Neal Communities Wins Three Aurora Awards In 2011

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Neal's 2011 Awards Bring Company's Total To 47 - More Than Any Other Home Builder In The Area

The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) has awarded the Neal family of companies, all Lakewood Ranch based companies, three Auroras in this year’s Aurora Awards competition. The awards were presented during the SEBC’s Black Tie Gala/Spectacular at the Rosen Centre in Orlando on July 23, 2011. The Auroras are highly-respected awards, recognized for their rigorous competition and judging by distinguished home building professionals. Leisa Weintraub, John Neal, and Stephanie Nolan accepted the awards on behalf of the companies.

Central Park at Lakewood Ranch won Neal Communities the Aurora for the residential/mixed use land development category. The team members included Neal Communities, Canin Associates, WilsonMiller Stantec, John Moody Architecture, and Charlene Neal PureStyle. Central Park, developed by Neal Communities, opened in July 2010 and has since sold 138 homes. The single family community features a 10-acre park with a splash fountain, dog parks, a ball field, a playground, tennis courts, and a picnic pavilion. At completion, there will be approximately 800 homes. Central Park at Lakewood Ranch is conveniently located next to schools, shopping, the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, and entertainment venues.

Neal Signature Homes’ Westover II model, in the Greystone neighborhood within The Lakewood Ranch Country Club, won in its category grouping of detached single-family homes. The team members were Neal Communities, BSB Design, Wilson Miller Stantec, Stewart-Washmuth Landscape Architects, and Charlene Neal PureStyle. Every inch of this exquisite 3828 square foot home elegantly captures the Florida lifestyle.

The Sarantino model, located in The Lakewood Ranch Country Club East, won Charlene Neal PureStyle the Aurora in its category grouping of interior merchandising. The stunning model is located in the Secret Harbor neighborhood.

“The model shows a modern influence that we often see in Metropolitan Home,” says Charlene Neal. “We started with the neutral color palate of the interior which allowed us to use the furniture as the accents. We chose clean, sleek furniture that makes the space open and bright.” She then chose a modern classic style with traditional elements. There are clean lines with a sophisticated, but not too-formal feel.

Neal Communities is ranked #1 locally by MetroStudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #94 nationally among home builders by BUILDER Magazine. 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 8,000 homes built in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities’ honors and accolades include 37 Parade of Homes 2011 Awards, 47 Aurora Awards, five Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, visit


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