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What Homeowners Love About Neal Communities

The relationships we form with our homebuyers are incredibly important to us. We work with individuals, couples and families to make every step of the home buying journey an exciting one (and we mean that, we are with you every step of the way!) And when you find the perfect place to call home, we celebrate with you.

The result is more than 10,000 homes completed, and countless new homeowners who join the Neal family — from first-time homebuyers to couples purchasing their second or third Neal home.

Let’s dive into some of the most popular reasons homeowners love Neal Communities.

We’re southwest Florida’s most trusted builder

Neal Communities is proud have spent the past 40 years serving buyers from Tampa to Naples. Our homes are built to last, with integrity and craftsmanship that shines through in every detail. We build properties that bring peace of mind to thousands of families who choose our homes. In 2015, our commitment to quality earned us Professional Builder magazine’s Builder of the Year award.

Customer service is a top priority at Neal

We’re family-owned and operated, and our values spill over into every aspect of our business. Unlike many national builders who create huge communities and move onto the next area, we’re right here with you as your neighbors in Southwest Florida. This is our home too — our offices are right down the road, so we’re here for anything you need along the way. And this commitment shines through in our 98 percent customer satisfaction rating (the highest of any local builder). This rating is the true benchmark of our success, and one we strive to maintain every day.

We have a strong environmental commitment

At Neal, we don’t just build with green materials or install more efficient appliances (although you can expect those things in every Neal Communities home), we also respect the land we build on. Our environmental commitment leads us to preserve natural habitats through our land planning and development process. We plan our neighborhoods around nature, with roads that wind around tall trees and open space for the whole community to enjoy.

Our Design Gallery offers endless customizations

Every Neal homebuyer has access to the Neal Design Gallery, where they can turn a Neal house into the home of their dreams. The Design Gallery offers many design options, so you can select home details from cabinetry and appliances to flooring and lighting. Our commitment to providing the best in customer service ensures that you will move into a home that suits your needs for years to come.

We create lively communities

Beyond building high-quality homes, Neal takes the time to create master-planned communities where you can build a life for yourself and your family. We have maintenance-included neighborhoods that free up more of your time for the things that matter most to you, and amenity-rich communities that offer everything from resort-style pools to activity directors who plan a variety of community events. For those that prefer quiet and tranquil settings, you’ll love our miles of nature filled walking trails and private, gated access. When you buy with Neal, you become part of a thriving and lively community.

Find Your Home with Neal

We want you to join the Neal family, too. To start your home buying journey with us, contact a new home specialist online or by calling (800) 720-4429. Our consultants can answer all your questions and provide you with information specific to your home buying journey — from finding the best neighborhood to choosing the perfect floor plan.  

5 Reasons You Should Buy vs. Rent Your Next Home


The Wind Star at Indigo in Lakewood Ranch

 

Whether you should rent or buy your next home is a debate on many people’s minds. Multiple factors go into the choice to buy or to continue renting, but we at Neal firmly believe that buying is within reach for most families.

There are some situations in which renting may be better for you (particularly if you’re experiencing job instability or are unsure of the city you’d like to be in a year from now), but in many circumstances, buying a home is more realistic than many people think. It used to be believed that you needed to stay in a home for a minimum of five years in order to break even on your purchase (including closing costs), but more recent estimates shorten that time period to just under two years as the national average in 2016.

If you’re debating if it’s time for you to purchase your first home, we have five reasons that may help you make the choice.

1. Paying a mortgage increases your degree of ownership

When you pay rent, you don’t own anything, and that money is something you’ll never see a return on. But when you purchase your home, you increase your ownership with every mortgage payment. You can also have the opportunity to refinance your home for lower monthly payments (while rent costs often increase year after year) and borrow against your equity in the home to pay for large purchases in the future — things you can’t do when you’re renting.

 2. Appreciation benefits 

Owning a home is an investment, and one that is more tangible than investing in stocks. For one, you can enjoy the benefits of living in a home every day and appreciating the lifestyle it affords. But there are significant financial benefits as well. When you purchase a home, any appreciation is calculated on the overall cost of the home (not just the amount you’ve already paid off) and you aren’t taxed on that appreciation the way you are with stock investments.

 3. Tax benefits

As a homeowner, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes when you file your tax return every year. There are also deductions you can make for utilities and your home office if you work from home. And when those deductions are calculated to reflect how much you could be saving monthly on taxes, it often makes owning a home the same as, or even cheaper than, renting.

 4. You have creative control

Paint the walls any color you want, plant flowers in your yard, put up new light fixtures — the sky’s the limit when you own your property. With no landlord to go to for permission, you have full creative control over your property. Some neighborhoods may have homeowners associations and certain rules about the outside appearance of your home, but even these provide more freedom than a landlord. Plus, many home improvements can increase the value of your property down the road.

