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An Exploration of Wellen Park’s Exciting Communities

Posted by Tracy Jones on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 11:07am.

Wellen Park is the expansive master-planned village located just south of Venice and west of North Port. Formerly known as West Villages, the large community is easily one of the largest and most impressive developments in South Florida.

It’s become a major retirement and relocation destination in the Venice area. It’s made up of 7 neighborhoods, each with a distinct and incredibly appealing character of its own. Each sub-community boasts a wonderful selection of single-family homes as well as attached, low-maintenance villa condos and townhomes.

Join as we explore each of the seven wonderful neighborhoods that make up Wellen Park.

Gran Paradiso

Spread out over 1000 acres, the Gran Paradiso community boasts incredible lakes and nature preserve space. One of the biggest selling features in the neighborhood is the Italian-inspired architecture that evokes an appealing old-world charm.

Gran Paradiso is made up of nearly 2000 homes in total, a mix of single-family homes and attached villa properties. The association fees cover lawn and garden care for all villa and detached homes, creating a refreshing low-maintenance lifestyle.

Grand Palm

33% of the land in Grand Palm is preserved because this is a neighborhood that values a balance with nature. This dedication to the natural world is clear virtually anywhere you go in this section of Wellen Park.The highly sought afater homes are centered around the 10-acre exploration park.

Residents can also enjoy a scenic 9 miles of trails, a 32-acre lake and even an island accessible by a wooden bridge.

Grand Palm is a Neal Community and offers a fantastic variety of floorplans that come in 5 series.


Encompassing 830 acres, Islandwalk provides an exceptional range of patio homes, townhomes and single-family homes. Perhaps more than any other Wellen Park neighborhood, Islandwalk can provide a wonderful home to just about anyone.

The gated community features a staffed guardhouse as you enter the neighborhood, providing an extra level of security. The homes here are also closely connected to a series of freshwater canals, creating an authentic Venice-like experience.

Best of all, a centrally located 14,000 square foot clubhouse provides a center for recreation. There are also 8 lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, and Bocce. There is even a full-time activities director whose job it is to ensure there’s never a lack of things to do.


Oasis holds the distinction of being among the fastest selling master-planned communities anywhere in the United States. Built by M/I Homes, Oasis real estate is nestled amongst a refreshing and gorgeous nature preserve.

Residents love the groomed walkways that work their way throughout the wonderful preserve setting amid serene ponds. A full 10,000 acres of green space surrounds the homes in Oasis.

Available homes come in a range of 1 and 2 story layouts, available in a whole range of floor plans that are sure to fit your style.

The Preserve

The homes in the Preserve were constructed by D.R. Horton, a well-known name in home construction and the largest builder in the United States. These homes feature incredible preserve and lake views from many of the homes.

Properties are available in many different styles that range from 1540 to 2587 square feet with wonderfully open concept layouts, 3-car garages and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. The architecture itself feels right at home in South Florida, creating a unique and instantly classic blend of Florida ranch style with a mediterranean flair.

The Preserve is centered around its beautiful private clubhouse that boasts an impressive resort-style pool.


As the name suggests, Renaissance’s goal is to bring the luxury and grandeur of the Italian Riviera to South Florida. Developed by Mattany Homes, the neighborhood is regarded as the 4th best-selling master planned community in the United States.

The builder has created a pleasing and distinctive mix of custom home plans, ranging from 1540 to 3400 square feet. The homes come in a number of different floorplans, all boasting practical open floor plans, beautiful design features and top-notch appliances.

The Renaissance Clubhouse features a community pool as well as tennis and pickleball. There’s even an activities director on staff to ensure residents can live each day to its fullest.

Sarasota National

Of all the Wellen Park neighborhoods, Sarasota National could arguably have the best amenities. Set in a wonderful nature preserve, only a limited number of homes are allowed to be built to ensure the serene atmosphere is maintained for each and every owner.

The community’s biggest selling feature is undoubtedly Sarasota National Golf Course - an 18-hole championship course designed by Gordon Lewis. The grounds also feature a clubhouse, pro shop and putting greens.

Sarasota National is a Lennar Homes development, so you can rest assured that the quality of the construction is of the utmost. Away from the golf course, special walkways meander through the wonderful nature preserve, lakes and wetlands. There’s a chance you may even encounter a gator or two.

If you'd like to learn more about any one of these incredible Wellen Park neighborhoods, please don't hesitate to contact Gulf Shores Realty online or call 941.488.6644 today!

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