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New homes set off natural beauty of Southern Hills Plantation Club

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM

The rolling hills of the Brooksville area provide more than just a name for GreenPointe Communities' Southern Hills Plantation Club. Those rolling hills inspired renowned golf course architect Pete Dye to create one of the most challenging and popular championship golf courses in the state. The terrain also allowed for one of the most visually stunning communities in all of Florida and a true value for homebuyers, according to Vicki Bratvold, vice president of sales and marketing with GreenPointe Communities.

"It is a remarkably beautiful community and the rolling hills remind people of North Carolina," Bratvold adds. "It is a wonderful contrast to the typical Florida terrain."

GreenPointe Homes recently began building new homes in Southern Hills, joining well-respected builders Bayfair Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes and Carl Wolf Construction. Bratvold does not hesitate to equate the quality of the GreenPointe homes with any other company.

"The homes were designed by Deryl Patterson of BSB Design," Bratvold adds. "The floor plans are as clever as can be. They are very beautiful, stylish, warm and friendly. The plans were designed for entertaining and enjoying life, as well as for privacy."

All of those elements are on display in GreenPointe Homes' fully-furnished Pinemore model home. Decorated by Sisler Johnston Interiors, the 3,000-square-foot home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a second-story bonus room with a large covered balcony overlooking the 15th fairway of the Pete Dye designed course. The owner's suite includes a coffee bar and a private sitting room with large windows overlooking the golf course. Built with the outdoors in mind, the Pinemore features a 41-foot-long porch with a view of the golf course and a summer kitchen with a fire lounge, gas grill and refrigerator.

"The cleverest architectural detail of the house is the Stop and Drop space leading from the garage to the kitchen," Bratvold adds. "It's a niche about 8 feet long with granite, upper and lower cabinets and mail slots. Homeowners can use it to drop off keys, mail and other clutter than ends up on the kitchen counters. The back porch features a dining table that seats eight and a separate seating area with a sofa and chairs. It's quite beautiful."

Many of the features that make the Pinemore model a real value are present in the Old Hickory inventory home, which is ready for immediate move-in, according to Bratvold. The 2,138 square-foot home includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate office with French doors. A 31-foot-long covered porch allows for quiet time overlooking the wildlife preserve. The Old Hickory is priced from $234,000, while the Pinemore is priced from $267,500.

"There is a lot of flexibility built into the floor plans so that buyers have choices in how the rooms will be enjoyed," Bratvold says. "Our homes were designed to complement the old Florida look of Southern Hills Plantation, with appropriate architectural styles, such as Georgian, Colonial Revival, French Country, Victorian and Craftsman. We have many energy-efficient features in our homes with our Intelligent Green program, which saves homeowners on utility bills, while making the homes healthier environments for families."

Among the world-class amenities at Southern Hills Plantation is the two-story 17,000-square-foot clubhouse that sits high on a hill and offers panoramic views of the community. The spa and fitness center, a heated resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a picnic area and nature trails are popular with residents, but the community's most impressive amenity is the 18-hole championship golf course. Golf facilities include a driving range, a putting green, chipping green, a six-hole practice course and a pro shop.

"For a limited time, GreenPointe Homes is offering to pay off the debt bond for new home buyers," Bratvold says. "That will allow buyers to enjoy their GreenPointe home and the wonderful Southern Hills amenities with no CDD (community district development) fees. The value of our homes in a tremendous community like Southern Hills Plantation, with its fantastic amenities and the beautiful topography, is unparalleled in the state of Florida."

The sales center at Southern Hills Plantation is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For information, visit www.SOHILLY.com, or call (352) 799-9898.

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