July 29 2021

Elevate Your Lifestyle at Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch by Lee Wetherington Homes

by Erin

Lakewood Ranch Golf Course in Tampa

If you're looking to expand your living space and elevate your lifestyle on a more caviar budget, then the terrific new construction homes at Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch are suitable for you. Country Club East is an exemplary master-planned community by Lee Wetherington Homes with luxury features and amenities situated in Bradenton, Florida. This neighborhood features expansive floor plans with three to five bedrooms, three to four bathrooms, and up to 4,144 square feet of living space starting in the $ 700,000's. The lavish home designs at Country Club East include a 717 square foot outdoor living, dining, and Lanai space, as well as a Florida basement and a spacious three-car garage. 


Lee Wetherington Homes is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and is locally owned and operated, providing their customers with only the best experience in homebuilding. This established custom homebuilder was founded by Lee Wetherington in 1974 and has built over 4,000 homes to date. Lee Wetherington Homes prides itself in creating new homes that are entirely tailored to the homeowner's desires from start to finish. Lee Wetherington Homes has earned numerous awards and honors including America's Best Builder from the National Association of Homebuilders Builder Magazine and Sarasota Best Builder by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 


The luxury life of the Country Club East residents at Lakewood Ranch is filled with access to desirable amenities fit for any lifestyle. The onsite amenities include miles of walking trails, a community swimming pool, fitness center, bike lanes, and several beautiful parks to play and explore in. Country Club East also has its own 18-hole golf course exclusive to the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. While being just 20 minutes east from downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key and only an hour's drive to Tampa, the new homes at Lakewood Ranch are a short distance to dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation.

Life at the Country Club East is filled with wonders to explore within the great city of Bradenton. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is a local planetarium, aquarium, and history museum with something for everyone. At the same time, the DeSoto National Memorial Park is a great place to enjoy the scenery while hiking on its nature trails. Residents can appreciate the warm Florida weather while boating and fishing at the waterfront at Lake Manatee State Park. The Ringling Museum of the Arts is where you can discover exhibitions from around the world as well as a beautiful butterfly garden. And who can't forget the Village of the Arts bursting with historic cottages that house boutiques, eateries, and art galleries? We can't speak about living in Tampa Bay without mentioning all the beautiful sandy beaches! Siesta Key, Lido Key, and Anna Maria Island are just a few of the fantastic beaches near the Country Club East where you can unwind. 


The school district of Manatee County provides an exemplary educational system that inspires its students to learn, dream, and achieve. Primary and secondary schools nearby include Lakewood Ranch High School, Dr. Mona Jain Middle School, and Robert E. Willis Elementary School. The Private schools in Bradenton include Beyond the Spectrum, Sea of Strengths Academy, The Pinnacle Academy, and Out-of-Door Academy. The Country Club East is also close to the University of South Florida Sarasota, Lake Erie School of Dental Medicine, Everglades University, and Keiser University.


If you believe this may be a neighborhood that fits your fancy, homebuilder Lee Wetherington Homes provides the Stay & Play opportunity where you can test out the area to help you make your final decision. With Stay & Play, non-residents can book a visit at nearby hotels at a special discounted rate, experience community events, amenities, and learn more by visiting the Information Center. Schedule an onsite appointment or a virtual overview to learn more about owning a new Tampa Bay home at Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch. 

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July 22 2021

Four Things Every Kid-Friendly Neighborhood Should Have

by Erin

family taking dog on a walk

One of the most significant decisions you can make as a parent is where you raise your children. The community you live in determines what schools they attend, the friends they meet, what their interests are, and eventually, who they become as adults. For those with children of any age or couples planning for a future that includes little ones, the neighborhood you call home should be kid-friendly. The exciting experience of finding the right new home for your family can quickly become stressful when considering the underlying factors that should be considered. So, how do you know if your new community is great for kids? We’ve gathered a short list of four things every kid-friendly neighborhood should have when buying a new house


School Ratings


Every parent desires for their kids to have the absolute best in education no matter the age. Selecting the right daycare, elementary school, and especially college are incredibly important. When searching for your dream house, make sure to research the school systems surrounding the communities you’re looking to move to so you can see how well they perform. Check for academic ratings, retention rates, graduation rates, and available extracurricular activities. Will your daughter receive the same intellectual stimulation in her honors and AP classes in the new school? And will your son continue to thrive playing for the school soccer team? It is vital to make sure that your children have a comfortable transition wherever you decide to move. It would also be helpful to read reviews from other parents with children attending the neighboring schools to get a different perspective on the pros and cons of the school district.




A new home with convenience to your everyday needs is a must-have for families. Living in a rural area may be ideal for some, but who wants to drive an hour away for a gallon of milk? Take into consideration the availability of grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, and gas stations. Hospitals and medical offices like the family dentist and pediatrician should also be a short distance away in an emergency. Does your new home allow for ease of access to local highways and freeways, making commuting to and from work easier? These are all great things to consider about when making this long time investment.


