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Lennar Lets Buyers Strike Back At The Pumps

Special Sections correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Throughout August, Lennar is running a special promotion that makes its homes even more of a value for customers, according to Mark Metheny, division president for Lennar.

"We are giving away a Smart Car with select Lennar homes in Tampa Bay, Lakeland and Winter Haven that are purchased between Aug. 4 and Aug. 31," Metheny says. "Additionally, we are having a drawing for a Smart Car. At the end of the promotion, we will draw a name and the lucky entrant will win a Smart Car."

Lennar is well known for its practice of including the most often requested options and upgrades as standard features, which saves the buyer thousands of dollars, according to Metheny. With the current price of gasoline, the inclusion of a Smart Car with the purchase of a select home can save buyers even more.

The Smart Car was developed by Mercedes-Benz to be fuel-efficient, comfortable and safe. With an estimated 33 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway, the Smart Car is definitely fuel-efficient. As for safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2008 Smart Car its highest ratings for front and side crashworthiness. Both Car and Driver and AutoWeek magazines have given the Smart Car favorable reviews. Although smaller than a Volkswagen Beetle, the Smart Car has as much legroom and nearly as much headroom as a Cadillac Escalade, according to Car and Driver.

"There is tremendous value in the Smart Car just as there is tremendous value in a Lennar home, so it was a perfect partnership between the two," Metheny adds.

Lennar homes are priced from the $100,000s to the $400,000s and are available in 23 communities in the Tampa Bay area, including Lakeland and Winter Haven.

"We have something for everyone," says Bob Jesski, director of sales and marketing. "We have town homes and single-family homes. We have communities for every lifestyle, including active-adult communities and golf course communities."

Lennar's communities include New Tampa's Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club, where single-family homes are priced from the $210,000s. The community's amenities include a spacious clubhouse, which features a swimming pool and water park, a championship 18-hole golf course with pro shop, a restaurant and bar, fitness center and planned events and activities.

Summerfield, a master-planned community on Big Bend Road in Riverview, has luxury town homes priced from the $110,000s. Lennar also offers single-family homes in the Summercreek neighborhood with prices starting in the $190,000s. Summerfield features amenities such as a clubhouse with a fitness center, two swimming pools, a playground, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, plus tennis courts. The community also boasts an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse with pro shop.

The master-planned community of River Bend, on the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, features new homes priced from the $150,000s. With planned amenities that include a pool and cabana, fishing pier, parks, a picnic area, tot lot and sports fields, River Bend takes advantage of the relaxed rural atmosphere of the Ruskin area.

The Verandahs, in Hudson, features two lines of Lennar homes ranging from 1,348 to 3,006 square feet of living space, with three to six bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and two- or three-car garages. New homes in the gated community are priced from the $150,000s.

The quiet Creekside community in Mulberry features large lots surrounded by lush landscaping and conservation areas. Lennar's collection of homes in the community ranges from 1,554 to 2,441 square feet of living space. Homes in Creekside are priced from the $160,000s.

The gated Eiland Park Townhomes community in Zephyrhills features a swimming pool, cabana, sand volleyball court and children's playground. The luxury town homes are priced from the $100,000s.

A full list of Lennar's 23 communities, as well as information on the select homes that include a Smart Car with purchase, can be found on the company's Web site. Entry forms for the drawing for a free Smart Car are available at any of Lennar's communities in Tampa Bay, Lakeland and Winter Haven.

Each Lennar community features professionally decorated models, which are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For information, visit www.lennar.com/tampa, or call 1-877-202-4749.

For information about the Smart Car, visit www.smartcentertampa.com.

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