West Villages Development at Full Throttle


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 17th 2017 – Home construction is going full throttle at the West Villages which appears poised to further improve the fourth place ranking it achieved in 2016 among the top master developments in the U.S. for the year.

Four existing neighborhoods currently comprise this property development in South County which in recent years has become a hotspot for searchers of Sarasota homes for sale. This quartet includes Gran Paradiso, Grand Palm, Island Walk, and Sarasota National.

West Villages, whose 8,000 acres straddle the boundaries of Venice and North Port, is already the domain of several prominent builders. These include DiVosta, Lennar, and WCI Communities.

Renaissance Homes Coming In

West Villages Development at Full Throttle

Other national homebuilders are joining the fray this year in three new neighborhoods. One of them is Mattamy Homes expected to launch its first model at Renaissance at West Villages in early 2017.

Renaissance, a gated neighborhood west of River Road, is planned for about 650 single family homes and paired villas. Mattamy offers four choices on the single-detached houses, featuring floor areas of between 2,300 and 3,500 square feet designed with three to four bedrooms and priced in the $300s.

The paired villas of neighborhood are two-bedroom affairs with price quotes in the $200s and floor plans ranging from about 1,500 square feet up to approximately 1,800 square feet. Located off U.S. 41, the Renaissance features a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis and pickleball courts, and a 33-acre park.

The Preserve and Oasis

The Preserve is another new neighborhood set to roll out soon at West Villages. Top national builder D.R. Horton has been reported girding to start construction in this gated neighborhood.

This neighborhood has been platted for large sites for 108 homes with floor plans ranging from 2,100 to 3,200 square feet. In its area west of the Myakka River, home plans are also on the drawing boards for the Oasis, the third homebuilding project that West Villages hopes to roll on the market in 2017.

Town Center Shaping Up

During this year’s first quarter, construction is slated to start on the first phase of the new town center at West Villages. Dubbed as the Marketplace at Coastamar, this project initially calls for a grocery-anchored destination with retail and commercial space of 60,000‒80,000 square feet.

The overall vision for the town center development calls for about 600,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. Marketplace at Coastamar is scheduled for inauguration in late 2017.

Fresh Builds in the Pipeline

New home construction, meanwhile, continues to pick up in the existing neighborhoods of West Villages. At Island Walk, three residences which are now under construction have been put on the market with tag prices in the $200s. These homes are designed with two bedrooms and two baths within floor areas in the 1,400‒1,600-square-foot range.

Pre-construction home offerings at Gran Paradiso were also listed among Sarasota homes for sale recently. These residences are designed with floor areas of about 2,000 square feet with four bedrooms and price quotes in the $300s and the $400s.