Sarasota, FL (October 16, 2018) - Lakewood Ranch’s 21st annual Tour of Homes will be held this year from Oct. 19 – Nov. 18 and will feature a variety of activities and events that will highlight Lakewood Ranch, the No. 1 best-selling multi-generational community in the country.  There are more than 70 models and move-in-ready homes to tour on the Ranch, ranging in price from $200,000s to more than $1 million. This year, guests will be able tour homes in the 14 actively-selling villages, including the two newest additions: Toll Brothers’ The Isles, and Lakewood Ranch Waterside. 

Tour of Homes is more than an “open house”-type event, in that it gives visitors insight into what life is actually like at The Ranch, said Laura Cole, vice president of marketing for LWR Communities. Through a wide variety of both day and evening events for people of all ages and interests, bus tours, and model viewings in the different neighborhoods, guests get to experience what day-to-day life is like here.

“People are welcome to visit any time,” Cole said, “but Tour of Homes is our opportunity to share what is new and exciting about our community.”

Lakewood Ranch has introduced several new villages with neighborhoods and has homes to accommodate every preference and stage of life, Cole said, from condos on Lakewood Ranch Main Street to villas, single-family homes, age-restricted neighborhoods, and custom-built estates. New amenities, and shopping and dining opportunities, are being added on almost a daily basis, including two new shopping centers since the first of the year.

The Tour of Homes guide, complete with a map and event guide, can be picked up at either of the Lakewood Ranch information centers, located at 6220 University Parkway or 11506 Rangeland Parkway. Cole suggested that the information centers be a first stop for those coming to The Ranch. “The centers are kind of ground zero, one-stop-shop,” Cole said. Lakewood Ranch is so expansive and there is so much to see and do. The community ambassadors and specialists can assist visitors in finding what best suits their interests and needs, without any kind of sales pressure. Information centers and models are open daily, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. 

Events are a major portion of the annual Tour of Homes. This year’s kick off is a block party from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lakewood Ranch Main Street and is a joint celebration with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation. Other events include outdoor theatre performances, community walks and bike rides, BooFest for the kids, Barctober Fest for the pets and pet lovers, the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic, a classic car show, and the Suncoast Food and Wine Fest. The entire 2018 event schedule and all Tour information can be found at lwrtourofhomes.com.  

Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-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 than 32,000 residents and features A-rated schools, the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property. 

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