Why Waterside Is Sweet for Fruitville Communities


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 20th, 2016 – Positive ripple effects are expected to be generated soon by the massive Waterside expansion of Lakewood Ranch (LWR) into Sarasota County, benefiting in particular communities near Fruitville Road, like Tatum Ridge and Palmer Reserve.

As early as the 2017 second quarter, road travel towards north from this Fruitville locality will have alternative routes besides traffic-prone Interstate 75. This convenience and added perk to Sarasota homes for sale in the area will result from several road projects underway which are an integral part of the 5,940-acre Waterside property development that broke ground in April 2016.

New Four-lane Options

Why Waterside Is Sweet for Fruitville Communities

These support infrastructures include four-lane extensions of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Lorraine Road southward through Waterside and onward to Fruitville Road. To further improve traffic mobility throughout this area, LWR developer Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR) is likewise looking into the construction of an overpass between Waterside and Cattlemen Road to divert traffic from Interstate 75.

Formerly called the Villages of Lakewood Ranch South, Waterside is planned for 12 neighborhoods with a total of 5,144 residences that will certainly boost the stock of Sarasota homes for sale. These will include single family residences, townhouses, condominiums and apartments with some 40 percent geared for workforce housing.

Exquisite Community Setting

The communities will occupy 1,425 acres and will be built around a network of seven lakes totaling 1,100 acres with some 20 miles of shoreline. Much of the site is reserve as open space totaling all of 4,065 acres.

Also on the drawing boards are 390,000 square feet of office and commercial space, including a 140,000-square-foot Waterside village center. Significantly, Waterside will be a “wide open” community with no gated neighborhoods.

Marketing of Sarasota homes for sale at Waterside is slated to start in 2017. Its initial builders are Pulte Homes, which has 246 homes planned, and Homes by Towne set with 571 residences.

Nearby Buying Opportunities

Immediately south of Waterside, some pre-owned Sarasota homes for sale are currently available at the gated residential neighborhood of Tatum Ridge Golf Links. A pair of three-bedroom residences was recently listed here with asking prices in the $300s, featuring floor plans of 1,672 and 2,338 square feet.

Picturesque lake and preserve views are amongst the attractions of Sarasota homes for sale in this community where maintenance is included in the HOA fees. The adjacent golf links is a Scottish-style public course designed by Ted McAnlis incorporating lush nature preserves and wetlands with 11 lakes.

Some amazing options on Sarasota homes for sale are also available at Palmer Reserve right across Tatum Ridge Elementary School a short distance south of the public golf course. Many of the sales-listed residences here are newly built homes priced within the $300s range, featuring three to four bedrooms with floor plans between 1,860 and 2,800 square feet. This neighborhood’s features include a gazebo, tot lot, and benches overlooking a lovely pond with a fountain accent.

Just off east of this subdivision, some Sarasota homes for sale built in the early 2000s are available at the quaint neighborhood of Villages at Pinetree, also known as The Enclave. Expect price quotes here in the $300s and $400s range, sweet propositions for three- to four-bedrooms homes with floor plans of up to about 3,000 square feet.