1. Furry Friend Fun- Dog Park Etiquette For Your Favorite Pooch!

    Are you an animal lover? Who isn’t?

    We love our furry residents at Neal Communities, so much so that we’ve added Dog Parks for residents at many of our communities including Central Park, Forest Creek, and Grand Palm. Dog parks not only allow another opportunity for residents to get out and socialize, but they also give our furry friends a chance to shed their leashes and have a little fun!

    Why should you consider taking your lovable pet to one of the dog parks? There are many things about these parks that benefit your pooch! A fenced-in, off-leash park provides a safe environment for your dog to run and play freely. Because the odds of being there alone are slim to none, they are also a great place for your dog to socialize.

    While there may be no words spoken, socializing your dog lets your pet learn to to get along with dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments.  Another great reason to visit one of our dog parks is to allow your pet to exercise. Just like humans, animals need exercise for physical and mental health. Plus, dog parks can help build stronger communities by neighbors meeting neighbors and becoming friends.

    So if all of the great reasons to visit a dog park have you sold on the idea, there is some dog park etiquette to know before you bring your 4-legged friend out for some play time.

    Before you go:

    • Visit the park first without your puppy to make sure it is right for both you and your dog.
    • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations. You should consider medicating for fleas and vaccinating for ‘kennel cough” to protect your dog if you planto attend the park regularly.
    • Consult with your veterinarian about your dogs overall health.
    • Don’t bring females in heat or unneutered males. This is a doggy park no-no.
    • Make sure your dog is properly trained and will come when called. Check out this video on tips to train your dog to sit and stay!
    • If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, it’s a good idea to avoid the dog park and wait until your dog is trained to become friendlier towards other dogs.  You know your dog best, and it’s up to you to determine if your dog will behave and interact positively with others.

    While There:

    • Make sure your dog is enjoying him or herself at the park. If they look uncomfortable, don’t force the situation, remember this is all for your dog! Some dogs become anxious, aggressive, fearful, or angry when around other dogs. Others become bullies. If your dog is one extreme or another, you might consider skipping the dog park and maybe finding professional help to locate a qualified expert who can help you.
    • Clean up after your dog.  Nobody likes to step into a mess, even at the dog park!
    • Supervise your animal at all times and be aware of what’s happening so you can interfere when necessary.

    Our dog parks are the perfect place to relax and spend quality time with your pooch after a long day.  Check out our Facebook page to view some of our adorable and furry residents!

  2. Food, Fun, and Floorplans! Join us at River’s Reach this Weekend!

    Have you been searching for a new home convenient to things but in a place where you can get away from it all? Serenity. Tranquility. Reality. You can find it all at River’s Reach.

    Tucked away in a private community with gated entries and nestled next to a tributary of the Manatee River, you’ll find the one and only River’s Reach.

    River’s Reach has 15 different floorplans to choose from, ranging in size from 1,772 square feet of the Freshwater 2, to the spacious Harmony II at 3,117 square feet. And with over half of the community dedicated to a preserve area, there is never a lack of things to do.

    Take the canoe or kayak out for a day of sun and fishing, play a competitive game of sand volleyball, get your sweat on in the fitness center, or read a book while the kids play at the playground. Take a break from the hustle and bustle you’re your community gathering area located next to the pristine resort-style pool and spa, and outdoor entertainment area with a gas grill.  It’s the perfect place to cook out or entertain friends outdoors.

    This weekend, on Saturday July 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we invite you to join us for our new model grand opening event. There will be food, fun, and floorplans as we showcase two new models you can tour. This is your chance to get a first peek at two new spacious and inviting single-family homes.

    You won’t want to miss our Starlight model, one of our most popular plans.  With 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and a 2-car garage, this home has so much to offer. Spacious bedrooms, over 2233 sq. feet of living space, large closets, and so many other features that will make this house a home. Our design gallery provides an exclusive service for Neal customers to create a home that will perfectly fit your lifestyle.

    The second model, the Sweetwater II, has never before been modeled and it is one home you must see! A large 2,447 sq. feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2-car garage make up this beautiful Florida home. From your first step into the home, you will see why it is easy to fall in love with this plan.

    Both models are nestled in the quiet, “Old Florida” setting of River’s Reach, and offer residents a home worth bragging about.

    River’s Reach residents enjoy the best of both worlds, close to amenities and the city, but far enough away to enjoy the peaceful natural settings Florida has to offer.

