Wednesday, July 18, 2018

West Villages in Top 5 Master Planned Communities Nationally

West Villages Florida Ranks In Top 5 U.S. Master-Planned Communities by RCLCO

From: http://www.floridatrend.com/article/24934/west-villages-florida-ranks-in-top-5-us-master-planned-communities-by-rclco

7/11/2018

West Villages, FL — West Villages Florida, a 15,000-acre master-planned community in Sarasota County, Florida has again been named among the fastest selling Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

For 24 years, RCLCO Real Estate Advisors, a leading quantitative analytics firm for real estate developers, investors and the public sector, has conducted a national survey identifying the top-selling Master-Planned Communities. RCLCO has listed West Villages as the 5th fastest selling community for the first half of 2018 with 649 homes sold at the midway point, which marks a 23 percent jump from the first six months of 2017. The ranking of top communities is based on total home sales as reported by each individual community.

New home sales in West Villages Florida in June marked the sixth consecutive month of record-breaking numbers. The seven neighborhoods within West Villages sold a combined 303 homes in the second quarter, marking a 25 percent increase over the same period last year. Part of the sales jump can be attributed to the three new communities in West Villages that have opened since August of last year: Renaissance by Mattamy Homes, The Preserve by D.R. Horton and Oasis by M/I Homes. These three new communities have sold more than 115 homes already since January 1.

“Sales in West Villages remain strong due to continued demand for new homes from both local Florida buyers and those from outside the market, including the Midwest and Northeast. We are seeing high numbers of visits to the community and they are converting to sales when they see the construction quality and the location. Also, we have opened three new neighborhoods since last year at this time, giving home buyers more options for neighborhoods, home styles and prices,” said West Villages President Paul Erhardt.

West Villages’ future commercial and retail offerings, including grocery anchored West Villages Marketplace, Atlanta Braves Spring Training facility, and the town center district make it a highly desirable place to live. Proximity to arts and entertainment, award winning schools, local beaches, shopping, and dining provides an ideal location for active retirees, busy families and working professionals.

“In less than a year, strong sales at Renaissance already have shown us that it is time to begin the community's second phase,” said Jim Birkholz, Division President for Mattamy Homes in Tampa, Sarasota and Naples. “People are drawn to the lifestyle in West Villages and Mattamy's 11 floorplans in Renaissance show buyers a lot of possibilities.”

There are a wide variety of home design options offered by the eight nationally respected homebuilders in West Villages, with prices from the $200,000s to the $600,000s and up. The product variety in this growing area is helping the country’s fifth fastest selling master-planned community keep its pace in this strong market.

“West Villages is performing very well, capturing nearly half of new home sales in Sarasota County, demonstrating the power of the Master-Planned Community model,” said RCLCO Managing Director Todd LaRue. “MPCs continue to be attractive locations for consumers to invest in new homes. They are perceived and proven to preserve value over the long term and offer lifestyle elements unmatched by smaller subdivisions. They are multi-generational communities that have a variety of products and concepts that have broad appeal.” 

About West Villages Florida

The more than 15,000 acres that comprise West Villages Florida (www.MyWestVillages.com) are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in South Sarasota County between the urban centers of the City of Venice and the City of North Port. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (www.MattamyHomes.com), the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers.

About RCLCO Real Estate Advisors

Since 1967, RCLCO has been the “first call” for real estate developers, investors, the public sector, and non-real estate companies and organizations seeking strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development.  RCLCO leverages quantitative analytics and a strategic planning framework to provide end-to-end business planning and implementation solutions at an entity, portfolio, or project level. With the insights and experience gained over 50 years and thousands of projects – touching over $5B of real estate activity each year – RCLCO brings success to all product types across the United States and around the world. Learn more about RCLCO at www.rclco.com.





Thanks for reading!

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179







Wednesday, July 11, 2018

West Villages Realty is Nextdoor Neighborhoods' Favorite!

Just got a really nice surprise in the mail from Nextdoor. Had no idea there was even voting going on...so veeerrrrrry a BIG thanks to all of those in this region that voted for us! WOW! We are so very honored.







Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Venice Fireworks Show

Venice Fireworks Show

  • Date:07/04/2018 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Location:Humphris Park (South Jetty)
  •                     2000 Tarpon Center Drive

  •  Venice, Florida 34285


    Venice’s annual Independence Day fireworks display will light up the night sky on Wednesday, July 4 (please see the attached flyer). The fireworks will be shot from the South Jetty on July 4 shortly after 9 p.m. The free show will last an estimated 30 minutes. Although the Jetty and Jetty Jacks Refreshment Deck will be closed for safety, the fireworks display may be viewed on area beaches from Caspersen to Nokomis, as well as from other places around Venice. Another way to get a good view of the show is from the water. Boats should be at anchor by 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day; the Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:45 p.m. until about a half-hour after the display’s grand finale. The show typically draws 10,000-15,000 people. 

