With all the great real estate opportunities that Lakewood Ranch offers, it may be difficult to choose a single village as the best; however, Central Park may deserve that title in terms of providing the right elements for the ideal family lifestyle.
Central Park is an eponymous village; it is named after its main attraction, which is a 10-acre nature preserve that features various family-friendly amenities such as a baseball field, dog park, tennis courts, lakes, nature trails, splash fountain for children, picnic area, and large playground. This main attraction is surrounded by six residential sections, which are being developed by home builders such as Bruce Williams and Neal Communities.
The Central Park village offers a diversity of real estate to prospective home buyers. Depending on the subdivision, house hunters will find single-family homes featuring between two to five bedrooms. The architectural style is classic Southwest Florida, and the landscaping is immaculate throughout all six subdivisions, which are connected by nature trails and ample sidewalks.
Pricing at Central Park starts under $250K and may run to $693K. Some of the homes are actually located on the Esplanade championship golf course and are sold along with a membership; other homes command higher prices due to their lakefront views or proximity to the park.
Central Park is located in the northern end of Lakewood Ranch, closer to Downtown Bradenton. There are three Publix supermarkets and one Wal-Mart Supercenter within a mile radius, and residents only have to drive less than 30 minutes to the airport or to the beaches of Manatee or Sarasota counties.