City of Southwest Ranches is known for it’s many horse ranches and spectacularly large homes and lots. The area is primarily residential, with most lots consisting of 1 acre or more. There are some small farms and equestrian ranches. The town has laws that keep homes from being built on lots of less than 1 acre. In order to conserve the town's rural lifestyle, the laws also generally stop streetlights, sidewalks, and street lights from being constructed.