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Luxury Family Home Community An Alternative to Country Club Living --

PALM BEACH GARDENS—Six new professionally designed luxury homes were recently unveiled at San Michele, the new guard gated neighborhood of 90 single-family estates created as an “alternative” to country club living.

Three new models at Tuscany Village, a neighborhood by Gordon Homes, joined three others at Sorrento Village by Sterling Communities, at the new community.

The new models at Tuscany Village at San Michele include the: Bianca, a five-bedroom design with library, five-and-a-half baths, butler’s pantry and three-car garage priced from $795,000; the Valdarna, a six-bedroom design with library, six-and-a-half baths, media room, loft, butler’s pantry and four-car garage priced from $976,000, and the Cortona, a courtyard design with five bedrooms plus library, five-and-a-half baths, loft and butler’s pantry with three-car garage priced from $894,000.

An enclave of one- and two-story designs, Tuscany Village homes range from 3,887 to 6,148 square feet of air-conditioned space. Eight home designs are offered, ranging from four-bedrooms to six-bedrooms. All homes include a standard lot and heated pool and spa package, as well as three- and four-car garages.

Tuscany Village at San Michele includes such standard features as18-inch Saturnia marble floors in the main living areas, a full Kitchen Aid built-in appliance package, volume and coffered ceilings, crown moldings, master baths with Saturnia floors, tub deck, shower walls and counter tops, and granite tops in the kitchen and powder room. Other standard features include Old World stucco texturing on interior walls and custom raised panel wood cabinetry in kitchens and baths.

New models at Sorrento Village by Sterling Communities include the Toscana, a courtyard design with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths with library, loft and three-car garage from $662,900; the Athena, with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, library and three-car garage from $627,900, and the Capistrano, a six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath model with library, loft and three-car garage priced at $674,900.

Homes at Sorrento range from 3,596 to 5,417 square feet of air-conditioned space.

Standard features at Sorrento include granite tops in the kitchens with a full Kitchen Aid built-in appliance package, volume and coffered ceilings, the “home director” network communication center for telephone and computer with satellite pre-wire, master baths with Saturnia marble floors, shower walls and tub deck, 8-foot decorative solid core interior doors, rounded corner beads, raised panel wood cabinetry in the kitchens and baths and built-in closet organizers.

All homes at San Michele feature concrete block and beam construction on both lower and upper floors, mission s-style cement tile roofs, brick pavers walkways, driveways and covered patios, automatic garage door openers with remote transmitters, automatic sprinkler systems, hurricane shutters, 24-hour alarm systems, central vacuum systems and full landscaping packages, as well as many additional features and options.

Designed for the luxury family market, San Michele is a neighborhood that feels more like a private club, noted Bill Dougherty, director of sales for the community.

“With San Michele’s impressive Venetian Club, residents will enjoy a beautiful community club with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, a social room, swimming center with lush landscaping and two lighted Har-Tru tennis courts,” noted Dougherty. “What they won’t experience are the burdensome costs found at surrounding country clubs for services many families don’t even need or want.”

In addition, San Michele boasts a tot lot for young children and a walkway within the perimeter of the neighborhood, providing a safe byway for tricycles, red wagons, remote-controlled cars and trucks as well as additional exercising opportunities for joggers, roller bladers and power walkers.

“The developers included leisure lifestyle features which would be appealing to families in all stages, such as the fitness center, swimming pool and lighted tennis courts. Parents and children of all ages rank these features as very enjoyable to all members of the family. Missing are card rooms, dining rooms and ballrooms, typically not used by many families,” Dougherty added. “Without expensive country club fees, families can be free to put those funds into larger homes, private schools and dream vacations.”

Situated between nature preserves and lakes, homes at San Michele feature four-, five- and six-bedroom homes with one- and two-story designs, priced from the $600,000s to well over $2 million.

The community’s entry is manned 24-hours a day. Within minutes of San Michele are private and public schools, The Gardens Mall, restaurants and beaches.

To visit, take I-95 to PGA Boulevard, exit west 1 mile to Central Boulevard, turn right. San Michele is 2 miles ahead on the left at the northwest corner of Central Boulevard and Hood Road.

The sales center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Six professionally designed models are open daily for viewing. For more information, please call (561) 691-9100 or visit