Community Amenities


Children of all ages always need something to do other than play video games or make Tik Tok videos. You’ll want to look into what your neighborhood has to offer both onsite and offsite. Several newly built communities feature amenities like clubhouses and community centers with swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds, and picnic areas. You can also look out for fun community events in your new town, such as music festivals, movies at the park, holiday events, and more. These are great ways to get better acquainted with your new neighbors as well.


Attractions and Recreation


Along with being close to community amenities, living in a new home with access to places like movie theaters, museums, skating rinks, and amusement parks are also a must-have. You can search for nearby national parks where your family can enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing. Many communities are near local beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun’s rays, building sandcastles, and splashing in the salty waves. Create unforgettable memories filled with fresh buttery popcorn and steamy hot dogs with all of the fixings at a local baseball game, or spend your afternoons touring the city while visiting its national monuments. 


Moving to a new city or town is an adjustment and takes work, but it’s always helpful to dot your I’s and cross your T’s. You can start by surfing through NewHomesDirectory.com and explore new home neighborhoods that may appeal to you. You can search the local event calendars, read the local news and reviews, and even plan a visit in person to see if a community is a right fit for you and your family. If the area of your choice meets this criterion, then you’ve found yourself the perfect kid-friendly neighborhood!

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July 19 2021

Your New Energy Efficient Home Awaits at Flagstaff Meadows in Bellemont

by Erin

New living room in Flagstaff Meadows home

The sales office at Flagstaff Meadows is waiting for your arrival! Come take a look at the new homes for sale by homebuilder Capstone Homes located in beautiful Bellemont, AZ. This new Bellemont neighborhood features a wide range of one and two-story single-family home designs you’re sure to fall in love with at first sight. Each has been constructed perfectly with all the latest features and upgrades to fit your lifestyle needs. 


The new floor plans at Flagstaff Meadows include three to four bedrooms, up to two and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage, as well as between 1,380 to 2,862 square feet of living space. Plan 2090 is a two-story floor plan that features a loft that would be great as a small office space or reading nook and has a downstairs master bedroom with a large walk-in closet, while Plan 1529 is a one-story floor plan with a dining room and green construction. You can select the plan that’s right for you and go to town with customizations with the help of the Capstone Homes Design/Build program.


Details are everything in creating the ideal living space that you can enjoy creating memories in for years to come. Flagstaff Meadows provides excellent detail from the landscaping down to the door handles. The elaborate new kitchens feature a Whirlpool appliance package in either black or white, including a gas range, hood, and dishwasher. There is also recess can lighting, granite countertops, green approved cabinets with flat panel doors, and stainless steel, 60/40 under-mount sink with a chrome sink faucet. Cooking Sunday dinner will never be the same in your brand new home. The fantastic details continue with bathroom features that also include granite countertops and green approved cabinets. You’ll see that there is an undermount sink in each bathroom, as well as large frameless mirrors and chrome plumbing fixtures. The powder bathroom includes an oval mirror and a pedestal sink. Flooring is also an important part of a new home design. You can sink your feet into the plush carpet in the bedrooms, great room, hallways, and stairs, and clean up is always easy with 13” tile in the dining room, entry, kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms. 


Energy efficiency is a high priority in today’s new construction homes, and the Flagstaff Meadows new home is no exception. You can expect to find high-quality energy-efficient features such as a programmable thermostat, energy star-rated appliances, prewire for solar panels, and a high efficiency tankless natural gas water heater in your home. These must-have features make life easier for many reasons. You’ll easily save funds on water usage, heating, and cooling costs and have more peace of mind knowing that your carbon footprint just got a little smaller with a new energy-efficient home. 


Still not convinced Flagstaff Meadows is right for you? This new home development is located within a great school system served by the Flagstaff USD1 schools. The neighborhood features amenities such as miles of walking and hiking trails, playgrounds, and parks and is close to local eateries, shopping malls, antique shops, and recreational activities. Each energy-efficient home is certified by the Department of Energy, ensuring your family’s safety your homebuilder’s trust. A new home at Flagstaff Meadows can be yours starting in the mid $300,000’s. Contact the sales office at 888-718-7164 to learn more.

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July 15 2021

Design Your New Home with All the Bells and Whistles at Capstone Homes at Jasper

by Erin

Capstone Homes at Jasper Modern New Home Design

Begin your long-awaited path to homeownership in a custom new home at Capstone Homes at Jasper. Located in Prescott, AZ, the new homes for sale at Jasper feature luxury home designs that are highly customizable to your liking. You won’t have to settle for a home that will need remodeling or updates in the next few years. Homebuilder Capstone Homes ensures that you can turn the key on the exact home of your dreams with their custom design-build process. The Jasper neighborhood also features amenities that residents can enjoy all year. You can check out the clubhouse activities, play a tennis court game, beat the heat and take a dip in the swimming pool, and visit the community center and parks onsite. 


