Custom Built Home Windward Exterior
Custom Built Home Windward Exterior

The Windward Model Opens At The Islands On The Manatee River, Garners Three Awards In Parade Of Homes

The stunning Windward model has opened in The Islands on the Manatee River, officially marking Lee Wetherington Homes’ entry into the acclaimed riverfront community. Just days after its opening, The Windward model garnered three awards in this year’s Parade of Homes, including Best Floor Plan, Best Architectural Design, and Best Pool — which was created by LeeSure Water Pools, a division of Lee Wetherington Homes. Designed especially for The Islands on the Manatee River, this water-centric residence blends West Indies architecture with contemporary charm. Boasting 3,341 square feet of living space (5,077 SF total), The Windward features three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a three-car garage, as well as a gracious lady’s sanctuary, great room, and island kitchen. There’s even a bonus room with a disappearing corner and expansive glass walls that open to a sprawling covered outdoor kitchen and dining area that overlook the pool and spa. The Windward also showcases the architectural details that Lee Wetherington has become known for, such as multiple niches, step ceilings, and a creative mixture of wood, stone, glass, quartz, and granite finishes. At last, the model is thematically tied together by a unique vaulted ceiling that runs from the foyer, through the great room, and to the outdoor living area.
About The Islands On The Manatee River
Situated adjacent to the acclaimed River Wilderness Golf and Country Club, The Islands on the Manatee River is a 225-acre gated community built around the boating lifestyle. Each residence has a private dock right in its backyard, giving you direct access to the Manatee River and the Gulf of Mexico. When not on the water, you’ll love the Ted McAnlis-designed golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, social rooms, and other amenities available at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club. In addition to the River Wilderness amenities, The Islands on the Manatee River will have its own Amenity Center just for residents. Named the River Lodge, the Amenity Center will open this summer. The River Lodge features a great room with a grand fireplace, bar, large-screen televisions, and card tables; a fitness center; and a catering kitchen. Outside, there’s a covered patio, fire pit, and barbecue areas overlooking the picturesque Manatee River.
Centrally Located In Manatee County
The Islands on the Manatee River is centrally located in Manatee County, on the north shore of the Manatee River. With the opening of the new Fort Hamer Bridge, residents are now closer to Lakewood Ranch, the Mall at University Town Center, and Nathan Benderson Park. The Islands on the Manatee River is even within easy driving distance to Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota’s beaches.
Visit The Windward Model
The Windward model is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and on Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00PM. To get to the community, take Lakewood Ranch Boulevard North and cross over Manatee Avenue (Hwy 64) where the road becomes Upper Manatee River Road. At the traffic light where Upper Manatee River Road turns, go straight. Cross the new Fort Hamer Bridge and take the first left to the entrance of The Islands on The Manatee River. For more information, contact Alina Starchenko at or 941-776-1203.