Purchased in 1922 and originally used as a timber ranch by Milwaukee's Uihlein Family, founders of Schlitz Brewing, Lakewood Ranch (LWR) is part of the 28,000 acres called Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR). In 1994, SMR began to develop what is now a 17,500-acre, award-winning, master-planned community, including residential development, corporate business parks, recreation, medical, retail and A-rated schools. You will find a large range of prices for homes all within minutes of fabulous shopping (University Town Center Mall and Main Street), easy access to Interstate 75 and only 30 minutes from the beaches and Downtown Sarasota! LWR is becoming somewhat a sports mecca in the area, home to golf, polo and close to the future World Rowing Championships in 2017 at Nathan Benderson Park. The community continues to grow and expand to the north with plans for a 2nd Main Street (retail/dining/commerce) and increased business development.