The master-planned community of Ave Maria, Florida reports another milestone in new home sales this year with the community surpassing 200 home sales in 2020 so far. This represents a 40% increase over the same period in 2019.
Following a robust May and June, with record setting sales for the new home community in both months, Ave Maria is on track this July to outperform last year as well. Home sales were reported from the four residential builders in Ave Maria— CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and Pulte Homes.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” comments Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development for Ave Maria. “Our foot traffic and website traffic are at record levels with interested buyers coming from all over Florida, especially the east coast, as well as northern and midwestern states. We are quickly surpassing our projections for 2020.”
Builders in Ave Maria quickly responded to the evolving home buying process during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering online virtual tours and presentations, video walk-throughs, and remote access model tours. Sales centers remain open with strict capacity limits and social distancing precautions. The Ave Maria New Home and Welcome Center, often a first stop for many home buyers wanting to learn more about the town and community lifestyle, remains open with similar safety measures in place. Community ambassadors are also available via video chat and are taking appointments to give prospective home buyers a truly personal, one-on-one presentation.
“With so much interest from outside our area, we (Ave Maria ambassadors) are doing everything we can to accommodate those buyers who can’t visit us in person,” states Donna Marquez, Ave Maria New Home and Welcome Center Coordinator. “I’ve conducted several video chats with customers. It is a fun way to answer questions and get to know our future residents. The active lifestyle here is something that you can’t just view on a website, it’s easier to describe it over the phone or in person.”
Currently, builders in Ave Maria are offering both quick move-in and build-to-suit homes in a variety of price ranges from the high $100s to over $500s. With over 75 floor plans to choose from including terrace homes, condominium, coach homes, attached villas and single-family homes, Ave Maria showcases a wide array of floor plans for buyers. Popular home design trends can be customized when shopping directly with each builder whether adding a bonus or flex room for a new home office or upgrading to new smart technologies for the home. Each builder offers unique design options to customize new homes including the latest in floor plan trends, color palettes, fixtures and finishes.
The active lifestyle and robust amenities program in Ave Maria provide new residents with an instant source of socialization and recreation, whether on-site or virtual. On-site amenities feature open spaces for its homeowners such as water park, soccer and baseball fields, fitness center, amphitheater, dog park, trails, bocce and tennis courts, Town Center with Publix Supermarket, commercial center with Mobil gas station, private schools from preschool through university, and on-site free events throughout the year. The Ave Maria Master Association organizes on-going events for residents including virtual trivia, happy hour, fitness classes and club meetings while also providing access to outdoor recreation with proper social distancing guidelines ensuring everyone can enjoy having fun safely.