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Location Matters in Creating a Custom Home. See Why Everly at Wellen Park Has It All

Sarasota County continues to grow rapidly, with thriving shopping and entertainment destinations, A-rated schools and more amenity-rich neighborhoods now in development – all within minutes from the nation’s renowned sugary-white beaches. In fact, U.S. News & World Report in May ranked the region as the best place to live in Florida and No. 5 among the country’s biggest metro areas. North Port, which includes masterfully planned Wellen Park and its vibrant downtown, has, according to Quicken Loans, even surged to become the second-fastest growing city in the nation 

For any new homebuyer, the first step in realizing an incomparable custom home is determining the location where you wish to live and factoring in the quality of life you’ll experience there. In particular, Everly at Wellen Park, where our team at Lee Wetherington Homes is a trusted and preferred builder, is a fantastic example of a neighborhood nestled in a master-planned community that will soon have it all within walking distance – or a short drive away. From wraparound services, like schools and educational programs, to a thriving, expanding town center and nearby attractions, here’s why Everly blends convenience with a truly wonderful living experience.  

Education Options in Every Direction

School RenderDiane Cominotti, Sarasota County Schools’ director of planning, said in July that, “Where the growth is happening, that’s where we’re trying to build schools.” Look no further than Wellen Park, which will be home to the first high school built by the county in 30 years. Directly adjacent to beautiful estate homesites now for sale in Everly, the 325,000 square-foot Wellen Park High School will incorporate a college-style student union, an outdoor living lab, an over 800-seat performing arts center, an innovation zone for engineering, entrepreneurial and tourism labs, counseling and career services, an expansive gym and more. Scheduled to open in 2026, the compact, three-story building and surrounding campus will cater to 2,100 students – all within a brief stroll from Everly.  

On an adjoining site to Wellen Park High School, a new 1,500-student K-8 school is currently under development and will provide relief to Taylor Ranch Elementary School. These additions complement already-robust educational offerings across the community, including the College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park – a public charter school situated next to State College of Florida – and Prodigy Early Learning’s innovative preschool set to open in 2024 

Nearby a Stadium With Year-Round Entertainment

Located just a short drive from Everly down West Villages Parkway lies the new, innovative spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves. CoolToday Park, which held its inaugural game in 2019, not only hosts exciting Grapefruit League matchups featuring your favorite MLB teams throughout March but also the Florida Complex League Braves – the club’s rookie affiliate – in the summer.  

But baseball isn’t the only entertainment seen from the grandstands and experienced across the stadium. The Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar & Grill and the Clubhouse Team Store are open six days a week, and the complex is home to a variety of events happening year-round. From live music to the annual Grilled Cheese Festival, the ballpark truly is a local favorite beyond baseball.  

A Walk Away From Thriving Downtown Wellen

Downtown RenderAll of this wonder surrounds one hub – Downtown Wellen. Overlooking the breathtaking 80-acre Grand Lake, shopping, dining and entertainment seamlessly blend within walking distance of Everly. Outdoor experiences on the waterfront, from paddleboard rentals to kayak excursions, are launched at its dockside outfitter. And, amid old, towering mossy oak trees, weekly events are already underway across the district’s sweeping greens, from “Tailgate Tuesdays” during football season to “Summer Music Series” performances happening each Wednesday through Sunday.  

From Publix and Irma’s Tacos, Craft Beer and Tequila Bar on beautiful Mercado Drive, to Foxtail Coffee Co. and The Banyan House’s creative cuisine on the lakefront, there’s something for everyone – and more is on the horizon. Your aspirations start with where you call “home,” and what exhilarating amenities are right at your fingertips. At Everly, life’s best elements truly come