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RANCH ADDS NEW COUNTRY CLUB EAST NEIGHBORHOOD WITH GOLF COURSE LOTS

Lakewood Ranch is proud to announce the addition of its newest neighborhood, Windy Hill, located in Country Club East. The neighborhood is comprised of 37, 62-foot home sites. All sites are amenitized, many with unbelievable golf course views overlooking 10th hole of the Royal Lakes Golf Course – a challenging, dog-leg par four. Other home sites are situated on a preserve, overlooking a protected wetland. Most have southern exposures. “This is a great addition to Country Club East, as we have not had golf course home sites for almost two years” said Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for LWR Communities. “The ongoing demand for new product in Country Club East is part of the continuing momentum that Lakewood Ranch has realized over the past few years. As of June 30, 332 new homes had been sold in Lakewood Ranch; a 7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2012. There are currently 328 homes in various stages of construction, Stewart said, with new home sales representing more than 55 percent of all homes sold in Lakewood Ranch. Homes will range from 2,000 to 3,800 square feet, with home and home site packages beginning in the $400s. Windy Hill’s six approved builders are Arthur Rutenberg-Nelson Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, John Cannon Homes, John Neal Homes, Homes by Towne, and Cardel Homes. There will be no builder models in Windy Hill; visitors can tour the available models in Country Club East’s Haddington neighborhood. Lots are available immediately.

Country Club East is a private, gated community built around lakes, nature preserves and 18 holes of Rick Robbins-designed golf. Every home built in Country Club East meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s standards for energy efficiency, clean indoor air, sustainability and drought resistant landscaping.

Lakewood Ranch is the 17,500-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 18,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, Ancient Oak Gun Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property

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Housing Inventory Shortages Start to Ease

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The percentage of homes for sale has risen 25 percent this year and housing inventories have started to outpace typical seasonal upticks, realtor.com® reports. 

Rising home prices likely are encouraging more home sellers to test out the market. The inventory crunch may be showing signs of easing with listings rising 5.8 percent in May. Still, the number of homes for sale is low by historical standards. Listings in May are still 10 percent below year-ago levels. 

The places where the number of homes for sale rose the most were Atlanta (rising 3.4 percent in May), Miami (2.8 percent), and Tuscon, Ariz. (1.8 percent). 

“Even with the increases, inventories in many markets remain tight, but any easing in the extreme shortages of the past year could ultimately cool the pace at which home prices have been rising,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

Meanwhile, median asking prices rose 4.8 percent nationally over year-ago levels, according to the report. Sacramento posted the highest increase in asking prices (rising 42.3 percent from April 2012) and Oakland (a 38 percent increase). 

 

 

Source: “Housing-Inventory Crunch Could Be Easing,” The Wall Street Journal (June 13, 2013

Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street serves as venue for charities

On Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, visitors can enjoy shopping at various boutiques, eating at fine restaurants and watch the latest Hollywood movie at the cineplex.

And just by partaking in the venue’s monthly musical festival, visitors can contribute to many local charities that help those in need in Manatee County and surrounding communities.

Since January, $400,000 in donations have been raised for non-profits from events held on Main Street. The number includes money raised by organizations that have used the strip and the monthly ‘Music On Main’, a free concert on the first Friday of every month. Vendors at Music on Main give 10 percent of their earnings to a selected charity, which changes every month.

The shopping center has been involved with helping charities for the past six years.

A few of the organizations to hold events on Main Street include the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Center for Autism Resources and Education and Take Stock in Children.

“It’s a great venue,” said Julia DeCastro, property manager for Main Street. “It’s the only one of its kind around here.”

DeCastro said the shopping center is rented to organizations at very minimal costs.

The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch and Community Haven are just a few of the local charities the free concert has benefited.

“It’s helping the local community,” DeCastro said.

HOPE Family Services, a non-profit group that provides help to victims and survivors of domestic violence, will benefit from the Aug. 3 free concert.