California-based John Burns Consulting has ranked Lakewood Ranch as one of the top selling master  planned communities in the United States with 391 new home sales in 2011. Coming  in at number 9, Lakewood Ranch outpaced many other well-established and iconic communities. This is the second year for John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s ranking of top-selling U.S. master plans.

“With our new sports campus, new commercial construction this year totaling  upwards of $150 million, and new rental projects springing up, we’re proud that  Lakewood Ranch has become the premier new-home destination on Florida’s West  Coast,” said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., the  developer of Lakewood Ranch. “That is definitely translating into more visitors,  which in turn means more sales.”

Lakewood Ranch saw record-breaking numbers of visitors to its information centers and models during the fourth quarter of 2011, helping to drive last  year’s new home sales.  In the fourth quarter of 2011, close to 7,000 people  visited Lakewood Ranch models and information centers.  “We have something  truly special here.  We have taken bold steps to drive the economy, which has in  turn driven home sales, job creation and has helped us remain a small market  leader in residential and commercial projects,” said Jensen.

This is the second year for John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s ranking of  top-selling U.S. master plans. Last year, Lakewood Ranch was ranked number 14. More than 130 communities across the U.S. were included in the study,  representing nearly 23,000 new home sales during 2011, or nearly 7.6 percent of  the estimated 300,000 new U.S. home sales in 2011. The full report with the top  50 rankings can be found at

Lakewood Ranch is the 8,500-acre award-winning master-planned community in  Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from  the Gulf Coast beaches, and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is  already home to more 15,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital,  the Sarasota Polo Club, a 75-acre sports complex, its own Main Street with  theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial  property.