By Elizabeth Rahe
A choice location, a few close neighbors, a place to make your own – boutique communities offer an intimacy attractive to many home buyers. We looked around and found several builders creating new developments with residences that are smaller in number but big on premium features, including upscale custom options, acre lots, gated privacy and expansive views.
Tucked inside a Davie neighborhood is the enclave of Camelot Estates by Lowell Homes – 19 home sites on builder’s acre lots situated on a lake and waterway, just minutes from major arteries such as Griffin and Flamingo roads. Home buyers can choose from several floor plans and elevations for four- and five-bedroom homes. Standard features include granite throughout for baths and kitchens, 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile for living areas, crown molding, stainless steel KitchenAid appliances and impact-resistant windows; however, each home can be customized with luxurious upgrades. Prices range from $879,000 to $1,095,000 for homes from 3,875 to 6,252 square feet. Waterfront locations are available. Visit camelotestatesdavie.com or call 954-473-9188.
In southwest Broward’s horse-loving town of Southwest Ranches, Terra Group is planning a boutique community with 11 modern, prairie-style homes on one-acre lots. Terra Ranches’ five- and six-bedroom home sites will be located on a cul-de-sac, each with an electronic gate and fenced-in yard with a swimming pool, summer kitchen and pergola. Three home models feature spacious living and dining areas, high-volume ceilings, floor-to-ceiling views (lake views available), tile floors and impact-resistant windows and doors. Open-plan kitchens will be appointed with European wood cabinetry and Viking premium stainless steel appliances. The five-bedroom homes range from 4,800 to 5,500 square feet and are priced from $1,625,000. Visit terraranches.com or call 954-883-9542.
A view of the 569-acre Juno Dunes Natural Area comes with every home in The Preserve at Juno Beach in North Palm Beach. The Toll Brothers community of 29 single-family homes is situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, within walking distance to the beach and minutes from shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Clients can choose from five home designs featuring four to six bedrooms, spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, private master suites, swimming pools and covered lanais with views of the natural area. Prices start at about $1,047,000 for homes from 3,684 to 4,896 square feet. Visit tollbrothers.com or call 561-799-0353.
Surf, sand and the tropical sunrise beckon from the front yard of 1200 The Ocean by Marrano, a planned18-unit condominium residence at 1200 Hillsboro Mile on Hillsboro Beach. South Florida architect Richard Jones has designed the 21st century beach house with clean lines, open floor plans and light-washed spaces. Community amenities include a sky terrace, ocean-front pool, private club room, fitness center, gated parking, private and semi-private elevators and day dockage on the Intracoastal Waterway. Plus, the building is dog-friendly. Prices range from $800,000 to $1,950,000 million for residences from 1,825 to 2,430 square feet. Visit 1200theocean.com, 561-447-4007.
The 21 Mediterranean-style residences in Gardenia Isles by Kolter Homes will be located just minutes from the upscale shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment offerings of Palm Beach Gardens, just outside the BallenIsles country club community. Plans call for gourmet kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and frameless wood cabinets as well as master baths with marble countertops and dual-entry showers. The three- to five-bedroom homes will feature concrete tile roofs, impact-resistant and insulated PGT Windows and home-automation systems. Home buyers can select from four designs for one- or two-story models and wide-ranging custom options through the Kolter Homes Design Gallery. Prices range from the $800,000s to over $1 million for residences from 3,623 to 4,234 square feet. Visit gardeniaisles.com or call 888-476-3017.