Sustainable living is celebrated at Neal Communities through its newest
offering, Central Park at Lakewood Ranch, as well as a progressive
project underway across the street.Neal
collaborated with Bruce
on the 800-home Central
. The six neighborhoods are named for historic and
popular urban parks across the country: Miami's Brickell Park, New
York's Gramercy and Claremont parks, Jackson County Missouri's Longview
Lake, Atlanta's Piedmont Park and St. Louis' Forest Park. Homes are
Green Built and celebrate rather than overpower the natural
surroundings. According to Neal, price points are in what the National
Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index
the most affordable in 18 years. Homes in the Central Park community
start at $126,990.
The gated community's focal
point is a 10-acre park with a softball field, tennis courts, children's
splash park, dog parks, picnic areas, gazebos, gardens, fountain,
walking area and an abundance of green space.
across the street from Central Park are six acres of land set aside for
Farm of Lakewood Ranch
, a project spearheaded by four moms on a
mission who appealed to Rex Jensen, CEO of Schroeder Manatee Ranch Inc.
owns the land on which Neal Communities builds its neighborhoods.
The project has organized as a 501c(3) nonprofit
entity and plans to provide the community and general public with
educational opportunities and fresh produce. "Our first priority is
education," says Jaden Hair, a Lakewood Ranch mom whose research and
enthusiasm set the project in motion. "We want to provide hands-on
opportunities in an educational setting for school children -- an
education center for moms to take their kids to. And we plan to sell our
produce to public and local restaurants."
six acres have been fenced, and Phase 1 will be underway in October
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Jaden Hair, Smart Farm