Aurora Award for Koral & Gobuty in Bradenton

The Marisa model at Mirabella in Bradenton. Courtesy photo.

The 2-bedroom, 1,524-square-foot Marisa model at Mirabella in Bradenton. It is priced at $263,480. Courtesy photo.

Koral & Gobuty Developments’ Synergy Building Corp. has won three Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference for its homes at Mirabella in Bradenton.

The awards were presented in the categories of green construction, “Water-Wise Home” and energy efficiency.

In my Parade of Homes coverage early this year, I reported that Mirabella’s homes are LEED-, EnergyStar- and HERS-certified, with Energy Star appliances and EPA WaterSense faucets, toilets, showers and irrigation controllers.

The development is built on the old Village Green golf course.

From my Feb. 21 story:

Marshall Gobuty, president of Mirabella Florida, acquired the Village Green parcel during the peak of the boom and had to wait a decade before redeveloping it with attached villas. Construction on the first model began in May 2015.

The land was entitled for 10 units to the acre, but Gobuty said that was too dense. He went before the city of Bradenton and received permits for a lower density. Mirabella will have 160 homes on 40 acres, and 90 percent of the project is completed.

“It is tricky to turn a golf course into a development,” he said, “because this was a former U.S. Home infill site, and it is not very contiguous. To really get the benefit and give the homeowners the most space and a common area, it was a real challenge from an engineering point of view.

“There are doglegs with three areas that interconnect to a main area through the middle. It is never easy when you are developing an infill site for many reasons, and one of them is getting the ability to have the correct number of homes, correct built-in space, and give your homeowners have great yards.”

Gobuty said neighboring villas, priced in the mid-$200,000s, have different colors, elevations and landscape packages. “It doesn’t look cookie-cutter,” he added. “I think it looks good, and I am the development’s toughest critic.

“The market is good”

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
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