The neotraditional Winthrop Town founded by John and Kay Sullivan, with a residential community owned by Taylor Morrison, is getting its long-awaited amenity center for residents of the Winthrop Village community at the intersection of Greater Brandon and Riverview.
Construction is under way for the center, which is expected to be completed later this year, as crews are preparing as well for 33 new home sites to meet a reported rising demand for new homes in the community southeast of Bloomingdale Avenue and Providence Road.
With the construction will come two new model homes: the Spencer and Ashland models, at 11207 Winthrop St.
"We are moving full speed ahead here at Winthrop Village," said Cammie Longenecker, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison West Florida, in a press release. "Home sales are brisk, customer traffic is up."
"Everything is going well" at the community whose appeal is its traditional neighborhood design, Longenecker added. "The Amenity Center is going to be spectacular and when it's finished, it will be a tremendous draw for potential homebuyers as well as a wonderful source of recreation and social activities for the residents."
As the centerpiece of the neighborhood's recreational complex, the Amenity Center at Winthrop Village will include a clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center, furnished gathering room and a catering kitchen. Outside will be a resort-style swimming pool and spa with a nearby playground.
The neotraditional movement aims to re-create a small-town atmosphere while providing the conveniences of urban living. The curb appeal of the neighborhood is enhanced by eliminating street-facing garages and replacing them with alley-access garages.
The fronts of the homes are graced with wide lawns and shady front porches where neighbors can sit and visit.
Pedestrian-friendly streets make it easy to walk to nearby shopping. In this case, a Publix supermarket anchors the retail and restaurant complex known as the Winthrop Town Centre. The center sports banks, boutiques and shops, the Asonipse (Aveda) Day Spa and Salon, Menchie's and multiple restaurants, including the Green Iguana, Acropolis, Moe's Southwest Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Cappy's Pizza.
The Winthrop Charter School, affiliated with Charter Schools USA and a tuition-free offering under the jurisdiction of the Hillsborough County School Board, involves both an elementary school and a middle school, which is new for the 2012-13 school year. The offerings are in two separate buildings, with a shared parking space, behind Publix.
As for the Taylor Morrison community of homes, the newly completed Spencer model showcases a home that can be built with up to five bedrooms. Popular features include a private first-floor master suite, a chef-friendly kitchen with ample cabinet space and a breakfast bar that overlooks a generously sized family room. Located just beyond the stairs is an oversized bonus room that can be adapted for mnany uses. With 2,345 square feet of living space, the home is priced in the low-$200s.
Also from the Taylor Morrison Traditional Series is the Ashland, a two-story home with lots of windows. The foyer opens to a combined living and dining room. The spacious kitchen overlooks a breakfast nook and family room. Upstairs are three bedrooms, including a private master suite with large closet and oversized bath. This home includes 2,269 square feet and starts from the high-$100s.
Homes in Winthrop Village include two additional plans from the Taylor Morrison Traditional Series and three designs from the Taylor Morrison Cottage Series, with prices starting in the mid-$100s. The community has low homeowner association fees and no Community Development District (CDD) fees.
When completed, the 70-acre Winthrop Village will be a community of 300 homes.
For more information, visit Taylor Morrison's website. Call: 813-685-0700.