New Homes at Hills of Arietta in AuburndaleAfter years of planning and development, Florida Polytechnic University celebrated a milestone on Monday when it opened its doors for the first-ever class of students. As Florida’s 12th public state university, students at Florida Polytechnic University receive a unique education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). From curing diseases to developing the next generation of computers, Florida Polytechnic University curriculum is developed to prepare students for careers in high-tech industries.

The inaugural class at Florida Polytechnic is an impressive group of 550 students with an average incoming GPA of 3.9. Additionally, the first class proves that Florida Polytechnic is a great option for local students with 98 percent of the student body from the State of Florida including these top counties: Polk, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Miami-Dade. The campus itself is a work of art designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava.

Although it is located in Lakeland, Florida Polytechnic is actually closer to the delicious restaurants and local shops found in downtown Auburndale. To encourage students to get out and explore the surrounding area, the City of Auburndale along with the City of Lakeland have purchased buses that transport students, faculty and staff to the downtown areas of both cities.

With the opening of Florida Polytechnic in its prime location off the Polk Parkway and I-4, nearby areas such as Auburndale are quickly becoming a hot spot for developers and new home construction. At Highland Homes, we build new homes single-family homes at nearby Hills of Arietta, an upscale, gated community in Auburndale. With homes priced from the $170,000s, home buyers may choose from new homes with up to 3,315 square feet of living space, three to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, a two or three car garage, and a covered lanai. Featuring some of our most stylish and spacious home designs, interiors of the homes showcase open layouts with luxury and convenience features that include ceramic tile showers and flooring, large kitchens and master retreats with beautiful bathrooms that include dual vanities, garden tubs and separate showers. Additionally, buyers can design their new home to their needs, style and budget with hundreds of design options available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio.

Hills of Arietta is located just 5.2 miles from the new Florida Polytechnic University, and is just 3.8 miles from I-4 and 4.4 miles from the Polk Parkway providing convenient access to Tampa and Orlando’s world-renowned attractions. For those looking to spend time outdoors, open spaces within the community offer picturesque views while an abundance of parks, nature trails, golf courses and sports complexes are located nearby.

Interested home buyers are encouraged to stop by our new model home open daily at Hills of Arietta. For more information on purchasing a new home at this Auburndale community, visit the Highland Homes website today.