Wellen Park announces EVERLY, a new neighborhood of upscale, custom homes

VENICE, Fla. (May 11, 2023) – Wellen Park, one of the best-selling communities in the nation, has introduced EVERLY, a gated neighborhood of luxury single-family homes with private amenities and select homesites along a 50-acre lake for prime sunset views. EVERLY is Wellen Park’s first multi-homebuilder neighborhood.

EVERLY offers custom homes by regional builders John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes and Neal Signature Homes on 75-foot and 85-foot homesites and upscale residences on 62-foot sites from Homes by WestBay. Home sales have started, and construction of model homes is underway.

“We’re excited to introduce our first multi-builder neighborhood featuring luxury homes by the area’s top builders,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “Everly expands the homebuying opportunities and custom choices in our community while offering an incredible social lifestyle focused on community connections and a waterfront vibe. Residents will enjoy exceptional lakefront amenities, an elegant social hall, and the on-site conveniences of a fitness center, a resort pool and private cabanas – all with spectacular sunset views. Residents will also have access to pickleball courts and a chip-and-putt golf facility.” 

EVERLY is located along West Villages Parkway and Manasota Beach Road. An impressive main entry with a land bridge bordered by a fountained lake foreshadows the neighborhood’s inviting waterfront lifestyle and luxury homes. Inside the gates, the clubhouse, outdoor destinations and the meandering main lake will greet residents and guests.

Luxury living in EVERLY is complemented by extensive amenities, offering unique gathering areas for socializing and relaxing inside and out. The clubhouse and separate state-of-the-art fitness center enhance an active friendly lifestyle and feature modern farmhouse architecture– with a covered poolside veranda and steep sloping roofs adding to the openness of inside spaces, including a social hall with a kitchen and reception area. The outdoor area features a relaxing dining area with a fire pit to enjoy with neighbors.  

Landscaping, rows of majestic palm trees, green spaces, and stone walkways and gathering areas laced with crisscrossing turf create a lush tapestry for outdoor destinations set to a soundtrack of water – bubbling fountains and spillways fringing the large pool and water splashing from a planter above the separate spa. A fishing platform extends along the lake and is adjacent to a seating area around a signature fire bowl and water fountain with glass railings for unobstructed water and sunset views.

Additional outdoor amenities include an event lawn and a dog park.

EVERLY is located near the brand-new College Preparatory Academy, which is currently under construction and accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Located at 11611 Mezzo Drive, just west of River Road off U.S. 41, College Preparatory Academy will open with an initial capacity of 600 students in grades kindergarten through sixth, with seventh and eighth grades being added each subsequent year.

Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will enjoy even more access to trails with the future Oakheart Nature Trail, which will wind alongside EVERLY’s featured 50-acre lake and north toward a future Sarasota County School District high school site, stretching across East River Road and ending at Playmore Road.

The lake also provides the setting for exclusive homesites for EVERLY’s custom single-family homes. Six model homes showcase the array of custom options available to homebuyers and are expected to open in late 2023 through the second quarter of 2024.

John Cannon Homes offers complete customization, eye-catching detail and a cutting-edge approach to homebuilding, which will be highlighted in EVERLY’s designer-decorated Warrina model. The three-bedroom, three-bath home has 3,412 square feet under air and a nearly 850-square-foot covered lanai. It includes a study, a large bonus room, a three-car garage, and an open great room with a vaulted ceiling, a custom ledgestone wall with floating shelves and 16-foot sliding glass doors. The kitchen offers a large island, a tray ceiling extending into the adjoining dining room, an oversized walk-in pantry, and a blend of warm-toned wood and white cabinetry with matte soapstone-look countertops.

The model’s transitional interior decor will feature warm natural materials, saturated colors and sleek black matte metal for an elegant and dramatic touch. The master suite offers an oversized walk-in closet, a bathroom with a freestanding tub and large shower, and a yoga room. The Warrina is expected to open toward the second quarter of 2024.

Known for its award-winning designs and innovative detailing, Lee Wetherington Homes’ two EVERLY models, the Caravel and the Haven, feature distinctive architectural and interior design. They also display the builder’s trademark ceiling and wall treatment and introduce exciting new approaches for specialty rooms such as a library, media room, pool room and primary spa bath. The Caravel presents a luxe contemporary spin on coastal style while the Haven features a twist on transitional and modern ranch design with a contemporary alfresco aesthetic and tropical modernism feel.

The models, expected to open in March 2024, also demonstrate the appeal of the builder’s unfolding floor plans with new spaces and discoveries around each corner. Lee Wetherington’s one- and two-story custom homes in EVERLY will offer four bedrooms, up to four-and-a-half baths, three-car garages and 3,200 to over 4,000 square feet of living space with versatile dens, studies, bonus rooms, second-floor retreats and verandas.

Neal Signature Homes is building two models illustrating its eight floor plans, many newly designed to showcase fresh architectural and lifestyle concepts. Both professionally decorated homes will offer over 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned living space, reflect modern lifestyles for working from home and multigenerational living, and boast multiple en suite bedrooms, large entertainment spaces and enhanced outdoor living. One model will also be shown with a casita. The Ravenna features natural tones with pops of coral. The Palm Bay model boasts a modern farmhouse aesthetic with shades of green. The models are slated for completion toward the end of the first quarter of 2024.

Custom homes by Neal Signature Homes in EVERLY will span 2,562 to 4,214 square feet and offer a light, airy ambiance with an abundance of natural light. Structural options and small customizations allow homebuyers to personalize their homes.

Homes by WestBay will cater to discerning buyers who appreciate the livability and desirability of its open-concept floor plans offering for EVERLY, blending epicurean kitchens, large grand rooms and dining areas which flow to outdoor living spaces. The two-story Gasparilla II model will highlight the builder’s popular features, including gourmet appliances, beamed and tray ceilings, and walls accented with stone, a linear gas fireplace and shiplap. It also has a second-floor bonus room for entertaining and a master bathroom dedicated to relaxation.

The professionally decorated model features a sophisticated coastal style and is expected to be completed in late 2023.

About Wellen Park

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firms RCLCO and John Burns, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a dynamic new lifestyle concept for active adults 55+, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums for a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Rental options in Wellen Park range from one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes to an apartment community for adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care.

Wellen Park is close to top-ranked beaches and the area’s many attractions.

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 daily 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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