Archive for July, 2012

Move-in Ready Homes Available in Millbrook at Fiddler’s Creek

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The first move-in ready homes have been released in Millbrook, a Mediterranean-style village with 56 single-family home sites nestled between meandering waterways at Fiddler’s Creek.

Offered by national homebuilder Lennar Homes, Millbrook offers a choice of four unique floor plans, ranging from 1,649 air-conditioned square feet to 2,246 air-conditioned square feet.
There are currently four one-story homes available for viewing and immediate purchase in the neighborhood, offering stunning sunset views.
The Nina residence offers 1,649 air-conditioned square feet. It has two bedrooms, two baths and a den designed around a central great room. The price of the Nina is currently $425,500.

With 1,850 square feet under air, the Victoria is a move-in ready home with two bedrooms, two baths and a den, plus a pool bath. The price of the Victoria is currently $445,500.

Two Isabella homes are currently available. The Isabella is the largest of the floor plans, offering 2,246 air-conditioned square feet. It has three bedrooms, two baths and a den with a spacious great room just off the kitchen and dining area. The Isabella residences are currently priced from $475,500 and $479,500.

Each residence within the village of Millbrook will be built of steel reinforced concrete block construction and will feature a two-car courtyard garage or full-size garage. There also is a professionally installed Schlage security system that conveniently opens doors, turns on lights and adjusts the interior temperature via personal computer or smartphone.

Interior design features include a luxury kitchen with granite counter tops and GE profile stainless steel appliances with gas hookups. The kitchen areas also feature large wood cabinets with crown molding. Other interior design features include designer bath fixtures, granite counters, undermount sinks and a number of energy saving features throughout. Tile flooring has been placed on the diagonal throughout, except in the bedrooms.
The outdoor living areas in each of the homes have been positioned to maximize the views of the waterways in Fiddler’s Creek. Each move-in-ready residence includes a pool and spa package with inside controls as well.

It is anticipated that additional move-in ready homes will be completed within Millbrook over the next several months. In addition, buyers have the option of selecting their own site and choosing from the four model home plans with prices beginning at $372,990, plus homesite.

Fiddler’s Creek Hosts Realtor Invitational Golf Tournament

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Fiddler’s Creek hosted its first Realtor Invitational Golf Tournament, allowing many of the area’s top agents to experience first-hand the amenities within the luxury master-planned community.

Local real estate agents participated in the golf tournament held on the 18-hole, championship Creek Course on July 7th. The invitation-only event was an opportunity for national homebuilders D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes to market their distinctive neighborhoods within Fiddler’s Creek.

The format for the Realtor Golf Outing was a handicapped scramble, which was won by the team of Corey Geddis, Scott Henderson and Rich Marquadt. Second place finishers were the Downing-Frye Realty team of Mike Hughes, Rick Baranski, Jeffrey Bodart and Dennis Huffman.

After the tournament, participants were treated to an enjoyable reception that was held on the Caxambas Terrace at The Club & Spa. Tournament winners were recognized and prizes awarded while everyone dined on the menu thoughtfully prepared by the Caxambas culinary team.

Fiddler’s Creek’s award-winning Creek Course is an awe inspiring signature course designed by acclaimed golf course architect Arthur Hills. The Creek Course offers a premier golf experience that not only pays homage to Florida’s natural beauty, but also seems to enjoy a symbiotic relationship with it. Combining open water, sawgrass marshes and more than 3,000 oaks and palms, this par 72 course with 72 bunkers, broad fairways, stone bridges and luxurious Comfort Stations plays 7,157 yards and has seven tee locations to suit players of varied skill levels.

Golf Club members have the opportunity to participate in member-only and member-guest golf tournaments designed to bring family, friends and fellow golf enthusiasts together. Golfweek magazine has included Fiddler’s Creek® in its Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses listing for a seventh consecutive year. Fiddler’s Creek also has been recognized by Links Magazine as one of America’s 100 Premier Properties “Best for Club Life” and by Travel & Leisure Golf as one of America’s Top 100 Golf Communities.

Construction moving forward at Chiasso

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

D.R. Horton reports that construction is moving forward on Chiasso, a distinctive neighborhood of 59 single-family residences intertwined amid pristine lakes and waterways at Fiddler’s Creek. The first model is anticipated to be completed by the end of the summer.
Located within the Veneta section of the luxury, master-planned community, Chiasso will feature four unique floor plans, ranging from 2,583 square feet to 3,522 square feet under air.

The Washington will serve as the builder’s furnished model home in Chiasso. Designed by One of a Kind Design Inc., the model offers 2,788 air conditioned square feet with many upgrades to showcase the level of options available in the Chiasso series. The lakefront home features three bedrooms, a den, and three and a half baths with a courtyard style three-car garage. The base price for the Washington is $529,990.

The Hawthorne offers 2,583 air conditioned square feet and is being built as a move-in-ready home with an emphasis on southern style Florida living. Priced in the mid-600’s, the Hawthorne has three bedrooms and a study, three and a half baths, and a great room styled plan with a separate nook off of the kitchen area. The home also features an oversized lanai overlooking a pool and spa and a lakefront setting as well as a three-car garage. The base price for the Hawthorne is $514,990.

The Madison, also a move-in-ready home, offers 3,246 air conditioned square feet and is priced in the upper 600’s. It features three bedrooms and a den, four baths and a large grand foyer that leads to the formal living and dining rooms with contemporary finishes throughout. The base price for the Madison is $564,990.