    Be sure to visit us at 1517 Hickory View Circle, Parrish Florida this weekend from 11-2 to view these models. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, barbeque lunch, a magician and live radio remote!  RSVP today on our Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

  3. Neal Communities New Home Process

    Buying a new home is very exciting experience and Neal Communities is honored to be a part of one of the biggest and more important decisions you will make!

    The process behind buying a home can be overwhelming, especially to a first time buyer. That’s why we here at Neal Communities have put together a step by step process to outline what to expect from start to finish.

    1.    Choosing Your Community

    The first is determining which of our communities you would like to build in.  Our communities offer beautiful homes, a variety of amenities, and a rang of prices, allowing you to find the community to best match your needs. Or, if you prefer, we will build a Neal home for you in the community you choose.

    2.    Financing

    Neal Communities can provide you with a list of our preferred vendors, or you can elect to finance your home through the lendor of your choice.

    3.    Choose Your Model and Floor Plan

    There are many floorplans and models to select from that will cater to the design you are looking for. A Neal Communities rep will help you to ensure you find the perfect plan to fit your lifestyle and make you feel at home.

    4.    Purchase Agreement

    Once you have determined your model and floor plan, a purchase agreement will be signed. You will receive a Home Detail Guide that you will walk you through tips on maintaining your new home.

    5.    Personalizing

    If the process hasn’t been fun already, now is when you really get to personalize your home to make it your very own. During a meeting with you New Home Sales Rep and a builder, you will meet a Design Consultant who will show you the Neal gallery where you can select your lighting fixtures, appliances, finishes, and the overall look and feel of your interior appeal.

    6.    Final Approval

    During this stage of the process, your design team will present the final work order including your home design, floor plan, specification, and interior finishes. You will be able to review, approve, and sign-off before any work begins.

    7.    Permitting

    All civil, structural, and mechanical engineering details will be sent in buy Neal Communities. Once approved, our Construction team will contact you to schedule the construction start date.

    8.    Construction Launch.

    Grab those hard hats! In this step of the process, the foundation is poured, the framing is completed, mechanical features are installed, the interior drywall is finished and much more!

    9.    Final Details

    This is when you will receive an expected completion date.

    10. Moving In!

    Prior to move-in day, you will have a new home orientation with your builder.

    11. Follow up Services

    Neal Communities will complete a 30-day touch up and service requests, six-month service requests, and 11-month service requests.

    12. Warranty

    With your new home, you will receive a one-year warranty for construction defects, a two-year warranty for mechanical systems and a 10-year construction warranty.

    There are so many reasons why buying a Neal home will continue to benefit you in years to come. Hear what some of residents have to say and visit our Facebook page to see news, events, and photos of what Neal is all about.


    Thanks for selecting Neal Communities as your home!

  4. Red, White, and Boom

    The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with fireworks, food, and fun and Sarasota offers locals so much to do, no matter your age or interests! Have you made plans for the holiday? Consider trying some of the fun events happening around your community.

    The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix takes place from June 29-July 7th and offers entertainment for all! A golf classic, car show, boat races, poker tournament, fireworks, live music, delicious food and so much more. This year’s festival parade will honor hometown hero Nik Wallenda, who was the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a high wire. Watch a clip of this here. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

    On the breathtaking Longboat Key, pre-fireworks can be enjoyed on July 2 at the Boom Boom on the Bay. Fireworks will begin after dark.

    Anna Maria Island will be setting off fireworks over the Gulf right behind Beachhouse Restaurant located at 200 Gulf Drive N on Bradenton Beach. They start after dark but grab your spot early!

    If you are looking for a place to burn off the calories you’ve consumed in hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie, don’t miss the 7th Annual Firecracker Run. It takes place July 4th at the Morgan Family Community Center at 6207 West Price Blvd, and begins at 7:30 a.m. Find more information on registration here.

    Are you planning on staying home for the holiday? Or setting off fireworks of your own? While it’s always best to leave it to professionals, there are safety tips you can follow to lower the risk of injury.  The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission put together a list of safety tips you should follow if you will be shooting off your own fireworks. Considering an average of 200 people have to visit the E.R. around the holiday, we highly suggest you follow the tips closely!

    And for those who just can’t wait, here’s a sneak peak of last years fireworks.


    Share with us you plans for the holidays! Where will you be watching fireworks? Whatever you decide to do this 4th of July, we hope you have a safe and fun holiday with your loved ones.