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Windward Homes has the Bay area covered

Leslie Farrell, Special Sections correspondent Staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 05:39 AM

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Windward Homes offers a range of beautiful, architecturally diverse homes in some of the most desirable communities in the Tampa Bay area, says George Schulmeyer, division president for Windward.

Neotraditional homes with spacious covered porches, detached rear two-car garages and formal living and dining rooms are available at both FishHawk Ranch in Lithia and Longleaf in Trinity.

A popular option with these homes is the suite over the garage, Schulmeyer says. "The mother-in-law suite is great for an older child or parent living at home, for when company comes or for an office."

The Garden District at FishHawk Ranch features Windward homes. The district is adjacent to the town center, which boasts shops, restaurants and an amphitheater that hosts concerts, movies and other community events.

"The homes are within walking distance to the elementary school and the community's Aquatic Center," says Sharon Donofrio, sales and marketing director for Windward.

"FishHawk offers a phenomenal lifestyle," Donofrio says. "Residents can get involved and find a true sense of community. There is always something family-focused going on."

Windward offers five floor plans in FishHawk Ranch with 1,547 to 2,593 square feet of living space. The homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s. There are homes available for immediate move-in and special incentives.

Longleaf in Trinity features six Windward designs. Homes in the community boast 2,525 to 2,949 square feet of living space and are priced from the mid-$300,000s. Amenities in the community include a swimming pool and baseball fields.
In Highland Park, Windward offers single-family and coach homes.

"Design features such as a second-floor laundry or family room have proven to be quite popular with many home buyers," says Donofrio, adding that plans with first-floor master suites also are available.

All 56 homes in this private, gated neighborhood have two-car attached garages and brick-paver driveways, Donofrio says.

"These home designs are very unique and we only offer them in Highland Park," she adds.

Most of the homes overlook a park, which features half-court basketball, a tot lot and spacious tree-shaded areas for picnics and fun, she says. A clubhouse with a massage room, fitness room, catering kitchen and a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool overlooking a lake are wonderful amenities for the community, Donofrio says.

Five floor plans with 2,688 to 2,875 square feet of living space are available. Homes are priced from the high $300,000s and several are available for immediate move-in.

Windward also has homes priced from the mid-$200,000s at LakeShore Ranch in Land 'O Lakes.

"LakeShore Ranch is physically one of the most beautiful communities I've ever seen," Donofrio says, adding that nearly every home enjoys a natural view of water, conservation or wetlands.

Lake Mariel provides a backdrop to the homes in LakeShore Ranch and a nature preserve forms the northern boundary of the community. "It is, quite simply, a breathtaking piece of property," she says.

Two tennis courts, a dog park, handicap-accessible playground, 11,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, three swimming pools and a basketball court are among the amenities the community will offer to residents.

Homes provide 1,697 to 3,485 square feet of living space and several are available for immediate move-in.

Windward builds homes in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

"Purchasing a new home can be stressful and our goal is to make the experience worry free," Schulmeyer says. "A new 9,000-square-foot design center gives home buyers the opportunity to see and touch the many choices available to them to personalize their new home.

"Rather than a cookie-cutter experience where all of the choices are made for them, our buyers can hand-select the products that best suit their needs," he says.

For a limited time, buyer incentives are being offered on move-in ready homes, Donofrio says. For information, visit www.windwardhomes.com or call (813) 425-8700.

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