Highland branches out into townhomes
Exciting things are happening at Highland Homes. For the first time in over a decade, the Lakeland-based builder that has built its reputation on creating fine single-family homes at affordable prices has entered the townhome market. Highland recently purchased enough land in the Valrico community of Oakwood Terrace to build 46 townhomes in nine buildings, says Amy Cooper, marketing manager for Highland Homes. "It's a new endeavor for us," says Cooper. "And we're happy to be able to bring our quality construction to the townhomes market. Townhomes are a great option for people who want to be a homeowner but don't want the maintenance that comes with a single family home.""And they're perfect for young couples or young families who are just starting out.'' Construction on and sales of the townhomes is expected to begin this summer, says Cooper, adding that buyers will be able to choose from two floor plans ranging in size from about 1,590 to 1,715 square feet. Prices are expected to start in the $130,000s. "The townhomes will feature three to four bedrooms and two- and-a-half bathrooms," says the marketing manager. "They're designed to have flexibility in the plans, so that buyers can choose to have either a fourth bedroom or a loft." Among the amenities at Oakwood Terrace are a community swimming pool and ponds, which are perfect for nature lovers to relax near, says Cooper. Additionally, some of the townhomes will back up to water. "The community is conveniently located off State Road 60 and is about 10 minutes from the Brandon mall and Interstate 75," she notes. "It's a great location for young professionals and commuters." Buyers who are looking for single-family homes should check out Highland's community of Southwind in Gibsonton. Featuring one- and two-story homes - some on lakefront or pie-shaped lots - the community garnered a lot of interest even before building had started. "It's right off I-75 and is a convenient location for commuters to Tampa. There is a lake with a walking path, so it's a perfect location for people who like to be close to nature, and it's close to the Alafia River for fishers and boaters," says Cooper. Homes in the community feature three to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two-car garages. Prices start in the $150,000s. "We still have a few lakefront lots available,'' says Cooper. Southwind is located at the corner of Symmes Road and East Bay Road in Gibsonton. For those looking in eastern Hillsborough County, Highland's community of Tower Grove in Plant City has proven to be popular with buyers who want homes on larger lots with more privacy. "We're getting ready to close out the community,'' says Cooper, but adds that there are a few homesites remaining. "All homesites are a half-acre plus in size, so it's a perfect spot for people who want more space around - and in - their homes. Homeowners enjoy a rural ambience with large, mature trees and spacious yards.'' Homes feature three to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two- to three-car garages and are 1,523 square feet to 2,827 square feet in size. Prices start in the $170,000s. Tower Grove is located off State Road 39, just north of State Road 60. Buyers looking for homes in Pasco County have a pair of offerings from Highland Homes. Sunset Hills offers an attractive down payment assistance program in conjunction with the Pasco County Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Cooper says. "Qualified buyers can get $55,000 in down payment assistance, and combined with Highland's pricing, can buy a home for less than what they'd pay in rent,'' she notes. "Payments start around $625 a month total - that includes taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance." The company has 64 home sites in the community, and homes range in size from 1,280 square feet to 1,858 square feet. They feature three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and one- and two-car garages. Prices start in the $130,000s. Sunset Hills is just outside of historic downtown Dade City and near U.S. 301. Highland Homes' other Pasco County community - Ten Oaks - is in Zephyrhills and features a "rural, laid back ambiance," says Cooper. "Ten Oaks has beautiful trees and a lake and nature trail, which is great for people who want to get some exercise or just want to take a relaxing walk," she notes. "It's a popular community for families and nature-lovers." A neo-traditional community, Ten Oaks has homes that feature three to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two or three-car garages. Homes range in size from 1,250 square feet to 2,536 square feet. Prices start in the $130,000s. Ten Oaks is located on Eiland Boulevard, also known as Morris Bridge Road and which runs into Interstate 75. Highland Homes has been building quality homes in Central Florida since 1996. The company makes home ownership affordable with its $99 down payment offer. For more information on Highland Homes or any of the communities, call (863) 797-4999 or visit the website at www.highlandhomes.org.