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Baybreeze couples luxury of waterfront with view of city

With arched windows and a barrel tile roof, the Mediterranean-style home by Alvarez Homes offers elegance and a skyline.

By JANET ZINK
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 8, 2002


TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- With music, food and great fanfare, Alvarez Homes debuted its latest luxury home model at the Reserve of Old Tampa Bay, a waterfront community located in Town 'N Country.

Nearly 300 people came to check out The Baybreeze, a four-bedroom home with 4,225 square feet of living space.

The three-story home offers spectacular views of Tampa, including twinkling lights from the Westshore business district, the Courtney Campbell causeway and Tampa International Airport, all with enough distance to ensure quiet.

There are 34 homesites at The Reserve. The gated community, which began selling sites a little more than two years ago, is situated on a peninsula that juts into Tampa Bay. All but three have been sold. Five have been sold in the four weeks since The Baybreeze opened.

The home serves as a model and sales center for lots that Alvarez Homes offers in MiraBay in Brandon, Innisbrook and a new, yet-to-be-named, community on Lake Tarpon.

Alvarez is a custom home builder.

"We've been building for 17 years, and we've never built the same thing twice," said Alvarez sales representative Robert Cashion. "When we have a model, it's not so much to say, 'Come and see this. We want to build this house for you.' It's to show you how we build so you can see how we do things."

The Baybreeze is a Mediterranean-style home with a red barrel tile roof, tall arched windows, towers and multiple balconies. The drama begins in the two-story foyer and parlor, where windows reach from the polished travertine floor to the ceiling.

Murals in shades of lime, papaya and tangerine color the domed ceilings in the dining room and stairwell. Coral columns, bamboo ceilings and mahogany doors add unusual interior details. The so-called "lookout retreat" on the third floor, a cozy spot with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves, provides a bird's eye view of the Tampa skyline.

The Baybreeze will remain a model until September. At that point, the owner, who purchased the home for $1.8 million on Oct. 5, the day the model opened, will move in. The home comes fully furnished.

The Baybreeze is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (813) 969-3033.

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