Amazing. That's how George Schulmeyer, the new division president of Windward Homes, describes his first sight of LakeShore Ranch.
"The natural beauty of the land is incredible," he says. "And the planners took advantage of that fact and created a community where nearly every home site enjoys a view of natural wetlands, lakes, ponds or conservation areas."
"Construction has begun on the amenities and when they are completed in the spring, LakeShore Ranch will offer its residents an incomparable lifestyle," he says.
Among the amenities is the Grand Floridian Clubhouse.
"This 11,000-square-foot-facility will serve as the social centerpiece of the community," Schulmeyer says. "From the Lake Room with its massive fireplace, to the resident business center, catering kitchen and state-of-the-art fitness facility, the clubhouse lacks for nothing."
An aerobics room, massage room and community postal center ensure this facility will become the main gathering spot for residents, he says. Three pools - resort-style, lap and children's - are adjacent to a terrace featuring a Florida room with a grill and bar area and a second fireplace.
"A full-time activities director will plan and coordinate community events designed to build a true hometown atmosphere," Schulmeyer says. "It is our intention that LakeShore Ranch will be the best resident-minded community in the area."
When designing LakeShore Ranch, Windward chose to offer a range of leisure and recreational amenities, including a lakeside amphitheater and a covered, handicapped-accessible playground.
Within a lakeside park, homeowners also will find a climbing boulder, picnic pavilion, restrooms and plenty of green space.
"Catch and release fishing and canoeing and kayaking are also available for residents to enjoy," Schulmeyer says. "The lakeside park facilities will be finished by April and will provide countless hours of enjoyment for the residents of the community.
"For those who prefer land sports, full court basketball and tennis courts are also available and a fenced dog park provides exercise for the four-legged member of the family as well," he adds.
The other amenities are under construction, with completion expected in November.
Also in November, work will begin on the community's gated entry. The gatehouse will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's expected to be ready in February.
LakeShore Ranch will be home to 671 single-family homes with 1,697 to 3,500 square feet of living space. "These one- and two-story designs offer livable floor plans with great architectural details and are priced from the mid-$200,000s to $500,000," Schulmeyer says.
Six furnished models recently were unveiled. They boast a nature preserve and Lake Mariel as a backdrop. Lofts, game rooms, home offices and three-car garages are among available features.
Every home buyer receives a free interior design session at Windward's new, state-of-the-art 9,000-square-foot design gallery.
"When you build a new home with Windward, we want to ensure that it is the home of your dreams," Schulmeyer says. "Not only do our buyers have an incredibly wide selection of products to select from, but our design professionals provide the additional service of assisting our buyers with everything from furniture placement to window treatments, paint and wallpaper selections."
"When you couple all the fantastic aspects of LakeShore Ranch with its convenient location in Land O' Lakes, you have a community that stands out among all the rest," Schulmeyer says.
LakeShore Ranch is on U.S. 41, seven miles north of State Road 54. Models are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (813) 929-9064 or visit www.windwardhomes.com.