The Emerson is the largest home in Chiasso with 3,522 air-conditioned square feet. This move-in-ready home features a Classic Mediterranean style with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and a second story bonus/loft area which can also be used for a home theatre. Priced in the low 700’s, the courtyard style home also offers a three-car garage and a lakefront setting. The base price for the Emerson is $584,990.
Each residence within the village of Chiasso will be built of structurally engineered reinforced concrete block wall construction with high profile concrete roof tiles. Each home will also feature brick paver driveways and walkways. Interior design features will include a luxury kitchen with granite counter tops and cabinets with decorative finishes; designer bath fixtures and cultured marble countertops; ceramic tile flooring; and a number of energy saving features.

Construction progresses on Runaway Bay at Fiddler’s Creek

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Construction is progressing on the first single-family homes in Runaway Bay at Fiddler’s Creek. Offered by national homebuilder Lennar Homes, Runaway Bay will feature 98 luxury single-family residences situated along The Creek and The Creek Course. Construction commenced on the first homes three months ago and is anticipated for completion around the end of summer.

Runaway Bay offers four floor plans, extensive standard features plus a luxury features package, green features as well as additional options to make your semi-custom home perfect for the Florida lifestyle.

Year Rounders Enjoy Summer Events at Fiddler’s Creek

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Though the calendar may show it is summer and seasonal residents have returned north, there is a great line-up of social activities and events available for Year Rounders at Fiddler’s Creek, which kicks off with Memorial Day Poolside festivities for the entire family.

The luxury, master-planned residential community located between Naples and Marco Island offers an extensive social calendar during the summer months to entertain its full-time residents. These include special dining events, educational seminars, cooking classes and wine tastings, jewelry classes for the artistic, historic and nature tours, and VIP shopping excursions.

The “Dine Around” events are very popular with Fiddler’s Creek residents. Among the restaurants residents have been exploring this year is Sasso’s International Cuisine & Seafood on Marco Island and the relatively new Alberto’s on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. These special evenings include Happy Hour drinks, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and special dinner pricing.

Residents also are enjoying complimentary educational seminars. One fascinating presentation on “Britain in America and America in Vietnam” at The Club & Spa examines the remarkable parallels of two conflicts over 200 years apart – The American Revolution and Vietnam War.

Among the educational field trips this summer was the Rookery Bay Outing where residents joined the naturalist as they explored the coastal habitats, exhibits, films and art gallery; and a docent-guided tour of the Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage in old Naples as they step back in time and learn about early Naples history and explore Neapolitan life through five historic gardens.

The ladies of Fiddler’s Creek will enjoy a special shopping social hosted by Charming Charlie’s at The Mercato in North Naples. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served as the ladies search for that very special outfit or essential accessory in their quest to shop until they drop.

Summertime also brings with it special evenings at the Caxambas Restaurant at The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek. One favorite among the Year Rounders is the “Wine Tasting at Caxambas,” followed by the “Bring Your Own Wine” night. Residents also have an opportunity to sample an array of refreshing summer cocktails and martinis specially concocted by the bartenders.

The summertime social activities and events are part of an extensive social calendar provided annually for Fiddler’s Creek homeowners. For many of the community’s residents, these special events and activities are a key factor in their decision to purchase a home at Fiddler’s Creek.

Fiddler’s Creek Homeowners Give Back as Volunteers

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Residents of the luxury, master-planned community of Fiddler’s Creek are active volunteers, giving back to the local community by supporting and participating in many worthwhile causes.

Among the most eagerly anticipated volunteer activities is the annual Toy Drive, which collects toys, games and other gifts for less fortunate children at Manatee Elementary School. This past year, a record number of items – about 400 – were delivered to the school. What makes this drive extra special is that it is a combined effort of residents and employees of Fiddler’s Creek.

Residents also are involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program, which comprises a two-mile stretch of State Road 951 from the entrance of Fiddler’s Creek to Manatee Road. These volunteers regularly pick up, bag and discard all the litter found on both sides of the roadway. On any given clean-up day, it’s not uncommon to fill more than a dozen trash bags with debris.

Homeowners also have the opportunity to learn vital safety information by participating in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Under the instruction of the East Naples Fire Control & Rescue District, the volunteers learn about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the community. They also receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

A special program that draws Fiddler’s Creek residents out to volunteer their time is the Tutor Corps. Under the Tutor Corps, residents act as personal mentors to assist high school tutors who are hired by the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program. This important program helps at-risk children of Immokalee break the cycle of poverty through education.

Another cause that is near and dear to the hearts of Fiddler’s Creek residents is breast cancer awareness. The ladies of Fiddler’s Creek recently hosted a “Think Pink” golf event and sold raffle tickets with proceeds going toward the Bosom Buddies Foundation. Participants wore pink outfits to show their support for all women affected by breast cancer and The Club was decorated in pink.

By actively volunteering in the community and giving back of their personal time and talents, Fiddler’s Creek residents often discover that they are the ones who “receive” by helping others.

Designer chosen for model in Chiasso at Fiddler’s Creek

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

D.R. Horton has selected One of a Kind Design Inc. as the interior design firm for its Washington model home in Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences amid lakes and waterways in Fiddler’s Creek.

The One of a Kind Design team will fully furnish the model to highlight prestigious living, overseeing space planning, material specification, interior detailing and furniture acquisition.

The project will be led by Mercedes Lopez, founder and president of One of a Kind Design. An experienced interior designer, Lopez founded the full-service firm in Fort Lauderdale in 1991.