FL Star completes move-in ready home at Sapphire Cove

FL Star has completed construction of the Egret II, a new move-in ready home within Sapphire Cove, an intimate new residential community being developed off Collier Boulevard in South Naples.

“The Egret II is one of the two-story designs available at Sapphire Cove,” said Gary Hains, vice president of FL Star, developer of the community. “This spacious design includes a complete suite with private bath on the second level and a generous loft, which can be used to create private living space for an extended family or as additional recreational amenity for the entire family. It is a flexible design with appeal for a variety of lifestyles.”

The Egret II is an innovative design with four bedrooms, three full baths, a study and the upstairs loft in 3,001 air-conditioned square feet. With covered entry, two-car garage and covered outdoor living area, the home has 3,966 sqaure feet under roof.

The great rooms plan includes a designer island kitchen with space for casual dining, quartz countertops, upgraded cabinets and adjacent dining area. The living area features triple sliding glass doors opening to the spacious screeened outdoor living area, complete with pool and jacuzzi. The master suite opens off a private hallway and includes his and hers walk-in closets, a bath with twin vanities, quartz countertops, a free-standing soaking tub, separate walk-in shower and private water closet.

In this split plan, two guest rooms are located on the opposite side of the home and share a full bath. The study is conveniently located at the front of the home, providing the perfect space for a home office or a quiet retreat.

This move-in ready home is priced at $559,900. Pricing for the Egret II design begins from $472,900 and is available for viewing. To preview the community, visit the Sapphire Cove welcome center within the clubhouse, located on Lord’s Way off Collier Boulevard. Online visit SapphireCoveNaples.com.

Sapphire Cove offers a selection of eight home plans with both single-story and two-story designs, ranging from a spacious home with three bedrooms plus a study in 1,915 square feet to an expansive plan with four bedrooms and three and one-half baths in 3,178 square feet.

Designed as an intimate community, Sapphire Cove’s 30-acre site will include only 75 single-family homes on generous lots measuring 57 feet wide by 140 feet deep. The community is bordered by a preserve and is centered around a 3-acre lake fringed with native grasses and vegetation.

Sapphire Cove is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star. At the helm of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities, are David E. Torres and Gary Hains. Other projects by FL Star include Milano Lakes, a luxury apartment community also located off Collier Boulevard in Naples, and Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee. FL Star is building single-family homes in Golden Gate Estates.

FL Star announces plans for Golden Gate Estates homes

FL Star, a Southwest Florida real estate development and management group, has announced that the company has reeived permits for nine new homes to be built in Golden Gate Estates.

“We have received a great deal of interest in the homes that we are currently building in Golden Gate Estates, and the demand for homes in this desirable area is growing,” said Gary Hains, vice president of FL Star. “We have purchased sites in the area north of Oil Well Road to the east and west of Everglades.”

Hains said that the homes that will be built include a selection from the company’s collection of designs to meet the lifestyle needs of a variety of families. Plans selected range from a spacious three-bedroom plus study, two-bath plan with 1,610 air-conditioned square feet to an expansive design with four bedrooms, a study and three baths in 2,574 air-conditioned square feet.

Priced from the upper $200,000s to the lower $300,000s, the homes will be constructed by FL Star Construction, LLC, and will include luxurious finishes such as granite countertops, undermount sinks, stainless appliances and tile in the living areas. Construction is expected to begin later this month with completion in the fall.

For more information contact Gary Hains, FL Star Development, email gary@Fl-star.com. For information about other FL Star projects, visit www.fl-star.com. The company’s current projects include Milano Lakes, a luxury apartment community located off Collier Boulevard in Naples, Sapphire Cove, a new community of single-family homes also located off Collier Boulevard, and Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee. FL Star Construction is currently building Botanika, a new condominium community at Bonita Fairways in Bonita Springs.

FL Star is a conglomerate of real estate entities headed by David E. Torres and Gary Hains, who offer more than 40 years of combined experience in the construction industry. FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.

Sapphire Cove opens for sales in South Naples

With the first models complete and the clubhouse nearing completion, developers have opened sales at Sapphire Cove, a new residential community being developed off Collier Boulevard in South Naples.

“It is exciting to unveil this new community in the vibrant area of South Naples,” said David E. Torres, developer and principal in FL Star. “Sapphire Cove is particularly suited to the lifestyles of both family-oriented and active adults who will enjoy all of the activities that are available in this most desirable area as well as the pleasures of an intimate community.”

