Winter Haven is Growing Again

New Homes in Winter HavenOver the years, Winter Haven has been a mecca of economic growth. In addition to LEGOLAND Florida opening as a huge new Central Florida attraction destination, and the three-month-old Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center, the Winter Haven City Commission recently approved the sale of 932 acres of vacant land to Winter Haven Industrial Investors, LLC. (more…)

Highland Homes Recognized as Top Builder in the Nation

Highland HomesOnce again, Highland Homes has been recognized as one of the top home builders in the nation with rankings on both the Next 100 and the 2014 Housing Giants lists.

Compiled by BUILDER Magazine, the Builder 100 and Next 100 lists were ranked based on closings in 2013. In a highly-competitive year strengthened by an improving housing market, we ranked No. 113, which is up from No. 120 in the previous year. To attain our improved ranking, we closed an impressive 313 homes in 2013. This was up 36 percent from our closings in 2012. (more…)

Building the Foundation of My Highland Home

Highland Homes FoundationHi there! Thanks for coming back to read the next installment of my homebuilding experience.

To bring you up to speed, the builder received the building permits for my home about a week ago. Then he was able to ‘scrape’ my lot. Scraping the lot is basically clearing the lot of vegetation, and the start of the building steps!  (more…)

New Homes Available at Silverado Ranch in Zephyrhills

Tampa Bay New HomesFollowing in the footsteps of our popular Ten Oaks and Green at Hidden Creek communities, we are excited to announce that presale opportunities are now available at Silverado Ranch in Zephyrhills.

Our newest Zephyrhills community, Silverado Ranch offers buyers 15 spacious home designs to choose from with up to 3,315 square feet of living space, three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Interiors can be designed to fit your needs, style and budget with hundreds of design options, many of them at no additional cost, available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. (more…)

Highland Homes Introduces Two New 5-Bedroom Florida Home Plans

Florida New Homes WindemereNeed more space? Highland Homes is excited to announce two brand new home plans, the Willow with Loft and the Windemere with Loft, which are designed with the space to accommodate your needs.

The Willow with Loft offers 2,956 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open living area, and a 420 sq. ft. loft above the family room. Plus, enjoy outdoor living on the generously-sized lanai, and space for vehicles and recreational toys in the three-car garage! (more…)

Enjoy Local Flavor with New Homes Now Available at Saratoga in Lakeland

Florida New Homes at SaratogaNew homes are now available in the beautiful Highland Homes community of Saratoga, nestled in a laid-back North Lakeland locale.  21 home sites are currently available to build a home of your selection in this intimate Central Florida community, with home prices starting in the $150,000’s. Available home sites include a limited number in a cul-de-sac or adjacent to open space, for backyard privacy. (more…)

Home Buying Misconceptions 101: Down Payments

Florida New HomesFor first-time home buyers, one of the greatest challenges is saving up for a down payment. In fact, that fear of saving money while paying back student loans and entering the workforce can keep many would-be home buyers from purchasing a home. At Highland Homes, we want to shut down the misconception of expensive down payments and show you that affordable homeownership is available. (more…)

Tips on Designing your Lanai for Entertaining and Relaxing this Summer

Highland Homes LanaiAs warmer summer months approach and you start spending more time outside, you may be considering how you can design your outdoor space to feel as comfortable and personalized as the inside of your home.

The lanai (or covered porch/patio) is an extremely versatile area of your Florida home and decorating it— and your entire backyard—in a way that maximizes the space is as easy as following a few simple guidelines! (more…)

UPDATE on Cypress Creek Town Center in Pasco County

Ten Oaks in Pasco County
Cypress Creek Town Center is expected to open summer 2015 near Pasco County homes at Ten Oaks.

Project officials had to overcome several obstacles surrounding the long-awaited Cypress Creek Town Center shopping center, but preliminary plans for the project have been submitted and construction is expected to now move forward. For the residents of our popular Greens at Hidden Creek and Ten Oaks communities in Zephyrhills, this means shopping sprees at the new mall could begin by summer of 2015! (more…)

First Step of Construction of My Highland Home

Highland HomesWelcome back again! Quick update for you – Some exciting things have been happening since my last blog post. My house was released to start construction!

What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that the lender has supplied the builder with all the necessary loan approvals so they can start building my home. My house isn’t quite ready to start construction yet, but we have entered the next phase of the building process. The builder is currently gathering all the necessary information about my house to file for the proper permits. Depending on the location where you build, permits can take a few weeks. (more…)