The lovely floor plans at Capstone Homes at Jasper feature unique exteriors and remarkable interiors. Select from new floor plans with three to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and up to 3,760 square feet of living space. These home designs provide eye-catching traditional, farmhouse, or modern exteriors to select from and plans including courtyard entrances. There are beautifully stacked stone or brick enhancements on the exteriors, CertainTeed landmark pro asphalt shingle roofs, and easy-care acrylic stucco included in each plan as well. As you take your very first steps through the 8’ front entry door, you will quickly find even more to love about your brand-new home in Prescott. There are spacious 10’ ceilings on the main level and 9’ ceilings on the second level. There is wood flooring in the entry, hallway, great room, kitchen, dining room, and half bathroom. The bedrooms and walk-in closets have durable carpeting, and there is porcelain tile flooring in the bathrooms and laundry room. There are also white decora light switches, lighting fixtures in nickel or bronze, and three cable outlets and two phone outlets included in each plan. You will find a gas fireplace with a classic craftsman fireplace mantel and stone surround, a ceiling fan brace with a wall switch in the great room and master bedroom, and door levers and hardware in brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze. Each new home design is beautifully crafted with you in mind, from the most significant to the minute details.


The new home community at Capstone Homes at Jasper provides access to exquisite spaces to relish in outdoor recreation. Watson Lake is ideal for fishing and boating, and Prescott residents enjoy hiking and camping at the Prescott National Forest. Goldwater Lake and Lynx Lake are also tranquil places to relax alone or with family while fishing and camping in the Northern Arizona climate. 


The custom single-family new homes at Capstone Homes at Jasper start in the high $600,000’s. Don’t hesitate to sign up to join the interest list to learn more incredible details of owning a new home in Prescott, Arizona.

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July 12 2021

Save Money with an Energy Efficient New Home at Orion at Timber Sky

by Erin

Orion at Timber Sky new construction home in Flagstaff, Arizona

One of the newest communities at Capstone Homes is now selling an array of single-family homes at Orion at Timber Sky. This master-planned neighborhood is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, where everyday life consists of warm days and cool nights. There is access to amenities such as playgrounds, parks, walking trails, and excellent schools for students of all ages within the Flagstaff USD1 schools. This new home community is close to major grocers such as Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and Sprouts Farmers Market. Aspen Place at The Sawmill and Flagstaff mall offers an outstanding shopping experience with many popular retailers and tasty restaurants at your fingertips. Orion at Timber Sky is the ideal new home community to raise thriving young families.


The extensive floor plans at Orion at Timber Sky feature 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms, a two-car garage, and up to 3,222 square feet. These designs also include options for attached guesthouses. The interiors of these astounding new homes for sale feature paint-grade craftsman door casing and baseboards, and decora switches. There are 9’ ceilings downstairs and upstairs, carpet in the bedrooms, great room, hallways, and stairs, and 18” title in the dining room, entry, kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms. The exteriors feature a raised panel garage door, 8’ front, and back door, lap and vertical LP smart siding, paver driveway and patios, and a landscaped front yard.


You can spend more time enjoying the unforgettable moments with your loved ones and less time worrying about monthly expenses with an energy-efficient home at Orion at Timber Sky. Each new construction home will be Department of Energy certified and equipped with the latest energy-efficient features that save time and money. The home you select will include a programmable thermostat to keep your living space at the perfect temperature no matter where you are. You can program your thermostat depending on your lifestyle schedule to ensure that extra energy is not being used while you’re away. Low E2 or E3 windows are also included in the floorplans at Orion. The Low-E coatings added to your windows will help prevent both heat and ultra-violet rays from entering your home, making it easier to keep cool in the warmer months. This window coating will also help reduce energy loss by up to 50 percent. The new homes at Orion at Timber Sky also include water-efficient fixtures that will save you at least 20 percent less on water. These high-quality fixtures include showerheads, toilets, and faucets. Each home is inspected by a third party and receives all certifications needed to ensure that your new home was constructed with only the best quality. 


