If you want to engage in a long term headache, go ahead and buy a DiVosta/Pulte home. Trust me, I bought pre-construction in 2006, Village Walk in Lake Nona, Orlando. Our first roof leak happened in 2013, where inspection determined that flashing was improperly installed, allowing water to seep into walls in two bedrooms over a long period of time. It went unnoticed until a 3-day downpour, when I discovered the paint BUBBLING on my child's bedroom wall. The response from Pulte? Sorry you
are out of your ONE YEAR roof warranty. The last time I checked, shoddy construction isn't part of a warranty. It is yet unclear how the roof passed inspection at the time. Our insurance would not cover the roof repair since it was a BUILDER'S DEFECT, even though the spineless, shady cowards from Pulte/DiVosta would never own up to it and only cited their sh*tty roof "warranty." Now, it is 2016, and we have a second leak in a different part of the roof altogether, because the screws used to secure the Spanish tiles to the roof were not properly fitted to the tile and had been loose.
Our home was built during the boom prior to the housing burst. Homes were springing up like mushrooms. DiVosta marketed itself as "Built Tough," but from experience I can tell you that is not at all true. Structurally, there are several short cuts that have been discovered that have resulted in great expense to us, and ZERO -- I MEAN ZERO -- care or customer service from Pulte. When we purchased our home, "Pulte" wasn't touted as the builder - it was DiVosta. Had I known Pulte was merely hiding behind the good reputation of DiVosta, I never would have considered buying a home associated with them.
It's not just our home. Google Village Walk/DiVosta/Pulte roof leaks, and you will find it has happened in SW Florida as well. To cut costs, the builder used a flimsy underlayment on the roof, another issue discovered upon inspection from the first time we had a leak. For this climate and under Spanish tile, it should have been a heavier weight underlayment.
This company only wants the *appearance* of quality & exclusivity. The interiors include corner-cutting as well - i.e., cheaply laminated cabinets that warped within one year, and the company wouldn't replace (same thing occurred in SW FL homes they built, yet, they built the homes in Orlando anyway using the same, crappy cabinet materials). ALSO - the baseboards throughout the homes are nothing but COMPRESSED PAPER. Yep, hard to believe, but that is all they are. This I learned when the water had permeated the walls and baseboards.
My BARBIE house was better constructed than this home I currently live in and can't wait to vacate. And we bought on the legacy street -- after several homes were built, they started using cheaper materials in the subsequent phases.
Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from anything even remotely associated with Pulte.... more
The majority of your closing costs will be loan related, and typically based on purchase price. You should ask your lender for a good faith estimate of what your closing costs will be. But they can only assume so much. A lot depends on the property you buy, the type of loan you're getting, how much property taxes are, insurance, etc. Talk to a lender and a Realtor and they should give you a good idea of how much to expect.... more
The Quarry is a beautiful manned gated community situated around the largest lake in Naples. It is located in North Naples east of I-75 where I live and I'm very familiar with the details and I've sold in this community. Boaters, Golfers, Tennis players, Beach lovers, Bikers and joggers all enjoy this lifestyle. It has a beach club on site along with multiple pools, fitness center, golf shop, billiards room and the 2 restaurants are terrific offering a wide menu with delicious meals.
I also sold in Pelican Marsh and The Vineyards. All 3 are very well maintained and desirable gated communities.
I lived in Newton, MA for 30 years and I just love it down here and don't miss the Northeast at all!
Please give me a call at your convenience to discuss: 239-290-4125
Penny wise, stupid foolish. To have a pool in Florida without a lanai is like shoveling snow with a broom! The heat, sun, snakes, leaves, dirt, spuders, mice, skunks, kids, did I even mention quality of life?...buy plenty of bug spray and hire a pool company to clean the pool...you'll be sick of it!!!!... more
Minto is one of our newer builders in the Naples area. The quality and new ideas they bring to the communities where they build are refreshing and are focused on the Florida lifestyle and openness of the homes. Living in Naples you want too feel like you are outdoors even if you are not. For most folks buying in Naples this represents their second home and the Minto features lets them escape their northern home.... more
Grey Oaks is a great option and across from Grey Oaks on Airport Road is a new development called Montebello, it's gated and new construction. Homes range from $800's to $1.5 mill. They are also planning an estates section within in there with will be multi-million dollar. The design is coastal contemporary which is the coveted look in Naples currently with the large plank wood flooring, large gourmet kitchens, etc. There are a variety of models. I just received a private tour last week and they are great value at the price. The beauty of this community is the location (just north of Golden Gate Blvd., the new construction aspect and they are planning on keeping the HOA extremely low yet with nice amenities. Since its so new it hasn't even been advertised to the public yet, although half the homes are already sold. The contractor has a great reputation and known for quality custom home builds in Grey Oaks, Aqualane, Port Royal, etc. If you would like more information, please let me know, I know the developer well and could get you the most detailed information.... more
Most (but not all) communities in Naples are gated communities. You would be surprised at the amount of young families and small children in Naples. Most gated communities have a lot of kid friendly amenities, some more than others. There are also, 81 new developments currently under construction in Collier County. The good thing about Naples is that we have a number of large parks, so depending on which area / neighborhood you are close to a county park. I would first focus on what school district you want your kids in,http://www.greatschools.org/florida/naples/
A lot of my clients who have relocated have looked at Riverstone, Marbella Isles (which is the same layouts as Riverstone just in a more centralized location and different school zones) These two communities have a ridiculous amount of kid / family friendly amenities, very much like resort living.
Other neighborhoods are Saturnia Lakes, Delasol, Brynwood, etc. There are actually a lot since the population is becoming more and more young professionals.
If you would like more input on which neighborhoods might be a good fit for you and your family, please let me know. I'd be happy to help in any way.... more
Perhaps you'll want to check with Gulfstream Homes. Michael & Steve Peel (brothers and business partners), have built a highly respected company and I believe they would be a great resource for realistic estimates. www.gulfstreamhomes.com... more