Innovation Creates Success for Florida New Home Builder
Florida Lifestyle Homes has built a track record of innovation in design and craftsmanship over two decades, culminating in the dramatic features of the company’s latest model — the Antilles — at Quail West Golf & Country Club.
A dramatic ceiling treatment, highlighted by suspended beams of a rich, dark wood set into a recessed tray ceiling in the great room and the kitchen is the first of Antilles’ striking and innovative features, defining the space while adding depth and visual appeal. A circular beam connects the cross beams in the center of the recess.
“I’ve watched hundreds of visitors walk through the front door during the Parade of Homes,” said Denise Ogden, sales executive with Florida Lifestyle Homes. “They stop and look up. Over and over, I’ve heard the same comment. ‘Wow,’ they say. They can’t stop looking at the ceiling.”
Florida Custom Home Builder’s Antilles Model Debuts
“We’ve had very enthusiastic response,” said Lonnie King, sales executive with Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Visitors to the model are commenting that they like literally everything — the height of the ceilings, the design of the home, the color palette of the décor.”
A four-bedroom design with four-and-one-half baths and a study, the Antilles encompasses 4,083 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The home totals 6,787 square feet with a covered entry, outdoor areas along with a three-car garage.
Team Approach Key to Success for Florida Custom Builder
“From creating the concept through every phase of construction to the marketing of our models, our company focuses on a team approach,” said Bill Ennen, founder and president of Florida Lifestyle Homes, Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder. “We have a talented and highly experienced group of individuals, each contributing their particular expertise to provide our clients with the highest quality home possible. At the same time, the team approach assures that construction proceeds on schedule, with attention to every detail, and consistent client communication.”
Florida Custom Builder Showcases Innovative Kitchen Features
Florida Lifestyle Homes’ latest model at Quail West Golf and Country Club, the Antigua, showcases a kitchen that goes beyond the expected with innovative features designed to please any buyer who loves to cook and entertain.
“The kitchen is a chef’s delight with Viking appliances, including a six-burner gas range with a grill and stovetop pot filler and a beautiful glass tile backsplash,” said Ron Vandenack, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Set beneath a dramatic suspended, wood, cross-beamed ceiling, the kitchen has both a service island opening to the great room as well as a convenient center island for food preparation.”
Vandenack notes that the Antigua kitchen goes well beyond the features highlighted in the National Association of Home Builders’ survey of buyers’ preferences. While energy efficiency is a high priority, and kitchen amenities are important, the survey notes that most builders expect to include granite counter tops, stainless appliances and a center island.
Florida New Home Builder Creates True Custom Homes
When Florida Lifestyle Homes creates a custom home, it starts with the client’s vision of the perfect home. But building a true custom home requires not only the vision of the client but the construction expertise to make the dream home a reality. That often means meeting unusual challenges.
“As a Southwest Florida custom homebuilder for more than 20 years, we’ve had broad personal experience meeting our customers’ needs,” said Bill Ennen, president and founder of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “We’ve built homes on sites with size limitations, and we’ve built homes that met extreme design requirements. Now we are building a custom home in the Moorings with some unique challenges.”
Details Make the Difference in Florida Lifestyle Homes’ Models
Attention to detail is the benchmark of excellence in custom home design, and nowhere is it more evident than in the Antigua, the newest model by Florida Lifestyle Homes at Quail West Golf & Country Club.
“This home reflects what I would call a ‘multidimensional’ approach to building,” said Bill Ennen, president and founder of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Attention is given to the flow of the space within the home, the structure and beauty of the walls that surround the living spaces, the lifestyle amenities within each room, and, of course to the beauty and practicality of the flooring. Florida Lifestyle Homes also puts an emphasis on the details of the ceiling above, creating beauty seen from every angle.”
Ron Vandenack, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes, noted that one of the unique treatments that repeatedly draws praise is the use of suspended beams set into a recessed tray ceiling in both the great room and the kitchen.
Florida Lifestyle Homes’ Newest Model Opens to Rave Reviews, Quick Sale
On opening day late last month, Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, a Fort Myers-based luxury homebuilder, welcomed almost 1,000 real estate professionals as they toured the company’s newest model, the Antigua.
“The response to the Antigua was overwhelming,” said Ron Vandenack, director of sales and marketing for Florida Lifestyle Homes.
Perhaps the most conspicuous show of approval for the new design is the fact that the home immediately went under contract.
