(Bradenton, Fla.) January 15, 2012— Taylor Morrison hosts a Grand Opening of its highly awaited Esplanade in Lakewood Ranch. “We will unveil all five, fully furnished model homes this weekend,” says Cammie Longenécker, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison West Florida. The builder has already recorded sales and has more than 2,000 waiting to preview the offerings as workers are putting the finishing touches on a home that will serve as Esplanade’s new on-site sales center.

The grand opening for the public will be held Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22. Visitors during the weekend will be able to tour the community, view models and showcase homes and relax while enjoying food and refreshments. The sales center will be open and staff will be available 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday. As a special offer for those who purchase during the weekend event, Taylor Morrison is offering 50% off design options and a 60-day membership to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

The five models that will soon open at Esplanade are among 10 designs and all share the Mediterranean-inspired architecture and maintenance-free lifestyle that are trademarks of this much-anticipated community. The Arezzo and Roma are from the Corte Villa Collection. The Lazio is from the Novelli collection and the Castello is from the La Palma collection. All models offer covered lanais and design flexibility, such as an optional outdoor kitchen, upgraded kitchen and master bath.

The one-story Arezzo model offers three bedrooms, two baths, a den and a two-car garage, with 1,926 sq. ft of living area space. Prices start at $229,900.

The Carrara offers options to suit practically any taste. This popular model features two bedrooms, two and a half baths a den and a two-car garage with 2,253 sq. ft. of living area. Prices start from the high $200s.

The one-story Roma model has two bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. This model is fully appointed in a beach, shabby-chic influenced interior with 1,686 sq. ft. of living area. Prices start at $209,900.

The spacious Lazio model has three bedrooms, three full baths, a den and two-car garage with 2,275 sq. ft. of living area. Built with entertaining in mind, the Lazio prices start at $289,900.

The Castello model offers a roomy three bedroom design including two and a half baths, den and two-car garage with 2607 sq. ft. of living area. Prices start at $334,900.

Located on 207 acres just north of State Road 70, Esplanade is a gated community of 450 maintenance-free villas and single-family homes. What distinguishes Esplanade as an active lifestyle community is its full-time lifestyle director and luxurious on-site amenities such as a heated lagoon-style and lap pool, spa, resistance pool, outdoor barbecue space, pickle ball and bocce courts and much more. The resort-style clubhouse will include a catering kitchen, fitness center, grand ballroom, library, billiard room and card and craft room. The amenity center will begin construction in January and will be complete by mid – summer. Taylor Morrison has gathered a VIP list of nearly 2,000 people who are interested in the remarkable lifestyle Esplanade brings to the Lakewood Ranch community.

Pre-sales are currently accepted and because opportunities are filling up it is suggested to schedule an appointment. Be the first to live in the first and only active lifestyle community in Lakewood Ranch.

About Taylor Morrison
Taylor Morrison was named the No. 1 private homebuilder in the United States in 2010 and 2011 by Builder magazine and builds a wide range of product for discerning homebuyers across the country. With more than 130 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas, Taylor Morrison offers first time, mid-market and mid-to-upscale housing in both master-planned communities and urban infill neighborhoods. The company also operates one of Canada’s largest homebuilding companies, Monarch, in Ontario, Canada, where it builds single-family homes and high-rise condominiums in Toronto and Ottawa.

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