Believe it or not, there was a time when real estate developers in Southwest Florida believed that the local housing market no longer presented healthy demand for the golf lifestyle. That feeling only lasted a few years, and it overlapped with the Great American Recession; once economic conditions improved, a few courses were improved and major developers such as Lennar turned their attention to Lakewood Ranch near Bradenton.
Development of Lakewood National began in late 2016, and it is destined to become one of the most prestigious addresses in Manatee County. Lennar has selected five luxurious home collections for this country club community. The architectural design is inspired by the Tuscan and Mediterranean styles, and the floor plans range from condominium units to golf villas and single-family homes.
To get an idea of the real estate opportunities at Lakewood National, it helps to consider the three-bedroom Napoli floor plan, which features 2.5 bathrooms, a den, natural stone flooring, covered Florida room, outdoor kitchen for grilling, and more than 2,300 square feet of living space. This is a home equipped with smart appliances connected to the Nexia automation system, which you can remotely control with your smartphone. As of October 2017, this property was listed for $549K; more modest options such as two-bedroom condos overlooking lakes and ponds start at $184K, but overall pricing in this country club is expected to appreciate sharply in the coming months.
Lakewood National is perfect for serious golfers who enjoy the challenges of playing in a championship-grade course with 36 holes. More amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, clay tennis courts, a large grilling area for social events, and a spa.
This country club is located on the northeastern quadrant of Lakewood Ranch, not far from the shopping districts in the vicinity of I-75. Driving to Downtown Bradenton or to the beach takes about 30 minutes.