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Residents Feature: A Grand Milestone: 1,000 New Homes Sold at North River Ranch!

March 19th, 2024 • 4 min read

There’s always a reason to celebrate at North River Ranch, Manatee County’s fastest-growing, award-winning master-planned community. We’re incredibly excited to reveal a new milestone. We tabulated the numbers and have officially determined that we’ve sold over 1,000 new homes to happy homebuyers in the homes for sale in Parrish, Florida. It shows that North River Ranch is the leading master-planned community in the area. To commemorate the occasion, we talked with the official 1000th New Homeowners.


Meet the Fronke family. Combining West Coast (Los Angeles area) and East Coast (Baltimore, MD) origins, Joe and Shelby were looking to live closer to their family. “My wife’s family built a home in Lakewood Ranch, and we loved the Tampa and Sarasota areas.” So, they did their preliminary research and talked to Florida locals to get a sense of the possibilities. “The prevailing wisdom was that Parrish was the most up-and-coming city in this area. That led us to North River Ranch for new homes in Parrish, Florida.”


“We absolutely loved North River Ranch the minute we drove in for the first time. Out of all the communities we visited in Parrish, it was not only the most beautiful community we visited, but it seemed to be the most centrally located, not just right now, but projecting forward to the city’s future growth. We loved the vibes of North River Ranch, well-planned expansions, and the location.“ It checked off all the boxes for a quality life and active lifestyle. They bought their first home here from Pulte Homes in 2022 and loved it so much that they recently bought a move-up home currently in construction to accommodate for their growing family. “We absolutely love Homes by WestBay at North River Ranch and their style of homes even before moving into North River Ranch. They truly make stunning properties. When you drive up to a WestBay home, it looks like a castle! Their large open floor plans and aesthetic upgrades are second to none, and we absolutely fell in love with the Virginia Park layout we are building. The lot we got on Warm Springs is incredible, and we couldn’t pass it up. There’s so much living space, a scenic water view, great curb appeal, and an inviting street. It’s everything we had hoped for in a forever home. North River Ranch is exactly what we had always hoped for in a community to raise our family. We just had our first child while living here 5 months ago! NRR has so many amenities and activities for families that we love….movies on the lawn, weekly food trucks, incredible neighbors with similar ideals and family-centric lifestyles.”


The amenity experience deeply resonates with the Fronke family, too. “We love all the top-notch amenities. There are many ways to stay active, including with Fitness Center, Avid FitStations, the trails, and the BikeShare program. The local schools and upcoming North River Ranch HCA Florida Healthcare hospital make it a perfect place to grow our family. I think we are most excited about Market Walk with its shopping and restaurants. Soon, we can do everything in our community (shop, dine, play, live, and more) without leaving it. As Parrish grows, I truly believe NRR is going to be the anchor of this beautiful area. We also look forward to the amenity expansion with Camp Creek, which includes pickleball courts and walking trails that add to the lifestyle here.” Learn more about Camp Creek now. As for the welcoming atmosphere, the Fronkes are all about it and all-in. “We enjoy the people here the most. We’ve made so many friends. It’s truly a unique neighborhood today, where people interact and help each other and become more than just neighbors. We have met lifelong friends here.”


“Our plan is for this to be our forever home where we raise our kids and establish our family for the long haul! Everything we had believed and hoped about North River Ranch is absolutely true! The amenities are first-rate, our neighbors are incredible, and the central location is perfect!” Take it from Fronkes, real homebuyers, that North River Ranch is the real thing. It’s time you joined us in this thriving, award-winning master-planned community with Parrish New Homes from Neal Communities, Pulte Homes, Cardel Homes, David Weekley Homes, and Homes by WestBay. We’ve got a wide variety of new single-family homes, villas and townhomes for sale in Florida in a choice of distinct neighborhoods, so finding the right one for you will be fast and easy. Connect with us now, and we’ll show you how!

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning 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. For additional information, visit