Visitors to the new three-bedroom Asti model home will immediately get a feel for its open design and sense of place at Tidewater Preserve, WCI Communities’ premier boating community located along two miles of the Manatee River in Bradenton.
The two-story single-family Classic Home design introduces its sweeping 3,402 square feet of living space in the foyer, with 14.5-foot coffered ceilings and an open staircase that establishes the Asti’s emphasis on openness in the main living areas. The payoff upstairs: A second-floor balcony that provides expansive views of the Manatee River above the treetops.
The model is now open for viewing and features interiors by Kay Green Design of Winter Park, Florida.
“The first thing you see when you enter the home is the staircase and the tall ceilings, then you walk into the spacious great room,” said Katie Trentley, senior interior designer for Kay Green, who selected medium- and dark-wood furniture to warm the space and woodsy colors to reference the river. “Behind the great room’s sitting area and dining room are two sets of sliding glass doors leading to even more gathering spaces.”
The model’s extensive interior and al fresco gathering areas, plus its large second-floor media room, make it an ideal home for entertaining – a theme conveyed in the model.
The Asti, one of five Classic Home designs at Tidewater Preserve, also offers a den, three full bathrooms, two powder rooms, a two-car garage and separate golf cart garage. It overlooks a conservation area not far from the river.
The model’s design features beach-hued beiges and linens mixed with woodsy tones of rich amber, teak and aubergine. An upscale, eclectic mix of furniture blends walnut woods, rattan and natural metal elements that create a transitional theme with a touch of classic styling.
Plum-toned aubergine – new to home interiors – appears as a subtle accent on the den’s window treatments and in patterned pillow fabrics in most rooms.
“There are hints of aubergine throughout the house,” Trentley said. “It’s a deep, warmer berry.”
A marble-inspired tile floor is installed in a brick pattern throughout the model’s first-floor main living spaces, including the den and owner’s suite bathroom.
The den has a travel-the-world theme and features a nutmeg painted wall with built-in lighted arched display areas with glass shelving against a beadboard backdrop. The room also offers seating and a desk illuminated by a cylindrical light fixture accented with pieces of wood.
A wall in the dining area and the ceiling above it are painted gold, as is the great room. The ceiling is accented with flat-stock white millwork. The dining room features rattan host and hostess chairs and a plank-topped wood table.
Area rugs with a golden cheetah print anchor both the dining room and the great room’s two sofas. “We introduced a touch of animal prints in several rooms,” Trentley said.
The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a pantry closet and freestanding island breakfast bar. Its wood cabinetry features a medium-warm saddle finish and granite with brown and gold flecks that coordinate with colors throughout the Asti. A mix of travertine and glass tiles in the backsplash brightens the room.
In the owner’s suite, the lighter upholstered headboard and two light-gold nightstands pop against the nutmeg-painted bedwall backdrop. The bed has square bronze nailhead trim – a different take on traditional round silver metalwork. Bed pillows introduce shades of berry, amber and gold, plus animal prints and beaded shells.
The owner’s suite also offers his-and-her walk-in closets. Its private bathroom features a separate shower and tub, private water closet and his-and-her vanities.
The model’s primary colors continue into its guest room, as do subtle animal prints. The suite has a walk-in closet and private full bath.
The third bedroom has a private bathroom and is designed for a college-aged son, featuring artwork that references Tidewater Preserve’s canoe and kayak facilities. Walls are accented with white woodwork and paint separating painted nutmeg and golden-yellow surfaces.
The second-floor media room is designed for entertaining friends during game and movie nights with its black-and-white chevron patterned sectional sofa, ottomans, wine rack, miniature refrigerator and game table. Amber, gold, aubergine and darker browns interject accent colors and undertones.
The second floor also offers a large walk-in closet, a powder bath and the balcony overlooking the treetops to the Manatee River beyond. “There are really pretty views of the river from the balcony,” said Trentley.
The model also features a pool with a pool bath.
The home design features 4,928 total square feet, including garages, covered entry, lanai and balcony.
The Asti is one of 16 home plans available at Tidewater Preserve. WCI also offers Carriage Homes, Grand Villas and Riverfront Homes starting from the $230,000s and featuring two to four bedrooms and 1,756 to 3,845 square feet of living space.
Five additional model homes are open for viewing. WCI also is offering several quick-delivery homes at Tidewater Preserve for immediate to near-immediate occupancy.
Amenities at the 373-acre Tidewater Preserve include the 5,012-square-foot Lodge, which earned a 2013 Aurora Award for Best Recreational Facility from the 12-state Southeast Building Conference. The Lodge, the social and recreational hub of the Tidewater Preserve lifestyle, features a community room and catering kitchen for resident activities and special events, as well as a fitness center with men’s and women’s showers. Outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool, playground, multiple al fresco gathering areas, and a large covered veranda and trellised patio overlooking the Manatee River.
Other community amenities include canoe and kayak facilities, as well as the Port & Court Club with boat slips and a three-court complex for tennis lessons and tournaments. The community’s River Walk provides walking, hiking and jogging opportunities along nature trails and boardwalks skirting the river and several conservation areas.
Tidewater Preserve is only 15 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, and the nearby I-75 corridor provides easy access to numerous arts and entertainment venues in Sarasota, as well as the professional sporting events and international shopping in nearby Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
The Tidewater Preserve Welcome Center is located at 4700 Tidewater Preserve Blvd. and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. From I-75, take exit 220, travel two miles west on SR 64, and turn right at 48th Street Court.
For more information about Tidewater Preserve, call 941-465-4001 or visit www.TidewaterPreserve.com.