A New City is Born – West Villages of North Port
12,000 acres of wetland, nature preserves, lakes and build-able lots, located between Venice and North Port, will house a new city with the name West Villages of North Port. North Port always wanted to expand further to the west, to the other side of the Myakka River, where the grass is obviously greener.
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Some commercial activity will also be included, of course. Department stores, grocery stores, and offices are planned along US-41 so that residents of the Village do not have to drive long distance in order to get the service and product they need. However, Venice, North Port or Port Charlotte are not too far away. Even Sarasota is only a 30-minute drive by car away.
Some Communities are already Established - others are not so much
Some of the communities have already been in place for a while. Island Walk, Grand Palm, Gran Paradiso and Sarasota National are no newcomers. Some were launched more than ten years ago. However, because they hit a dry spot in 2008 they had to pause for a while to regroup. Other communities, like the Renaissance and Oasis, are the new kids on the block. Grand Palms was also already in place, but it started recently spreading out further south into the villages.
Mattamy Homes will add a significant Number of Homes
Mattamy homes, a very successful home builder from Canada, bought the stretch of land from south of US-41 all the way down to Englewood. They paid „only“ $87 Million for that „little piece“ of land which is about 75% of the former Thomas Ranch. Their project is so huge that at least two generations of home builders will have a job. This is not daydreaming; it will probably take 20 – 30 years to get the infrastructure and all the homes in place.
At least 70,000 people will live in the new villages. Two-thirds will stay within the city limit of North Port, the other third of the population will be „proud residents“ of Sarasota County. Will it make a difference where your home is? Probably not.
Mother Nature will play an important role again
Condominiums, townhouses, villas and single family homes will be embedded in lush sub-tropical landscaping. Natur will play an important role, and even the Myakka River is an important part of the concept. The „River Club“ is designed to give residents access to the Myakka River where non-motorized boating will be permitted. That scenic river with its abundant wildlife is just awesome, and the residents will love that part of their new village. There will be a boat launch where residents can get their kayaks and canoes in and out of the water.
The former Thomas Ranch had already a 30-acre sparkling lake in place and that lake will stay. The developer decided that the lake is a perfect „eye catcher“ and will make everybody, including the alligators, happy. In addition, there will also remain nature preserves, parks, and smaller lakes as well.
Very Important - The Beaches are not far away
Water freaks who want to soak up the sun on the beach have options, too.The four beaches on Manasota Key (Manasota Beach, Middle Beach, Englewood Beach and Stump Pass Beach State Park) and the four beaches on the Isle of Venice (Venice Beach, Brohard Beach, Paw Park and Beach and Caspersen Beach) are only a short trip away from the new West Villages. Manasota Key Road, the street at the southern end of the village, will get the Sun-seekers within minutes to the beach.