, picking fresh local produce from over a hundred vendors. Or spending a Wednesday night at Ranch Nights, soaking in live music and savoring food truck delights. These experiences create a sense of community that's hard to find elsewhere.

Beyond Coffee: Neighborhood Features and Nearby Attractions

In communities like Lakehouse Cove, residents enjoy an array of activities, from live music on the lawn to poker nights. These amenity-rich neighborhoods offer something akin to a cruise ship experience, with a lifestyle director organizing events to bring residents together.

But what if you step outside the community? You're just a few miles from Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, about 10 miles to downtown Sarasota, and 14 miles from the beautiful Lido Beach. Plus, Tampa International Airport is less than 60 miles away, making travel a breeze.

Real Estate Options in Waterside: A Diverse Selection

Waterside boasts nine distinct neighborhoods, each offering unique vibes and home styles. Here's a snapshot:

  • The Alcove: Starting at $1,000,000 and up, offers incredible lake views and is within walking distance of Waterside Place.

  • Avanti: Featuring affordable options with three-bedroom townhomes and single-family homes starting in the low $400,000 range.

  • Emerald Landing: Offering a mix of townhomes and single-family homes, with prices ranging from $500,000 to over a million.

  • Lakehouse Cove: Priced from $800,000 to $4 million, offering top-notch amenities like a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, and more.

  • Nautique: Provides some amenities, two to three-bedroom townhomes and single-family homes, with prices in the high $400,000 to $600,000 range.

  • Shoreview: For those seeking luxury, homes here start at $1.5 million and include access to many resort-style amenities.

  • Wild Blue: Offers custom homes ranging from $2 million to over $5 million, complete with exclusive luxury amenities.

  • Kingfisher Estates: Another more exclusive community with custom waterfront homes starting in the $3,000,000 range.

✅ Making Your Choice: Resources to Help

With such a wealth of options, deciding can be overwhelming. That's why I've created a downloadable comparison sheet of all the Waterside neighborhoods, detailing amenities, prices, and home options. This resource will help you compare and find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch is more than just a place to buy a home; it's a community where every day feels like a vacation. Whether you're drawn to the serene lakes, the bustling community hub, or the diverse real estate options, Waterside has something for everyone.

Moving to Sarasota?

If you’re moving to Sarasota, Florida, and are looking for a house reach out to me at:

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