May 24, 2016
Annual Home Starts in West Villages Area Surpass 720
New Retail to be Announced Soon
West Villages, Fla—The home construction starts remained strong in the West Villages area over the past year. According to MetroStudy, for the 12 months from April 2015 through March 2016, there were 447 new home starts in Gran Paradiso at West Villages and Island Walk at West Villages; 141 in Sarasota National and 136 in Grand Palm, totaling 724 starts, making the West Villages area the strongest in Sarasota/Manatee.
“We have seen excellent activity here and are encouraged by the interest of those who not only want to buy homes and live here, but they also want to move their businesses here,” stated Martin Black, general manager of West Villages. “We will soon announce some retailers and other significant projects that are coming to our master-planned community.” West Villages Town Center is expected to have its first store open late in 2017.
Site development work is almost complete on Renaissance at West Villages. Located off South Tamiami Trail between West Villages Parkway and River Road, this will be a neighborhood of more than 600 homes with a pool, clubhouse and other amenities.
As the West Villages has continued to grow, Island Walk at West Villages has seen a steady increase in traffic each year. 2016 has been no different, with a 10% increase in traffic from 2015.
“Island Walk has once again had a very strong start to the year which puts us in a very favorable position to meet and exceed all 2016 sales and closing projections,” said Blake Lapinsky of DiVosta Homes, developer in Island Walk at West Villages. “Although we have not opened any new models or amenities in the last few months we have seen a significant amount of new land development which has made available some of the most desirable views in the entire community.”
Gran Paradiso at West Villages has also seen steady increases, especially after the introduction of the popular townhomes—offering a low-maintenance, high-luxury opportunity. “We are definitely providing a housing option that this community has wanted. We are pleased with the response,” said Lennar Homes’ Director of Sales & Marketing David Meyers.
About West Villages
The 10,000 acres that comprise the West Villages (www.MyWestVillages.com) are located adjacent to the US Highway 41 corridor in South Sarasota County between the urban centers of the City of Venice and the City of North Port. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (www.MattamyHomes.com), the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers.