West Villages is now a district within Wellen Park, as are two new districts: Playmore, which encompasses CoolToday Park, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves; and Downtown Wellen, an adjacent shopping and entertainment district under construction and scheduled for completion in early 2022. Downtown Wellen’s 175 lakefront acres will include waterfront dining, a town hall, children’s playground and splash pad, food truck kiosk area and an outfitter who will rent e-bikes, paddle boards and kayaks. A future apartment complex and assisted living facility are also planned there.
A Mattamy spokesperson says the name Wellen means both “waves” in German and “wellness” in Dutch. “Wellen Park is a next-generation community that is designed to deliver an approachable, fun-loving experience focused on living well at every stage of life,” she says.
Currently, nearly 8,000 people reside in nine large-scale developments within Wellen Park: Grand Palm, Gran Paradiso, Island Walk, Sarasota National, Boca Royale, The Preserve, Renaissance, Oasis and Tortuga. Active home builders are D.R. Horton, DiVosta, Lennar, Mattamy Homes, M/I Homes, Neal Communities, Sam Rodgers and WCI. It is the third fastest-selling master-planned community in the U.S., with an average of more than 1,300 sales per year.