Gated Community Status Sought in LWR Neighborhoods


Add Country Club West and Country Club/ Edgewater Village as candidate choices if you’re searching for Sarasota homes for sale in gated communities which offer several advantages, such as less exposure of small children to vehicular traffic. At Edgewater Village, sales-listed homes are typically priced from the $300s to the $600s.

Efforts are gaining ground for the privatization of the roads and gatehouses at the entrances of these Lakewood Ranch (LWR) neighborhoods which are under community development districts (CDDs) 2, 5 and 6. The CDDs’ boards have already jointly approved a petition to amend a 2002 legislation designating these LWR facilities as publicly dedicated roads.

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Gated Community Status Sought in LWR Neighborhoods

Once the amendment is approved by the Manatee county legislature, operations and maintenance of the Country Club and the LWR’sBalmoral gates would consequently be transferred to the petitioning homeowners’ associations (HOAs). These HOAs intend to regulate public access in the roads and gates covered by the CDDs and in effect turn their neighborhoods into private, gated communities. When the 2002 legislation was passed, no such power was given to CDDs and the HOAs under them.

Because of their many perceived advantages, gated communities have increasingly become popular in the country. In the most recent U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, it was estimated that 11 million households were in gated communities in 2009, up from just over 7 million in 2001.

Private community benefits

Additional security measures count among the benefits of living in gated communities.The guard attendants in these private neighborhoods can refuse entry to visitors who aren’t pre-registered for arrival or if the homeowner that a visitor is coming to see isn’t home. HOAs in private, gated communities can adopt this policy as they shoulder the cost of repair and maintenance of roadsinside the neighborhoods and not the county.

The caveat, of course, is that the homeowners’ fees are typically higher for gated communities due to the additional expense of maintaining their private roads. Usually, such fees will also cover the upkeep of the gated entrance and operating cost of security systems, such as CCTV cameras and electronic gates as well as guards’ salaries. These features and their corresponding costs vary widely, so it is a wise step to check with a seasoned realtor for the smart choices.

Shared amenities, such as like clubhouses, pools and exercise rooms, are also typical benefits of living in master planned gated communities. These facilities make it easier for residents to socialize than it would in an ordinary subdivision.

Prime samplings

The Lake Club is one prime example of a private, fully gated community in Lakewood Ranch with many upscale choices of Sarasota homes for sale. Its community features include a grand clubhouse with a day spa and concierge services. This Tuscan-inspired community also flaunts an impressive mile-long park,scenic lakes and decorative bridges.

Several neighborhoods constitute this 1,500-acre community. Its banner Lake Club main neighborhood features custom-built single family homes having floor plans starting from 2,800 square feet and asking prices from the $800s.

The Vineyards at Lake Club also offers high-end choices among Sarasota homes for sale. The listings of available properties in this neighborhood can include million-dollar priced homes with floor areas of 4,000+ square feet, featuring three bedrooms, four baths and a three-car garage.