    The South Jetty (Humphris Park) at 2000 Tarpon Center Dr., will close the day before (at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3) to all vehicles, pedestrians and anglers so that Garden State Fireworks can set up. This closure includes the Jetty walkway, parking lot, Jetty Jacks concessions and restrooms through July 4.
    Tarpon Center Drive will remain open, allowing all vehicle traffic to turn around at the entrance to the Jetty park. There will be message boards on W. Venice Ave., Barcelona Ave., and Tarpon Center Dr. notifying motorists of the closures. Venice Police will have an outgoing traffic pattern in place to keep traffic flowing and intersections clear following the fireworks display. Police will also provide extra beach and water patrol for the weekend.
    Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks. With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. It is also not a good place to bring pets. Dogs are not allowed at most places on the beach and the noise from fireworks is disturbing to them.
    In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks show may be delayed. Please check the "News" section of this website's homepage, and/or the City of Venice Facebook page here for updates.

    Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
    REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

    West Villages Realty LLC
    19503 S West Villages Pkwy
    Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
    Venice, Florida 34293
    Office: 941-460-3179

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    JAZZ ON THE AVENUES



    Jazz On The Avenues


    • Date:06/21/2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Location:Historic Downtown Venice

      Stroll and enjoy local Jazz Artists along the beautiful streets and inside the restaurants and shops. A day-of flyer will tell you exactly where to find each musician. 
      FREE!

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179

      Friday, June 1, 2018

      VENICE WINE WALK

      Wine Walk: Take Two


        Did you miss the first Venice Wine Walk of 2018? You're in luck! Mother Nature did not play nice on May 17, so Venice MainStreet is doing another Wine Walk on June 7. If you have an orange wristband from the first event, keep it and it will get you free participation on June 7.

        Join participants in Historic Downtown Venice as they sip, stroll and shop theirway around town. Get your wristbands for $10 day-of at the Kiosk in Centennial Park or the Burgundy Square Breezeway on Miami Ave., at Venice Wine and Coffee Company, or online by clicking here.

        See you on the Avenues!


        Wine Walk: Take Two

        • Date:06/07/2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Location:Downtown Venice


          Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
          REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

          West Villages Realty LLC
          19503 S West Villages Pkwy
          Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
          Venice, Florida 34293
          Office: 941-460-3179


          Tuesday, May 29, 2018

          Cities in Sarasota-Manatee Keep Growing







          Sarasota Herald-Tribune article
          By Dale White
          Staff Writer

          Posted May 25, 2018
                         
          North Port Continues To Post The Biggest Population Gains, According To The Census.

          Updated U.S. Census data released this week show all nine municipalities in Sarasota and Manatee counties continuing to expand their populations, with North Port still seeing the most year-over-year gains.

          As of July 1, 2017, North Port could count more than 10,000 residents more than the city of Sarasota – again making it the largest municipality in Sarasota County and the Sarasota-Manatee region.

          North Port’s population totaled 66,300 as of that date, a 2.8 percent increase over the 64,439 reported a year earlier and nearly 15.5 percent greater than the 57,404 the bureau counted in mid-summer 2010.

          Plans for an aquatics center for which the city recently accepted bids and, in the West Villages sector, ongoing construction of a $100 million Atlanta Braves spring training complex continue to add to the appeal of the city – which has long been considered more affordable for many area working families.



          From Sarasota Herald-Tribune http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180525/cities-in-sarasota-manatee-keep-growing


          What That Means to West Villages:

          This growth doesn't even include communities like Sarasota National and Grand Palm, which are unincorporated Sarasota County, or The Preserve and Oasis at the West Villages that are newly opened. Also, Renaissance at the West Villages was so new in Spring of 2017 that though it saw home sales, there were no closed home purchase transactions by the end of the period mentioned (July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017).

          Gran Paradiso alone had nearly 270 new homes close during this period, and IslandWalk likely around the same (as year over year, the two communities numbers have been quite similar for the past few years). Then, figuring population estimates with average household size (assumably between 1.9 and 2.5 for the West Villages*), it looks like the West Villages District may be by far the most significant contributor to population growth for North Port during that time frame.

          Pretty exciting for our little piece of paradise!

          For questions or other information, contact me, Ali, at WestVillagesRealty@gmail.com.

          As always, thanks for reading.




          *Assumption comes from household averages of Census Bureau info for North Port (2.65), Venice city (1.81), and South Venice (2.35).

          Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
          REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

          West Villages Realty LLC
          19503 S West Villages Pkwy
          Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
          Venice, Florida 34293
          Office: 941-460-3179


          Monday, May 28, 2018

          SRQ: Adams Group Tapped for Braves Spring Training Complex

          Article from https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2018-05-07/8309_Adams-Group-Tapped-for-Braves-Spring-Training-Complex


          BY SRQ DAILY MONDAY BUSINESS EDITION MONDAY MAY 7, 2018


          "The City of North Port has announced that already the positive impact of the Atlanta Braves spring training relocation to North Port is being felt on the local economy. Adams Group, one of North Port’s top manufacturers, has been selected by the Tandem Construction + Barton Malow Company team to join in the construction of the upcoming Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex in North Port. The Complex is currently under construction in the 9,600-acre master-planned community of the West Villages area of North Port and is projected to open in time to host the Braves’ final game of the 2019 spring training season. This $125 million public-private project will include the main stadium, a clubhouse for major and minor league players, offices, multiple training fields and, of course, all necessary parking spaces and site beautification. With this new project at the North Port spring training facility, the company is expected to create more jobs at their North Port headquarters, which is located at the North Port Park of Commerce."










          Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
          REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

          West Villages Realty LLC
          19503 S West Villages Pkwy
          Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
          Venice, Florida 34293
          Office: 941-460-3179