While large master-planned communities with clubhouses and lengthy lists of amenities offer an attractive lifestyle to home buyers who are active, some buyers prefer a smaller and more intimate setting that feels like a neighborhood. McCar Homes' Brookfield in Wesley Chapel is that type of community, says Diane Vanasco, certified sales professional.
"Brookfield is a small simple community and an alternative to the larger master-planned communities," Vanasco says. "Our main amenity is a park, which might better be described as an open green space, with a playground and a pond. The open green space provides a place for homeowners to get to know each other and perhaps have community activities."
Another advantage of Brookfield is there are no community development district fees associated with large master-planned communities. "Our homeowner's association fee is only $73 per month," Vanasco says.
The 62-home community is on State Road 54, about 6½ miles east of Interstate 75, which makes it convenient for commuters while providing a peaceful haven from the congestion of the city.
Brookfield features homes from the builder's Alexander collection, with residences providing 1,902 to 2,754 square feet of living space, three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms.
"Our floor plans are well-thought out and flow very nicely," Vanasco says. "We include many standard architectural features that other builders don't, including archways, art niches in the walls and double tray ceilings in all master bedrooms. All of our homes include a basic security system, an in-wall pest control system, epoxy-coated garage floors and acrylic-coated floors in the lanai and the area outside the front entrance.
"People love our floor plans, and we have a variety of front elevation choices, which tend to be more decorative than those of other new homes in this price range," Vanasco says.
The homes in Brookfield include two-car garages, although buyers can get an optional 5-foot bump out for added storage space. The kitchens include breakfast nooks as well as a standard appliance package of a range, dishwasher and microwave.
Those aren't the only reasons to purchase a McCar home in Brookfield.
"There are savings of up to $23,000 on the purchase of one of our inventory homes, if the closing takes place by March 31," Vanasco says. "Plus we contribute $6,000 toward closing costs on the purchase of any home in Brookfield with the use of our preferred lender, SunTrust Mortgage."
Homes in Brookfield are priced from $199,900, including a standard lot.
"Homes [where the back faces the] open green space have private gates for easy access to the park for children," Vanasco says. "Parents who buy those homes can actually watch their children in the playground from their lanais."
McCar has been building homes in the Carolinas and Georgia since the 1950s and began construction in Florida three years ago.
According to Vanasco, McCar Homes represents a great value because of the high-quality building products the company uses and the numerous upgrades included as standard features.
"McCar really cares about the people who are going to live in their homes," she says. "There is great attention paid to the little things that make a house feel like a home."
McCar will build a home from scratch for a buyer, Vanasco says. The process takes about six months from the signing of the contract and buyers can choose from several floor plans, including seven new floor plans the company will introduce this month. Buyers can pick from pre-designed custom changes to the floor plans, as well.
"If buyers have a home built from one of our floor plans, a decorator from our design gallery helps them make all of their finish selections, and there are many finishes from which to choose," Vanasco adds.
For information on Brookfield, visit www.mccarhomes.com or call (813) 782-5409. The model and sales offices are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.