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Southern Hills combines natural beauty with energy savings and modern conveniences


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From its inception, Southern Hills Plantation Club has had something unique not found in other master-planned communities in Florida: the natural beauty of the rolling hills that define the topography of the Brooksville area. It isn't just the scenery that makes the area special, according to Grady Miars, president of GreenPointe Communities, which owns Southern Hills Plantation, but also the town of Brooksville itself.

Founded more than 150 years ago, Brooksville retains the quiet Southern charm of traditional Florida, not just in its quaint architecture, but in the friendly demeanor of its residents as well. While Brooksville is a relaxed and tranquil place to live, it is a short drive from the big-city attractions and culture.

That's why Miars says that living at Southern Hills Plantation Club is the best of both worlds. On the one hand, residents live in a natural paradise, yet major transportation hubs, world-class dining and entertainment and professional sports teams are conveniently close. Residents can spend the day frequenting locally owned shops and restaurants, and getting to know the proprietors and customers, or visiting one of the three city parks, which feature walking trails and picnic facilities. There are small-town events to attend, as well as the larger Florida Blueberry Festival in Brooksville, which features entertainment and great food. There's never a shortage of good old-fashioned Southern hospitality and small-town pride.

"It's refreshing to see people come together for community events because they care about supporting one another," Miars says. "Brooksville is a prime example of how a community should function. People are genuinely interested in each other and what's going on in their lives."

Brooksville is in Hernando County, part of Florida's Nature Coast, where residents can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities throughout the year, including fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, bike riding, swimming, camping, tubing or canoeing on the crystal-clear Weeki Wachee River, or riding off-road motorcycles or ATVs at the Croom Motorcycle Area. When the pursuits of the city call, both Tampa and Orlando are a short drive away.

One of the most enticing features of Southern Hills Plantation Club is the fact that the community was designed around the natural beauty of the land, and care was taken to preserve as much of that beauty as possible. The community features world-class amenities such as a two-story, 17,000-square-foot clubhouse that sits high on a hill and offers panoramic views of the community, a spa and fitness center, a heated resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a picnic area and nature trails. One of Southern Hills Plantation Club's most stunning features is the18-hole championship golf course designed by renowned architect Pete Dye.

According to Vicki Bratvold, vice president of sales and marketing for GreenPointe Communities, now is a great time to make the move to Southern Hills Plantation Club, as GreenPointe Homes has four completed new homes located on the golf course and ready for move in.

"Each of the four completed homes features four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and granite counters in the kitchens and bathrooms," Bratvold says. "Some have a second-floor bonus room overlooking the fairways. They are priced from $258,000 to $365,000."

Like the rest of Southern Hills Plantation Club, the homes take their architectural cues from the traditional styles of the Brooksville area, yet incorporate the latest conveniences and design features as well as environmentally friendly construction materials and systems. The homes represent a perfect combination of luxury and energy-saving features, which can save buyers thousands of dollars over the life of the homes.

"These four move-in ready homes are a great bargain and a great opportunity to live the Florida lifestyle in one of the most beautiful communities in the state," Bratvold adds.

The sales center at Southern Hills Plantation Club is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

For information, visit www.sohilly.com, or call (352) 799-9898.

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