Courtesy Neal Communities

Last week was a busy week for Neal Communities: The Florida builder unveiled eight new models, a new Discovery Center, and a new entrance at Grand Palm, its popular master-planned community in Venice, Fla.

The builder revealed six new single-family models and two new villa models ranging from 1,632 to 2,731 square feet. Architectural styles include neo-classical, Mediterranean, island, British West Indies and French country.

On July 26, the builder dedicated and opened Aucilla Road, which was created specifically to serve as a new entrance for the community. Located off River Road in Venice, the new entry and road gives residents on the east side access and further helps to reduce traffic at the other two existing entrances. The new road, which stretches for 3,300 feet, intersects at Observation Boulevard and leads all residents and visitors to the Discovery Center at Wacissa Drive.

“Grand Palm is truly a special place,” says Pat Neal, CEO of Neal Communities. “It took seven years of research, planning and community collaboration to bring this beautiful community to life.”

Grand Palm is the largest neighborhood Neal Communities has created in its more than 40 years of building, with plans for 1,999 homes at completion. Month after month, the fast-selling Grand Palm has continued to lead sales for the builder. The community opened in September 2012 and was the first ever to be built under the stringent requirements of Sarasota County’s 2050 plan – a plan intended to guide development while preserving Florida’s natural landscape.

Grand Palm’s layout preserves more than 33 percent of the land as open space and features spectacular preserved trees from the grand entrance, continuing throughout the community. Residents have miles of walking and bike trails that weave through the community and into a private wooded island surrounded by Adventure Lake.