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Why Master-Planned Communities Are On The Rise

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Master-planned communities offer homebuyers more than just another subdivision or a collection of cookie-cutter homes. Neal Land & Neighborhoods is working to create tomorrow’s neighborhoods today, and their flagship master-planned community, North River Ranch is doing just that.

A master-planned community is a large-scale residential community filled with custom new construction homes. Its residents have access to many amenities and the community fosters neighborhood connectedness through social and recreational opportunities.

North River Ranch provides an offering in North Manatee county to the Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg housing market unlike any other. Amenity-rich, the communities’ master-plan includes 20 plus miles of trails, multiple pools, clubhouses, outdoor recreation and fitness areas, a bike challenge course and two village centers.


Master-planned communities are often located near major cities and operate like small, self-contained cities themselves. Living in a master-planned community allows for that small-town feeling while still being able to commute into the city for work. North River Ranch is conveniently situated just outside of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota.

The three cities are each within 30-40 minutes of North River Ranch and offer a mix of career opportunities and entertainment to match any lifestyle.


A popular benefit of these communities is the convenience of having everything available and close to home. Beyond residential neighborhoods and clubhouse amenities, master-planned communities also offer a variety of businesses, shops, restaurants and services. Many even have their own schools within the community or just minutes away. North River Ranch’s location is unusual in that it provides learning access from pre-school to college. These communities are built with convenience in mind, for their residents’ ease and enjoyment.

The planned Village Center and Market Square are both bikeable or walkable within North River Ranch for quick and easy access to plenty of dining and shopping options without even leaving the community.

Opportunity & Customization

Master-planned communities like North River Ranch offer a wide variety of quality housing at a range of prices. At North River Ranch, homebuyers can choose from six award-winning home builders each offering a wide selection of high-tech, energy-efficient single-family homes and townhomes. With so many options to fit any budget and lifestyle, typically new construction homes provide more choices for home buyers beyond what is available in the resale housing market.


There are a few characteristics of master-planned community living to take into consideration along with the many aforementioned amenities.

Master-planned communities typically have fees and regulations through Community Development Districts (CDD) or Homeowners Associations (HOAs). While some may view this stipulation as restrictive, CDDs and HOAs actually tend to be helpful in preserving the maintenance and appearance of the communities, and in turn, support the value of the homes in the communities.

Another drawback for some may be the lot sizes available for homes in master-planned communities. If you’re looking for a home with acreage, then master-planned community living may not be the right fit for you. Master-planned communities are designed for those seeking the feeling of home, surrounded by neighbors, friends and plenty to do.

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About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based master-planned community development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning to create the next level of elite community living in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. To learn more about Neal Land & Neighborhoods, current and future projects, visit