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Venetian Golf & River Club’s first Carriage home model is now open for viewing.

The three-bedroom Monaco’s interior design, by CJ Décor, conveys a subtle tropical flavor through the use of leafy fabric prints, woven furniture and touches of turquoise and sage.

The model is in Venetian’s Capello neighborhood and is located on the second floor, offering an aerial view of a lake and surrounding nature preserves.

Venetian Golf & River Club is WCI Communities’ 1,039-acre master-planned community on the Myakka River, Venice.

The Monaco, the larger of Venetian’s two Carriage home floor plans, offers 2,376 square feet of air-conditioned living space, a retreat, dining room, great room and breakfast café. It has a screened lanai, attached two-car garage and 2,990 total square feet.

The model’s neutral-toned tile flooring and walls provide a backdrop for woven and dark-wood furniture, oversized leaf and floral motif fabrics, and pops of turquoise, sage and kiwi in accessories, art and accents. .

The Monaco offers an elevator and staircase from its ground floor foyer. The retreat, utility room and two guest rooms are at the top of the staircase; a hallway provides a glimpse of the great room.

The Monaco is priced from $254,990, furnished, and is in one of the first 20 carriage-home buildings WCI has released for sale in the Capello neighborhood, next to the River Club and overlooking nature preserves, lakes and the 14th hole of Venetian’s golf course.

Venetian Golf & River Club is within minutes of downtown Venice. It offers new Carriage, Grand Villas and Classic Series homes from the low $200,000s.


Drew Smith became president of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (formerly the Home Builders Association) during its recent installation of officers meeting.

Smith owns Two Trails Inc., a green-building consulting firm that has provided planning and third-party verification to some of the state’s greenest projects.

Smith founded Two Trails in 2001 with the goal of becoming a leading resource on healthful, sustainable construction projects. It was one of the first green-building consulting firms in the nation.

As BIA president, Smith said his goal is to increase cross-member participation among trades and encourage members to look to each other for work opportunities.

Smith’s résumé includes serving on the Florida Building Commission as chairman of the Energy Technical Advisory Committee and the board of directors and green building and design committees of both the National Association of Home Builders and the Florida HBA.

REAL ESTATE is edited by Harold Bubil; (941) 361-4805, with copy editing and design by Nicole Sneed and Terry Galvin.

Last modified: November 29, 2013
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