Southern Hills Plantation, just south of Brooksville, caught the attention of Florida homebuyers when it opened in 2006. While the community offered all of the high-end amenities one would expect in a luxury master-planned community, it had a couple of features that similar communities lacked: rolling hills and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned course architect Pete Dye.
Recently acquired by GreenPointe Communities, Southern Hills Plantation is enjoying a renaissance, with upgraded amenities, new home sites and new home offerings, according to Grady Miars, president of GreenPointe Communities.
"GreenPointe Communities' founder, Edward E. Burr, was also the founder of LandMar, the company that owned Southern Hills Plantation," Miars explains. "When the community became available for purchase, it was a wonderful opportunity for GreenPointe Communities to buy Southern Hills. Since we have long roots within that community, and because we believed in the project from its inception, it was a great opportunity to re-launch Southern Hills Plantation."
Florida has a reputation for being a very flat state, but the Brooksville area is home to rolling hills and very mature trees. It was the beauty of the land and the varying elevations that first inspired the development of Southern Hills Plantation, and the community was designed to preserve the natural beauty of the land and to take advantage of the topography. Miars says that is still one of the features that makes the community special.
"We have more than 200 feet of elevation change, which is very rare and unique for Florida," Miars adds. "It really is a retreat and an oasis away from the Tampa market. Instead of people having to go to North Carolina for hilly regions, they can actually find it right here in Brooksville. It is unlike any topography in the state of Florida."
The golf course may be the community's most striking manmade feature, according to Miars.
"We are tremendously proud of the Pete Dye-designed championship golf course, which is probably the hallmark of the community and one of the things that led us back to this particular place," Miars says. "It is one of the top golf courses in the state."
One can enjoy a splendid view of the golf course from another Southern Hills Plantation hallmark — the two-story 17,000-square-foot clubhouse that sits high on a hill and offers panoramic views of the community. Other amenities include a spa and fitness center, a heated resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a picnic area and nature trails.
Since taking over Southern Hills Plantation, GreenPointe Communities has improved the amenities, adding poolside food and drink service, as well as bringing in its GreenPointe Homes division to offer new homes.
"We have three other great companies who are actively building in the community, including Bayfair Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes and Carl Wolf Construction," Miars says. "In Southern Hills Plantation, GreenPointe Homes is going to deliver what we refer to as a jewel box, where buyers can find all the upgrades within a slightly smaller home. It gives buyers flexibility. Our homes feature numerous green elements that make them healthy and energy-efficient, but they also have spectacular views that you just don't find anywhere else."
Homes in Southern Hills Plantation are priced from the low $200,000s, and Miars says there are opportunities for customization as far as a buyer wants to go, with several homes in the $500,000 to $600,000 range as well as in the $230,000 to $300,000 range.
GreenPointe Homes is building a new model, which Miars says should be finished by March. The model will allow buyers to get a first-hand look at the quality and spacious layout of the company's new homes.
"Southern Hills Plantation is convenient to Tampa with an easy drive on the Suncoast Parkway," Miars adds. "With its old Florida charm and all of the amenities complete and in place, Southern Hills Plantation and its lifestyle rivals anything in the metropolitan Tampa area, and now we are building toward the future."
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 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.sohilly.com, or call (352) 799-9898.