CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL (November 30, 2021) — The City of Westlake is receiving national recognition for being a desirable place to live. U.S. News & World Report, known for ranking everything from top colleges to best places to live, named Westlake to its list of 25 Popular Small Towns to Live in in the U.S.
U.S. News examined 2020 census data to compile a list of small cities in the U.S. that have between 1,000 and 50,000 residents and offer job opportunities, perks for families and/or access to larger metropolitan areas. While the cities were not ranked specifically, Westlake appears first on the list.
“We have known for a while how special Westlake is, but it’s nice to know that others outside of the state of Florida are starting to take notice,” said Mike Belmont, president of Minto Communities, the master developer and primary homebuilder in Westlake. “We are very honored to be included on the U.S. News & World Report list.”
The report talks about how Westlake was incorporated in 2016 and has grown from six residents in 2010 to nearly 2,800 in 2020. “If you like the idea of being a part of a town’s beginnings, you may want to look at Westlake, Florida,” the report said. “It’s a master-planned community with residential, commercial and public property being developed throughout.”
The report also made a note that Wellington Regional Medical Center acquired 35 acres in Westlake and opened an emergency care facility as an extension of the main hospital campus.
Minto Communities is approved to build 4,500 homes and more than 2 million square feet of non-residential space in the 3,800-acre Westlake. This summer, Minto began sales in two new neighborhoods: The Orchards with 358 single-family homes in phase 1 starting in the $400s, and The Estates, an enclave of 76 luxury homes on 75-foot homesites starting in the $500s. Construction has started on phase 2 of the Westlake Adventure Park, and the city is also seeing a boom in new commercial development.
The Westlake Sales Center 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 29,000 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 Single-Family Community Over 100 Homes and Best Sales Center for Westlake in the City of Westlake; 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. Minto has also 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. Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2019, and Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2020.