The West Villages, Master Planned Community, Venice/North Port, FL New Home Construction

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As a Realtor in Venice, FL, this is a second blog in a series on new construction on the Florida Suncoast.

The West Villages land has a history that included cattle and agriculture. Ranching began here in the 1930s. And at one time orange groves as well as fields of watermelon and more recently, hay was farmed.

In May 2014, a partnership invested close to $100 million to purchase approximately 9,600 acres that represented the remainder of the former Berry and Taylor family ranch. The partnership that purchased The Ranch included Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest private home builder, and locally owned Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well respected land developers.

This area has a rich history of respect for the land and caring for the environment. This will continue in perpetuity. And if recent success is a portent of what is to come, this area will be one of the most dynamic and enjoyable areas on Florida’s Suncoast in which to live.

West Villages Venice FL

    In 2017, the West Villages is the 4th largest selling master planned community in the U.S. Located between the Myakka River and the Gulf of Mexico. There are 5 existing (Grand Palm, Gran Paradiso, IslandWalk, Renaissance at West Villages, Sarasota National) and 2 new communities (The Preserve, Oasis) coming soon in the West Villages. (See Map)

Grand Palm Venice FL IslandWalk Venice FL Gran Paradiso Venice FL

        Sarasota National Venice FL Renaissance West Villages North Port FL

    The master planned community will build out to about 23,000 homes and 3 million square feet of commercial space as well as parks, greenways, lakes and recreational space over the next 30 to 40 years. Prices start in the mid $200’s to over $650,000 for larger homes and specific lots.

      The Atlanta Braves have just signed a contract for a new spring training facility opening for the 2019 season. All built on West Villages land. (See map)

      NOTE: Grand Palm and Sarasota National communities are not legal communities in the The West Villages. They have signed joint agreements for marketing and promotion.

    Unlike the north and south master planned communites of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota and Babcock Ranch in Punta Gorda near Ft. Myers, The West Villages is just minutes to Manasota Beach, Caspersen Beach, Venice Beach, or Nokomis Beach. In addition to the planned town center, The West Villages is just 15 minutes to downtown Venice and it’s quaint and inviting street life with restaurants, art festivals and theatre.

    The West Villages Improvement District was created by an act of the Florida Legislature to ensure proper planning and development of this strategic tract of land. The role of the WVID is to provide infrastructure and guidelines. The District may borrow money, issue bonds, levy taxes, user fees, or special assessments. Source:

      All resale and many new construction homes are found on my website. Go to Forida Home Search Page and choose “Communities” or “New Gated Construction.”

      I am happy to work for you as your Buyers Agent and can do so from a distance or when you are in Venice, FL. Please call me with any questions or an appointment – 617.671.5711


About John F. Muscarella

Broker/Owner of River Farm Properties, LLC, John represents the new generation of online Realtor. With over 30 years in real estate investing, executive roles in sales & marketing, he brings experience and perspective, providing thoughtful and ethical advice to clients. He thoroughly enjoys meeting new people and writing about real situations - the humor, local information and at times the pathos of the industry. His local focus in real estate is Venice/Sarasota, Florida where he maintains a Real Estate Office. John's other interests include performing (a Conservatory trained opera singer and former founder & Managing Director of The South Shore Opera), cooking, wine, golf, tennis, sailing, and travel as often as time will allow. He has a family of two sons and three daughters; he and his wife live in Venice, FL Contrary to this paragraph, I don't always write in the third person.
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