Pulte virtual home tours
Pulte Homes invites prospective homebuyers to take virtual tours of its home designs at Starkey Ranch, according to a press release from Larry Vershel Communications.
The virtual tours are in advance of model homes that are under construction. The master-planned community is adjacent to J.B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, off State Road 54 and Heart Pine Avenue in Odessa.
Visitors to Pulte’s office at Starkey Ranch can sit comfortably in a chair and wear a Samsung preloaded headset to “walk” through decorated model homes, according to Sean Strickler, West Florida division president for Pulte Homes.
Pulte sales staff members introduced the headsets about a month ago. They attribute the headsets to a recent sale of Pulte’s two-story Valleybrook home, one of 15 floor plans offered at Starkey Ranch. The home is about 3,300 square feet and priced from about $364,000.
For information or to schedule a virtual tour, call (813) 391-7580, or visit Pulte.com/starkeyranch to register for VIP updates, including home site details and grand opening information.
Ashton Woods model homes
Two model homes from Ashton Woods will soon be ready for viewing at the master-planned community of Asturia, on State Road 54 near Suncoast Parkway.
The Lincoln model home is about 2,300 square feet, with three bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms. The two-story floor plan has a spacious kitchen, with a large center island, granite countertops and a walk-in pantry. The laundry room is on the second floor with the bedrooms. Sales price starts at about $371,000.
The Truman model home is about 1,900 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a split floor plan, with a large master bedroom and walk-in closet. The kitchen features a center island, granite countertops, custom backsplash, pantry, 42-inch upper cabinets and black stainless steel appliances. The starting price is about $308,000.
Asturia has single-family homes and apartments, a resort-style pool, nature trails, parks, playgrounds and picnic areas. Base pricing for homes is from the mid-$200,000s.
For information, visit AshtonWoods.com.
Cuban-American restaurant opens
La Yuma will have a grand opening on March 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 16411 N. Florida Ave., in Lutz.
Dinner and drink specials, and live entertainment, are planned.
The casual, fine dining restaurant opened in January, serving lunch and dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Tuesday through Thursday, and also on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The menu includes tapas, soups and salads, and favorite Cuban cuisine such as Picadillo Habanero, Ropa Vieja and Cuban sandwiches. A range of beers, Cuba libres and Pepe’s Homemade Sangria are among offerings from the bar.
A children’s menu offers fried shrimp, chicken fingers and burgers.
La Yuma is owned and operated by Lutz residents, Thania Diaz Clevenger, and her husband, Ashley Clevenger.
Chef Pepe Diaz (Tania’s father) is also the owner of El Meson de Pepe in Key West, which he started with his wife, Tania Diaz, more than 30 years ago.
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host a joint monthly mixer on March 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Florida Hospital Center Ice, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.
The event is free, and open to members and their guests.