1. Show Off Your Star Qualities with ‘Be A Neal Star’

    Neal Communities has been busy at work filming local residents at Grand Palm, Central Park and Villa Palmeras for their chance to “Be a Neal Star!”

    Participating Neal Communities residents are being filmed by a professional crew explaining why they adore their Neal Communities home and why they love living at Neal Communities!

    Neal’s contest offers those competing and submitting a video, a chance to win big with $6,000 in prizes!

    Think you’re an ideal homeowner? Are you ready to shine with STAR-quality attributes? Submit a 1-3 minute short video by April 25th.  Voting opens to both Neal residents and non-residents on Monday, May 5th and closes at NOON on Friday, May 23rd.

    To Enter to Win, Simply follow these 3 steps:

    1.Register here

    2. Submit a 1-3 minute YouTube Video submission, plus two photos on www.beanealstar.com

    3. Encourage your family and friends to sign-in to www.beanealstar.com and VOTE for you between May 5th – May 23rd.

    Following the close of voting, a panel of judges will be selecting FOUR contest entry winners based on number of votes received and shining star-quality attributes displayed.

    Want to see the entries so far? Click here: http://beanealstar.com/all-entries/


  2. Home Sweet Home with ‘Sweetwater’

    Looking for a sweet and charming home nestled on the beautiful Manatee River? Our Sweetwater model located in River’s Reach community may be just what you are looking for! 

    Sweetwater is a quaint home with a stunning exterior, cloud white trim and intimate front porch. The design and details of this model will surely make you want to utter the words, “home sweet home”.

    When you walk through the doorway  you will be greeted by 2,204 square feet of living space enriched by soft beiges, whites and mixed accents of chocolate brown.  The hardwood flooring and neutral tile lend a relaxed and warm feel to this quality space.

    The kitchen offers a freestanding island featuring cream and black toned granite countertops and an extended stone backsplash.

    Complete with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 door garage, the ‘Sweetwater’ model is one of our move-in ready homes available NOW at River’s Reach. From the children’s play area to the private fitness center, this is a community the entire family could enjoy!

    Want to see more? Take a tour here!

     

     


  3. DIY- Build Your Own Mason Jar Herb Garden

    With BBQ season in full swing and Easter cooking around the corner, we thought it might be fun to start growing your own personal herb garden! There’s nothing quite like having fresh ingredients to add to a tasty salad or main dish! Not only will it add a pop of color to your garden, it also tastes great, too! This DIY project is quick and easy and is one that the whole family to get involved with. For a list of materials and simple instructions click here! Visit our Pinterest page for more fun DIY ideas!

    (Photo: http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-mason-jar-herb-garden/)

     


  4. Outdoor Living

    Bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in is a privilege few get to experience.  Thankfully, the tropical Southwest Florida lifestyle provides us with such luxuries! At Neal Communities, we believe in personalizing your home and making it fit your lifestyle, so why not pull out all the stops? From breathtaking pools, to optimal grilling & relaxation space, we can bring all the comforts of the indoors outside. Need to see it to believe it?  Look no further; we have the gallery just for you!


  5. Why Home Buyers Prefer New Homes All Under Warranty

    While a used home may appear more cost effective, it likely has products and appliances that need fixing, upgrading or replacing. Unfortunately, products and appliances today are not built with the same quality and do not last nearly as long as they did 20 years ago. While the avocado green fridge from the Brady Brunch is sure to be as functional today as it was in the 1970s, appliances today, don’t have the same gusto. How many appliances can you count in your home? When you count the basics: refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer, you can see how these products breaking down at once can easily take their toll on our sanity and our wallets.

    When you buy new, your products and appliances will all be top of the line and under warranty. With Neal Communities, your home will feature the newest in products and quality design and will come with the Neal warranty. It’s our friendly assurance to you that we stand behind our products and that you will be able to experience and enjoy your quality new home for years saving your sanity and your wallet.


  6. Inside the Valor II

    Liz Reuth, Neal Communities E-Marketing Manager takes us for a tour inside Neal Communities’ Valor 2 Kitchens in Lakewood Ranch Florida. A smart design with a beautiful open concept kitchen, dining and living space give this space an open and airy touch. The space is great for entertaining guests and with a double sink facing the living room, Mr. and Ms. Homeowner can stay engaged with the guests while cleaning up! Large cabinets surround the Valor 2 kitchen making it perfect for the cook in the family to store pots and pans along with counter space to house all cooking gadgets. If you don’t believe us, just see for yourself!

