Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Summerfield Village Looks Established

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Summerfield Village Looks Established

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In December 1994, a New Jersey couple picked out the first lot for a new housing development east of Interstate 75 in Manatee County. They were looking at a kiosk of miniature model homes in DeSoto Square Mall in a community called the Village of Summerfield.

The new subdivision would be carved out of a rural, 5,500-acre tract in east Manatee County called Lakewood Ranch. It was part of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, a 48-square-mile expanse of land used as cow pasture, crop fields and shell mines.

Many of the 200 newcomers who bought a home in Summerfield the first year felt a little like pioneers. Some of them worried that they might have moved too far afield from Sarasota and Bradenton.

Little did they know that there would soon follow other carefully planned communities and that Lakewood Ranch would become one of the most popular destinations for new home buyers in the area.

Located in the northwest corner of the ranch, just south of State Road 70 and next to the Braden River, Summerfield was developed with families in mind. There are two parks, a number of lakes, winding roads where people can walk and bike, and easy access to the local grade schools.

Most of the 1,500 homes are single-family residences of between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet, featuring designs by local builders such as Lee Wetherington and Bruce Williams Homes.

Scott and Ashley Bromby, Realtors for Keller Williams Realty, have an active listing at 6506 Sundew Court, a 2,400-square-foot Bruce Williams home with a full hot tub and big yard, priced at $289,000.

They moved into the neighborhood three years ago with their three children after living in Greenbrook and The Country Club, two other Lakewood Ranch communities.

They like Summerfield for its family friendly atmosphere, established neighborhood ambience and proximity to a variety of amenities.

"The trees are more mature here, and it feels like a real lived- in community," says Ashley.

"From our house, we can go to Summerfield Park on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard," says Scott. "Or we can cut through the woods to Greenbrook Adventure Park, which has a dog run, playground, a roller rink, basketball courts, soccer fields and a pavilion. …

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