Gran Paradiso is a 1,068-acre Master Planned Community
This community is different compared to all the other new communities, and it is still part of the West Villages. In Gran Paradiso you can actually choose between three home builders: Miami based Lennar took the community over from Sam Rodgers when Sam Rodgers hit a financial "dry spot" shortly after the financial crisis in 2008. Fortunately Lennar stepped in and saved this beautiful community.
However, Sam Rodgers, who has been around in the area for quite a while, is still selling and building his upscale homes in one section of Gran Paradiso. But there are three? Yes, the third builder, who is also well known for high quality homes and exquisite craftsmanship, is Arthur Rutenberg.
Three Builders - Lennar, Sam Rodgers, Arthur Rutenberg - three Choices
This concept is pretty unique in the West Villages. In most other communities you can only pick a model from a single home builder. In Grand Palm it is “Neal Homes”, in “Island Walk” it is "DiVosta" (which is a division of Pulte Homes), in “Sarasota National” it is "Lennar Homes." So, if you don't like the idea of being stuck with one builder – Gran Paradiso maybe a better option for you.
Do you think that you can still bring your own builder? In most cases "No". Maybe for a steep penalty they will permit you to use your own builder. However, what sense does that make.
Gated Resort Style
In a few words, Gran Paradiso can be described as a gates resort style community with upscale amenities. Did we say upscale? Look at the recently completed clubhouse and find out how "upscale" is now defined. This Tuscany style community has an impressive clubhouse with with Media Center and state-of-the art Fitness Facility. Those machines are the best on the market, and if you put in enough effort you may look like Anold Schwarzenegger in his prime.
There is more good stuff: A resort style lagoon pool and spa, poolside cabanas, Tennis Courts, and Playground for the little ones, and biking /walking trails. You will be really impressed when you see what a great lifestyle community Gran Paradiso is.
Three Home Builders - three Different Styles
The three home builders (Lennar, Sam Rodgers and Arthur Rutenberg) are offering a wide selection of different homes and floor plans. Estate Homes, Executive Homes, Manor Homes, Multifamily Homes, and twin villas/courtyard/patio homes. The popular town homes and Coach homes are ranging in size from 1,500 to almost 4,000 sq ft. Prices are starting in the high $200's. However, with a special taste you can easily surpass the $600,000 threshold.