One of the key selling points of a new car is its fuel efficiency. The more fuel-efficient a car is, the less it costs to operate. The same can be said of a new home. The less electricity it uses, the less it costs to operate. That's the basic premise behind the designs of M/I homes. They're designed to be energy efficient, which saves homeowners thousands of dollars over the life of the home, according to Debbie Lippert, vice president of marketing for the Tampa Division of M/I Homes.
"M/I Homes is renowned for building EnergyStar-qualified homes. In fact, every home we build is EnergyStar qualified. That's why M/I is a 2010 recipient of the EnergyStar for Homes Leadership in Housing Award," says Lippert. "Additionally, M/I offers an exclusive 30-year transferable structural warranty that's the cornerstone of our 15-point Confidence Builder Program. This reflects our commitment to building homes of uncompromising quality, superior design and unsurpassed value."
M/I Homes is now building its 100 percent Energy-Star-qualified homes in two new communities in the Tampa Bay area: Ridge Crest in southeastern Hillsborough County near Seffner, and South Hampton in northwestern Hillsborough County near Westchase.
The one- and two-story single-family homes in Ridge Crest range in size from 1,836 to 3,237 square feet. Three, four and five-bedroom plans are available, and are priced from the $170,000s.
Ridge Crest is situated in peaceful surroundings with mature live oak trees, yet the community is convenient to dining and shopping as well as to State Road 60 and Interstate 75. The community features a playground and picnic area where residents can enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
"Ridge Crest offers exciting new plans showcasing M/I's all-new Eco Series. They're designed for the way people live today; to be open and airy with a focus on living well while being economical, eco-friendly and electronically connected," says Lippert. "The community offers a serene and relaxed lifestyle and is unique, affordable and beautiful."
In South Hampton, M/I Homes is offering new luxury townhomes, which include attached one- or two-car garages. The four floor plans include an array of design features, including home office areas and bonus rooms. The townhomes are available with two and three bedrooms, as well as including a plan with an optional fourth bedroom. Sizes range from 1,581 to 2,156 square feet with prices starting in the low $170,000s.
"The lovely gated entrance of South Hampton leads you to a beautiful natural setting, with conservation and pond views. And the community includes a pool, cabana and tot lot," Lippert adds. "The community is tranquil and still offers a premier location just off of Race Track Road. It really is a smart, beautiful and convenient place to call home."
The new communities of Ridge Crest and South Hampton expand on M/I Homes' presence in the Tampa Bay area, where the company offers homes priced from the $140,000s to the $300,000s in nine other communities, including Varsity Estates in Pinellas County, Creekside Preserve in Manatee County, Asbel Estates and Palm Grove in Pasco County and Southern Oaks Grove and River Bend in Hillsborough.
"When you combine the perfect locations of Ridge Crest and South Hampton with the M/I Homes commitment to building EnergyStar-qualified homes, unprecedented quality and unwavering commitment to customer care, our homes rival any competitor's, whether new or re-sale," notes Marshall Gray, M/I Homes Tampa division president. "Add record low interest rates, and you won't find a better time to buy. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
For more information, visit mihomes.com, or call (813) 918-4197.