5. Maintenance choices

Just like you have more creative control over the property, you also have more say in how you approach home maintenance. You can take care of repairs yourself or search for your own contractor to work with. This freedom lets you find people you trust to do important maintenance on your property, and allows you to have more control over any replacement materials you may need.

Making Home Ownership a Reality

Regardless of your age, home ownership is often a more attainable goal than you may realize. There are a number of online calculators that help you determine what you could afford based on your income and any current debts, and many builders offer homes at various price points.

At Neal, we believe in making home ownership a reality for everyone. To help make your buying dreams a reality, we also offer financing through Neal Communities Funding. Our homes in southwest Florida range from villas and cottages, perfect for those just starting their buying journey or looking to downsize, to homes with four or more bedrooms and three-car garages for growing families.

Contact a new home specialist online or call (800)720-4429 for more information about financing, or for home buying advice tailored to you and your needs. And in the meantime, view the areas and communities we build in.

Celebrating Neal's Homeowners

When you buy with Neal, you’re not just buying a place to live — you’re buying a home. Whether you’re looking for a four-bedroom floorplan with plenty of space or a cozy, maintenance-included villa, your satisfaction is our number one priority. With the ability to customize homes from the countertops to the showerheads, Neal homeowners move into a house they’re proud of.

But today, we don’t want to talk about us. Instead, we want to celebrate the people like you who have found a home at Neal.

We’d like to shine the spotlight on our homeowners — the people who make Neal Communities a great place to live. Whether you just bought your new Neal home or have been with us for a while, we’re taking a moment to celebrate you. We get to work with young couples just starting their homeowner journeys, growing families of two or more, and parents looking for less space now that their children have started families of their own. And we couldn’t be more proud to play a role in their lives.

So here’s to all the families that make Neal Communities special. We know you have choices when buying a Florida home, and we want to thank you for choosing us.

The Goneau family at Villa Amalfi in Sarasota

Ms. Barbish at Milano in North Venice

The Zheng family at Windwood in North Venice

Ms. Pafford at FishHawk Ranch in Tampa

The Greenwoods at Grand Palm in Venice


Ms. Richards at Eagle Trace in Bradenton


Ms. Keith at Magnolia Point in Sarasota


The Bailey family at Grand Palm in Venice

 

At the end of the day, what’s most important to us is our homeowners’ happiness — and we work hard to deliver. Talk to someone about joining the Neal family by contacting us online or calling (800)720-4429. With fully customizable homes and Neal Communities located across southwest Florida, you’re sure to find your dream home with us.

Introducing The Estuary, Neal’s Newest Community

Neal Communities is proud to announce that we’re opening a brand new community in prestigious northwest Bradenton: The Estuary.

This new construction community will be a beautiful addition to Neal’s growing list of neighborhoods across southwest Florida. Spanning approximately 53 acres, The Estuary will be home to 50 brand new home sites featuring a variety of home designs and floor plans.

Those who sign-up for The Estuary VIP list will be able to view floor plans before anyone else, be the first to see model homes, and receive invites for exclusive events surrounding the opening of The Estuary before this information is released to the general public. You’ll also be among the first to choose new homesites, allowing you to select the home of your dreams in this highly anticipated Bradenton community. Be sure to sign up in order to be on the VIP list!

Nestled in the prestigious Palma Sola neighborhood of Bradenton, The Estuary is close to a number of shopping and dining destinations along Manatee Avenue. Parents will also enjoy its proximity to top-rated schools and the Robinson Preserve, which is nationally recognized as the area’s No. 1 family activity. Robinson Preserve encompasses 487-acres of natural coastal and wetland habitats, where you can kayak, bike and fish, or spend your day bird watching or hiking.

The Estuary is also located just minutes away from Anna Maria Island, so you and your family will be just a short drive from pristine beaches and a relaxing island lifestyle, while still enjoying all the comforts of the mainland. 

Join the VIP list today to start receiving important updates!

Top 5 Interior Design Trends of 2017

Now that we’ve rung in the new year, it’s time to start incorporating the “new” into other aspects of life. Surrounding yourself with new scenery at home is a good way to satisfy the need for change we all feel at the beginning of January, without committing yourself to a crazy diet or enrolling in classes to learn a new language. 

Switching up your home’s interior design can be a great fresh start for both you and your space. Below, you’ll find the top five interior design trends we’re looking forward to in 2017.

The Year's Top Design Trends

Vibrant Green

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The Crystal Sand in Boca Royale, located in Englewood

Pantone’s Color of the Year will be everywhere in 2017, from statement walls to table lamps and bedding.