When complete, the 30-acre site of Sapphire Cove will include only 75 single-family homes on generous lots measuring 57 feet wide by 140 feet deep. The community is bordered by a preserve and is centered around a 3-acre lake fringed with native grasses and vegetation.

A selection of eight home plans are designed to meet the lifestyle of every family. Single-story and two-story designs are available, ranging from a spacious home with two bedrooms with a study in 2,041 square feet to an expansive plan with four bedrooms and three and one-half baths in 3,178 square feet. Each home includes the most desirable interior finishes, such as granite countertops, undermount sinks and stainless steel appliances. A swimming pool is available as an option. State-of-the-art construction and attention to detail by FL Star Construction assures each home is of the highest quality.

“The Cedar Key is being shown as a furnished model to give future residents a sample of the quality of our homes as well as the options available to them,” Torres said. “The home features a contemporary open floor plan with a spacious great room, dining area and island kitchen, perfect for family life or entertaining guests.”

The Cedar Key includes three bedrooms plus a study and three full baths and a powder room, which doubles as a pool bath. The master suite offers two walk-in closets, a double vanity, soaking tub, separate shower and private water closet. The master suite has its own private entry to the outdoor living area and pool.

The Cedar Key has 2,619 square feet of air-conditioned living space and with two-car garage and covered lanai, the home encompasses 3,535 total square feet.

“We have additional homes that are move-in ready, providing visitors to the community a sampling of other home styles that area available within Sapphire Cove,” Torres said.

The heart of Sapphire Cove activity will be the community clubhouse, where neighbors may gather to enjoy a rigorous workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center, challenging yoga or a refreshing swim in the resort-style pool.

“The location of Sapphire Cove offers residents an abundance of enrichment and educational opportunities in addition to those on site,” Torres said. “Nearby Serenity Park and the Collier Boulevard bike trail provide options for the outdoor enthusiast. The 80-acre campus of Florida Southwestern State College is just down the road, where residents may take a course or simply enjoy sports or a performance. And for medical care, Physicians Regional Hospital and an array of other medical facilities are located right on Collier Boulevard. There is literally something for everyone.”

To preview the community, visit the Sapphire Cove welcome center within the clubhouse, located on Lord’s Way off Collier Boulevard. For a private showing, contact Jim Borden at 239.451.8153, email jim@fl-star.com. For more information, visit the Sapphire Cove website, SapphireCoveNaples.com.

Construction at Milano Lakes Apartments progressing

Construction is moving ahead at a steady pace at Milano Lakes, a new apartment community off Collier Boulevard at The Lords Way in South Naples.

“The first building is beginning to show what the finished apartments will be,” said Gary Hains, partner with FL Star, developer for Milano Lakes Apartments. “Drywall is complete, the interior cabinets have been installed and the building has been painted. Other buildings are progressing in sequential stages.”

Installation of cabinets is in progress in another building, drywall is complete and stucco in progress in a third, with roofing in progress on two additional buildings. The remaining three buildings are in various stages of block work.

Hains said the community is on schedule to make the first apartments available for occupancy by the fourth quarter of this year.

“It is exciting to see the project coming together,” he said.

Located on a 23-acre site, Milano Lakes will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, 96 detached garages are planned.

Occupants will be able to choose from four floor plans, ranging from a one-bedroom design with 808 air-conditioned square feet and 889 total square feet to a three-bedroom apartment home with 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and 1,545 total square feet. Each unit will include laundry facilities, a master suite with a walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a dining area, and a lanai.

Residents of Milano Lakes will enjoy a variety of amenities. The community offers a 5,488-square-foot clubhouse with a resort-style swimming pool and a fitness center. The building reflects the influence of Mediterranean architecture and will be the centerpiece of social gatherings in the community. A children’s playground is planned to round out the amenities.

Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities led by Gary Hains and David E. Torres.

Other projects by FL Star include Sapphire Cove, a new community of single-family homes off Collier Boulevard in Naples, and Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee. FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.

For information about Milano Lakes Apartments, contact Gary Hains, Lords Way Apartments LLC by email: gary@fl-star.com.

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Clubhouse and apartments progressing at Milano Lakes

Three residential buildings are now under roof with work progressing on the interiors at Milano Lakes, a new apartment community off Collier Boulevard at The Lords Way in South Naples.

