Aston Woods brings new homes to South Tampa market
South Tampa is one of the most desirable places to live in the Tampa Bay area, but finding a new home in the neighborhood can be tough. Older homes in South Tampa can be quite expensive, and there is little available land for new developments. Ashton Woods Homes' The Landings in South Tampa is the exception. Located at the southern end of Westshore Boulevard, The Landings in South Tampa is a completely new community development including new infrastructure, according to Mike Roche, regional vice president of sales and marketing. "Usually in South Tampa having a new home requires tearing down an old home and rebuilding," Roche says. "The only way to get into a completely new community is to buy a home in The Landings in South Tampa." Ashton Woods opened The Landings in South Tampa two years ago, and the 45 homes in the first phase have been sold."We are working hard to develop the second phase," Roche adds. "The development should be completed by September and we have already sold half of the 35 home sites in the second phase." During the selling of the first phase, Ashton Woods Homes management paid close attention to the feedback of buyers, Realtors and visitors, which Roche says led to the development of three new floor plans to appeal to more market segments than the original plans. The new 1,389-square-foot, one-story Pizarro floor plan, which features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is priced from $199,900. The builder also added a 1,556-square-foot, one-story Cordoba model, which includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is priced from $219,900. "Our most popular new plan is the two-story Balboa, a 2,213-square-foot home with three bedrooms, loft and 2½ bathrooms," Roche says. "The Balboa is the perfect family home with its huge great room and open kitchen. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor and it maximizes the back yard space so there is plenty of room for a pool." All of the Ashton Woods Homes in The Landings in South Tampa include a two-car garage and standard features such as Silestone countertops, 42-inch cabinets, ceramic tile floors and crown molding. "We have a full-scale design center, which can help buyers to personalize their homes to fit individual lifestyles and taste," Roche adds. According to Roche, Ashton Woods Homes continues to sell new homes throughout the Tampa Bay area because of the "quality of our homes, the uniqueness of our product and the locations in which we build." One thing that makes the homes in The Landings in South Tampa even more appealing to today's buyer is the way the Key West- inspired, Mediterranean and Craftsman architecture has been designed to match the historic houses in the district, while offering technology that can save homeowners 15 to 25 percent on their energy bills. According to Roche, the company's Power House Green with Environments for Living program not only provides energy savings, but also results in a healthier indoor space through the use of moisture control systems, low VOC carpet, Low-E dual pane vinyl windows and air filtration systems. The Power House Green with Environments for Living program greatly reduces the amount of water usage and emission of harmful CO2 gases as well. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Ashton Woods Homes with its 2009 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award," Roche adds. The homes in The Landings in South Tampa will appeal to military personnel because of the community's proximity to MacDill Air Force Base, as well as to those looking to eliminate long commutes to the downtown Westshore District. The sales office for The Landings in South Tampa, at 7614 S. West Shore Blvd. is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com/tampa or call (813) 835-4000.