Mixing Patterns

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The Tribute in Cypress Walk, located in Fort Myers. Styled by the Charlene Neal PureStyle team.

Layering patterns with rugs and fabrics in any room of your home can create a beautiful, lived-in effect. To ease into the trend, keep patterns in the same or complementing colors.

Navy is the New Black


The Liberty 2 in Indigo, located in Lakewood Ranch.

Expect navy to become more abundant as a neutral as an alternative to blacks and dark grays.

Artisanal Over DIY


The Tidewater in Watermark, located in Fort Myers. Styled by the Charlene Neal PureStyle team.

DIYs from Pinterest and Etsy give way to hand-blown glass and beautiful woodworking.

Tropical Prints


The Sunrise in Grand Palm, located in Venice. Styling by the Charlene Neal PureStyle team.

Interior design takes its cues from the runways, so expect tropical prints to be big in 2017 from wallpapers to fabrics and artwork.

Change Things Up in 2017

If you’re looking to make a few subtle design changes in 2017, these five trends can all be easily incorporated with small accents and simple fabric swaps. But if it’s a bigger change you’re after, we suggest starting with a clean slate — and a new construction home from Neal Communities is the perfect fresh start for a new year.

The design examples above can all be seen in person by visiting the model homes in any of our southwest Florida communities, and each model home is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’d like to incorporate some of these design trends into your own home, the Charlene Neal PureStyle team is here to help transform your space for 2017.

Own Your Dream Home with Neal Communities

As a Neal homebuyer, your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re committed to making your dream home a reality.

When you buy from Neal, you’re buying from southwest Florida’s favorite builder and a Builder of the Year award recipient. Our craftsmanship and the quality of our homes shine through in each new construction, so you know you’re buying from a builder you can trust. Nothing beats the peace of mind you get from moving into a brand new home of superior quality — especially when it’s located in a beautifully designed neighborhood with the amenities you love.

One of the main reasons to buy a new construction home is that you have more input in the final product. Once you find your favorite community and the right floor plan that suits your lifestyle, you’ll work with our team of experts to add the finishing touches that turn a great house into the perfect home. And when you buy with Neal, you’re guaranteed to move into the home of your dreams.

There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a new home, and sometimes, these steps may seem daunting. But when it comes to designing the place you’ll call home for years to come, we believe in keeping the process stress-free and fun.

As a new construction homebuyer with Neal Communities, you get to take part in the design process for your new home by working with the Neal Design Gallery. This is where you put the finishing touches on your dream home, choosing everything from cabinet finishes and drawer pulls to appliances and lighting fixtures. Your Neal Design Consultant will take your vision for your home and help you bring it to life.

This design process allows you to make your home truly your own. You can personalize multiple details, elevating your favorite Neal floor plan to a unique home that reflects your taste and lifestyle. From pairing bright white countertops with bronze faucets to adding the perfect tile and showerhead in the master bathroom, the Neal Design Gallery makes it easy to get the custom touches you want in your home.

Some of the items you can customize in the Neal Design Gallery include:

  • Cabinetry
  • Drawer pulls
  • Door knobs
  • Appliances
  • Countertops
  • Faucets
  • Showerheads
  • Tiles
  • Paint
  • Carpet and flooring
  • Lighting
  • And more

Everyone should feel proud of the space they call home, and our design process ensures you get to come home to the house you’ve always dreamed of. When you buy with Neal, you’ll feel right at home from the moment you open your new front door.

Neal’s commitment to building quality homes, combined with our customization process with the Neal Design Gallery, ensures you get the home of your dreams at a great value for you and your family.

To start your buying journey with Neal, view the areas and communities we build in. Or, for advice tailored to you and your needs, contact a new home specialist online or call (800)720-4429.

10 Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

Everyone knows that trees and lights are the must-have Christmas decorations, but past that, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possible ways of decorating your home for the holidays.

Sure, you can buy some Santa hand towels and call it a day. But getting in the holiday spirit is much more fun when you’re surrounded by festive touches. These 10 easy holiday decorating ideas can come together in 10 minutes or less, but have the potential to make a big impact.



 1.   A festive platter

Grab a serving platter from your kitchen, add some festive greenery and a few ornaments, and display it anywhere in your home. Entry tables, kitchen counters and coffee tables are all great spots.

 2.   Fragrant twig bundles

Tie together a few twigs and herbs like rosemary and thyme with bright red ribbon. You’ll instantly have a fragrant bundle to hang near doorways, on chair backs or anywhere else your heart desires.

 3.   Showcased ornaments

If you have a glass container — a vase, drinking glass, or even wine glass — you’re on your way to the simplest Christmas décor. All you need to do is add a handful of Christmas ornaments, preferably in one or two solid colors or simple, complimenting patterns.

