Many factors led the Minaca family to buy an Ashton Woods home in Asturia.
“We wanted a home where I could picture my family cooking together in the kitchen, and one that would be perfect for holiday celebrations,” said Nicole Minaca.
When Nicole and her 16-year-old son, Jordan, walked through Ashton Woods’ Elm model, they knew they had found just the place.
“We both loved it the minute we walked in the door,” said Nicole.
In addition to a floor plan that worked well for the family of four, the home was also located in Asturia, the family’s first choice among the many master-planned communities along the State Road 54 corridor.
“Asturia’s developer did a very nice job laying out the streets so it doesn’t look like a cookie-cutter community,” said Chris Minaca. “We liked how different builders are intermingled – Ashton Woods homes placed next to homes built by David Weekley Homes and ICI Homes. That’s something you don’t typically find.”
Chris and Nicole were looking for a larger home for their family, which includes two teenagers. The two-story Elm model gave the family lots of space, plus it was located on a corner lot with a spacious side yard they could fence for their two large dogs.
“We just loved the openness of the floor plan, and how nicely the rooms flowed for our family,” adds Nicole. “Plus, there is so much storage!”
In addition, the Minacas appreciated the Elm’s floor plan that puts the garage at the rear of the home.
“It was actually our 16-year-old son, Jordan, who pointed out that our family would soon have four drivers,” said Chris. “This house gives us plenty of parking in the back, as well as parking in front of the house.”
Jordan and his 15-year-old sister, Brooke, are students at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, and the kids wanted to stay at Mitchell if they moved.
“It was very important that the community we moved to was zoned for Mitchell,” said Chris. “That was one of the most important reasons why Asturia was such a desirable community for us.”
The family also liked the community because their new home was located across from Asturia’s Amenity Center.
Before moving to their new Ashton Woods home in March, the family lived in Trinity’s Longleaf community. They decided to list their Longleaf house in February, and it sold within a few weeks.
“Our house sold much faster than we thought it would, which meant we did not have time to go through the building process,” said Nicole. “We had already met Allen Johnson at Ashton Woods in Asturia, and he was very kind and informative. So when our home sold so quickly, Allen showed us several inventory homes, and we fell in love with the Elm model.”
Allen Johnson, Ashton Woods’ community sales manager, has worked in Asturia since the community opened two-and-a-half years ago.
“People like how our homes are not on top of each other, with a minimum of 15 feet between homes,” said Johnson. “Buyers also like that Asturia is a smaller community of just 550 homes, and that construction will not be going on for years.”
Johnson adds that Asturia’s lower CDD and HOA fees, especially when compared to other planned communities, is attractive to many families. The CDD is between $1,600 and $2,100 a year, and its HOA is just $76 a year.
Ashton Woods offers affordable, beautifully finished, inventory homes beginning at $279,990 in its charming Grove and Evergreen series of alley-load homes. These spacious, one and two-story homes have over 2,000-square feet of living area and feature three to four bedrooms, two to three baths and two-car garages. Three quick-sale homes are available in three floor plans.
“To get into Asturia for under $300,000 in a 2,000 plus-square-foot home is an excellent opportunity for someone wanting a new home with top-quality construction and premier home finishes,” said John Reny, Florida president for Ashton Woods, the nation’s largest privately held homebuilder.
In addition to its alley-load homes, Ashton Woods also has six inventory homes available in traditional floor plans with the garage in front of the house, on 55- and 65-foot home sites.
“Our goal is to always have a good supply of quick move-in homes in every price range, because so many families need to move fast,” said Reny. “Many buyers have sold their existing home sooner than expected, or they are renting and do not want to renew their lease while a new home is being built.”
Ashton Woods is known for its commitment to personalized design, and every home comes with the same standards of top-quality construction and finishes. It was named the 2017 Builder of the Year by Builder and Developer Magazine, and for the fourth consecutive year, was been ranked among the top three for Most Trusted Builders in America.
Published May 23, 2018