Neal Communities Welcomes Lee Wetherington Homes to Central Park

SARASOTA, Fla., April 18, 2011 – Neal Communities is pleased to welcome another Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder, Lee Wetherington Homes, to Central Park at Lakewood Ranch. In addition to Neal Communities, there are now three other companies that are building homes in this exciting community that just opened in July, 2010. Lee Wetherington will be building in the Longview Lake Park neighborhood, which has the largest home sites in the community. Their first model is the Springfield II, a two-story, 2945 square foot home.

“I’ve known Lee for many years and respect his craftsmanship, professionalism and work ethic,” says Neal Communities President Pat Neal. “He brings his own distinct style which will complement what we have in Central Park. The community is truly an outstanding blend of a variety of attractive home styles, sizes and amenities.”

The Springfield II model features three bedrooms, a den, a bonus room, a retreat area, a three car garage, and a large covered outdoor living area. “This is needed because there is a portion of the market who wants a larger home designed for the family buyer,” explains Lee Wetherington.  “Our ability to customize and our attention to architectural detail are attractive to these buyers.”

Some of the things that are most popular to customize are outdoor living areas with pools and fire pits, second floor options, and expanded guest rooms for a live-in family member. Lee Wetherington has not set pricing, but says it will be competitive for this niche of the market.

Sales are strong in Central Park. In fact, there were 16 sales in the community in March and 100 sales in the last eight months. The focal point of the community is the grand park that includes a ball field, tennis courts, a pavilion, splash fountains, a playground, two dog parks, a butterfly garden, and a kiosk. Strategically situated close to B.D. Gullett Elementary School, Lakewood Ranch High School, LECOM, the Lakewood Ranch YMCA and many stores and restaurants, Central Park is attractive to families, young professionals, and active empty nesters.

Lee Wetherington has been building fine homes since 1974. The company was voted America’s Best Builder by the National Homebuilders Assoc. & Builder Magazine and has won several “Readers’ Choice” awards from the Herald Tribune. The company also operates its own pool company, LeeSure Water Pools. Lee Wetherington Homes is a certified Green Builder by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Neal Communities is ranked #1 locally by MetroStudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and #126 among home builders nationally in BUILDER Magazine’s 2009 listing based on sales. As the area’s largest and most established locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities’ innovative home building, pool construction, development operations and quality customer service standards all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. With  8,000 homes built in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities’ honors and accolades include 37 Awards 2011 Parade of Homes, 44 Aurora Awards, five Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, visit

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