Lakewood Ranch, Wellen Park Among ‘Top 100 Planned Communities’

Wellen Park, formerly known as West Villages, was recently ranked as the No. 4 top-selling master-planned community in the US for two years in a row. Once completed, Downtown Wellen will feature an 80-acre lake, retail shops, restaurant waterfront dining and rooftop decks, pedestrian-friendly streets, a splash pad, a playground and a public town hall gathering place that will host live theater and music events. It will also have a hammock grove and a permanent food truck area.

Wellen Park is also home to the only Major League Baseball spring training park in the nation to be open year-round. CoolToday Park is already hosting public events throughout the year, like car shows, craft fairs, rummage sales, movie nights and a farmers’ market.

With approximately 8,000 residents, roughly 3,500 newcomers have been arriving annually and live among three districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore. At full build-out, Wellen Park will have more than 60,000 people and 22,000 homes. Wysteria is its latest neighborhood addition, with 153 British West Indies and coastal-style villas with lake and nature views.

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