Karyina II, A River Strand Sellout

The gated community, which is part of Heritage Harbour, features mainly Lennar homes, but John Cannon Homes and Todd Johnston Homes are building in an exclusive enclave of estate homes. The area will feature about 85 homes upon completion, most of which have water or golf course views like the Karinya II where the rolling hills of River Strand's private golf course create a nice view beyond the screened-in lanai and pool area.

Upon entering the home, the rotunda-style great room is the first thing that catches the eye. The curve of the octagonal room coupled with the fireplace add a feeling of luxury while keeping the room functional and cozy.

Along the rear wall, a disappearing corner maximizes the indoor/outdoor lifestyle the home and community provide.

To the right of the foyer, the home's dining room carries on the Karinya's pattern of uniquely shaped rooms. The pentagonal dining room has a delightful symmetry to it. The tall, thin windows in the room add light as well as a sense of drama while two arched alcoves provide ideal places for those larger and often hard-to-display pieces of art.

Whereas the kitchen and dinette of many homes become one with the family room, the Karinya II gives the room its own identity. Also octagonal in shape, the kitchen is bright and airy with its own outdoor access, making cooking barbecue favorites and dropping them off poolside a snap. In the meantime, get those burgers grilling in the outdoor kitchen area.

Every bedroom has direct access to a bathroom, even in the case of the two rear bedrooms. The bedrooms are designed in such a way that private vanities can easily be shut off from the main bathroom, a unique spin on the ever-popular Jack and Jill design.

Like the rest of the home, the oversized utility room is family-friendly. Plenty of storage space and counter tops make it easy to stay on top of the laundry while a window over the laundry sink keeps the room nice and bright.

There is no space wasted in this model. Storage and extras abound.

For those that can't spare a bedroom for a den, a small desk near the entrance from the three-car garage provides a great place to pay bills or do homework.

As in most split-plan homes, the master suite is near the front of the home to the left of the great room. The large windows in the bedroom maximize the view and add a warm and relaxing glow to the private haven.

The spacious master bathroom has a majestic feel. Open the double doors and a luxurious tub framed by tile sits under a window at the far end. Ceiling details add to the room's charm and large vanities run the length of the bathroom on both sides. The large shower is great for getting clean on the go.

Whether homeowners enjoy entertaining or just have a large family, everybody can have their own space in the 3,207-square-foot house, which features an additional 823-square feet of lanai.

John Cannon Homes at River Strand at Heritage Harbour
Model: Karinya II
Price: From the mid-$600,000s
Amenities at River Strand: Gated community, water and golf course views, clubhouse and pool.
Directions: Take State Road 64 east of Interstate 75, turn north into Heritage Harbour at the main entrance. Turn left at the first stop sign and follow signs back to River Strand. Ask the guard for directions to the model.
Information: shown by appointment only, call 907-9009

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