1. Spotlight on Lakewood Ranch

    You’ve heard the phase “ Location, location, location.” Since the beginning of time, homebuyers have wanted to purchase a home in location that best suits their needs and provide better resale value if the time ever comes to sell the home. To some, they prefer a location close to work for shorter commute time, or near downtown close to the shops and restaurants. Others might want something out in the middle of nowhere, by the beach, or in a top rated school district.  And of course, safety plays a huge role in the decision of many when selecting their home and community.

    Neal Communities’ residents can rest assured knowing they live in communities that are second to none. As a well-known and respected builder in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities builds communities in areas known for A-rated school districts, low crime, and strong family values.

    Many of our communities including Central Park at Lakewood Ranch and The Country Club at Lakewood Ranch are located in the beautiful and highly coveted community, Lakewood Ranch.

    Let’s start with the food. Whatever you’re craving, you can find it in the many family-friendly and gourmet restaurants in the area. MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, a Scottish golf themed bar and restaurant, is a hot spot among locals. Located in the heart of Main Street overlooking a beautiful fountain, patrons can dine on sandwiches, salads,  seafood, ribs, and so much more. Will you be daring enough to try the liver and onions, lamb burger, or other Scottish influenced dishes?

    If you want to take advantage of the beautiful weather only Southwest Florida can offer, check out the Main Street Trattoria. Sit outside, sip some wine ( make sure to ask about their monthly wine special), and listen to live jazz music. Happy hour is everyday from 3pm-7pm. And what is there to NOT be happy about when you are sitting outside in warm weather in good company in December!

    Take a break from the hassle of everyday life at Station 400, a restaurant who emphases life at a slower speed.  Drop by for brunch and try the smoked salmon scramble, hash and eggs, an omelet, or the light and airy pancakes.  If you are looking to splurge, don’t forget to grab a coffee cake, chocolate croissant, or cinnamon roll. Remember, this restaurant wants you to appreciate the good things in life – why can’t a delicious, gooey dessert be a part of that?

    If you aren’t the mood for eating, we know you are always in the mood to shop (aren’t we all?) Lakewood Ranch offers an array of unique boutiques and shops for the fashionista in us all.  Visit Main Street offers unique shops to satisfy whatever you might be searching for. Jewelry, clothing, lotions, foods, furniture, you are sure to find it here!

    And if you aren’t one to claim that shopping is your cardio, get your real cardio on at one of the many parks, lakes, or nature preserves. Why not take your workout outdoors while the weather is cooler? Try this 30-minute outdoor workout to get started!

    Heron’s Nest Nature Park offers Over 29-acres to fish and boat. Hit the trails (there’s over 110 acres) with your roller blades, feet, or bike. If team sports are more your cup of tea, you better believe this wonderful community has that to offer as well. Pick your sport; tennis, basketball, soccer, racquetball, softball, or even football are played year-round at Lakewood Ranch District Park. Or head to the Gulf coast to enjoy a day of sun, sand, and seashells at one of the handfuls of local beaches.

    If you haven’t started looking into buying a home in the one and only Lakewood Ranch, now is the time. But for those already living here,enjoy exploring your community! .