Real estate in brief: House tours, Habitat and more



Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has received a U.S. Housing Innovation Award for the construction of a sustainable home that meets the criteria of a U.S. Department of Energy, EPA Challenge Home.

The award-winning home, in Manatee Habitat’s Hope Landing community, is among the first of the Challenge Homes built throughout the United States, and the first Habitat home to receive this designation.

Sam Rashkin, chief architect for the, U.S. Department of Energy called this a “significant accomplishment . . . paving the way for the rest of the U.S. housing industry to provide zero-energy-ready homes that are better for our nation, our communities and individual homeowners.”

Manatee Habitat will discuss the collaborative approach to sustainable home building, which resulted in this award, at an event titled “The Keys to Building Affordable and Sustainable Homes — The Habitat Way,” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Hampton Inn and Suites conference center, 975 University Blvd. (next to SRQ airport).

For information on Manatee Habitat and its programs, contact Diana Shoemaker, executive director, at 748-9100.


The Punta Gorda Garden Club’s 20th annual Holly Days Home Tour, “A Tropical Holiday to Remember,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6-7 in the Punta Gorda Historic District.

The tour will visit four houses from the historic district, as well as the 1912 First United Methodist Church. Club members design unique decorations featuring fresh and driad greens. A poinsettia market and light refreshments will be offered at Lenox Hall at First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave.

Tickets are $15 and available beginning Oct. 16 from club members or at the Charlotte County and Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce offices. On tour days, tickets will be offered at the church and at each home. Proceeds of the tour fund the club’s local scholarships and community projects.

Information: Kay Amodio, (941) 637-9978;


Medallion Home has completed two model homes in Gamble Creek Estates & Preserve, in Parrish along Golf Course Road. Gamble Creek is 75 percent sold out.

The Aruba model has a three-car garage, a bonus room with pool bath, and an enlarged lanai.

The Barbados 2400 model is in the new XII series. It has increased bedroom sizes, tray ceilings and improvements in the overall flow.

Base prices for these floor plans start from $245,400.

Model homes are open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call (941) 567-2644 or go online to

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Last modified: October 18, 2013
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