With the opening of two models in its new Lutz community, Stonebrier, Centex Homes is combining affordable living with natural beauty.
"We're giving home buyers the opportunity to live in Lutz - a popular area, where new housing is at a premium - at a price that is attractive and in an area where the natural beauty has been preserved,'' says David Ivin, division president of Centex Homes West Florida.
Centex has taken care to preserve the 100-year-old oaks and large natural lakes that decorate the 447-acre, Old-Florida style community that will feature more than 500 residences once completed, Ivin says.
"Preserving the beauty of the area was extremely important in our decision to offer residents a premier living opportunity in an area that is close to shopping, dining and entertainment,'' he says. "We can build beautiful homes, and they are only enhanced when they are surrounded by the natural beauty of the community.''
Both models are in the Sweetgrass neighborhood, which will offer 278 residences on 50-foot-wide lots.
The two-story Sweetgrass Residence 4 boasts four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms in 3,460 square feet of living space. The living room includes columns, a tray ceiling, crown molding and hardwood floors. The family room adjoins the kitchen, which features Whirlpool Gold stainless-steel appliances, granite counter tops, an island, tile flooring and maple cabinets. The staircase off the dining room leads to a loft, three bedrooms and the master suite, which boasts a walk-in closet.
Sweetgrass Residence 5 has four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms in 3,639 square feet of living space. It offers a large family room that overlooks the pool, as well as one of the community's conservation areas and a lake. Off the family room is the kitchen, which features an island, granite counter tops, cherry cabinetry and ceramic-tile flooring. It also features Whirlpool Gold stainless-steel appliances and a butler's pantry with a wine cooler. A loft, three bedrooms and an oversized master suite with a separate seating area can be found on the second floor.
Homes in Sweetgrass are priced from the mid-$300,000s.
With the addition of the Stonebrier Club in the fall, a 14-acre neighborhood center, Stonebrier will give residents a comfortable lifestyle in one convenient setting, Ivin says.
The main clubhouse, boasting a wraparound porch and patio, will be perfect for parties and other gatherings, he says. The 1,800-square-foot fitness center will feature weight-training and cardio equipment. The resort-style pools will include a jungle waterslide and children's spray area. The Stonebrier Club also will provide a basketball court, multi-use sports field, children's play area with a rock-climbing wall and plenty of green space for picnics, walking or jogging.
"We're proud to offer such value in such a beautiful setting,'' Ivin says. "We expect the community to be extremely popular because of the value and location as well as the amenities."
The Stonebrier models, 2925 Winglewood Circle, are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday.
For information, visit www.stonebrierlutz.com or call 1-888-255-7994.