 4.   Pillow “gifts”

Have extra ribbon lying around after wrapping your presents? Tie bows around pillows on the sofa, chairs or beds to instantly turn everyday pillows into festive presents.

 5.   A little eye candy

 What’s the holiday season without a little candy? Display candy canes and peppermints in glass canisters for simple, sweet decorations around your home that double as festive snacks for your guests.

 6.   Card displays

Don’t hide those holiday cards from friends and family in a drawer — turn them into a decorative focal point for your home. Hang ribbon or twine horizontally across an empty section of wall or a bare window, and pin the cards to it for a festival display.

 7.   Florida-style wreaths

This one may require a trip to the craft store, but a homemade citrus wreath is the perfect touch to any Florida home. Grab a circular piece of florists foam and attach oranges, limes and clementines to it using wooden florist’s picks. Then hang it from a door or widow with a thick velvet ribbon.

 8.   Jingle doors

Even something as easy as hanging jingle bells from door handles around your home can make it seem merrier around the holidays. Tie big silver bells on doorknobs with festive ribbon.

 9.   Christmas wishes

Have the whole family write down their Christmas wishes and display them proudly. You can frame them, hang them with your Christmas cards, or even use them instead of place cards at your holiday feast.

10.  Greenery-framed doorways

A simple stretch of garland or seasonal greenery draped around doorframes can instantly transform a room and make it more inviting.

The Neal Difference: What Makes Us Florida's Favorite Builder

When it comes to buying a new home in Florida, the process can be daunting. Finding the city or region you want to live in is only the first step. After you’ve compared school districts and assessed traffic patterns, it’s time to assess builders.

Your home is arguably the biggest investment in your life. Choosing a builder with a solid reputation and a successful track record is one of the most important decisions you can make in your home buying process.

We strive to make our commitment to the Florida community apparent in everything we do, from preserving greenspace in our neighborhoods to giving back to local organizations. When it comes to the ways our work stands out from other Florida builders, we feel our homes speak for themselves. But don’t take it from us — our reputation is backed by a rich history and a number of local and national accolades.

Neal Difference

We’d love to be part of your home buying experience — from touring properties and designing your dream home, to obtaining your mortgage and exploring all your new community has to offer, we’re here for you every step of the way.

To get started on your buying journey with Neal, you can view the areas and communities we build in. Or, for advice tailored to you and your needs, you can contact a new home specialist online or by phone at (800) 720-4429.

The Holiday Season Kicks Off with Neal’s Annual My Favorite Home Contest

For the past 17 years, Neal Communities has partnered with local elementary schools to get some help designing their annual holiday card. This year, the students at Bradenton’s Tara Elementary School were chosen to show off their art skills.

Talented artists from kindergarten to fifth grade entered the contest by using different mediums to show what their favorite home would look like. This year’s entries included beautifully landscaped sceneries and colorful homes fit for a king and queen. There were even some aspiring builders in the group! Contestants from kindergarten and first grade built their homes from the ground up, using only the finest construction paper materials.


After the faculty and staff at Tara chose the top five finalists from each grade, a panel of celebrity judges, local VIPs, elected officials and Neal team members selected the winning design to be featured on Neal’s holiday card.


Neal invited the student finalists and their parents to a hosted breakfast at the school, where the winning designs were displayed and ribbons were awarded to each young artist. At the end of the event, Neal Communities was proud to present a $1,500 check to Tara Elementary in support of their art program. At Neal, we always love the opportunity to support our local communities, and we’re excited to unveil the winning artwork on our 2016 holiday card!

8 Reasons You Should Buy a New Home

8 Reasons You Should Buy a New Home

 When it comes to purchasing a home, there are seemingly endless factors to consider. One of the most important decisions you will make as a homeowner is whether to buy a new construction or a previously owned home. While a resold home may cost less up front, the money you save now may go toward hidden future costs and repairs.

Meanwhile, new homes come with modern amenities and perks that can’t be found in older homes. Below are just a few of the benefits of buying a new home versus a used home.

New Appliances, New Everything

When you purchase a new home, everything in the home is also brand new — including all your major appliances, roof, water heater and more. You’ll be getting the newest, best appliances in your kitchen, bathrooms (not to mention heating and air), so you won’t have to worry about how soon you may need a costly replacement.


Energy Efficiency

In the past, many older homes weren’t equipped with green features and appliances. New homes are often built under stringent energy standards and codes, so you can look forward to lower electric and gas bills. Plus, new builders like Neal are building homes with the environment in mind, using practices that are both good for your family and the rest of the world, too.

