long lake ranch poolIf you are looking for an excellent place for family living, look no further than homes for sale in Long Lake Ranch. Long Lake Ranch is located in Lutz, Florida. This is truly a beautiful area. Lutz, Florida is located on Florida’s west coast. The city covers 27 square miles, and has a population of approximately 20,000. The city is nicknamed “Cactus Hat,” because in 2003, an explosion of columnar cacti, generally indigenous to mountainous areas, inexplicably, and profusely popped up covering the city. Their presence is fewer in number today, but they can still be seen in the area.


Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of living in Long Lake Ranch, Lutz, FL is its easy access to Tampa Bay. Take Interstate 275 South just 21 miles, and access to any of the exciting attractions in Tampa, is readily at hand.


Reasons to make the drive to Tampa are countless. But twelve reasons involve a lot of sand and sea. Yes, Tampa has twelve beaches. By name, they are Fort De Soto Park, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Honeymoon Island State Park, Sand Key Park, Ben T. Davis, Fred Howard Park, Caladesi Island State Park and Indians Rock. Each beach is unique in terms of available amenities. Beachgoers who do a bit of homework before heading out will be rewarded. The options are plentiful, but every beach offers a distinct set of options. Investing just a little bit of time, will insure the beach has everything desired for the perfect day of fun in the sun.


One of the great things to do in Lutz is shop. The recently opened Tampa Premium Outlet mall is one of the state’s many open-air shopping centers. The grounds are gorgeous and inviting. Outdoor seating areas are decorated with both fire pits and ponds, offering shoppers a convenient place to rest and relax between stores.


Lutz also is a hot spot for golfers. There are thirteen golf courses within ten miles of the city. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that over 100 golf courses are within sixty miles of the city.


The Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The reserve is publicly owned, and it contains one of the largest natural habitats in Hillsborough County. It includes a mixture of swamps, floodplains, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks and mixed hardwood, and pine prairies. This feature of the preserve protects threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation.


Another nearby recreational park and preserve is Lake Rogers Park. It is a 272-acre park and preserve. The area features sitting and picnic areas, gills and nature trails. Fun things to do here are fishing for catfish, and catch and release bass fishing. The lake also has a kayak and canoe launch. Camping is available for a small fee. The lake is known to be a foraging habitat for many of the areas birds and other small animals. Visitors are commonly treated to sightings of small animals such as brown bunnies, opossum, raccoons, and otters. Birds common to the area are osprey, bald eagles and wading birds.


suncoast trail signLutz also has a multi-use path along the Suncoast Parkway. It spans 42 miles and has many trailhead/access points. The trail does have facilities, but they are limited to drinking fountains and restrooms. The path is new and is in excellent condition. The primary purpose of the path is a safe right of way path, but there are areas of trees and vegetation that insulate the path from the roadway.


Lutz has many local eateries to delight a variety of taste buds. Villaggio Ristorante and Nabruzzi Trattoria are two charming restaurants offering Italian cuisine. The Mekenita Mexican Grille and Breakfast Nook are two other top favorites of locals.


Lutz offers residents a laid back lifestyle with that small town feel. At the same time, residents can enjoy everything a larger city has to offer by making a short twenty-minute drive to Tampa.



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