Homes by WestBay’s La Collina development in Brandon, Florida, will feature almost 300 homes within 5 miles of everything anyone could need.
HOMES BY WESTBAY has enough experience building communities in the Tampa, Florida, region to know developments do not need to rely on common amenities to attract homebuyers. Instead, location still counts in this part of the United States, and La Collina offers plenty to do with its proximity to everything Brandon, Florida, has to offer.
“The beauty of La Collina is it’s one of the last prime locations in a very established area,” says Janice Snow, marketing manager for Homes by WestBay.
La Collina has been developed to feature 292 executive homes, including the award-winning Key Largo, Capri and Biscayne designs.
The one- and two-story floor plans will have lower- and upper-level owner’s retreats, two- and three- car garages, and lanais.
For Innovation homeowners, low-maintenance living that covers exterior landscape maintenance is included with their association dues. The community features a Mediterranean-inspired gated community entrance, a resort-style pool and cabana, a “Tot Lot” playground, dog parks, open green spaces, tree-lined avenues, natural gas and quick access to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base, Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport.
While the homes within La Collina have plenty of appeal on their own, Snow insists the true draw of the community is its proximity to everything Brandon has to offer. Residents can walk to a grocery store, bank, restaurants and other local conveniences, a rarity in this part of Florida. Within 5 miles of La Collina are three grocery stores as well as Westfield Brandon Mall, which houses anchor stores Dillard’s, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Sears, among other national retailers like Apple and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Nearby are Costco, Nordstrom Rack and Kohl’s, as well.
Casual and fine-dining options within driving distance include the Cheesecake Factory, Bonefish Grill and Ryuu Japanese Steakhouse, as well as several local eateries, pubs and specialty dining establishments.
AMC Regency 20 Movies, Topgolf entertainment golf-game venue, Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center and LA Fitness are nearby, as well.
The schools zoned for La Collina include the currently “A”-rated Brooker Elementary, Burns Middle School and Bloomingdale High School.
Also, Brandon Regional and St. Joseph’s Children’s hospitals are in close proximity.
Homes by WestBay broke ground on La Collina in January 2015 and sales should be completed in 2018.
Developing a high-end community in an established area is just one part of Homes by WestBay’s business philosophy, according to Snow.
The company had built another, smaller development, Forest Glen, located in nearby Riverview.
This served as a barometer for the type of product that would sell here. As a result of its success, Homes by WestBay proceeded with the larger La Collina community.
“That gave us the impetus to do La Collina because not only did we know Homes by WestBay would be well-received in the area but moreover, we knew what type of homes would be desired,” Snow says.
Another reason Homes by WestBay determined a resort-style pool and parks were key to La Collina residents, according to Snow, is because residents of the town already are quite familiar with what Brandon has to offer.
This has led to a majority of homebuyers in La Collina coming from residents of Brandon looking to buy a new home after living in houses that were between 15 to 30 years old.
Part of the reason Homes by WestBay is able to glean these demographics is because it makes a point to build communities where its employees spend their time off the clock.
“We do live and work in the neighborhoods where we sell,” Snow says. “This is a good example of the tenet of our company. We really are
invested in the area, and we choose our community locations wisely to maintain a presence in the community where we live or work.”
Making a Statement
The streetscape for La Collina is one of the most important parts of the development for Homes by WestBay, and the company accomplished this at the entryway of the community. Snow says a grand approach has been created for the entry to the community, enhancing the deep setback from the main road with lush landscaping, augmenting existing tree lines and wetlands. The stone-clad tower from the pool cabana will become a signature landmark for the community.
Along with making a visually appealing community, Snow says Homes by WestBay took careful consideration to avoid overwhelming the existing residential atmosphere. Instead, La Collina was designed to complement and enhance the local architecture while maintaining the company’s distinct style.
“We were not thinking about breaking the mold,” Snow says. “We wanted something that was acceptable to the local area.”
La Collina embodies the best of what Homes by WestBay can deliver for homebuyers throughout the Tampa Bay region. Snow says that’s an invaluable lesson to take into future developments for the company.
“We have been able to discover what we’re really good at,” she says. “This underlines that our vision is coming to fruition. We identify ourselves with who we are, what we can offer, great elevations, good square footage, outstanding value and an overall exceptional building experience.”