Grand Palm in West Villages Florida Listed in 50 Best Master Planned Communities in Where to Retire magazine

West Villages, Fla. — Residents of Grand Palm have helped make the Neal Communities development one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S. by Where to Retire magazine.

“The difference that we believe shines through in Neal neighborhoods like Grand Palm is that our entire team lives, works and raises their families in the communities we create, said Pat Neal, Founder of Neal Communities. “We are fully vested in creating communities of distinction with integrity that leave a long legacy of stewardship and beauty behind, seamlessly integrated into Florida’s natural landscape for families to enjoy.”

Where to Retire magazine wrote that Grand Palm is among the best master planned communities in the U.S. in part because of its harmony with the surrounding natural habitat. “On the property’s Adventure Lake, grandparents and grandchildren paddle kayaks to Lookout Point Island for fishing lessons and quality time,” the magazine wrote. Where to Retire even quotes a resident talking about the natural beauty and proximity to wildlife.

“Grand Palm is truly a special place,” Neal said. “It took seven years of research, planning and community collaboration to bring this beautiful community to life. We firmly believe that where you live matters.”

The Where to Retire staff chose the communities in the 50 Best through their own editorial research that lasted about a year. All listed communities are established neighborhoods with enough land to continue building for at least one year. This year’s list is Where to Retire Magazine’s 10th year of listing of 50 Best Master Planned Communities. The magazine publishes the list every other year. The magazine’s 2017 list includes Master-Planned Communities in 18 states with nine communities in Florida.

“We are proud to have Grand Palm among our outstanding neighborhoods in West Villages Florida,” said Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages. “This is a high honor for Neal Communities and one that is richly deserved. Families, professionals, empty nesters and active retirees find something unique and special in West Villages.”

About West Villages Florida

The 15,500 acres that comprise West Villages Florida ( are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in Sarasota County. The Master-Planned Community is comprised of the neighborhoods of Gran Paradiso, Grand Palm, Island Walk ,Oasis,  Renaissance, Sarasota National and The Preserve. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (, the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers.  John Burns Real Estate Consulting and RCLCO Real Estate Advisors named West Villages the 4th fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the country.