Dramatic Details, Elegant Finishes Highlight Florida Custom Home Builder’s Newest Luxury Home Model
“This is a spectacular new design, with dramatic details and elegant finishes throughout,” said Ron Vandernack, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. “From the entryway – which is framed in Coronado Italian villa stone – the Antigua is a showcase of intricate ceiling fixtures with suspended beams, bead board and cove lighting, substantial tile work, custom cabinetry and extensive architectural moldings.”
Research and Innovation Create Plans for New Florida Lifestyle Homes Model
For most of our nation’s high profile events, planning for the next year begins before the curtain goes down on the current year. The same is true when Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers designs its model homes.
“We are continually working to set a new and higher standard for luxury custom building,” said Bill Ennen, founder and president of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “We enjoy our successes — such as the recent awards our Cambridge model at Quail West earned — but we want to stretch the limits and offer our homebuyers quality beyond their imagination.”
Industry Competitions Serve as Endorsement for Florida Lifestyle Homes
When the latest luxury model home by Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers received top honors in two recent Parade of Homes, the awards just added to the series of tributes to the company’s design innovation and consistent quality.
“Like other builders, we create model homes to illustrate to buyers the type of product our company produces,” said Bill Ennen, president and founder of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “The building industry competitions provide an opportunity for professionals in our field from outside of the area to examine and judge our work. When our models win honors, it is an endorsement of the work we do.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Creates Custom Lifestyle for Buyers
“Our clients can achieve their personal vision when we design a home to meet their specifications,” said Bill Ennen, founder and president of Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. “Going through the custom design process, they can indulge in features that are very personal and stretch their imagination with luxurious details. That is the real meaning of ‘custom.’”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Takes Spaces for Entertaining to the Next Level
Residents in Southwest Florida not only enjoy the area’s near-perfect weather, they enjoy sharing it with friends and guests, and that means spaces for entertaining are important. Luxury custom homebuilder Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers has made meeting that need a primary focus of the company’s designs.
“Many residents in this area come from another part of the country,” said Bill Ennen, president of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “They entertain often as they are making new friends in Southwest Florida and welcoming guests from back home. Our designs are constantly evolving to provide spaces that are perfect to meet those needs.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Celebrates 20 Years
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury homebuilder, is celebrating its 20th year in business, marking two decades of designing and building fine homes throughout Southwest Florida.
“Florida Lifestyle Homes has continued with a strong presence in the luxury custom home market over the years, building on a boom market and surviving slumps in the construction industry that have devastated other companies,” said Bill Ennen, president of Florida Lifestyle Homes. “We’ve just concluded a successful year that will fuel our activity in the coming year.”
Florida Custom Home Builder Uses New Screening Technologies to Maximize Outdoor Living
The concept of extending living space into the outdoors is a popular option in many Florida luxury custom homes. With or without a pool, most Florida custom homes are designed with some feature intended to take advantage of the subtropical climate of Florida. While the benefits are obvious – balmy breezes, colorful and richly scented flora, water- and weatherproofed furnishings built for relaxation – there are a couple of drawbacks to letting the outdoors in and they have given rise to an industry – screening.
Bugs and debris are a fact of life for the Florida homeowner. They can be an eyesore on a clean porch, patio or pool deck. Both can also wreak havoc on a pool or spa filtration system and cause extra work in cleaning the outdoor living space. Enter screening. Available in several styles and colors, it is a necessary component in order to enjoy the Florida outdoor living area, but the cumbersome support structure can be unsightly.
Advances in new materials and engineering have allowed for the introduction of the “picture window screen” – an expanse of screening unbroken by aluminum uprights or crossbars. Especially effective in combination with a “vanishing edge” pool, this treatment of the pool cage is gaining in popularity among owners of custom built homes.
Florida New Home Builder Wows REALTORS® with New Cambridge Model
It was a rainy day when real estate professionals got their first look at The Cambridge, a new luxury custom home by Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. The weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm or their assurance that this spectacular home would win the applause of new home buyers as well.
“I liked it!” said Denny Grimes, head of the prestigious Denny Grimes and Company real estate firm. He noted that the Cambridge is like the “big brother” of the Naples builder’s successful Windsor model. “It’s one of my favorite new home designs out there.”
The Cambridge, Grimes said, is the perfect layout for the demographic for whom it is designed – empty-nesters who enjoy an open, flowing floor plan with no wasted space.
