Natural setting, close to shopping


The kitchen inside The Flager in the new Garison Way community.

AARON DAYE/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:38 a.m.
Don and Margy DeGeorge came to Gainesville for the culture and activities that a college town offers. The retired professionals said they love the theatre, University of Florida athletics and traveling throughout North Florida. So being within easy reach of both coasts appealed to them, said Margy DeGeorge, 70.
"We're young 70s," said Margy DeGeorge, "you can do a lot of things using (Gainesville) as a central base."
The DeGeorges said they had planned on buying an existing home, but couldn't find one that met their needs. Margy wanted a large kitchen and a home for her antiques, she said.
They looked at several developments and chose Garison Way as much for the natural setting - towering oak trees and quiet streets - as for the amenities.
"This is the seventh house we've built and it was by far the best building experience we have ever been through, said Margy DeGeorge.
Garison Way, a G.W. Robinson Builders Inc. property, is a gated 113-unit single-family development off Tower Road. Bordered on three sides by mature oak trees, conservation wetland and Kanapaha Park, this 41-acre development of townhouses and detached homes is close to shopping and dining.
The detached homes include 23 floor plans featuring layouts from 2-bedroom/2-baths up to 5-bedroom/4-baths, each with two-car garages. Home sizes range from 1,885 sq. ft. to 4,550 sq. ft. and models are priced from $211,900 to $632,900. Lot sizes vary and prices begin at $81,900.
Monthly homewner association fees for detached models are $80 and cover common ground and pool area maintenance only.
Townhouse models feature six floor plans ranging from 2-bedroom/2-bath up to 5-bedroom/4-bath. Each model includes a bonus room and an attached 2-car garage. Square footage runs 1,538 to 2,715 and models are priced from $334,431 to $418,089. Lot sizes vary and are included in the price of the home.
Homeowner association fees for the townhouses are $165 a month and cover all exterior maintenance and repairs for the life of the property.
Standard features in the detached homes include ceramic-tiled front porch, choice of windowed-front door and inside laundry room with utility tub and cabinetry. Also included are wooden window sills, ceramic-tiled fireplace and overhead transom windows.
Architectural details include skylights, kitchen islands, vaulted master bedroom ceilings, computer niches and floor-to-ceiling tapered columns, depending on the model chosen.
Upgrades include summer kitchens with built-in gas grills and sink, pool with screen enclosures and choice of several finishes for the gas fireplace.
Standard features for the townhouses include 42-inch cabinetry in kitchen, 10-foot vaulted ceilings, and double-paned French doors fitted with mini blinds or metal detail.
Each townhouse is equipped with cameras mounted at the front and rear entrances that can be viewed from a private security channel. Included in each townhouse are a 42-inch flat screen TV in the living room and a 19-inch flat screen TV in the master bath.
"The townhomes are a high-end product decked out with every gadget I could find," said Alan Cain, G.W. Robinson vice president of operations.
All units are cable, Internet and ethernet ready and include a security system with four years' monitoring service at no charge.
The community pool area is centrally located and adjacent to a 12-acre park with large 100-year-old oak trees. A second park is currently under development.
G.W. Robinson has been recognized by the Florida H.E.R.O. (Home Energy & Resources Organization) and the U.S. Department of Energy for its energy-efficient home construction known as "Green Homes," which must meet rigorous testing and performance standards to qualify as Building America High Performance Homes. The Building America program is a public/private partnership of home building sectors and the U.S. Department of Energy. Working in teams, they conduct research to develop energy efficient materials, methods and technologies that enable builders to reduce waste, improve production time and build more energy-efficient homes.
G.W.. Robinson is currently one of two Gainesville companies in partnership with the Building America Program.
Green Homes include energy-efficient elements such as double-paned windows, heat-reflecting roof barriers and reclaimed-water irrigation systems, Cain said.
The energy-efficient measures built into a Green Home add about $6,000 to $8,000 b but the additional cost pays for itself over the long run in less energy usage, Cain said.
"To make a house more efficient by using energy sciences, we can become less dependent on foreign oil," said Cain.

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