A new energy-efficient home in Flagstaff in a prime location can be all yours at Orion at Timber Sky starting in the mid $400,000’s. You can visit the sales office at 2326 S Polaris Way, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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July 9 2021

Purchase a New Home with Woody Mountain Views in Flagstaff

by Erin

New Home at Woody Mountain Estates in Flagstaff, Arizona

Wouldn’t you love to start every morning with views of rocky mountain terrain, miles of forested land, and clear skies decorated by crisp white clouds? You’ll find this picturesque view at the new custom home development at Woody Mountain Estates by Capstone Homes. This luxury community of new single-family homes offers half-acre lots in cheerful Flagstaff, Arizona, and adjacent to the Flagstaff Ranch community. Woody Mountain Estates is the only new development in Flagstaff offering Mountain Estates without the gated golf fees. The largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in North America will be right in your backyard along with countless sunny days to enjoy the area amenities available to you, including a green belt, walking trails, common areas, playgrounds, and parks for all to enjoy. 


As Northern Arizona’s premier custom home builder, Capstone Homes provides free preliminary plan design to potential residents and consultation, pricing, and lot evaluation. As a new homeowner at Woody Mountain Estates, you can expect to receive an experienced team of experts as part of the Design/Build Program that includes a personal designer, sales associate, options coordinator, and project coordinator, ensuring that your new Flagstaff home is everything you desire and more!


Schools near the Woody Mountain Estates community include Knoles Elementary School, Sinague Middle School, and Coconino High School. Local grocers include Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart Supercenter, and Fry’s Food and Drug. You can easily make medical appointments at Flagstaff Medical Center and pick up prescriptions at CVS and Walgreens just minutes from your new home. Are you shopping for the perfect dress or shoes for the kids? Stop by Flagstaff Mall or Aspen Place at The Sawmill, where you can find retailers like J C Penney, Dillard’s, Foot Locker, and The Children’s Place. The city of Flagstaff also offers great places to dine for even the pickiest of eaters at restaurants such as Tinderbox Kitchen, Josephine’s Modern American Bistro, Karma Sushi Bar & Grill, and Red Curry Vegan Kitchen. Woody Mountain Estates is also close to Northern Arizona University and the Arboretum. Finally, you’ll want to visit some of Flagstaff’s well-known attractions like the Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona Snowbowl, and the Lowell Observatory


The new home community at Woody Mountain Estates is a limited offering now selling in Phase 1. You can contact the sales office by dialing 888-308-7945 to learn more about how you can purchase your new home at Woody Mountain Estates. 

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July 2 2021

End Your Home Search at the New Townhomes at Villena in Placentia, CA

by Erin

New Kitchen Design at Villena

Have you been on the search for the perfect townhome with all the great benefits of a new home community? Why not check out the brand-new townhomes at Villena by Brandywine Homes in lovely Placentia, CA. These luxury new townhomes in Orange County are a sight to see with fantastic floor plans that include three to four bedrooms, two and a half to three and a half bathrooms, and up to 1,734 square feet of living space for you to enjoy. Homebuilder Brandywine Homes has a long-proven foundation in building needed housing in established neighborhoods and underutilized spaces. Each of the new home communities that Brandywine Homes curates are surrounded by an array of amenities, including major employers, outstanding schools, shopping malls, healthcare centers, dining, and entertainment. 


The new community at Villena is served by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District with Cal State Fullerton just a few miles away for further education. Residents enjoy shopping at Brea Mall, home to several popular retailers, including Aldo, Banana Republic, Champs Sports, Coach New York, H & M, and J C Penney. There is also quick access to the Richard Nixon Library & Museum, Tri-City Park, Santa Ana River Trail, and the K1 Speed Indoor Go Karts.

Each townhome design here at Villena features energy efficiency that will save you money and give you peace of mind. There are auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, laundry areas, and the garage. We can't forget to mention the Energy Star® dishwasher and Rheem® space-saving tankless water heater. These new homes are also equipped with low VOC interior paint, water-efficient plumbing, LED ceiling lighting throughout, and dual glazed white vinyl windows with low-e glass. Living in an energy-efficient home makes life a breeze.


The interiors at Villena are every new homeowner's dream come true. Throughout your new home, you will find smooth two-panel interior doors, carpet and designer selected 18" by 18" tile, and a Truss Joist® floor system for increased strength and noise reduction. There are rounded wall corners and lightly textured walls and ceilings, Moen® plumbing fixtures, Dal One Quartz® countertops with 4" splash in the secondary bathrooms, and fiberglass subway tile shower surround in all of the bathrooms. Your eyes will not believe how gorgeous the impeccable gourmet kitchens are with designer granite countertops, white Thermofoil shaker style cabinetry with concealed hinges, adjustable shelves, brushed nickel bar pulls, and a two-compartment stainless steel sink with a Moen pullout spray faucet. There is also a Samsung® stainless steel dishwasher, freestanding, self-cleaning 30" gas range, and built-in microwave/hood combination ideal for preparing your favorite family meals any day of the week. Although these townhomes are perfect as is, you also can customize your home with more options and upgrades that suit your personal style. 


If you're interested in investing in a new townhome in Orange County, don't hesitate to contact the sales center at Villena to get the process started by calling 657-217-3424.

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