Highland Homes expects a busy summer with the recent opening of one new model home and the expected opening of a second within the next few months.
The Casa Key II recently opened at the Reserve at Meadow Oaks in Hudson, and the Lynford II will open at Ten Oaks in Zephyrhills later in the summer, said Kathie McDaniel, vice president of sales and marketing for Highland Homes.
"We expect these ventures will be as successful as others we've had in the area,'' McDaniel said. "The two things that separate us from the rest of the builders in this area are the foundation of our homes and our deposit requirement. We offer just $99 down to buy our homes and it has been a huge hit for our company.''
While most builders use a monolithic slab for their foundations, McDaniel explained, Highland Homes prefers a raised foundation created by using a stem wall. The stem wall is a three course high frame around the entire foundation of the house, which is then filled with dirt. (McDaniel explained that a course is a succession of concrete blocks placed end to end around the foundation of a building. A three-course high frame would then be three rows of concrete blocks stacked atop one another that go around the entire foundation of the home. ) The dirt is compounded and then the slab is poured.
"The stem wall not only gives our homes character,'' McDaniel said, "but it has the added bonus of helping to prevent water intrusion during heavy rains.''
The Casa Key II has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. It also features a kitchen with breakfast nook and dining room off a great room, as well as a spacious master bedroom with luxury bathroom, including a garden tub, walk-in shower and double vanities. The home is 1,567 square feet in size and is priced at $153,900, including the home site.
The homes at the Reserve at Meadow Oaks range in size from 1,412 square feet of living space to almost 2,400 square feet of living space. Floor plans include one or two stories, three to five bedrooms, two to three and a half bathrooms and two- and three-car garages. Features include wood cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms, Whirlpool appliances, Delta faucets, R-30 insulation, 14 SEER air conditioning units, Mohawk carpeting and Armstrong flooring.
A golf course community with large swimming pool, tennis courts and clubhouse, the Reserve at Meadow Oaks offers homeowners a country club lifestyle at affordable prices, McDaniel said.
It is located just off Highway 52 in Hudson, she said, "minutes from Highway 19 along the West Coast for homeowners who want to be near the Gulf, and just a few minutes away from the Suncoast Parkway for people who need to commute to Tampa.''
The Lynford II at Ten Oaks in Zephyrhills is expected to open later this summer. It has a large open porch along the front of the house, which fits in well with the community's neo-traditional ambiance. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage, the house also has a covered lanai overlooking the back yard.
"The floor plan is a popular one with buyers because of its L-shaped great room and dining room combo, which opens to the kitchen area,'' McDaniel said.
The kitchen features a bay window and breakfast nook with plenty of cabinet and counter space. The master suite features a luxury bathroom with double vanities, large walk-in closet, garden tub and separate shower. The Lynford II features 1,523 square feet of living space and is priced at $160,900 at Ten Oaks, including home site.
The community of Ten Oaks is in a USDA Rural Financing area, which allows for 100 percent financing for qualified buyers.
"Combine our $99 down moves-you-in special with the USDA financing and our low interest rate and buyers will find that it's cheaper to buy than rent,'' she said.
Highland Homes is proud to help buyers who have less than perfect credit to improve their credit enough to buy a new home.
"We sell hundreds of homes each year to buyers who ordinarily may not have been able to purchase due to low credit scores,'' McDaniel said.
Although the model is not yet completed, the company has already sold several homes at Ten Oaks from a nearby model at the Greens at Hidden Creek, said Cheryl Gonzalez, community sales manager.
"Buyers seem to love the retro look of the homes we build in Ten Oaks," Gonzalez said. "It's a nice throwback to the homes built in the '50s and '60s.''
Ten Oaks is located off Eiland Boulevard, an extension of Morris Bridge Road in Zephyrhills. It is minutes away from the Shoppes at Wiregrass, Interstate 75 and Fletcher Avenue.
"It's convenient, yet the surrounding properties have cows grazing on them and the feel of the community is serene and rural,'' she added.
For more information on Highland Homes at the Reserve at Meadow Oaks, contact Phil Wainio at (727) 378-8506. The first five buyers in the community will receive special incentives along with a free cruise for two people.
For information on the homes at Ten Oaks, contact Cheryl Gonzalez at (813) 397-8977. You can also get more information on both models and the company by visiting their website at highlandhomes.org.