“The whole home wraps around the lanai, creating another living space,” he said. “It offers an area that can accommodate nice furniture, electronics, TV, a sound system, and kitchen. It is the first design I have seen that completely captured the inside-outside living concept.”
Cambridge Model Opens at Quail West
Quail West announced that Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers’ fully-furnished Cambridge model residence is open and available for viewing and immediate purchase. The great room model located in Quail West’s prestigious Tamworth neighborhood offers 3,576 square feet under air with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, a highly functional gourmet island kitchen laid out in a horseshoe shape, and a dining room overlooking a massive 1,659 square feet outdoor living area that includes an optional outdoor kitchen, optional stained cypress wood ceilings, an optional textured Travertine-faced ceiling height fireplace, a pool and a stair-stepped spa with a built-in palm tree. Incredibly, with its beautifully executed living areas, covered lanais and three-car garage, the home offers a total of 6,396 square feet under roof. The fully-furnished Cambridge model is situated on a premium lot and priced at $1,600,000 including all options and a full golf membership at Quail West. The base Cambridge floor plan is priced at $940,000.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Offers New Design at Quail West in Naples
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder, is offering the Cambridge, a new design as a model home in the Tamworth collection of home sites at Quail West Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida.
“The Cambridge is a new design created for the 95-foot wide Tamworth collection of home sites,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Based on our Windsor design, the centerpiece of the home is an open great room floor plan that flows seamlessly into the outdoor spaces, perfect for a casual yet gracious Florida lifestyle.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Provides Advantages of Model Homes for Home Buyers
In this competitive real estate market, builders like to showcase their abilities with a model home, and many individuals like to partner with the builder in the process. Florida custom home builder Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers is no exception. The overwhelming success of the company’s recent Windsor model, a model that generated numerous contracts for similar homes — is proof that a well-designed model offers many advantages.
But it’s not only the builder that benefits from a model home. It’s also the buyer who gains distinct advantages by contracting for a home that may be leased back by the builder and used as a model. Buyers may find it attractive to realize the appreciation of the home during the term of the lease and sell the model, or they may have plans to move in and enjoy the home once the lease has been completed.
Custom Homes by Florida Lifestyle Homes Reflect Desires of Buyers
“As a Fort Myers-based custom home builder for almost 20 years, we’ve had broad personal experience surveying our customer’s preferences,” said Bill Ennen, founder of Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. “We’ve created an extensive portfolio of designs that over the years have responded to the changes in the lifestyle enjoyed in Southwest Florida.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Unveils New “Captiva” Design
“The Captiva is a new design that perfectly fits the casual yet gracious lifestyle favored in this area,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Based on our award-winning Windsor design, the centerpiece of the home is a spacious open floor plan that flows seamlessly into the expansive outdoor spaces.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Designs a Recipe for Success
Since Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc. introduced the Windsor model at Renaissance Golf & Country Club, the home has proven its appeal with a long list of awards as well as multiple contracts to duplicate the design.
“This home has been an amazing success from the beginning,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “We received rave reviews at our grand opening from both clients and Realtors, who praised the Windsor’s outstanding lanai entertainment area and its open floor plan. We currently have eight homes in various stages of construction that are based on the Windsor and others in the planning stages. In addition, the home recently received the top award in every category in the Lee BIA Parade of Homes.”
Florida Custom Home Builder Notes Trend in Tear Downs
Florida custom home builder Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers notes a recent trend among luxury home buyers to tear down older well-located homes , especially waterfront homes, and replace them with new, up-to-date luxury custom homes, as opposed to remodeling.
Many Southwest Florida neighborhoods were built in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. At that time great locations were available at very reasonable prices. Restrictions on development were not as onerous as they are today, allowing developers to build on large, well-located home sites. Many of the developments provided sidewalks, street lights, water and sewer, as well as deep water river access canal sites and riverfront sites.
The building trend in those early years was geared toward long, low, single story ranch style homes, typically with two or three bedrooms and under 2,000 square feet of living area. These communities are now developed with comparatively small, outdated homes with features no longer desired by purchasers who can afford a well located deep water canal site with river access. In times past, some new siding, a new tile roof, and updated fixtures was all it took to meet changing tastes. However, now these homes are so outdated that there is no way that cosmetic changes can make them acceptable to the current market. All they have going for them is a superb location.