Fewer Repairs

Did we mention everything is new? When you purchase a lived-in home, you inherit the wear and tear of previous owners. With a new construction home, you can look forward to worry-free years of not repairing a leaky roof, fixing the screen on the lanai or dealing with those squeaky kitchen cabinets — which means more time and money for the important things in life.

Low Maintenance

Today’s cutting-edge homes are built with floor plans and layouts that reflect the way we live, and they're also made out of materials that are built to last — especially if you’re buying from a trusted, expert builder. Many of the latest materials and building systems require less care and maintenance, as opposed to the mystery materials an older home would be made of.

Warranties

One of the biggest perks of buying a new home is having everything under warranty, from the construction to the appliances. At Neal, we offer our homebuyers a 10-year full structural warranty and a 2-year mechanical warranty on all our homes, with 1-, 6- and 11-month service inspections available. In addition to those, you’ll get a 5-year exterior paint warranty and a 5-year General Electric Factory warranty on all kitchen appliances.

Safety Features

Older homes are more likely to come with risks like outdated, toxic paints or flammable building materials. A new home will be up-to-date on modern safety standards, including safer circuitry, appliances with friendlier coolants and fewer toxic elements, and fire-safety features such a flame-retardant carpet and hard-wired fire alarms.

Higher Resale Value

When you find the perfect home, you don’t want to imagine moving out. But life happens, from new jobs to family changes. Should you decide to move, the resale value of your newer home will likely be higher than one that has been lived in multiple times. Not only will the features and appliances in a newer home be more modern and less heavily used, but you will also spend less time and money making repairs to your home in an effort to resell.

Community Amenities

In the past, neighborhood clubhouses and activity directors were unheard of. But today, homebuilding communities such as Neal have become increasingly popular and offer a number of benefits and amenities that older subdivisions are less likely to have. In modern subdivisions, it’s not uncommon to find such amenities as neighborhood pools, clubhouses, sports courts, and even dogs parks and planned activities for the whole neighborhood.

New Homes from Neal Communities

If you’ve decided a new construction home is right for your family, we’d love to help you find the perfect Neal home of your dreams. We have a number of communities in Southwest Florida and multiple floor plans to suit any family’s size or budget.

A Farmers Market Guide to Sarasota

Neal residents in Sarasota can enjoy endless options for dining, shopping and entertainment, so there’s never a shortage of things to do. One of the best ways to spend a quiet morning or afternoon, particularly in the fall when the temperatures begin to dip slightly, is to stroll through a local farmers market with your family.

These open-air markets are the perfect place to snag some seasonal produce, fresh flowers and prepared foods, as well as handmade goods, while getting to know the vendors and spending some time with your neighbors. Bring your children — and even the your dog! — to make it a nice outing for the whole family.

The farmers markets you’ll find in Sarasota and the surrounding areas are great weekend stops, whether you’re just looking for a quick snack or doing your grocery shopping for the entire week. Try these five locations with your family this fall, and don’t forget to bring along a few reusable bags to tote your produce home in!

 

Sarasota Farmers Market

Saturdays, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Located at Lemon Avenue and State Street in downtown Sarasota, the Sarasota Farmers Market has provided fresh produce and artisan goods to residents since 1979. You’ll find more than 70 vendors lining the streets on Saturday mornings year-round, so there’s no fear of leaving hungry or empty-handed.

 

Siesta Key Farmers Market

Sundays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Head over to Siesta Key Village, and you’ll find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to Italian olive oils, organic skin care products, beautiful pottery pieces and more. Much like the beach it’s close to, the Siesta Key Farmers Market is the perfect way to spend a laid back Sunday.

 

Old Miakka Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Now hosted at the Old Miakka United Methodist Church, the Old Miakka Farmers Market is a perfect taste of down-home Florida life. In addition to the usual market finds, bring your children for games and crafts, goats and mini-horses, and some fresh ice cream they can make themselves.

 

Venice Farmers Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon

If you live on the south side of town, head to historic downtown Venice for the Venice Farmers Market. This outdoor market oasis has everything you could possibly want, from essential oils and art to good from local farmers and fishermen. Plus, they host a Kid’s Korner on the fourth Saturday of every month, with plenty of fun and educational (and free!) activities to keep your children busy while you shop.

 

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (October–May)

If a quiet mid-week morning at the market is more your style, check out the Phillippi Farmhouse Market at the Phillippi Estate Park. You’ll find more than 40 vendors selling fresh produce and prepared foods, and proceeds go toward the restoration of the 100-year-old farmhouse that gives the market its name.

 

We’d love to hear all about your farmers market finds this fall! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you’re cooking up with your local produce haul.

