Coming Home to Windwood

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Florida native David Joyner moved to the Venice area while in middle school and graduated from Venice High School. He later attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he was fortunate enough to meet his wife Caitlin, who grew up in Huntington, N.Y.

Despite telling his parents that he was never moving back to Florida, let alone Venice, David and Caitlin decided to relocate back to the area in 2002. Coming from Atlanta, it was a big adjustment at first, but it did not take long for the couple to immerse themselves in everything the Venice community had to offer. David and Caitlin have enjoyed starting a family in the town and have two active children: an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old son.

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Upon their arrival to Venice, Caitlin immediately started teaching in the English department at Venice High School. David, however, decided to follow in his father's footsteps. His father was a State Farm agent for more than 30 years. David opened Joyner Family Insurance, an independent insurance agency, in January 2010. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the agency as the 2015 Medium Business of the Year. The Venice Gondolier Sun is also recognizing David as a Top 40 Business Professional.

Once their home is complete, the couple will be moving to Windwood from Mission Valley – a location the family loved. Their new neighborhood enhances this location with easy access to the interstate, Venice, Sarasota and A-rated schools.

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Just off of Laurel Road and Pinebrook Road in North Venice, the gated community has 53 percent of the community dedicated to open space, including wetlands and lakes. To the Joyners, the biggest attraction of this community, along with its location, was its appeal for young families.

Windwood offers five distinctive floor plans from the new Inspiration Series. These homes, ranging from 1772 to 2577 square feet, feature a combination of one- and two-story designs. Windwood also has low community fees and the security of a gated community.

“We prefer the size of Windwood,” says David. “At only 90 homes, it’s a more intimate environment with less traffic, which is desirable when having young children.”

The Joyner’s favorite thing about the neighborhood is the unique, craftsman-style look of the homes, along with the surrounding preserve areas and the neighborhood's warm, welcoming character.

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In David’s “former life” in accounting and finance, he worked as CFO and controller for another large, regional homebuilder and developer in Venice. It was working in this industry that he learned about Neal Communities.

"I witnessed firsthand the wonderful reputation Neal Communities always maintained,” says David.“Not only did the company weather the real estate downturn, but it never compromised the quality of its homes and developments, too. As a business owner, I appreciate the integrity that the Neal family has always shown, and I am grateful for the community support they have given to the city of Venice."

The couple purchased the two-story Ovation model, which features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms plus a bonus room. David and Caitlin worked closely with Sheri Roca in the Design Center to incorporate additional custom upgrades.

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"She could not have been more patient or attentive in assisting us with our selections," says David.

They couple is also installing a pool and spa, which the entire family is very excited about.

"We absolutely love our floor plan, especially the bonus room," says David. "The layout of the Ovation compliments our family’s needs so well. Our boys will have their own living space upstairs, which they can enjoy well into their teenage years."

David and Caitlin's experience with the entire process has been very positive. "Our home is just now breaking ground, but everyone has been welcoming, professional and attentive to details," says David. "We owe many thanks to our sales consultant, Steve Hayes, who went above and beyond in providing assistance during the contract and selection phase."

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