Read the story of one couple who is anticipating the completion of their new home in the older neighborhood of Town & River in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Defines Luxury Building
When new home buyers say they want luxury, Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based home builder founded by Bill Ennen, uses its experience in the market to provide all of the amenities and details to satisfy their requests.
“Luxury in today’s home includes the design of flexible, convenient and comfortable spaces,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales and marketing for Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. “It also means the inclusion of architectural details, fine finishes, and quality materials. As a company we have shown that luxurious features can be incorporated into homes in a wide range of prices and sizes.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Introduces New “Captiva” Design
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder, has introduced the Captiva floor plan in response to buyers’ preferences.
“The Captiva is the first of a new series of homes that is now in the design stage,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “Over the past several months, we’ve listened to people shopping for homes and found that there is a segment of the market that is not currently being served. Those are people who no longer want the large, estate-sized homes, but they still want all of the luxurious amenities and architectural embellishments that those homes incorporate. They are searching for a custom home that can be delivered in a price range from the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$500,000s.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Offers 3 Tamworth Collection Designs in Quail West
As a featured builder at Quail West, Florida Lifestyle Homes has brought a new dimension to the private, 1,180-acre community in North Naples with the introduction to the Tamworth Collection of the Las Brisas, San Mateo and Sarzana floor plans. Tamworth is a new collection of 24 luxury single-family residence models and floor plans range from 3,500 to 4,500 square feet. These homes are set against lake, nature preserve and golf course views. Tamworth Collection residences are constructed on approximately half-acre lots and priced from $1.5 million to $2 million, lot included. The build-out period for the Tamworth Collection residences is six to nine months.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Starts Summer off with Success
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder founded by Bill Ennen, is getting a head start on what promises to be a busy summer with a wave of new contracts for custom homes in the first few weeks of the summer season.
Florida Lifestyle Homes’ Villa Brezza Offers Classic Sophistication
Situated adjacent to the rolling fairways of two championship golf courses, Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers’ Villa Brezza model at Quail West offers a classic architectural style and a bit of delightful unpredictability. This exquisite home offers 5,668 square feet under air, including 4 bedrooms, study, 4 full baths, 2 half-baths, a massive outdoor living and pool area, a private courtyard and a terrace overlooking the golf course. The Villa Brezza is an exceptional value at $2,999,000.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Designs Home Plans Around Outside Living Trend
When home buyers talk about the Florida lifestyle, they are talking about life spent outdoors enjoying Florida’s weather, and that concept has been the focus of new home design at Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers.
“Every new home we’ve introduced this season has included exceptional outdoor spaces,” said Brad Kiraly, sales director for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “We’ve responded to what buyers tell us they are looking for, and in Florida, that means as many ways as possible to enjoy the outdoors.”
New Windsor Model Well Received
The Windsor at Renaissance, a new model by Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., chalked up a record number of grand opening visitors for the company and earned the accolades of real estate professionals and home buyers alike.
“This model has earned unprecedented praise for its design and exceptional details,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “With more than 100 visitors during our grand opening event, that enthusiasm was expressed over and over.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Named Preferred Builder at West Bay Club
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder, has been named a preferred builder at West Bay Club.
“This is a very exciting step for Florida Lifestyle Homes,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “West Bay Club has established its reputation as a premier community with an unsurpassed location west of U.S. 41. West Bay Club offers an incomparable selection of amenities that include everything from a renowned championship golf course and a tennis academy to riverfront preserves and an exceptional private beach-front club on the Gulf of Mexico. West Bay Club is the perfect setting for Florida Lifestyle Homes luxury home designs.”
Florida Lifestyle Homes Unveils New Luxury Home Designs at Quail West
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc. has unveiled three designs created for the Tamworth collection of home sites at Quail West Golf & Country Club.
“These are exciting new designs that we are offering with the 95-foot wide Tamworth collection of home sites — Las Brisas, San Mateo and Sarzana II,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Chalks Up Successes in 2010
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc. chalked up a year of successes in a market that many businesses called sluggish. “We’ve had an exceptional year with outstanding sales activity, new ventures and awards,” said Brad Kiraly, director of sales for Florida Lifestyle Homes. “The past year has initiated a momentum that will fuel fast-paced activity in the coming year as evidenced in our most recent achievements.”
Windsor Model Unveiled in Renaissance Community
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder, has introduced the Windsor model within the Vittoria neighborhood at Renaissance, a golf course community off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.
