Neal Communities announces grand opening of Wysteria, a new neighborhood with single-family and paired villa homes in Wellen Park’s Playmore District

VENICE, Fla. (June 22, 2022) – Neal Communities is following up the success of its Avelina community in Wellen Park with the grand opening of Wysteria, a new neighborhood of 153 single-family and paired villa homes with a private amenity center in the Playmore District.

“Neal Communities has been a valuable, long-time homebuilding partner in Wellen Park, and we are pleased they continue introducing new neighborhoods and home products to our residential mix,” said Rick Severance, president of the Wellen Park. “Wysteria meets the pent-up demand from homebuyers looking for smaller homes and the low-maintenance lifestyle of attached villas.”

Featuring popular open-concept floor plans with light, airy interiors and six home designs, Wysteria was designed to appeal to an array of buyers – from downsizers to entry level and first-time homeowners. The neighborhood offers 64 paired villas and 89 single-family homes featuring British West Indies and coastal architecture with views of lakes and preserve areas. Wysteria’s four single-family floor plans feature three bedrooms, three baths, 1,531 square feet to 1,859 square feet of living space, lanais and per-plan options for extended outdoor areas.

The paired two-bedroom, two-bath villas have 1,434 square feet and 1,524 square feet under air, covered lanais and an optional den per plan.

Homes in Wysteria are within walking distance of the centrally located neighborhood amenity, offering a pool and spa with three shade structures and a garden trellis, an open-air cabana with a gathering room and screened sitting area, as well as two pickleball courts.

“We are thrilled to open another beautiful neighborhood inside Wellen Park,” said Pat Neal, founder and chairman of Neal Communities. “Wysteria is a perfect place to call home inside an exciting and growing area of Sarasota County.”

Neal Communities will be hosting a virtual grand opening celebration at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. During the virtual event, Neal Communities’ sales team will walk spectators through Wysteria’s model homes and give an overview of the community. Spectators will also learn more about Downtown Wellen. Register for the grand opening event in advance at

Wellen Park is consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top fastest-selling master planned communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO. Bordered by Manasota Beach Road and Preto Boulevard, the new neighborhood is minutes from shopping, entertainment, restaurants and recreation in Downtown Wellen and CoolToday Park, the spring training home of the World Series Champions Atlanta Braves.

Wellen Park’s Playmore District is also home to Neal Communities’ Avelina neighborhood, introduced in March. Avelina offers 96 single-family homes and five floor plans featuring three and four bedrooms, three-car garages and 2,327 to 2,762 square feet of living space. Eight homes sold within the first 30 days of the neighborhood’s opening.

Sarasota-based Neal Communities is Southwest Florida’s largest and most established locally owned and operated private homebuilder. During the company’s 50-year history, it has built over 18,000 new homes in more than 90 communities from Tampa to Naples. The company consistently ranks among the nation’s top 100 homebuilders and has earned numerous awards including the prestigious Builder of the Year from Professional Builder in 2015 and America’s Best Builder in 2012 from BUILDER Magazine.

With the core belief “Where You Live Matters,” Neal Communities has donated over $7.5 million to local charities throughout Southwest Florida and is committed to the communities where they live, work and build.

Now under construction with businesses expected to begin opening before the end of 2022, Downtown Wellen is the vibrant central hub and gathering place for Wellen Park and the region. The pedestrian-friendly mixed-use destination offers retail shops, waterfront dining, medical offices, beauty and professional services, public community spaces, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The on-site Kind Vibes Outfitters rents kayaks, paddleboards, e-bikes and regular bikes for exploring downtown’s 80-acre Grand Lake and 2.8-mile lake-circling trail.

Designed for connections to nature and community, Downtown Wellen also offers a hammock grove and a lounge area underneath a nearly century-old heritage oak tree, a fountain and splashpad, a nature-inspired playground, the waterfront Solis Hall events venue and the Great Lawn for community festivals, markets, celebrations, picnics and playtime.

Diners will discover a variety of cuisine choices – from new American and Italian, steak and seafood to super-premium ice cream, pizza and tavern fare. Restaurants include the flagship The Banyan House nestled along Grand Lake, Mirabella’s Italian Coastal Cuisine, Oak & Stone Craft Beer & Artisan Pizza, Villani & Co. Steak Seafood Raw Bar and Bright Ice. The Yard, a collection of shipping containers retrofitted as food kiosks, expands casual food and beverage options with counter service, an outdoor seating area and activity center.

Also coming to Downtown Wellen are Breakwater Home Fashions, Paint Nail Bar, Capstan Financial Consulting Group, Florida Lakes Vein Center, Florida Lakes Spa, and Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Smiles Orthodontics.

Luxury rental apartments at Tropia and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care at Grand Living are also under construction. A boutique hotel is also planned for Downtown Wellen.

 “Countdown to Downtown,” a monthslong series of special events and pop-up experiences celebrating Downtown Wellen, continues through the summer. Past events have featured craft artisans, fitness and wellness experts, painting parties, book clubs and a three-course wine dinner.

Wellen Park offers a mix of residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full build-out will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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