Neal Communities Signs 12 Contracts During Woodbrook's First Weekend Open

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Neal Communities Celebrates Success During Woodbrook's Grand Opening

Neal Communities opened its newest neighborhood, Woodbrook on November 5 and welcomed hundreds of visitors and signed 12 contracts. The community, located off Lockwood Ridge and Honore Avenue, includes homes priced from the low $100,000s and ranging from 1079 to 2535 sf. Woodbrook is convenient to Bradenton, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch and will consist of 213 homes at completion. Amenities in the community include a pool, spa, cabana, grill, and playground.

“The time to buy a home is now. Woodbrook has a great selection of homes that are customizable for any and every lifestyle,” said Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities. “Prices and interest rates are low at the moment and buyers have picked up on the value of purchasing now. Woodbrook is off to a fantastic start.”

Realtors® from both Sarasota and Manatee brought clients to Woodbrook. “I’m very excited about this property,” said Karen Wantuck of Coldwell Banker St. Armands Circle. “This is everything my people want….I’ve already sent information to a client in Norway.”

One of the first families to purchase in Woodbrook was Joseph and Glory Tonnies from Buffalo, NY. They will be building a Freshwater 2. Previously, they had been looking at bank-owned properties. “But then they saw the homes in Woodbrook and were ecstatic. For the price of a foreclosure, they could have a new home with warranties in a new community,” said their Realtor, Rigo Rivera of Coldwell Banker.

“This is hassle-free living,” said Glory, who was most impressed with the location and the amenities. The proximity to the airport was also appealing as they will be traveling frequently. The two were frequent visitors to a time share, but found that home ownership here made more sense.

“I like the opening of the floor plans,” noted Madeline Hardie with Keller Williams. “Neal Communities always does a better job than the others. The value is so much better at Neal.”

The homes in Woodbrook range from 1079 to 2535 square feet. There are four models with interiors designed by Charlene Neal PureStyle. There will be 90 homes in the first phase. Due to high demand, Neal has already begun work on Phase 2. Woodbrook is a gated community with a pool, spa, wetland preserve, walking paths, and many large trees.

Neal Communities is ranked #1 locally by MetroStudy and by HanleyWood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #94 nationally among home builders by BUILDER Magazine. The company recently won the 2011 Business of the Year “Sandie” award from the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. As the area’s largest and most established locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, John Neal Homes, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, and First Continental Mortgage all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. With over 8,000 homes built in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities’ honors and accolades include 37 Parade of Homes 2011 Awards, 48 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards, and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, visit

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