The Windsor is a single-story Mediterranean great room design with three bedrooms and three baths in 2,885 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The home has 4,925 square feet under roof including the lanai, three-car garage and covered entryway.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Named as Preferred Builder at Quail West
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., a Fort Myers-based luxury home builder, has been named a preferred builder at Quail West Golf & Country Club. The company recently opened its newest estate model at Quail West. The Villa Brezza is a Mediterranean design with four bedrooms, an office, four full baths and two half-baths in 5,668 square feet of air-conditioned living space. With covered lanais, courtyard, covered entry, terrace and four-car garage, the home encompasses 8,561 total square feet.
Low taxes, warm sunshine and deep discounts on real estate. No wonder IRS data shows the wealthiest among us are headed south.
(June 14, 2010) – Surprise: America’s wealthy like warm weather and low taxes. That’s the takeaway from IRS data, analyzed by Forbes, on moves between counties. We looked for counties that the rich are moving to in big numbers.
Topping the list: Collier County, Fla., which includes the city of Naples.
Magnolia Model at Verandah Embraces Southern Style, Open Floor Plan
The Magnolia, a three-bedroom, single-family model home built in Verandah by Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers Inc., has a southern sensibility – architecture that incorporates dormers, clapboard siding and a welcoming front verandah.
The Magnolia, certified as a GREEN HOME by the Florida Green Building Coalition, is located in the Brantley Oaks neighborhood of Verandah, Bonita Bay Group’s 1,456-acre community along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River in Fort Myers.
Funky Fish Houses Featured at Cape Harbour Event
Gulfshore Business Daily, September 29, 2009
The city’s most popular boat and auto show, “Water and Wheels” returns to Cape Harbour for its 4th annual run Friday, February 26th through Sunday, February 28th. The event is free and open to the public.
It is a full-fledged family weekend with boats, yachts, cars and all-day activities to enjoy, including galleries to explore, boat tours by Banana Boat Bay Tour Company, and shopping in the many waterfront boutiques and shops along Cape Harbour’s Promenade.
Florida Lifestyle Homes Completes Commercial Office Building
Naples Daily News, August 6, 2009
The finishing touches are now being applied as Six Mile Corporate Park rapidly nears completion on Six Mile Cypress Parkway, midway between Colonial Boulevard and Daniels Parkway. Project marketing director Randal L. Mercer reports “The project features the most prominent new office building in the metro area and provides 47,358 square feet of Class A corporate and professional office space for businesses demanding a professional business environment with convenient access to Interstate 75, Southwest International Airport, and the new regional medical center.”
Refer to a Specialist
Doctor’s Life Magazine, November/December 2008
A specialist in arthroscopic reconstructive surgery with Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, Ronald D. Gardner, M.D. has many doctors in Southwest Florida refer patients to him when a case warrants his expertise. When Dr. Gardner and his wife Allison decided to build their dream home, they knew they wanted a W.A. “Bud” Lawrence-designed home, but they needed a referral to find the right builder to execute the high-tech yet classical design. After consulting with the architect and researching the marketplace they found Bill Ennen, founder of Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, Inc.
For the Kids
Gulfshore Life, March 2008
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers welcomed guests to an open house at the Villa Dolce model in Quail West. Host Bill Ennen, president of Florida Lifestyle Homes, along with members of the Guardian ad Litem and Voices for Kids programs, enjoyed an afternoon of music by John Chapman, delicious treats and drinks, and a silent auction to benefit the Voices for Kids, Guardian ad Litem program.
Pictured here, Nancy Chapman from Let’s Get Organized and Kim Becker from Voices for Kids.
Six Mile Corporate Park Construction Underway
First of two-story office buildings now under construction at the Six Mile Corporate Park, located midway between Colonial Boulevard and Daniels Parkway.According to project marketing director Randal L. Mercer, “This will be the largest office building on the Parkway and will provide 47,358 sq. ft of Class A corporate and professional office space for businesses demanding a corporate environment with convenient access to I-75 and Southwest International Airport.
Florida Weekly, January/February 2008
Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, Inc. has completed the construction of a new custom home, The Avalon, in Gulf Harbour. The luxury Mediterranean estate home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 4,690 s.f. of living space. Spectacular views of the golf course and lake may be enjoyed from the pool/lanai area as well as second floor balcony.