With the opening of two new model homes at the popular golf community of BridgeWater last weekend, the builders at Highland Homes are confident their latest venture will be a success.
"The models can be customized somewhat to peoples' desires," says Kathie McDaniel, director of advertising and marketing for Highland. "We've already seen how much people like them: We sold five homes even before we had our models open.
"And since they're in a winning new community that features an ideal location in Lakeland, great amenities and beautiful surroundings, we expect sales to increase even more."
One of the two furnished models that recently opened is the Williamson II, a four bedroom, three-bathroom home that features nearly 2,500 square feet of living space. With a three-car garage, formal living room and casual family room, the home is designed to appeal to any family.
The Springfield is an open floor plan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage and 1,659 square feet of living space.
Both models have been decorated by Kay Green Designs to showcase the lifestyle of the typical BridgeWater homeowner, McDaniel says.
Along with the Williamson II and the Springfield, Highland Homes will feature 15 more floor plans buyers can choose from at BridgeWater home. Highland's homes within the gated community will range from 1,567 to 2,677 square feet and priced from $177,900 to $252,900.
"We have a design studio where buyers can choose the options or upgrades they want to make their homes their very own," she says. "We like to say that we appeal to our buyers' wants and needs, not our own."
Among the options that Highland Homes offers their buyers is a choice of architectural details on the exteriors of their homes as well as 36-inch, stained cabinetry in the kitchen.
"Buyers can make their homes as elaborate - or simple - as they choose," McDaniel says. "It's their home and their choice."
The company also offers "Express Homes," which are homes that are nearly finished. The new Treymore model is an Express Home, and features two stories and 2,677 square feet of living space. It boasts a downstairs master bedroom, three other bedrooms, three full bathrooms plus a half-bathroom downstairs, formal living and dining rooms, a kitchen which opens into the family room and a bonus room on the second floor.
"We're very excited about building within BridgeWater, with its five lakes, open green spaces and nature preserves," says McDaniel. "It is a peaceful, beautiful community, but it also features a wealth of amenities such as the Lake Club Center, which is located on Lake Peggy and which has a resort-style pool with beach entrance, a fitness center, multipurpose sports courts, canoe launch, fishing dock, playground and open lawn area."
The community's lifestyle director also offers homeowners a variety of entertainment such as adults-only wine and cheese tastings and family pool parties. McDaniel notes that the lifestyle director also is planning a variety of new programs for residents to enjoy as more and more of them move into the new community.
"We expect there will be swimming lessons, aerobics classes, book clubs, adult-only happy hours, family swim parties - the options are endless," she adds. "The community appeals to people who want to get out and meet other people, as well as to those who prefer to spend their leisure time out with nature."
Golfers can take advantage of the Golf Club at BridgeWater, which is a semi-private, nationally ranked Steve Smyers-designed, 18-hole course. The par 71 course is about 7,200 yards long. With five sets of tees, the course offers a variety of challenges for golfers of all abilities, McDaniel adds.
BridgeWater is on State Road 33, one-quarter mile from Interstate 4. For information on Highland Homes' models, call (863) 937-3533 or visit the models at 2560 Bridgewater Lake Way, Lakeland.
Highland Homes, based in Lakeland, has been recognized as one of the top 200 builders in the country, according to Professional Builder magazine in its May 2006 issue. Within the same month, Florida Trend listed Highland Homes as one of the largest privately held businesses in the Sunshine State. It was founded in 1996 by Robert and Joel Adams and has built homes in communities around the state.
For information on Highland Homes, call (863) 619-7103 or visit www.highlandhomes.org.