(Tampa, Fla.) – While traveling the long road to economic recovery, potential homebuyers are starting to explore the outstanding values that the Tampa Bay real estate market has to offer. To help homebuyers get an inside look at the area’s best homes and best locations, Newland Communities is proud to open up the heart of its Tampa Bay communities, FishHawk Ranch and MiraBay, as part of the Tampa Bay Builders Association’s (TBBA) 2010 Spring Parade of Homes.

This year, FishHawk Ranch, an award-winning and Green-Certified community, is proud to have two of the 2010 Parade of Homes Showcase Homes: The Gulfport model by Arthur Rutenberg Homes - Custom Craft Homes, Franchisee and the Waymont by David Weekly Homes. The Gulfport has a Tuscan-styled elevation with ornate, old-world-style interior furnishings and heavy faux finishes with dark fabrics and colors while featuring an outdoor dining lanai and a beautiful swimming pool. The Waymont, a certified green home by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), features formal entries flanked by hardwood entry galleries topped off with coffered ceilings and stunning vistas of sparkling pools and woods beyond.

At Newland’s premier coastal community, MiraBay, 2010 Showcase Homes include the Brunswick by K. Hovnanian Homes and the Coral Harbor II by Cardel Homes. The Brunswick is a two-story, 1,981-square-foot Coastal Collection home that features a spacious owner’s suite with double walk-in closets and oversized second and third bedrooms. The Coral Harbor II is also a two-story design that offers spacious family and dining rooms and a wide-open kitchen downstairs, as well as a handy kids’ loft/game room above. Both homes are built to FGBC standards. The Showcase Homes are located in the new cottage neighborhood of Bay Breeze, which features low-maintenance living adjacent to Wolf Branch Creek Nature Preserve.

With more than 50 homes that will feature the latest in home design and housing trends, the TBBA will host its annual Spring Parade of Homes™ in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, April 17–May 2, 2010. For more information about the Spring Parade of Homes or the TBBA, please visit www.Tampabayparadeofhomes.com.

About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned communities in the United States. With a legacy that began in the 1960s, Newland specializes in comprehensive design and development of mixed-use communities. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies are currently developing and managing nearly 40 projects in 14 states. In Florida, Newland is currently developing four master-planned new-home communities in Hillsborough County: FishHawk Ranch, Circa FishHawk, MiraBay and Waterset. www.newlandcommunities.com

About FishHawk Ranch
FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities is the first community in Hillsborough County and largest in the Tampa area to be certified a Green Community by the Florida Green Building Coalition. The 3,000-acre community, located in Southeast Hillsborough County, features more than 20 miles of nature trails, top-rated schools on-site, and a plethora of recreational amenities. The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and 12 model homes, ranging from maintenance-free townhomes and triplexes to single-family and custom homes, are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit www.fishhawkranch.com.

About MiraBay
MiraBay by Newland Communities is a 750-acre waterfront residential community located 20 miles south of Tampa in Apollo Beach, Florida. The community features The MiraBay Club, a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a spa, fitness center, resort-style pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Upon completion, MiraBay will have about 1,900 single-family homes, custom homes, townhomes and villas. The community is adjacent to Wolf Creek Nature Preserve and offers a 135-acre man-made lagoon and a 3.5-mile canal system with direct boating access to Tampa Bay. MiraBay was honored by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for having the Tampa Bay area’s best master-planned community design in 2002 and its homebuilders have also won national design awards.

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