VENICE, Fla. (March 27, 2018) — Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier homebuilder, recently broke ground on a new amenity center at Grand Palm, its popular master-planned community in Venice.

The 7,227-square-foot Grand Palm Social Club will boast first-class amenities, including a 3,400-square-foot resort-style pool, separate spa area with a Jacuzzi, game room and a large gathering room with an open café kitchen.

The two-part pool will have separate wading and lap areas for swimmers as well as a bridge walkway. The pool and spa will be constructed by Waterscapes Pools and Spas, one of the largest residential and commercial pool builders in southwest Florida and a sister company of Neal Communities.

With more than 2,300 square feet of outdoor space, the amenity center’s large lanai will feature wraparound verandas, shade structures, a covered tiki pavilion, palm trees and an island sand pit with hammocks.

Due to the popularity and demand of the pickleball courts in the community, eight pickleball courts will be added to the community during construction. A number of walking trails will also be incorporated and entwined around the amenity area for residents.

“With this new social club, we tied in the community’s current coastal design elements and the environment to create the ultimate feeling of the relaxed Florida lifestyle,” said Kathy Cioffi, the vice president of design for Neal Communities. “Our goal was to create a standout staycation environment for Grand Palm’s residents and guests to enjoy year-round.”

The Grand Palm Social Club will be situated south of the Aucilla Road entrance. It is slated to open in 2019.

Grand Palm homeowners also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness facility and large, resort-style pool with a water slide and miles of walking and bicycle trails with bike racks. There are two dog parks, a children’s splash park and basketball, bocce ball, foursquare, tennis and volleyball courts.

Some of Neal Communities’ most popular and diverse home collections, ranging from 1,434 to 3,346 square feet, are available at Grand Palm. Homebuyers can choose from architectural styles, such as neo-classical, Mediterranean, island, British West Indies and French country.

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. The community opened in September 2012 and was the first ever to be built under the stringent requirements of Sarasota County’s 2050 plan – a plan intended to guide development while preserving Florida’s natural landscape.

In 2017, Where to Retire named Grand Palm one of the top 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S.

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

For more information, visit 21209 Wacissa Drive in Venice or call 888-720-4429.

About Neal Communities
With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012's "America's Best Builders" by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.

To date, Neal has built over 13,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area's largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm's continued, record-setting local success. The company's honors and accolades include numerous Parade of Homes awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards.

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