2009-07-30 / Real Estate News

Creekside comfort: Quiet community offers sanctuary to many

BY BARBARA BOXLEITNER Florida Weekly Correspondent pgnews@floridaweekly.com

BARBARA BOXLEITNER/FLORIDA WEEKLY This two-story residence, built in 2008, is one of two Adams Homes spec homes available in the Creekside community in Punta Gorda. BARBARA BOXLEITNER/FLORIDA WEEKLY This two-story residence, built in 2008, is one of two Adams Homes spec homes available in the Creekside community in Punta Gorda. Even though it's near well-traveled Jones Loop Road, the Creekside community in Punta Gorda may go undetected by passersby.

The quiet deed-restricted community off Taylor Road is home to 70 completed single-family residences, according to Jeff Russell, sales associate and Realtor for Adams Homes of Northwest Florida Inc., which is building in the development.

Adams Homes took over phase one of the project two years ago, said Garrett Kizer, general manager of the Charlotte/Sarasota Division at Adams Homes. Creekside originally was a KB Homes undertaking.

The project is scheduled for three phases, Mr. Kizer said, and the second phase will begin once phase one sells out. He said 280 homes are planned. "There's not another community like it," Mr. Kizer said.

The 70 finished residences include an Adams Homes model near the entrance and two Adams homes for sale, Mr. Russell wrote in an e-mail. He said Adams Homes owns 18 vacant sites, to be developed in the future construction.

Adams Homes is building patio homes on plots 60 feet wide or less, as opposed to homes it typically has built on 80-foot parcels, such as in Lee County, Mr. Kizer said.

"It's definitely a really nice community and a reasonable price," said Lori Ann Mertens, Realtor at Century 21 Aztec and Associates. "It's family oriented. It's close to the interstate, and it's close to The Loop."

Mr. Kizer said the closeness to The Loop — a planned development of retail, dining and entertainment — and Interstate 75 make the community an ideal location.

Creekside has a paver bridge at the entrance, with community signage near Taylor Road on each side. The front sections already have homes, most of them on one lot. One home occupies one lot and has a white fenced-in yard on a neighboring parcel.

Creekbridge Drive, which is the street straight off the entrance, features a pavilion by a lake. At the rear of the site, still undeveloped, is a community playground.

RUSSELL RUSSELL Adams Homes has a model home along Bishop Creek Way, the first left off the entrance. The model is 1,820 square feet of living area, the same floor plan in an available spec home at the corner of Winding River Road and Spring Gulch Lane. Built in 2009, the one-story home, listed in July at $146,400, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms with a view of one of four interior lakes on site. The other available Adams spec home, built in 2008, is two stories with four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. It has 2,549 square feet of living area and is listed at $178,800.

Ken and Shirley Ganim live doors away from the two-story spec. They moved from Fort Myers, where they lived for 25 years, about 2½ years ago. "We were looking to move," he said. "We just didn't know where. We saw this community and liked it.

He learned of the new development from his Fort Myers neighbor who lived directly across the street those 25 years. "We bought, and he bought, so we're still together," Mr. Ganim said.

The Ganims, who have four children and 10 grandchildren, purchased a KB Homes product with three bedrooms and 2,680 square feet, he said. "The pricing was attractive for the amount of home," said Mr. Ganim, who enjoys tending to the flowers and plants in front of their home.

People in the community range from working families to retired couples.

"We've got quite a few people interested from up north," Mr. Kizer said, noting that home seekers prefer the home prices here rather than those in Sarasota County.

Mrs. Mertens said the community is a bit of an unknown entity, though one worth visiting for home seekers. "When you cruise around the community, you feel welcome," she said.

Sidewalks line streets that offer a reasonable route for walkers and bikers, who may even choose to travel the paved roads to the rear of the site.

"It is quiet. Everyone seems to know each other," Mr. Ganim said. "It's seems very safe. We have a lot of police officers living in the community, and they keep their patrol cars here. That helps. People are friendly. Everyone decorates for every holiday."

Mr. Russell has literature in the model home for 14 floor plans ranging from 1,200 to 2,705 square feet, the latter of which is two stories with five bedrooms. As of July, the smallest plan had a pre-sale price of $119,900, the largest $179,900. During July and August, Adams is offering price discounts on new construction in Creekside, he said. ¦

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