TAMPA, FLA. – The official Showcase Home for the 2013 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes has opened in the master-planned community of Waterset in Apollo Beach, serving as the centerpiece of the largest parade of homes in 5 years.
Created and built by David Weekley Homes, the 3,042 Maybeck design boasts innovative green features and earned the coveted Gold certification from the national Environments for Living program. This two-story residence – with a four-bedroom, 3.5-bath floor plan and three-car garage – is located at 6830 Scenic Drive and is priced at $384,000 including homesite in this community, created by Newland Communities.
After entering the home, guests will find themselves in a two-story foyer flanked on one-side by a private study and a staircase to the second floor on the other. Beyond the foyer is the home’s family room, which provides access to the lanai and pool via a full wall composed of french doors and fixed-glass panels at the rear of the home.
The family room is open to the glass-walled dining room (that overlooks the pool area) and a gourmet island kitchen with a sprawling six-by-nine-foot walk-in “super pantry.”
A guest bedroom and bath are accessible at the far end of the family room.
Upstairs is a broad, curved landing that leads to an owner’s retreat encompassing half of the home’s second level. A private hall takes visitors to the master bedroom with cathedral ceiling, and a luxury bath with separate vanities, garden tub, ceramic-tile shower and an oversized walk-in closet.
On the other side of the landing are two more bedrooms and a bath, which are separated from the master suite by an expansive retreat that’s ideal for family activities and entertainment.
The 2013 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes is the largest in five years, with 115 model homes from 33 builders in 75 communities throughout Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties.
Running through March 17, this year’s parade is 30 percent larger than last year’s event and is more than double the size of the parade during the housing market’s low point in 2010, when just 51 homes were entered.
The Parade of Homes displays the latest new-home designs and housing trends, says TBBA president Joe Fontana of Ryland Homes. Model homes will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday throughout the parade.
The Parade of Homes is being presented by the TBBA’s Sales and Marketing Council, which boasts membership of more than 200 sales and marketing professionals from the Tampa Bay area.
Headquartered in Brandon, Fla., the TBBA is a professional organization serving Tampa Bay-area construction-related businesses in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
For further information about TBBA, call (813) 571-TBBA, or visit www.tbba.net.