Palazzo offers style without frills
By Andrea Stetson, Special to Fort Myers News Press
Nestled near the long established Quail Creek Estates and Quail Village is a brand new community that takes away the expensive monthly fees, but still gives residents access to lavish amenities.
Palazzo has no golf, resort pool or fancy clubhouse, so the homeowner association fees are low. Yet residents can get a membership for these facilities at the Quail neighborhoods. Quail Village has an 18-hole course and resort-style pool.
Quail Creek also has an 18-hole course plus 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, a resort-style pool, bocce, fitness center and dining.
“They can buy a social membership,” began Kevin Brown, assistant vice president of Toll Brothers. “Those under 49 years old can buy a junior golf membership. Anyone can buy a full golf membership. They give a break for buyers with the initiation fees. We have no amenities here. Just the gated entry, but this still gives these residents access to golf, resort pool, tennis and fine dining.”
Homeowner association fees at Palazzo are $215 per month and include landscaping, lawn pest control, community maintenance. The community also has natural gas.
“A lot of our buyers are from the Northeast and are used to natural gas,” Brown said.
Toll Brothers just completed its first model at Palazzo. The Serino has three bedrooms plus a den and two and a half bathrooms. The 2,285 square foot model is priced starting in the low $400,000s.
The model has some unique features such as a huge wall of wavy drywall leading into the home from the front door. The drywall bulges up and down like waves flowing from the wall. The foyer also has 12-foot coffered ceilings. The home has a gourmet kitchen stretching between a sunlit breakfast area and the dining room. The master bedroom has a coffered ceiling, two large walk-in closets, an art niche, and a master bathroom with two vanities, a dressing area, a Roman tub, a separate shower and a private toilet area. The tub is filled from a waterfall spout in the ceiling.
“The Serino is probably one of our best selling in our executive line. It is because of the floor plan,” said Todd Brazill, project manager.
The Serino is one of four floor plans at Palazzo. There are three one-story choices and one two-story option.
“The location is the big draw here,” Brown said.
“And our low maintenance fees,” Brazill added.
Palazzo, set on 30 acres of land, will have 85 single-family homes at buildout.
The community size, location and natural gas were all reasons Judith and Bob Mulholland decided to become one of Palazzo’s first new residents.
“We are the first house they broke ground on,” Judith Mulholland began.
The Mulhollands were living in Quail Creek Estates, but were looking for something new that was close by.
“We plan to stay part of the Quail Creek community,” she said. “But we are at the stage where we want new construction and downsizing somewhat. That was very attractive. We can still be close to the country club which we love and we can have a brand new home with all the benefits a brand new home would have.”
This is the first new home the Mulhollands have built and they liked the flexibility of the floor plan.
“What we learned about Toll Brothers is it isn’t cookie cutters,” Mulholland said. “They give you quite a bit of flexibility of what your house looks like on the outside and the inside. That’s not usual with a lot of developers.”
Mulholland said she was also excited about having natural gas for cooking and heating her spa.
Pam Berge and J David Seibert live in Longshore Lakes which is adjacent to Palazzo and are now building a Serino in Palazzo.
“We picked that community because we live in the Quail Creek community and we are very active in our community and this gives us the opportunity to leave this beautiful home and move into another beautiful home that is a little bit smaller,” Berge explained.
Berge said they looked at many models before selecting the Serino.
“The Serino is gorgeous,” she said. “It is very spacious when you walk through the front door. One of the things I really like is it is a smaller home, but I like everything to have its own place so I can organize the inside. It will be great. It will be comfortable. It will be a happy home.”
Berge also liked the flexibility of making her Serino unique.
“The cool thing about Palazzo — they allow you to customize it,” Berge began. “You don’t have to choose every single thing yourself. It is like in between. This lets you almost create a model home of your own. That’s what I liked about this one. It wasn’t just one footprint.”
(via News Press)