The Benefits of a Villa Lifestyle

The Benefits of a Villa Lifestyle

Homeownership is an incredibly rewarding experience, but one that can be difficult to navigate. The options are seemingly endless — between the type of home you want, how much square footage you need and the location you want to be in, it can feel like your work is never done.

But considering a villa as your next home can make the whole process easier, particularly if you’re looking for an affordable, perfectly sized property for you and your family.

 

A Savvy Value for Homebuyers

The two biggest draws to purchasing a villa are the price point and size. At a more affordable price than many single-family homes, villas are a great value for homeowners who may not want, or need, the space that comes with a larger, more expensive property.

Purchasing a villa offers you all the joys of homeownership without worrying what you’ll do with a fourth bedroom you don’t need. The smaller square footage of villas (vs. single-family homes) is a big bonus for many families. For example, our two bedroom/two bathroom villa plans are perfect for one-child families or parents whose children have moved away from home.

However, many Neal communities feature villas and single-family homes — meaning a move to a larger home in the future doesn’t have to be a move away from the amenities, school district and neighbors you’ve come to love.

 

More Time for Family and Fun

In addition to the affordability and size, maintenance-included villas offer residents the opportunity to skip the yard work entirely. Very few people enjoy lugging the mower out of the garage or trimming the weeds away from the driveway — especially during the warmer months!

When you live in a neighborhood that’s rich with family-friendly amenities (like our very own Grand Palm), the idea of doing any type of upkeep on your home will always be less appealing than relaxing by the pool or going for a bike ride. And having more opportunities to enjoy the little things in life is a big reason many homeowners are drawn to the villa lifestyle.

No necessary yard work, combined with an indoor and outdoor square footage that’s a perfect fit for your family, means you’ll spend less time cleaning, organizing and landscaping and more time enjoying your home.

 

Find a Villa with Neal Communities

You can discover villa living for yourself at many of our Florida communities. We have eight neighborhoods that feature our two beautiful villa floor plans: Crystal Sand and Tidewater.

Our villa-only community, Villa Amalfi, is a Tuscan-themed, gated community in beautiful Sarasota. This neighborhood has a pool, spa and cabana (so you can capitalize on that free time) and many homesites that offer preserve or water views.

We also have a number of villas available in our luxurious Grand Palm community. Here you’ll find resort-style and fitness pools, miles of walking and biking trails, and courts for everything from tennis to bocce ball — all only 10 minutes from the beach.

 

For more information about our villas or any of our communities, contact a new home specialist or click “request more information” on the left sidebar on any of our community pages.

Neal's Top 3 Summer Home Tips

Now is the time to start thinking about your next set of decorations that will spruce up your home and awe your friends and family! There are several lovely ways to decorate for the summer months that are occupied with late nights and unforgettable memories. Here are just a few that we really enjoy.

Light it Up

One of the many benefits of summer is the gorgeous whether. However, in southern Florida, it can reach uncomfortable temperatures in the daytime. Fortunately, we are still able to enjoy beautiful evenings outdoors

with friends and family. One way to brighten the environment is to add paper lanterns or outdoor lighting to your entertainment area. Even if the whether turns stormy, you have the opportunity to cozy up in a covered porch that offers a summer vibe.

Summer Scents

Sometimes, achieving the perfect summer aesthetic means more than your design and props! Picking out the right scents for the season brings your home atmosphere to life. Some of our favorites are ocean breeze and cucumber-melon.

Vibrant Colors

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Whether it’s accent dishes for your dining room or a mix of tropical fruit on display in your kitchen, vibrant colors are always okay to use in t

he summer time. Mixing bright floral, tropical, or nautical-themed dishes with your everyday plates and bowls brings your dining area to life and is sure to impress your friends and family.

Even though we are counting down the days till summer, our beautiful Florida whether is allowing us to get a head start. For more design tips or information on our beautiful homes, contact us today and connect with us on Facebook!

Grand Palm: A leap of faith

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“There was a time when I thought we would never get to the end,” said Pat Neal, chief executive officer of Neal Communities, referring to the seven-year planning process for his highly successful Grand Palm community in Venice. “In fact, I said at the time that I would never do another community under the 2050 guidelines, but the results are phenomenal and unbelievable. I’m starting another 2050 property right now.”


Grand Palm is the largest neighborhood Neal Communities has created in its more than 40 years of building, with plans for 1,999 homes at completion.

It was the first community ever to be built under the stringent requirements of the Sarasota County government’s 2050 plan - a plan intended to guide development.

“It took a leap of faith by the developer to give it a try,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines. “Until it was built, it was theory.”

But the theory worked out quite nicely. Consistently, the builder sells anywhere between 10 - 20 homes per month at the popular South County community.

Close to four years after its grand opening, in September 2012, it remains the only community ever to be built under the 2050 guidelines, even though several more are in the planning stages.

