Curb appeal is one thing but a lot of what makes a quality home is beyond a front door and lies within the walls and attics of a house.
That's the concept that helps set Oak Creek apart, said Rae Mims, sales professional for Inland Homes, the builder for Oak Creek in Wesley Chapel.
"There are many features that differentiate an Inland Homes residence," Mims says. "The homes we've built in Oak Creek are really standing out."
Some behind-the-walls details Inland includes in Oak Creek are energy friendly, such as low-emissivity double pane windows and sliding-glass doors, air conditioners with variable speed fan coils that help control humidity and R-30 insulation in the ceilings and silver shield radiant barriers in the roof that help lower energy bills.
Oak Creek homes also come equipped with the Inland Homes SMART wiring system, which combines all of the home's technology (cable, satellite TV, broadband Internet, wireless network access, surround sound pre-wire and security system) into one system.
"This easy-to-use plug-and-play system is great," Mims says. "Everything is pre-wired throughout your home and you control it through a single master panel. It's designed to accommodate your needs today, as well as in the future."
Another feature is more than behind the scenes; it's underground. The Tri-S Centralized Pest Tube Defense System is installed in every home along with BoraCare's formula for long-lasting protection against termites and decay fungi.
"That's the less glamorous side of a new home," Mims says. "No one likes to think about termites and bugs, but let's face it, we live in Florida and I like for our homeowners to know that we've taken this extra precaution because we're committed to building a beautiful home, built to last."
Oak Creek is a master-planned community of 550 homes. Residents have access to an array of amenities, including the newly opened community swim club.
"There's also a 5-acre recreational site with a playground, picnic area and even a pet park, where the family dog can run and play with the other neighborhood dogs," Mims says.
Inland has opened 38 new lots in Oak Creek's newest section.
"In addition to several beautiful pond views, many of the home sites border conservation areas," Mims says. "The conservation and wetland views are really beautiful, with mature oak trees, creeks and wildlife in your back yard."
Mims says the Arbor Plus and the Vinoy II are two of Inland's most popular floor plans.
The Arbor Plus offers four bedrooms in 2,193 square feet of living space. It also boasts formal living and dining rooms.
The Vinoy is a four-bedroom home with 2,028 square feet of living space. It features a bungalow-style front porch, covered lanai with sliding glass doors opening from a breakfast nook and a family room.
The models include many upgrades that now are standard in the community, including ceramic tile in the kitchen and art niches.
To reach Oak Creek, take Interstate 75 to Exit 279 (State Road 54). Go east for seven miles and turn left onto Eiland Boulevard. Travel about 2½ miles and turn left onto Handcart Road; the entrance to the community is on the left.
The model home center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For information, visit www.inlandhomes.com or call (813) 780-2354.