Are looking for something fun to do with your kids  for Halloween and you live in the Lakewood Ranch area? How about Boo Fest in the Main Street shopping district. The event  is this Friday night October 30th from 6:00 PM till 9:00 Pm .  This local event is a Family-friendly night of costume parades, trick-or-treating, a “friendly” haunted house and a dog parade. If your kids want to partcipate in the parade have them show up by 6:15 PM.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosts Ovation Street Festival February 9, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Ovation offers live performances, demonstrations and interactive displays for all ages.  Participants include: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Florida West Coast Symphony, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Sarasota Film Society and more.  A free screening of The Disney Classic “Fantasia” opens the festival at 10 a.m. sponsored by The Sarasota Film Society at the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.  Magic, music and more…Admission Free, donations are encouraged ($5 for an individual, $10 for a family) all supporting WUSF Public Broadcasting.

A quick reminder that tonight is Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch, 6pm to 9pm. Tonights entertainment is : The Billy Rice Band. Come enjoy one of the monthly events and activities that makes Lakewood Ranch a special place to Live and work.

Fort Myers-based Ada’s Natural & Organic Foods Supermarket has signed a lease to take over the vacant Morton’s Market location on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Ada‘s Natural & Organic Foods Supermarket hopes to follow more closely in Whole Foods’ Markets business plan, but claims to be even more selective about the meats and produce it will carry. The company is in negotiations with a Sarasota farmer to supply most of its organic produce. Ada’s plans to open its new Lakewood Ranch store early next year. The company is still working out some of the particulars for the Lakewood Ranch site, like store design and theme, but should have most of that settled before the end of the month. Ada’s Natural & Organic Foods Supermarket will be a welcome addition to the Lakewood Ranch community continuing our healthy-green living lifestyle. See you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monthly “MUSIC ON MAIN” concert series falls on Independence Day holiday. The popular Music on Main is held the first Friday of each month falls on the 4th of July this summer. Main Street at Lakewood Ranch is inviting the public to a free Independence Day celebration during Music on Main in July. Lots of red, white and blue will be evident in the many patriotic giveaways that will be handed out for the holiday that night. The day begins with Little Bookworms “bubble wrap fireworks”, story telling by Granny Goose, and arts, crafts, and face painting. The Braden River VFW Post 12055 is the charity that month and they will kick-off the concert festivities with a patriotic parade down Main Street beginning at 6:00 pm featuring a military color guard. The Post Commander will lead the public in the pledge of allegiance before the band starts playing on stage. At 7:00 pm, center stage will feature the talents of “Take Three”, the sounds of the Andrews Sisters singing a tremendous, heart-felt tribute to all four branches of the service. The concert will continue through 9:00 pm when attention will turn to the large screen showing our own version of fireworks – “Virtual Fireworks” – to light up the big screen with an impressive projected fireworks show at dark (approximately 9:20 pm). Plan to spend your 4th of July this year on Main Street with children’s activities starting at 3:00 pm by Little Bookworms and the Music on Main concert beginning at 6:00 pm with “virtual fireworks” starting at 9:20 pm. **Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, but please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at LWR Medial Center across the street. Main Street at Lakewood Ranch – Shopping that’s anything but ordinary Main Street at Lakewood Ranch is the fashionable shopping venue located across from the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 30 stylish boutiques, restaurants and specialty stores blend to make a visit to Main Street’s intimate, small-town village theme a destination worth repeating. For more information, visit http://www.shoplakewoodranchmainstreet.net.

Pat Westerhouse has joined Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty as General Manager/Leasing Representative. In this capacity she will provide all property management functions for the Main Street lifestyle center of retail, office space and residential. Her duties include budget administration, coordination of marketing activities, event management, sponsorship participation, and tenant and public relations.
Westerhouse previously held the position of General Manager/Leasing Representative of Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa. She had been there for 23 years and was a key player in the success of the community. Prior to that Westerhouse served as an audit supervisor with Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers).
“We could not find a more qualified and suited professional for this position than Pat,” states John Swart, president of Lakewood Ranch. “She brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of enthusiasm and energy to Main Street.”
Westerhouse is a graduate of the University of South Florida and also holds her license as a Florida Real Estate Broker. She is licensed in Florida as a Community Association Manager and Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Leasing Specialist. In addition, Westerhouse is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me, and I look forward to the challenge of working with a new community,” notes Westerhouse. “I am impressed with the tenant mix on Main Street and the superb planning and development that has gone into this mixed use facility.”
Main Street, which opened its first shops in December 2005, is the first mixed use facility in Manatee County to offer combined residential, retail, office and commercial components. It is quickly becoming the heart of Lakewood Ranch and the hub for upscale shopping and dining in the Sarasota-Manatee community.

 During the first five months of 2008 average sales prices in Lakewood Ranch increased by 4.5% and median sales prices held almost steady over the same period last year.  The average selling price as reported through the Sarasota Multiple Listing Service rose from $582,975 in 2007 to $608,585 in 2008 in Lakewood Ranch. Median selling prices held almost steady at $432,500 in 2007 compared to $442,500 in 2008.

            The inventory level of existing single family homes in Lakewood Ranch has also declined significantly during the first five months of 2008 after rising in the third and fourth quarters of 2007. The standing inventory is 363 listed single family homes compared to 424 at the end of 2007 and is at its lowest point since early in 2006.

            “This increase in prices is very good news for Lakewood Ranch and the overall Sarasota/Manatee real estate market, especially when it is coupled with the falling inventory levels in Lakewood Ranch,” says Milt Flinn, president of LWR Communities, LLC.

            Lakewood Ranch serves as the centerpiece of the central west Florida real estate market and during 2005 received national attention as the epicenter for the real estate boom in the area. The Green-certified, master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch in 2004 and 2005 had lotteries for potential home buyers and sold more than 1,000 units in 2005 alone.

            “The benefits and amenities available for someone who moves to Lakewood Ranch have not changed; we have actually improved on what we had to offer in 2005.”  Flinn also notes, “We always knew Lakewood Ranch would start to recover first, it’s where people want to live and raise their families.”

             Since 2005 Lakewood Ranch offerings have grown significantly.  Both Main Street and San Marco Plaza opened, with the movie theater and numerous dining and shopping opportunities.  A new shopping complex, which includes a Publix, opened at Lakewood Crossings, along with many other businesses.  Two new communities, Country Club East, with its new golf course, and The Lake Club have opened and new shopping is coming to Lorraine Corners. Two new elementary schools have also opened since 2005.

            Lakewood Ranch has three information centers, open seven days a week.  The Community Ambassadors offer free car tours with an overview of the community.  More than 40 models and showcase homes are open daily in The Country Club, Country Club East, The Lake Club and Greenbrook.  More information and directions can be found at www.lakewoodranch.com  and www.TheLakeClubLWR.com .