Minto’s ‘Welcome Heroes’ Proves Successful in Westlake

CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL – (January 6, 2020)  — After much success, Minto Communities USA, the master developer and lead builder of Westlake, has extended its "Welcome Heroes" program, a special discount made available to working teachers, police officers, firefighters, military, healthcare and government workers.

Public servants who buy a new Minto-built home in Westlake can receive a 3% discount off the base purchase price. To date, Minto has sold more than 450 homes at Westlake and more than half of the buyers have taken advantage of the program, saving hundreds of thousands of dollar collectively.

Darline Karbowski, an elementary school principal, lives in The Hammocks neighborhood with her son and says she is extremely thankful for the discount.

"As a single mother, the program attracted me to the community and allowed me to get more home for my money and live in a safe neighborhood where my house is not only a home, but also a good investment," Karbowski said. "It seems cliché, but I am truly living my best life here."

Kathryn and Brett Bailey, a nurse and teacher respectively, have a similar story. They said if it weren't for Welcome Heroes they never would have considered Westlake.

"We really would not have built a new home without the program. It gave us the home of our dreams at a price we could afford," said Kathryn Bailey. "We love Westlake. As you come in, it just feels like home."

Minto created the Welcome Heroes program to thank civil servants for contributing to the well-being of the community.

"In our mind, teachers, police officers, firefighters, health care workers and members of the military are heroes for all they do," said Mike Belmont, president of Minto Communities USA. "We felt a good way to show our gratitude was helping them defray the cost of their dream home."

Westlake's first neighborhood, The Hammocks, is nearly sold out. Minto is currently selling in Phase 2 of its second neighborhood, The Meadows, where prices range from the low $300s to mid $500s. The 3,800-acre Westlake community is approved for 4,500 homes and more than 2-million square feet of commercial space.

In June 2019, Minto opened the first phase of its $15 million amenities center. The Westlake Adventure Park includes a resort-style lagoon pool with water slide, a kids' interactive splash pad, and poolside concessions. An expansive recreational lawn features a covered concert pavilion and grassy area for events, along with shade pavilions, grills and picnic area, BMX pump park, playground and bocce ball courts. Phase 2 will include basketball courts and adult lap pool.

Commercial development in Westlake is also well under way. Most recently, the City approved a 91-acre private college preparatory school and sports academy with the first phase of construction set to begin in January of 2020. Adjacent to the school, Christ Fellowship Church was approved for a new 13-acre campus as it grows its ministry throughout Palm Beach County. FPL is finishing up construction on a new 400-acre solar energy center, while Palm Beach County will soon open a new fire station and district headquarters just off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. A new 7-11 gas station and convenience store is set to start construction in 2020.

Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in the City of Westlake, on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Blvd. and Northlake Blvd. For more information on the community call 888-299-3628 or visit www.WestlakeFL.com.

About Minto Communities USA:
Minto Communities USA, based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for over 40 years. Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 25,000 new homes built in 48 communities. Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional homebuilder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys. Minto has been recognized with multiple national awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for community and home design, including Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida; Best Clubhouse for the Harbour Isle Beach Club in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida; and Best Sales Center for Westlake in the City of Westlake, Florida. Minto has earned multiple Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference for Westlake, including the 2018 Silver Award for Best Single-Family Residential Community.
Minto is also recognized throughout the homebuilding industry as an expert in developing active-adult communities. The NAHB named Minto as 2019's 55+ Builder of the Year and Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach as Best 55+ Community of the Year.