(Sarasota, FL) - The 13th annual Tour of Homes, from November 5-21, will feature a variety of activities and events to highlight Lakewood Ranch as a great place to live, work, learn, play and shop. There are 29 luxury model homes open for touring. Eighteen of these models are new this year, with 11 more planned for next year. “We are expecting a huge crowd for this year’s tour,” said Jimmy Stewart, LWR Communities director of sales. “Our sales traffic has been tremendous in the past few months—and we’ve sold 18 homes in the past 20 days. This year’s tour will show off exactly why so many people are choosing to call Lakewood Ranch home.” This year, guests will be able tour models in The Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Country Club East, The Lake Club, and Central Park.

“We are so pleased with the number of builders and homes offered in this year’s tour,” said LWR Communities President Milt Flinn. “With the steady upswing we have seen in the real estate market here in Lakewood Ranch, we are expecting a larger crowd this year and are excited to show off our beautiful communities and homes.”

Since the emphasis is on the homes, stop by one of the Information Centers to pick up a tour guide and map first. Information centers are located at 6220 University Parkway and in Summerfield Park at 6310 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The Lake Club has its own information center, located just outside the village’s main gates. 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.

Starting this Friday, the full tour of homes guide, including the map and builder floorplans, can be downloaded from our website at www.lakewoodranch.com, or can be picked up at any Lakewood Ranch information center.

Special events are a major portion of the annual Tour of Homes. The 2010 event schedule can be found at www.lwrevents.com. The first event to kick off the tour is Music on Main—the free monthly street party the first Friday of every month, from 6-9pm on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

About Lakewood Ranch
The largest green-certified community in the US, Lakewood Ranch encompasses all aspects of residential and commercial real estate on 8,500 acres of lush Florida land, convenient to Sarasota and the entire Tampa Bay region. The award-winning master planned community includes four golf courses, a first-class country club and extensive recreational amenities, with housing options ranging from maintenance-free condominiums, single-family homes and large estate-size properties. New home and lot packages begin in the low $200,000's to over $5 million.

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