Grand Palm

Located off River Road in Venice, Grand Palm’s layout preserves more than 33 percent of the land as open space and features spectacular preserved trees from the grand entrance, continuing throughout the community. Home plans range in size from 1,079 to 3,346 square feet.

Residents have miles of walking and bike trails that weave through the community and into a private wooded island surrounded by Adventure Lake.

“Close to 385,000 people move to Florida every year, and they’re going to find somewhere to live,” said Neal. “We’d like to have good places for them to live that are a credit to the environment.”

High sales and customer feedback are a testament to the time, patience, perseverance and skill it took to create something truly extraordinary at Grand Palm.

Linda Schrier moved to Grand Palm two years ago from St. Louis. She noted the community caught her eye through an online search and exceeded her expectations in person.

“It’s so different here,” she said. “There’s nature and preserve all around. It’s everywhere. You feel like you are in a tropical resort all year round and that is what we really like,” said Schrier.

Her family found a homesite with a lake in the back yard and a preserve in the front yard, typical of many home sites in the master-planned community but not very common in other communities anywhere nearby.

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Integrating homes with nature is just one of many guiding principles within the Sarasota 2050 plan. Others include: walkability, trails, open green space, clustered homes and wetland conservation. Then there’s the big one – fiscal neutrality, meaning taxpayers don't pay the cost of development.

“It was expensive, difficult and no one else has done it,” said Neal. But, he admits, it was worth it.

“I love driving into Grand Palm, and I hope that's what everyone else likes too. All the green space is exceptional; all the Florida that remains here. “Within 30 seconds of your arrival, you feel the difference here. No other property that I know of in this region feels that way,” he said.

Alec Hoffner, an environmental consultant, who worked at Grand Palm since its infancy, said the community holds a special place in his heart.

“This is a beautiful development,” said Hoffner. “I appreciate how it is incorporated into the natural environment and how it has been taken care of. I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Hoffner believes elements of the 2050 plan work well, and with developer buy in, the results can be spectacular.

“This community is a testament to that,” he said. “The open space, clustered homes, wildlife corridors and added buffers around the perimeter really work here. Neal Communities is a good company and a strong steward of the environment. Its attention to detail and truly comprehensive approach to development has made this community an example for others to follow,” Hoffner said.

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County Commissioners hope several developers follow Neal’s lead.

“It's the best balance between pure environmentalism and pure growth,” said Hines. “If you protect more open space you’ll get more homes, but denser and closer together homes. It creates a feeling of being surrounded by woods and the environment. I think that's why people like it and that's why this community has been so successful and others in the future will be too.”

Neal says as with any of the communities his firm creates, “there’s an advantage to working with a builder who lives in the community.”

“My instructions to my team are: Please do not make me go hide behind the corn flakes if I see our customers at Publix,” said Neal. “I want to look customers in the eye and be proud of the interaction we are going to have. I am happy to say that I can do so.”

See the video on Grand Palm here.

Tampa’s Best Places to Dine

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As a local builder in Tampa Bay, we are proud of the surrounding area and love everything Tampa has to offer! From stunning attractions to delicious restaurants, Tampa has many benefits for residents to enjoy. Restaurants in particular bring families together for a time of great fellowship and spectacular food. Here are our top 3 restaurants that we believe you should experience as a resident in Tampa, Florida!

La Terrazza Restaurant

This small, Italian gem offers some of Tampa’s finest Italian cuisine. From their signature lasagna to their special veal piccata, La Terrazza sets the bar high for competing restaurants in the area.  Often called cozy and exclusive, you’ll want to give Tripadvisor.com’s top ranked restaurant a try!

Wright’s Gourmet House

An American deli right in the heart of Tampa, Wright’s Gourmet House is the perfect lunch stop for a quick bite to eat. Their signature sandwiches bring local residents in daily while their delicious baked goods keep them coming back for more. If you haven’t tried Wright’s yet, today’s lunch break is the perfect time!

Happy Fish Tampa Authentic Peruvian Cuisine

Last but not least, we can’t exclude Tampa’s favorite South American seafood restaurant, Happy Fish. Priding themselves on their Peruvian background, Happy Fish never disappoints when it comes to seafood and live entertainment on the weekends.

Dining in Tampa is about having a great time with friends and family while enjoying great food in a beautiful city. Just one of the may perks of being a Tampa resident, you can imagine the endless entertainment that it has to offer.

Find your dream home in Tampa today by visiting NealCommunities.com and connecting with us on Facebook for more great things to do in the area!