“All eight residential buildings are in various stages of construction,” said Gary Hains, partner with FL Star, developer of Milano Lakes Apartments. “We are moving ahead with work on the community amenities and garages as well.”

Interior framing and mechanicals are underway on the community clubhouse, a 5,488-square-foot clubhouse with a resort-style swimming pool and a fitness center. The building reflects the influence of Mediterranean architecture and will be the centerpiece of social gatherings in the community. A children’s playground is planned to round out the amenities.

Hains said the community is on schedule to make the first apartments available for occupancy by the fourth quarter of this year.

Located on a 23-acre site, Milano Lakes will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, 96 detached garages are planned.

Occupants will be able to choose from four floor plans, ranging from a one-bedroom design with 808 air-conditioned square feet and 889 total square feet to a three-bedroom apartment with 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,545 square feet. Each unit will include laundry facilities, a master suite with a walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a dining area, and a lanai.

Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities led by Gary Hains and David E. Torres.

Other projects by FL Star include Sapphire Cove, a new community of single-family homes off Collier Boulevard in Naples, and Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee. FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.

For information about Milano Lakes Apartments, contact Gary Hains by email at gary@fl-star.com.

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Gary Hains and David Torres create successful FL Star

Gary Hains and David Torres took a big risk and it paid off with big success. At the height of the recession, the two men left their jobs with Toll Brothers to strike out on their own.

“We both realized there was opportunity out there,” Hains began. “We both left when the market was a bad as it could be. That is when there is the most opportunity when the market is bad.”

The move was especially risky for Hains.

“My wife told me the night before we resigned that she was pregnant with our second kid,” he said.

But Hains and Torres believed in themselves and were ready for the challenge of striking out on their own. So they created FL Star LLC.

“When you are one of those individuals that wants to be an entrepreneur, you are confident you will be successful,” Torres explained.

Their strategy was to buy now and build later.

“It was good because we weren’t building at that time,” Hains explained. “We were buying properties at the time. We were buying distressed notes.”

“There was a lot of opportunity to buy below costs and be patient,” Torres added.

So the men purchased property and were patient.

They bought land at Arrowhead in Immokalee. Arrowhead was an existing development with about 100 houses. Hains and Torres bought the remaining 229 lots. They also purchased land at Hacienda Lakes and some property off Collier Boulevard in Naples. When the economy began to revive, the men started to build. They began their first construction in Arrowhead. Soon they started building at Hacienda. Now they are constructing their first apartment complex near Collier Boulevard that will have 296 units. Milano Lakes will have eight, four-story buildings that have one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 800 square feet to 1,400 square feet and price from $1,300 to$1,700 a month.

The duo believes an apartment complex is needed in the area and is a good way to grow their business.

“In Collier, you don’t get the density you get in Fort Myers,” Hains explained. “Collier is very limited. This site had the ability to have high density, and in Collier there is definitely a shortage of places for working people to live.”

“It is demand,” Torres added. “We have population growth in our area. Once you have people coming down, you have jobs and housing is expensive, so there is a market for renters, and Collier is the best because there is limited place for people to enter the market. There are limited places with high density.”

When Hains and Torres first struck out on their own six years ago, their lives changed in many ways. They became the boss, yet didn’t really live a boss’s lifestyle.

“Your lifestyle has to change slightly,” Hains said about the beginning years of FL Star.

But now with the growth in the economy and success of his business, he knows he made the right choice.

“Now prices have gone up and people missed that window,” he said.

Hains and Torres saw that window when they were working together at Toll Brothers. The men spent about 10 years with that company.

Hains became Toll Brothers Division Vice President for Southwest Florida. He was responsible for locating, financially analyzing, conducting market research and negotiating land acquisition for future development projects throughout Florida. Torres became division president for Toll Brothers Northeast Florida. He was responsible for direct profit and loss in that region and was involved in land acquisition of thousands of lots for future development.

“Getting together in this new venture just seemed a natural step,” Hains said. “We’ve always enjoyed working together. And our backgrounds and education complement each other. We’ve both been involved in every aspect of real estate development, and we share a background in finance.”

David Torres and Gary Hains of FL Star oversee the

David Torres and Gary Hains of FL Star oversee the new apartment complex they are building in Naples. (Photo: Andrea Stetson)

Hains and Torres are also both high achievers. Hains is a graduate of Brown University and the London School of Economics. Torres is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, where he received a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a minor in economics.

