Gran Paradiso: A Paradise Regained


The gated community of Gran Paradiso in the West Villages Improvement District in North Port City has staged a complete turnaround from a moribund housing project overgrown with weeds, thanks to the takeover of its development by national homebuilder Lennar sometime in 2013. Just this May 2015, the Miami-based developer delivered on its promised $9.7 million luxury resort-style amenity center.

Aside from the center’s 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, the other facilities which Lennar recently opened include a zero entry swimming pool furnished with cabanas and reputed as the largest pool within a gated residential development in Sarasota County. The clubhouse incorporates a modern fitness room, spa, steam room, locker facilities and a media entertainment center, truly constituting delightful attractions for prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale. Additionally, a 17,000-square-foot plaza with paver bricks surrounds Grand Paradiso’s amenity center and radiates toward a children’s playground, tennis courts and fitness trails.

Eclectic home options

Gran Paradiso: A Paradise Regained

Gran Paradiso is programmed for a total of 1,800 new homes within its area of 1,000+ acres. Though actually located in North Port, the residences in this community have a Venice, Florida, address.

The upper-end choices of Sarasota homes for sale at Gran Paradiso start at Tuscan-style custom models constructed by prestigious home builders. Also available in the community are paired, well-designed luxury villas, impressive coach homes, and attractive single family homes with multigenerational designs.

The Gran Paradiso residences’ floor plans measure from 1,340 up to nearly 4,000 square feet. The price points of Sarasota homes for sale among recent listings in this community start from the $200s and level up to the $500s. Market activity in this development is relatively brisk with some 30 residences sold from 2014 up to end-May 2015.

Endearing natural environment

Managed maintenance-free for its residents, Gran Paradiso provides a perfect residential setting of lakes and nature preserves which certainly contributes in stimulating buying interest in this community. Notably, this development is adjacent to a protected gopher tortoise conservation area which has also flourished as a habitat for flocks of sandhill cranes, deer, and other endearing local wildlife.

As alluring for prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale, Gran Paradiso shares its West Villages locality with other upscale communities. Just across it along the South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), for instance, is the IslandWalk, a housing development by the DiVosta unit of national homebuilder Pulte Group. Another high-end development, the Plantation Golf & Country Club and its residential subdivisions abut the western boundary of the Gran Paradiso property.

The location of these communities along U.S. 41 makes them ideal hunting grounds for Sarasota homes for sale. Gran Paradiso and its neighbors are also only about 10 minutes’ drive away from Interstate 75 which enables access to larger metro areas like Sarasota, St. Pete and Tampa. Even more convenient, Jacaranda Blvd. and East Venice Avenue are only 10-20 minutes’ drive from community’s West Villages district. The nearby road corridors are populated not only by life and leisure centers but can also allow access to nearby Gulf Coast beaches.