This month, Highland Homes will open two new communities with affordable homes and convenient locations in the Tampa Bay area, according to Kathie McDaniel, vice president of sales and marketing. Sunset Hills in Dade City offers a peaceful country-like setting that is easily accessible for Tampa commuters, while Southwind in Gibsonton is close to the recreational amenities of the Alafia River and Hillsborough Bay, and convenient to downtown Tampa.
The Casa Key II model, which has a grand opening in Sunset Hills on June 23, will provide buyers with an example of the construction quality and features of Highland Homes, says McDaniel.
"The Casa Key II features a great room, which is open to the kitchen and breakfast nook," McDaniel adds. "It includes a large master suite with a luxury bathroom that features double vanity sinks, a walk-in shower, garden tub and large walk-in closet. The master suite overlooks the covered lanai. The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining area and a two-car garage."
The homes in Sunset Hills, which range in size from 1,250 to 2,179 square feet, are priced from the $130,000s and include standard features that Highland Homes is known for, plus additional features to make the homes fully move-in ready.
"The homes in Sunset Hills include everything that buyers would need to make their new home ready to move into, including a clothes washer and dryer, microwave, range, dishwasher, blinds, cable and phone outlets, and other quality features that are typically found in all Highland homes," McDaniel says, "Monthly payments in Sunset Hills start around $640 per month, which is less than many people pay in rent."
The current economy has been especially hard on many new home buyers, but Highland Homes has been helping struggling home buyers through the company's popular $99 down payment program. With its new Sunset Hills community in Dade City, Highland Homes is helping even more buyers take part in the dream of home ownership, thanks to a unique program that provides qualified buyers with $55,000 in down payment assistance, through the Pasco County Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
"Sunset Hills is the only community in the Tampa area offering this type of program," McDaniel explains. "Certain income restrictions apply for participation in the program."
Meanwhile, Highland Homes is anticipating its new Southwind community in Gibsonton will generate substantial interest from employees at MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa. The community is an easy commute from the base by way of the Crosstown Expressway. New homes range in size from 1,452 to 2,389 square feet and are priced from the $120,000s, and offer Highland's popular $99 down payment.
"Buyers will love the variety of home site choices in Southwind, whether they prefer one of premium lots around the beautiful pond or a standard home site," McDaniel says. "Construction has just begun on the model home, and the floor plans being offered have proven popular in our various Tampa area communities."
McDaniel says she expects that sales will be brisk in both new communities and encourages interested buyers to act quickly. Highland Homes' Trapnell Ridge in Plant City sold out in less than two months and the company's Greens at Hidden Lake in Zephyrhills is close to being sold out. Other Highlands Homes communities in the Tampa Bay area are selling quickly as well.
"Ten Oaks, in Zephyrhills, has the feel of a traditional old Florida neighborhood, with a peaceful country nature setting and a beautiful lake, yet it is convenient to Tampa and the surrounding areas," McDaniel says. "We have many homes under construction in Ten Oaks, as well as in South Oak in Manatee County. All the communities feature our most popular floor plans, with desirable standard features and the $99 down payment offer."