The Landings at Port Tampa set to open
With the expected grand opening of The Landings at Port Tampa on Feb. 16, the folks at Ashton Woods Homes are confident the single-family home community will be a highlight of the Tampa Bay area housing market. "Nowhere else on the peninsula of South Tampa can you find a community of nearly 130 single-family homes,'' says Mike Roche, regional vice president of sales and marketing for the Atlanta-based company. "To actually have a neighborhood like this in such a desirable area - close to the interstate, the West Shore area with its shopping and entertainment and the airport - is a great thing for Bay area home buyers." At Interbay Boulevard and Wall Street, The Landings at Port Tampa will feature 129 single-family homes, with 1,500 to 2,800 square feet of living space priced from the high $200,000s. "There will be five floor plans, all of which can have one of four different elevations," Roche says. "Elevations include looks such as traditional, Craftsman, Key West and Mediterranean. People can choose to personalize the look of their house based on their needs and taste.''The floor plans have been created for the new community, Roche says. "Our team of architects came down from Atlanta to the Bay area and spent a week driving around looking at home styles and getting ideas for the homes we wanted to create for The Landings at Port Tampa,'' he says. "We'll include traditional and colorful landscaping to create a beautiful streetscape and give the neighborhood a true sense of community.'' Depending on the floor plan, homes will feature two to five bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. Two-car garages are standard, and all homes will have "flex space," where owners can choose to add a bedroom, den, game room or study. Tile is featured in all of the wet areas and crown molding dots entryways and other selected sites. Kitchens feature 42-inch cabinetry and Silestone counter tops. "The homes are also very open and spacious,'' Roche says. "Halls are wider than in most homes and the ceilings on the first floors are at least 10 feet. You get a feel of space in these homes and they flow well." The community also will feature a variety of walking paths for residents to use for exercise or for just visiting with neighbors. "We're working to preserve the traditional oaks, but we also want to add a bit of color to the landscape," Roche says. Ashton Woods Homes is working on becoming a green builder, Roche says. The designation denotes a company that incorporates a variety of environmentally-aware features into its homes, he explains. "We use fresh air ventilation, where homes are ventilated to the outside so that clean air continuously enters the home,'' he says. "That's a great feature for people who suffer from allergies and asthma.'' Ashton Woods homes also are more tightly constructed than others, Roche says, which helps to make the home more comfortable in hot and cold weather. "You don't find hot or cold air seeping into the homes with our insulation. So energy bills are generally lower as well.'' Double-paned, low-emissivity windows also are a feature that Ashton Woods incorporates into its homes, Roche says. "We want to provide homes that are comfortable and that offer buyers great value,'' he says. "And we think that The Landings at Port Tampa is a great opportunity for us to do that and for buyers to experience that.'' The company has a VIP list of nearly 100 people who are interested in buying homes in the community. Tuesday, Ashton Woods Homes will hold an information night for the VIPs. To attend, call Stephanie Hopkinson at (813) 484-8737. "They'll get first chance at choosing their home sites and also get a chance to take advantage of preferred pricing,'' Roche says. "It's a very unique community,'' he says. "There's no other community like it in the South Tampa peninsula.'' Visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com for information.