2010 News Articles
Builders reap design awards
Model condominiums and houses that were entered in the Parade of Homes were judged on the basis of curb appeal, floor plan, kitchen, master bath and architectural detailing.
For the judging, model residences were separated by price groupings that were unknown to the builders. The pricing represents the model sales price, excluding all furnishings and drapes; site development fees and costs; landscaping (sod and irrigation); lot; pool (pool cage,...
By HALLE STOCKTON
LAKEWOOD RANCH - Builder John Cannon knows what sets his homes apart from others, and soon he could personally relay that information to people who visit a model.
Only he will not have to camp out at the homes.
Visitors will be able to use their cell phones to scan a Microsoft tag outside the model to access an interview with Cannon and even take a virtual tour, all before stepping indoors.
"Whatever technology can be used to help prospective...
By JAMES A. JONES JR.
LAKEWOOD RANCH — Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is planning something new for its most upscale community, The Lake Club.
A new section of The Lake Club will be called the Vineyards with houses in the 2,400- to 3,200-square-foot range starting in the mid-$700,000’s, said Milt Flinn, president of LWR Communities LLC. The Lake Club, near the northeast corner of University Parkway and Lorraine Road, was introduced as a gated community of million dollar homes in 2007...
"I predicted then that there would be the ebb and flow that always happens, but I didn't know just how much it would ebb," Cannon said.
Although he had a backlog of home orders that would keep him busy for two more years, Cannon did what the other regional builders were forced to do and began downsizing his staff of 115 to the eventual 28 who comprised the backbone of the business.
"We stuck with our core business during the downturn," Cannon said. "But we adjusted our pricing...
Many of the 262 homes sites that were listed at more than $1 million are large lots that fringe the fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course or are nestled among 700-acres of nature preserve.
There is a "magnificent" country club with fine dining, a fitness center and golf shop. No tee times are required at the golf course. Just walk up and play.
And the community had other features common to boom-time developments: speculators and people who bought above...
Anchor Builders, Gibraltar Homes and John Cannon Homes have finalized their home designs for The Forest at High Hat Ranch, which is offering 54 three- to five-acre home sites in a community five miles east of I-75 on Clark Road. For information, visit www.theforestathihatranch.com.
The Forest Designer Series
Each of the builders selected a home site and worked closely with the community's Architectural Review Committee to ensure that their designs create a cohesive environment without duplicating a particular elevation or style. Of paramount importance is how each home is positioned on the home site to take full advantage of the lush natural surroundings that are so much a part of this neighborhood's unique charm. Floor plans are carefully tweaked to bring a...
Three of the awards were in the "best overall" category: The Kiah at The Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, The Royal Melbourne in The Concession and The Kaleeya in Rive Isle.
The award-winning homes ranged in size from 2,700 square feet to 11,200 square feet and are in a swath from Parrish to Venice.
"These current models showcase the variations in architectural detailing and levels of finish that we offer," said John Cannon, president of John Cannon Homes.
"Oh, my gosh. Awesome," said Beverly Smock, deputy executive vice president of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota. "Paradise Homes had 500 people in their model the first weekend. Our (design awards) judges told us 30 people were at the door waiting to get in. The traffic was tremendous.
"And I have taken more calls (from tour-goers seeking information) this year than I can recall in 16 years of doing this." Many of the calls are from out-of-state.