Lakewood Ranch, FL (June 13, 2013) – Lakewood Ranch has been named one of the country’s 50 best master-planned communities, selected by Where to Retire magazine. The list highlights a resurgent era in active-adult and master-planned living – in demand now more than ever, with the boost in the economy and the continuing coming of age of baby boomers.

The list is the only one of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first person testimonials by current residents. Where to Retire will reveal “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States,” in the July/August issue, on newsstands June 18.

The selections, coming from 17 states, won their place in the top 50 by breaking new ground with amenities, “options far beyond the traditional golf courses and swimming pools,” according to Where to Retire Publisher Karen Northridge.

Lakewood Ranch’s appeal to this growing demographic was not by coincidence, but by design. “From the beginning, Lakewood Ranch was designed with the consumer in mind,” said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., the developer of Lakewood Ranch. “As the Ranch continued to grow, we constantly recalibrated our product based on changing consumer needs and desires. Over the course of the last several years, we saw foresaw a wave of baby-boomers who would be retiring and looking for someplace where they could continue to enjoy their active lifestyles.”

Lakewood Ranch offers a wide array of amenities, both traditional and unique. In addition to the 44,000-sq. ft. Country Club, with its three 18-hole golf courses, pools and Athletic Center, the Ranch is home to the Sarasota Polo Club, the Premier Sports Campus, and the Ancient Oak Gun Club, a sporting clays club. There are miles of trails for walking and biking, lakes for fishing, and parks in which to enjoy sports, picnics or quiet observation of nature.

Lakewood Ranch also hosts numerous events throughout the year ranging from the arts to classic car shows; parades to chili cook-offs, and the monthly Music on Main festival on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street. A myriad of clubs are available for residents’ special interests, covering different sports, cultural groups, hobbies and political interests.

“Time and again, the retirees interviewed for this story told us their neighborhoods give them opportunities to try different activities, connect with like-minded people and in the process, build brand-new lifestyles,” Northridge said. “For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves.”

Nearly a year ago, Where to Retire editors began gathering and evaluating information on more than 100 communities across the nation. The chosen neighborhoods offer homes that vary in price. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state.

This July/August issue marks the eighth biennial honor roll of America’s best master-planned communities compiled by Where to Retire. The magazine, launched in 1992, is published six times each year.

About Lakewood Ranch
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 15,000 residents and features A-rated schools, the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property.

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