The men took their experience to do more than simply buy land and build homes or apartments. FL Star provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations. They assist with maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting. They also manage distressed real estate funds and look for distressed real estate opportunities for customers and private investors.

Now that business is booming, Hains and Torres can see how their risk paid off.

“I grew up in that environment,” Torres said. “My father had his own business. It was more natural to do this than working for someone the rest of my life. You just have to take the risk and be patient.”

 

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FL Star offers move-in homes at Arrowhead Reserve

Fort Myers-based builder FL Star Construction has completed three move-in ready homes at Arrowhead Reserve, a residential community of single-family homes off Lake Trafford Road in Immokalee. The three available homes are the Paraiso design, a three-bedroom plus den, two-bath home with 1,600 air-conditioned square feet. With covered entry and two-car garage the home has 2,098 total square feet.

“This design has been in demand,” said Gary Hains, vice president of FL Star Construction. “The Paraiso offers a spacious and functional floor plan designed for family life. These homes offer our high quality construction at a very affordable price and include high-end finishes such as such as granite counter tops, undermount sinks, and stainless steel appliances.”

The Paraiso design features a 25-by-12-½-foot great room, a perfect gathering place for the family..The adjacent kitchen offers breakfast counter seating and a pantry. The den opens to the great room through double doors and includes a closet. The master bedroom offers a walk-in closet plus a linen closet and a master bath with dual sinks and a walk-in shower. The two guest bedrooms, one of which features a bowed window, share access to the second bath, which includes a tub/shower combination. There is a laundry room within the home.

These Paraiso design homes are priced at $189,900, and are available for quick occupancy. One site offers a view of oak trees.

New home designs within Arrowhead Reserve range from a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,297 air-conditioned square feet and 1,711 total square feet to a three-bedroom plus den, two-bath design with 1,600 air-conditioned square feet and 2,098 total square feet. Built by FL Star Construction, home prices begin at $168,900, among the lowest in the area for new home construction.

Arrowhead Reserve is an active community with low HOA fees and amenities that include a clubhouse and pool exclusively for the use of residents in the single-family homes.

For more information about these homes and other opportunities available at Arrowhead Reserve, contact Elvira Nodal at at David C. Brown Realty or Gary Hains, FL Star Development, email Gary@fl-star.com.

FL Star Construction LLC is an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities lead by Gary Hains and David E. Torres. Other current projects include Milano Lakes, a new 296-unit apartment community off Collier Boulevard in Naples. FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.

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First building tops out at Milano Lakes apartments

The first building has topped out at Milano Lakes, a new apartment community off Collier Boulevard at The Lords Way in South Naples. The community encompasses more than 23 acres and will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, 96 detached garages are planned.

“Construction is moving along at a good pace,” said Gary Hains, partner with FL Star, developer for Milano Lakes Apartments. “Building 5 is the first building to reach top out. Three other buildings are well under way, with one building at the second floor, another at first-floor block and the next building is in the process of having the elevator pit being dug.”

Construction is also under way on the enclosed garages that will be available for lease, and work on the perimeter wall has begun. Excavation of the lakes has been completed.

The first apartments are on schedule to be available for occupancy by the third quarter 2017. Occupants will be able to choose from four floor plans, ranging from a one-bedroom design with 808 air-conditioned square feet and 889 total square feet to a three-bedroom apartment with 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and 1,545 total square feet. Interiors have been designed to live like a home with laundry facilities within each unit, a master suite with a walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a dining area, and a lanai.

In addition, the community will offer residents a 5,488-square-foot clubhouse for social gatherings, a resort-style swimming pool, a fitness center and a children’s playground.

Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities led by Gary Hains and David E. Torres. Other projects include Arrowhead Reserve, a community of single-family homes in Immokalee. FL Star also provides management services for commercial and industrial buildings for real estate owners and condominium associations including maintenance, collection of rents and financial reporting.

For more information about Milano Lakes Apartments, contact Gary Hains, Lords Way Apartments LLC, email gary@flstardevelopment.com.

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Site work moving ahead for Milano Lakes Apartments

With initial clearing and blasting complete, contractors have begun to excavate the lakes at Milano Lakes, a new apartment community off Collier Boulevard at The Lords Way.

