Real estate briefs: Sarasota-Manatee area



DWY Landscape Architects, led by David Young, has received three design awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA). The awards were for institutional design (The Ringling Waterfront Enhancement), residential design (renovation of a residence designed by Sarasota architect Guy Peterson) and conceptual design (an estate in Palm City, Florida).

The Ringling Waterfront Enhancement project focused on the area south of the Cá d’Zan, adding a “campiello” for events and a walkway lined with royal palms that runs along Sarasota Bay.

The residential project created outdoor spaces in keeping with the architecture while accentuating the site’s location and owners’ lifestyle.

The conceptual design was for a net-zero residence on the St. Lucie River that remains unbuilt because of the housing recession. Designed with Carlson Studio Architecture, the project includes a green roof, rain garden and man-made wetland to treat greywater for use in irrigation.


Neal Signature Homes, a Lakewood Ranch-based luxury homebuilder (, has begun developing River Wind, a coastal-themed community in Parrish.

With 62 homes planned for 39.7 acres near the intersection of Rye and Upper Manatee River roads, the gated community will feature six floor plans.

The single- and two-story homes will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, or four bedrooms with a bonus room. Floor plans range from 2,200 to 3,400 square feet. All houses will have three-car garages with the flexibility for added bedrooms. Prices start at $350,000 and may reach about $500,000.

With an anticipated spring opening, River Wind will have walking trails along the Manatee River, which is just north of the property. The community also will have a kayak launch; Rye Preserve Park is nearby to the west.

The company also builds at Lakewood Ranch’s Country Club East and West, The Inlets and The Concession, and will build at several neighborhoods to open soon in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


Bruce Williams Homes of Manatee County is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

The company was founded in 1969 by Lloyd Williams, and is now led by his son, Britt, who serves as company president.

Said Britt Williams, “I am honored to continue my father’s legacy of integrity and care with each project.”

BW Homes has built more than 6,000 homes across five counties (Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, Charlotte and Hillsborough). With an eye toward expansion, the company now has 11 employees.

The company has given to Foundations for Dreams, the Boy Scouts, Manatee Solve House, Bradenton Christian School and Guardian Angels of SW Florida, for which they will soon build a third home.

Last modified: September 12, 2014
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