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Model options aplenty

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 3, 2003

MODELS, MODELS EVERYWHERE: Home models in three different price ranges are at different points of completion in varying parts of the region.

At the less pricey end of the spectrum are models in Covington Park in southern Hillsborough County and Meadow Pointe in southern Pasco County.

Cardel Master Builder is putting finishing touches on a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,085-square-foot Harrier model in Covington Stone, a village in the 244-acre master-planned community of Covington Park.

The Harrier is base-priced at $156,000. Architectural details include an 8-foot-high sliding glass door that provides a view of a pond, a column-accented formal dining room with a pass-through to the island kitchen, a built-in entertainment center in the great room and a bilevel breakfast bar in the kitchen.

Three models by Inland Homes are nearly finished in the Meadow Pointe village Whitlock. The 1,550-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom Carlyle design is base-priced at $129,000. The Carlyle II, base-priced at $126,990, offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,550 square feet of living space.

Inland Homes' 1,454-square-foot Summerhill, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, carries a price tag of $124,990.

David Weekley Homes' 3,300-square-foot Dakota model opened last month in Osprey Point, a village of heavily-wooded home sites in Pasco County's Wilderness Lake Preserve. The four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom model, priced at $368,985, features arched accents throughout, a children's play area, bonus room and pool.

The home has a ceramic tile foyer, a fireplace in the family room and an anteroom leading to the master bedroom suite. In the raised island kitchen, a French door opens to the lanai and pool.

David Weekley offers eight designs at Wilderness Lake Preserve, ranging in size from 2,100 to 3,100 square feet, with prices from the $210,000s to $300,000s. In addition to Weekley, builders at Wilderness Lake Preserve include Morrison Homes and Westfield Homes, rated among the top five Tampa Bay area home builders in a J.D. Power and Associates 2002 New Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Those with the means might be interested in the $689,000 model that Hannah-Bartoletta broke ground on in southern Hillsborough County's FishHawk Ranch. The Monterey floor plan, offered in the gated village of Kestrel Ridge, has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a game room, den, loft and three-car garage.

All home prices mentioned include sites.

-- Write to Janet Zink in care of the St. Petersburg Times at 1000 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602; or by e-mail, .

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