Ashton Woods Homes named 'Most Trusted Builder'

HERALD STAFF REPORTJanuary 31, 2014 

MANATEE -- An Atlanta-based national homebuilder that has built homes in four communities in the Bradenton-Sarasota area has won an award for trustworthiness for the second year in a row.

Ashton Woods -- builder of The Retreat in Bradenton, The Links at Rosedale in East Manatee, and Palma Vista on Palma Sola Bay -- was named Most Trusted Builder in America by Lifestory Research of Newport Beach, Calif., which used a scale that measures trust among potential buyers. Other companies that build in the Manatee-Sarasota area that made it into the survey include Taylor Morrison in fifth place, and Lennar in 14th.

The award was based on a survey of over 43,000 new home shoppers and tracked 133 home builders, according to a press release. The company also builds homes in Whitaker Park in Sarasota.

The firm's local homes range in price from a low of $270,000 at Whitaker Park, to a high of $485,000 at Palma Vista, according to the Ashton Woods website. The homes range in size from about 1,700 square feet to 3,500 square feet. The 23 home sites being sold in Palma Vista are, on average, the most expensive in the company's local lineup. Palma Vista is the newest of the company's local developments. Ashton Woods started selling homes there in December. The largest of the communities is The Links at Rosedale, with 445 home sites. Whitaker Park contains 79 home sites, while the retreat has 13.

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