Construction underway on new, master planned community in north Manatee County; models
opening spring 2020
PARRISH, Fla. – (Oct. 1, 2019) – Neal Land & Neighborhoods today introduced North River Ranch, a
2,600-acre, mixed-use master planned community that will redefine north Manatee County. Located just
off Moccasin Wallow Road and U.S. 301 between Tampa, Sarasota and St. Petersburg with easy access to
I-75, the 20-year project will offer more than 6,000 single family homes, townhomes and apartments when
As one of the few master-planned communities in the county, the development will bring an abundance of
outdoor recreational opportunities, anchored by an expansive, walkable and bikeable trail network
designed by Avid Trails that will be embedded into a central Greenway eco-corridor running throughout the
community. From a challenge course and multiple active and passive fitness stations, to pocket parks, a
dog park and other open spaces, everything will be designed to appeal to those seeking an active lifestyle.
An event lawn and multi-purpose sports field enhance the reasons to go – and stay – outdoors.
New schools within walking distance, intimate gathering spaces, a planned Village Center for shopping,
conveniences and office space, and modern-day services and amenities were all thoughtfully planned to
create connections and a true sense of neighborhood for a multi-generational audience.
“We have been very purposeful to design a modern community with an element of discovery. Our vision is
to create a place with a foundation for traditional neighborhood values,” said John Neal, President of Neal
Land & Neighborhoods. “This will provide the sense of community that people crave and where residents
will benefit from an unrivaled trail system that organically integrates neighborhoods and linear parks,
farmers markets and entertainment, restaurants and boutique shops, businesses and service amenities.”
The community will be especially appealing to those seeking a dynamic, uncomplicated lifestyle with the
benefits of a new home and a new community, an incredible value, and an easily accessible location to
Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota’s larger metropolitan areas.
Phase 1 Underway
The first phase, currently under construction, sits on 270 acres with plans for 769 single family homes
and townhomes across two neighborhoods. Homes range from $200,000 - $400,000, with square footage
between 1,445-3,550 square feet.
The Brightwood neighborhood, sitting just north of Moccasin Wallow Road, will feature three and four bedroom
homes with den and bonus room options by Centex Homes, KB Homes, Park Square Homes and
Homes by WestBay. It will also be home to the Brightwood Pavilion, the community’s 4,500-square-foot
clubhouse with game room, resort-style swimming pool, playground, firepit gathering area, and sports field.
On the opposite side of Moccasin Wallow Road is the Riverfield neighborhood, with two and three-bedroom
single family homes and townhomes by David Weekley Homes and Neal Communities, complemented by a
cabana pool amenity area. A grocery-anchored retail center is also planned to include restaurants and a
daycare. The first Centex model homes will open in early 2020, with the remaining builders set for completion in
Getting here and getting around will also be easy for residents, thanks to roadway and infrastructure
improvements the Neal Land team is making to meet demand from the expected influx of new residents to
Through a public private partnership with Manatee County, Neal Land & Neighborhoods is building three
new segments of Fort Hamer Road from U.S. 301 north to connect to Moccasin Wallow Road. Segment B
is scheduled to open by the end of 2019, with Sections A and C to follow in 2020. Neal Land &
Neighborhoods also funded a school access road for North River’s Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School,
directly across the street from North River Ranch.
All great communities have great education networks, and North River Ranch will feature exceptional
opportunities for learning at every state of life. Recognizing the need for good public schools in the area,
the Neal Land team was instrumental in facilitating development of the new Parrish Community High
School and the Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School, both which opened to students in August 2019
within walking distance of North River Ranch.
A state college campus is also planned, making North River Ranch a new educational mecca for north
Manatee County. The community’s miles of trails create other educational opportunities about healthy
lifestyles, space for outdoor classrooms and other launch points for lifelong learning.
To commemorate the opening of Barbara A. Harvey Elementary, introduce the community and demonstrate
its commitment to the surrounding community and education, Neal Land & Neighborhoods and North River
Ranch are donating more than $10,000 worth of Scholastic books to help stock the library’s shelves on
Thursday, Oct. 3, at 11am in the school’s Media Center.
About Neal Land & Neighborhoods
Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a full-service land acquisition, entitlement, and development company in
southwest Florida. With more than 100 years of experience in the real estate industry, the company offers
the extensive knowledge in land investments, developments, infrastructure financing, land planning, and
community master marketing necessary to take projects from raw land to finished home sites with the
highest efficacy. The company currently owns or controls, directly and through joint ventures,
approximately 9,000 homesites available for residential and mixed-use development, with the 2,600-acre
North River Ranch in Parrish, FL currently under development. For additional information, visit