Interior Design Spotlight: The Kitchen

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When it comes turning a house into a home, personalized details make all the difference! When you purchase a Neal Home, we work with you step by step to ensure that every inch of your home is exactly the way you’ve envisioned it. One feature that truly brings a home together is the kitchen! Preparing holiday meals, entertaining a dinner party, baking sweet treats with your family; timeless memories are created in the kitchen.

Your design options are endless when you work with Neal. We have two top of the line Design Galleries that allow you to mix and match colors, textures, and details to construct your dream home. Whether you prefer a modern minimalist look or a rustic ranch style, we can create your kitchen to fit your vision.

Below are a few featured kitchen designs from Neal Homes:

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Make memories you will cherish for years to come in the kitchen you’ve always dreamt of! Contact us today to speak with a New Home Representative and connect with us on our social media (Facebook & Twitter) to stay up to date with home listings and information about our communities!

5 Ways to Relax at Home

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Making time to unwind and relax is key to living a stress free lifestyle! We have compiled a few things to do to utilize your space while at home in relaxing ways that are sure to stir up some inspiration in your busy lives!

  1. Search For The Sunny Spots In Your Home - Warm natural lighting can create a relaxing ambiance for reading or simply some quiet time to yourself. Center a statement chair around a nook with a large window and soak in the sun! Embracing the beauty of the natural sunshine is sure to inspire you! 
  2. Host A Potluck Dinner - Show off your beautiful home by hosting a potluck dinner with friends! Not only will there be tons of delicious food, it removes the hours you would spend in the kitchen cooking everything on your own! Socializing with friends can also be a great resource for inspiration as you can bounce ideas off one another!
  3. Start A Garden - You can start small with only a few flowers around your kitchen, or go big with a grand garden in the backyard! Gardening has been found to be an extremely soothing process, and often the colors in your yard or around your house will provide fresh inspiration for your interior decor!
  4. Have A Movie Night - Turn your living room into your own private theatre! Pick one or two movies, make popcorn, and cuddle up in a cozy blanket! Relax at home without breaking the bank at the movie theatre! Sometimes a break from reality can be the best way to rest your mind and re-energize for the next day!

What are some ways that you utilize your home to find inspiration and relax? Connect with us on social, Facebook and Twitter, and let us know!

Our Newest Design Gallery in Bonita Springs!

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Neal Communities puts customer experience first throughout the entire homebuilding process. We want to ensure that when we help you build the home of your dreams, every detail is just how you imagined it. We have a professional team of designers at Neal Communities Design Gallery that offer innovative design and the most on-trend advice! We are also proud to announce our 2nd Design Gallery is now open in Bonita Springs!

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Our Design Galleries feature an array of fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, and more that allow you to visually explore the design options for your future home. With tons of products and samples to browse, choosing what decor and theme you want throughout your home is made easy as our Design Gallery showcases everything in one place.You will also work one-on-one with a personal Design Consultant who will help refine the details of your dream home and turn them into a reality.

For more information about our Design Gallery click here!

Spring Cleaning - Maintenance Checks and Tips for Homeowners

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We all know when Spring rolls around it means it’s time for a little Spring cleaning! Keeping track of your home’s maintenance and checking to ensure it’s in tip-top shape is vital to keeping your home well maintained, clean, and safe!

Here is a checklist with a few tips that can help your home last for years to come!

  1. Look for loose or damaged shingles that might need to be repaired or replaced.
  2. Clear out your gutters and downspouts of any debris (sticks, leaves, etc.) and make sure everything is secure.
  3. Check your faucets and general plumbing fixtures to ensure that you catch any leaks.
  4. Dust the trim around doors, windows and baseboards. Check to make sure that they are all sealed properly.
  5. Test out smoke detectors and replace dead batteries.
  6. Change the air filter in your central heat and air unit often.
  7. Check all the deadbolts and locks you have on your doors and windows.


Taking the time to thoroughly clean and inspect your home just a few times a year can save you time and money in the long run! Though this list gives you a few very important maintenance tips, it is not a complete list! What do you do to keep your home in tip-top shape? Let us know on our social sites, Facebook and Twitter

The Ridge at Crossing Creek - Grand Opening Event!

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Have you heard about our newest community, The Ridge at Crossing Creek? This gated community will feature tons of incredible amenities such as canoe storage and canoe/kayak launch, walking trails, a recreation center with pool & spa, and so much more! Located in Bradenton, The Ridge at Crossing Creek will offer 138 single-family homesties ranging in design, floor plan, and price!

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Our Grand Opening event is happening April 2nd from 11am-2pm. There will be tours of our new models, live entertainment, food and drinks, and prizes! You don’t want to miss out on this event! For more information on the Grand Opening as well as The Ridge at Crossing Creek you can visit our website, or you can sign up to be put on the VIP list for direct information and updates!