Shoreview Debuts at LWR Waterside


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 14th, 2016 – National builder Pulte Homes has launched its marketing this December for Shoreview, the first neighborhood of the 3,500-acre Lakewood Ranch at Waterside. This subdivision is located on Deer Drive just south of University Parkway and came just eight months after Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) broke ground in Waterside, its first major project in Sarasota.

Shoreview is being developed around 144 acres of existing lakes within Waterside. It will have about 246 single family homes with consumer-inspired designs. These residences come in choices of one- or two-story floor plans measuring between 2,488 and 4,700+ square feet. Their pricing starts from the $500s, a current soft spot among would-be buyers of Sarasota homes for sale.

Life-Tested® Showcase

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This neighborhood will showcase Pulte Homes’ Life-Tested® homes, the result of an innovative program on product development and design. It involves a 12-step process to gather inputs from actual homeowners and home buyers in order to come up with the home prototypes to further improve upon till a final design is completed.

Like many of the Florida communities of Pulte Homes, Shoreview will use natural gas as an energy source. The neighborhood’s amenities include a resort-style pool, clubhouse with community room, fitness center, barefoot bar, kayak launch, and fire pit.

Another prolific local builder, Homes by Towne, is girding to start work at Waterside where it already has land under contract like Pulte. One of the founding builders of Lakewood Ranch, Homes by Towne has been building in this master development for over 20 years. One of its latest projects is the Waterfront at Main Street, a 76-unit condominium complex of three separate buildings.

At its buildout, Waterside will have 12 neighborhood clusters around its series of seven lakes which combine for 20 miles of shoreline and an area of 1,000 acres. All told, this community will be host to 5,144 residences, consisting not only of single family homes but also some apartments and condominiums. It will also feature 390,000 commercial and office space.

Cultural Dimension Added

Waterside has likewise started to have a cultural dimension in its character. In May, the Players Centre for Performing Arts and SMR signed a deal calling for the transfer to Waterside the former’s Players Theatre at 838 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. This performing arts venue will serve as anchor of the community’s town center and will be built at a cost of $8 million‒$12 million.

The new Players Centre building is planned for approximately 55,000 square feet with a 480-seat main stage. In addition to this auditorium with balcony seating, it will likewise provide a 125-seat black box theatre, and a 100-seat cabaret theatre with dining facilities. The Waterside Players building, in addition, will become the main campus of The Arnold Simonsen Players Studio. The site allots for 300 parking spaces.

Work on Waterside’s road infrastructure includes extension of Deer Drive and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. These two will converge on the community’s town center, a dining, shopping, and cultural hub to be served by water taxi as well. The road-building likewise covers the extension of Deer Drive and Lorraine to Sarasota which would create a new north‒south corridor that would benefit many Sarasota communities around Waterside.