“The community is designed around one major lake with two buildings overlooking a second lake and a third, smaller lake on the perimeter of the 23-acre site,” said Gary Hains, vice president of FL Star. “Our site work is progressing on schedule, with the site work being performed by Coastal Site Development, a division of Fort Myers-based Coastal Concrete Products, LLC.

“The next stage will include work on the installation of utilities, water and sewer lines,” he continued.  “We expect to begin construction on the buildings by early fall and anticipate that the first units will be available by the second quarter of 2017.”

Milano Lakes will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, there will also be 96 detached garages.

Apartment interiors have been designed to live like a home with laundry facilities within each unit, a master suite with a walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a dining area and a lanai. Four floor plans are available.

The one-bedroom design offers 808 square feet of air-conditioned space and a total of 889 square feet. Two different designs will be available with two bedrooms and two baths and full laundry rooms. One design encompasses 1,159 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,230 square feet. A second two-bedroom design includes 1,240 air-conditioned square feet with a total of 1,309 square feet.

“The three-bedroom design is very much the equivalent of a single-family home in its arrangement and living space,” Hains said. “This apartment home has 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,545 square feet and includes three bedrooms and two baths.”

The community will offer residents a 5,488-square-foot clubhouse for social gatherings, a resort-style swimming pool, a fitness center and a children’s playground.

Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities led by Gary Hains and David E. Torres.

For more information about Milano Lakes Apartments, contact Gary Hains, Lords Way Apartments LLC, at 239-821-8815.

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Work begins on Milano Lakes Apartments in Naples

Submitted By Tani Hurley Public Relations

Site work has begun for Milano Lakes, a new apartment community off Collier Boulevard at The Lords Way. The community encompasses more than 23 acres and will include 296 apartment homes in eight buildings, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Within the community, there will also be 96 detached garages.

Milano Lakes is being developed by an affiliate of FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities lead by Gary Hains and David E. Torres.

“We are excited to bring this new apartment community to the Naples market. We believe that the demand for rentals will continue to rise as Naples continues to grow,” said Gary Hains, partner with FL Star, developer for Milano Lakes Apartments. “FL Star Construction LLC will lead the construction of the project while FL Star I LLC will provide development management services until completion followed by property management.”

“Milano Lakes is designed to meet the demand for apartment options that offer renters the same type of amenities that they would expect in a condominium that they owned,” Hains continued. “The community will offer residents a 5,488-square-foot clubhouse for social gatherings, a resort-style swimming pool, a fitness center and a children’s playground. Apartment interiors have been designed to live like a home with laundry facilities within each unit, a master suite with a generous walk-in closet and dual sinks in the master bath, an island kitchen with a spacious dining area, and a lanai.”

Occupants will be able to choose from four floor plans. The one-bedroom design offers 808 square feet of air-conditioned space and a total of 889 square feet. A great room design, the unit includes an island kitchen, dining space, interior laundry and a master bath with dual sinks and a tub/shower combination. The master bedrooms measures 13 by 18 feet, 4 inches.

Two different designs will be available with two bedrooms, two baths and full laundry rooms.

One design encompasses 1,159 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,230 square feet. It includes a master bedroom measuring 13 by 19 feet, and a master bath with dual sinks and a large walk-in shower. The second bath features a tub/shower combination.

A second two-bedroom design includes 1,240 air-conditioned square feet with a total of 1,309 square feet. It features a master bedroom of 13 by 19 feet with two generous closets and a master bath with dual sinks and a walk-in shower. There is a large walk-in closet in the guest bedroom.

“The three-bedroom design is very much the equivalent of a single-family home in its arrangement and living space,” Hains said. “The apartment home has 1,439 air-conditioned square feet and a total of 1,545 square feet and includes three bedrooms and two baths. The great room opens to a lanai offering an outdoor living space measuring 15 feet, 10 inches by 7 feet, 4 inches. This design is perfect for the growing number of young professional families who prefer to rent rather than buy.”

At this point, site preparation is underway at Milano Lakes Apartments with clearing and grading in progress. Site development is being performed by Coastal Site Development, a division of Fort Myers based Coastal Concrete Products LLC.

“The next stage will include work on the installation of utilities, water and sewer lines,” Hains said. “We anticipate that the first units will be available by the second quarter of 2017.”

For more information about Milano Lakes Apartments, contact Gary Hains at 239-821-8815.

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