In brief: Manatee and Sarasota news



John Cannon Homes has opened its first model in the new estate section of Rosedale Links, off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard north of S.R. 70 in east Manatee County.

The Caaren model is furnished with leaseback for $949,900, including home site. The Caaren features three bedrooms, three baths, living room, dining room, kitchen with breakfast area, study, family room and three-car garage.

All of Cannon's model-home names are a reflection of the Australian heritage of John Cannon's wife, Phillipa. "Caaren" means clean, pure and fresh.

Inviting the outdoors in is a concept central to the house's design. Soft shades of green, emerald and bright lime punctuate a subtle color scheme of creamy whites, caramels and neutrals. The wood tones of the furniture and cabinetry bring warmth to the space. The furnishings and finishes were selected to achieve a balance of old and new.

"We are excited to be building in this new section of Rosedale, a beautiful, established golf and country club community that offers all the amenities today's buyers expect," said Cannon. The Hunt Group, Rosedale Links' developer, "has done an outstanding job of preserving the natural environment, which will only enhance the homes we build," Cannon added.

As a luxury custom homebuilder, John Cannon Homes has home-and-lot packages in Rosedale starting in the mid-$500,000s.

— Harold Bubil, Real Estate Today


Lennar Homes will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to mark the start of a new neighborhood off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will include food and refreshments.

Matt Devereaux, vice president of sales and marketing at Lennar Homes in Southwest Florida, said Lennar plans to build 281 houses at Lakewood Ranch from Lennar's Manor Homes and Estate Homes collection.

The Manor Homes are priced from $299,990. The 2,245-square-foot, single-story Princeton floor plan has four bedrooms, two baths a three-car garage. The Oxford, a NextGen "home within a home," is designed for families with multiple generations under one roof.

Priced from $399,990, the two-story Oxford offers 3,828 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, three full baths and a half bath in the main family living area, with a two-car garage. The one-bedroom, one-bath NextGen living area features its own kitchen and dining facilities, a private living room and a private one-car garage.

Lennar plans to build Estate Homes at Lakewood Ranch in six distinctive designs that range from the Cambridge floor plan, priced from $369,990 with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half-bath in 2,394 square feet and a three-car garage, to the five-bedroom Chapel Hill floor plan that offers four full baths and a half-bath in 3,800 square feet.

The two-story Chapel Hill floor plan has a 600 square foot bonus room and comes with a three-car garage.

— Harold Bubil, Real Estate Today

Last modified: July 19, 2013
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