EAST MANATEE -- Interest is growing in one of the newest subdivisions being built out east.
Eagle Trace, by Neal Communities, is already filling up a pre-sale VIP list for the single family homes and attached villas now under construction off State Road 64 East at Pope Road. The first phase of the development includes 182 homesites, with plans for future phases to add about 90 more beginning in 2014.
"The location of Eagle Trace is ideal for people looking to be close to everything," said Michael Storey, Neal Communities' president of building, in a statement. "Being near Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 64, home buyers will have access to Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Parrish amenities. Additionally, Eagle Trace will lay the groundwork for future county infrastructure in this rapidly growing section of Manatee County."
Villas are starting in the high $100,000s and homes in the low $200,000s, said Leisa Weintraub, vice president of marketing and creative director for Neal. There will be at least six different home models ranging from about 1,700 square feet to 2,400 square feet, plus three villa models around 1,400-1,500 square feet.
The company is aiming for the same success with Eagle Trace as its Central Park development just a few miles south in Lakewood Ranch, which it expects to be sold out by the end of 2014,
"I think that you'll have a mix of empty nesters and families here," Weintraub said of Eagle Trace. "I think the attraction will be it's a gated entry, as is Central Park, but the difference with all these homes is all of them in Eagle Trace are maintenance included."
When it's completed, the community will boast a recreation center, children's playground, tennis court, community gathering area with resort-style pool and spa and an outdoor entertainment area with gas grill and seating. There will also be two
fenced-in dog parks, for large and small dogs.
"The dog parks just seem to be one of the most favored amenities that we have out there," Weintraub said. "People just love them."
When it's completed, the subdivision will encompass about 104 acres, including some land that was once a mango grove. The developer is preserving about 85 percent of the habitat on the site, or 5.1 acres, including some very old oak trees, Weintraub said.
The builder is also constructing a new alignment of Pope Road that will connect it with an entrance to the community. When completed, the roadway will link State Road 64 and State Road 70 and provide access to several communities under development.
Neal will host a grand opening celebration for Eagle Trace on Dec. 7-8 and is still accepting names for an early interest list for the community.
For more information, visit nealcommunities.com or call 888-821-4685.
Jason Bartolone, East Manatee Editor, can be reached at 941-745-7011. Follow him on Twitter @JasonBartolone.