Many people dream of the ideal home with details and features that fit their every need, but even dream homes must meet the practical demands of everyday living.
That's where Easton Park seems to fit so well for many families, says Lisa Turbeville, vice president of sales and marketing for the Tampa division of M/I Homes.
"The location is fantastic," Turbeville says. "We're tucked into one of the newest areas of New Tampa, set away from the hustle yet close to shopping, restaurants and the interstate. We're helping families find their dream homes in a dream community with some of the newest home designs on the market."
Easton Park garnered a lot of attention at its grand opening in June, when many families toured model homes and took advantage of the buying options, Turbeville says.
Turbeville says Easton Park has the feel of a state park, with its lush landscape, wildlife corridor, walking paths, swimming pool, playground, two parks and covered pavilion with picnic tables.
The community is near two Hillsborough County parks - Flatwoods Park and Wilderness Park - that offer canoeing and baseball and soccer fields. The community also is near a library.
Homes in the community feature 1,313 to 3,476 square feet of living space and are priced from the $220,000s, including lot.
Many of the lots front conservation areas and customers have an option of 50-, 65- or 75-foot-wide lots. Ceramic tile for all wet areas and brick tile at front entries are included and architectural upgrades include crown molding and columns.
Buyers can choose from a variety of floor plans, including several designs from M/I's Horizon and Hallmark series.
Model homes include the Oxford II, Longsdale, Corsica V and Bordeaux IV designs.
Professional design consultants at M/I's 5,000-square-foot design center help buyers choose from thousands of décor options and materials to find those that complement their lifestyles and personal tastes, Turbeville says.
"It's our way of making sure your home is distinctively your very own," she said. "From tile flooring options to seemingly endless samples of granite and Corian, the M/I Homes Design Center will help you make your new house a home."
In addition to providing buyers with decorating expertise, M/I offers the Confidence Builder Program, which takes buyers through the construction process.
It's "a great way to keep our customers involved and happy," Turbeville says. "The program includes a 30-year transferable structural warranty that you will not find with any other builder."
A construction supervisor also is assigned to assist buyers during the building process. A pre-construction conference for fine-tuning house plans and reviewing the construction schedule is among the benefits. Each customer even receives a hard hat so they may visit the construction site to check on the progress of their home.
The Confidence Builder Program also includes a new-home orientation, an inspection 90 days after closing to address any issues and a quality inspection plaque signed by Robert H. Schottenstein, president and chief executive officer of M/I Homes.
"These steps are key to our success in achieving total customer satisfaction," Turbeville says.
Founded in 1976, M/I Homes has been building homes in the Tampa Bay area for the past 25 years.
To reach Easton Park, take Interstate 75 to the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard exit. Go east to Cross Creek Boulevard and turn right. Go to Morris Bridge Road and turn left. The community is less than a mile down on the left.
The model homes and the sales center, 11053 Ancient Futures Drive, are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
For information, call (813) 356-0122 or visit www.mihomes.com.