     
     

    Valor II is a contemporary 1,162 Sq. Ft home perfect for a single family. Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open concept kitchen, living and great room; this is a home full of modern charm. A family friendly community with budget friendly prices. Come experience it for yourself!

     

     

     


  7. Boca New staff member and club expansion plans!

     The Boca Royale community is growing and so is our family as we welcome experienced General Manager, Ian Fetigan to the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club team!

    With more than 20 years of successful, hands-on management experience in the hospitality, non-profit, and private country club industries, Fetigan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Boca Royale team in all areas and will be an invaluable asset in our expansion and enhancing an already thriving club.

    The Boca Royale community will be expanding over the next few years. New staff, new dining menus and a perfectly manicured golf course are already setting Boca Royale apart as one of the finest golf and country clubs in the region with a reputation for delivering a quality, Florida lifestyle.

    Neal Communities is building homes within Boca Royale and offers homeowners a variety of new home options at Boca Royale. The builder offers single-family homes from its Cove and Signature Series, and paired villas from the Coral Series. Homes range in size from 1,434 square feet to 3,262 square feet. Homes are nestled amidst existing and established oaks and preserved land.

    Located right off of 776, Boca Royale has access to shopping, beaches, and entertainment. For more information about the community and country club, please go to www.bocaroyale.com or call 941-475-6464.

     


  8. A Night to Remember

     

    A few weeks ago John Neal Homes hosted a very special Realtor® event celebrating the opening of their newest model home in the Haddington neighborhood of Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Homes start in the $400’s and up in this community depending upon your lot and upgrades. Their new Palmavera model offers a spacious, refreshingly open floor plan that overlooked a small lake.

    Inside the spacious kitchen, John Neal Homes had brought in the celebrity Chef Tommy Klauber, and his staff from Polo Grill and Fête Catering and Ballroom, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

    The honored guests enjoyed a wine tasting with about eight various wines to try from Michael’s Wine Cellar. An array of hors d’oeuvres from Fête Catering, were served. From Moll’s Mac & Cheese Balls to hand picked Mini Blue Crab Cakes with a sweet chili dipping sauce; each appetizer was to die for.

    While guests toured this stunning home, John Neal was available to answer any questions about the property and the available upgrades. Meanwhile, Chef Tommy Klauber, demonstrated how to make his Sarasota Seafood Pan Roast.

    This surely was a night to remember! Good wine, good-looking food, gorgeous homes and great cooking skills.

     

     


  9. Wash, Dry and a must buy !

     

    A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders listed the Laundry Room as one of the top things that people want in their homes. With such a sought-after room, it’s important to be sure you’ve got a home that corresponds with your needs.

    Many of our Neal Communities’ homes include a separate laundry room with space for storage and the option to have a large laundry sink.  One of these homes is the Windsong model at Grand Palm featured above. There has never been a better time to buy in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and you have a lot of available choices.

    Visit our website for a full list of move in ready homes.

     

     


  10. Shiver Me Timber!

    Brrrrr….It sure has been cold  this winter and we don’t just mean up north! Just today, The Weather Channel forecasted that winter storm Leon will drop major snow and ice across the east coast. While meteorologists predict the storm will affect the Deep South, Southwest Florida shouldn’t see any snow. BUT that doesn’t mean the -40 degree temperatures won’t impact the temperatures down here too.

    When the weather calls for freezing temperature overnight, you don’t want to be heading out to cover plants that are cold-sensitive. Follow these tips from the University of California to stay prepared.

    First, determine if your plants are the hardy or sensitive type. Typically citrus, avocado, fuchsias and succulents tend to be “tender” to cooler temperatures.  Basically, these plants will either be injured or killed in freezing temperatures.

    If you have these plants, use bed sheets, cloths, or plastic sheets to cover them in the evenings on nights when the forecast calls for temperatures under 33 degrees. These materials can be removed the next day once the temperatures rise again. Placing lams with 100-watts can be used in small trees to produce enough to reduce potential frost damage.  Or, visit your local nursery for an anti-transpirant spray to squirt your tender plants. This protects the leaves for up to three months.

    Don’t know how to cover your plants? No problem! Check out this video for a detailed step-by-step to keeping your plants alive and well.