At a time when the economy can use any boost it can get, Ashton Woods Homes is doing its part to get things moving again in Tampa, according to Mike Roche, vice president of sales and marketing for the Florida Division. The builder found a rare opportunity in South Tampa to take a forgotten tract of land and turn it into a successful new single-family-home community called The Landings in South Tampa.
"A new community of brand new homes is rare in South Tampa," Roche says. "We purchased land at the southern end of West Shore Boulevard and extended the road farther south. The first phase of 50 new homes in The Landings in South Tampa sold out in a year and a half, and we are bringing business and life back to the city of Tampa, according to city personnel I've spoken with."
Ashton Woods is developing and selling homes in the second phase of The Landings in South Tampa, with choice home sites available and several inventory homes on the way.
Because of its proximity to MacDill Air Force Base, many of the buyers have been military personnel who appreciate the opportunity to purchase housing close to the base, but Roche says that The Landings in South Tampa offers a rare chance for any buyer to own a new home in South Tampa.
"We accommodate all types of buyers at the Landings in South Tampa, with homes ranging in size from 1,384 square feet to 2,800 square feet and prices starting at $199,900," Roche adds. "We have introduced three new floor plans that were chosen to compliment the original architectural styles of the community, including a Key West style home, a Mediterranean style home and a Craftsman style bungalow. All of the homes have large front porches and two-car garages."
The home configurations range from three bedrooms and two bathrooms to five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, and standard features include 42-inch maple cabinets, Silestone counter tops, crown molding and ceramic tile floors. Ashton Woods' full-scale design center can help buyers choose optional flooring, cabinets and lighting fixtures to help personalize the home.
"We have something for everyone at The Landings," Roche says. "Also, we have a number of special inventory homes available for summer move in."
Along with creating home designs that compliment the architecture of the areas where Ashton Woods homes are built, the company strives to build homes that are healthy for the occupants as well as for the environment. Built with water-saving plumbing fixtures, double-pane low-e vinyl windows, state-of-the-art air filtration systems and Energy Star appliances, Ashton Woods' homes reduce the amount of water usage and the emission of harmful carbon dioxide gases.
"We build energy-efficient homes that can save the owner 15 to 25 percent on utility bills. We are Tampa and Orlando's most energy-efficient builder." Roche adds. "We are flourishing. We have been selling homes at a pace that is consistently faster than the rest of the market."
Ashton Woods has new single-family homes ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,700 square feet at its Citrus Park Place community in Odessa. The homes are priced from $180,900. In April, Ashton Woods will open its model home in Ridgecrest in Valrico, where the 1,500 to 3,200 square-foot single-family homes are priced from the $160,000s.
"We had the official grand opening of Citrus Park Place in February and have sold 13 of the 34 home sites," Roche says. "Our customers appreciate the value of our homes and the great locations."
At 7614 S. West Shore Blvd. in Tampa, the sales office for Landings in South Tampa is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For information, visit www.ashtonwoods-homes.com/tampa or call (813) 835-4000.