One of the most interesting villages in Lakewood Ranch is Bridgewater, where house hunters can find properties that look like they are worth millions for well under $500K.
Bridgewater has been under development for a couple of years. When Lennar broke ground for this project in 2013, the national home builder was very excited about its return to actively developing neighborhoods after the slow period that followed 2008.
What Lennar is creating at Bridgewater is a Lakewood Ranch village where families can enjoy a resort-like atmosphere in a luxurious, yet affordable, single-family residence. Lennar is making two categories of floor plans available at Bridgewater: Estates and Manors. The former feature three to five bedrooms while the latter feature four to six bedrooms.
As of the summer of 2015, Bridgewater Estates were priced below $400K and the Manors started around $450K. These are introductory prices; real estate professionals believe that they will appreciate quickly.
The lots and homes in this neighborhood are very spacious; even a starter floor plan such as the Stanford measures 2,267 square feet of living space. The architectural design is inspired in part by the Mediterranean style seen across Southwest Florida, but the Lennar designers have applied their own signature touches.
One of the most interesting floor plans at Bridgewater is the Next Gen option, which is designed for extended families. The interior of this unique home is configured to give comfort and privacy to two families who wish to live together.
Lennar's vision for Bridgewater includes a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool with splash area for children, exercise center, spa, nature trails, and more. Bridgewater is not far from Central Park at Lakewood Ranch, which offers even more family activities.
In terms of location Bridgewater is conveniently situated in a central area of Lakewood Ranch; various shopping centers can be reached within minutes. Residents can choose between driving to Bradenton Beach or Siesta Key; both are about 30 minutes away by car.