The tuscany




European American paid $28.5 million for the 240-unit apt at Westshore in Tampa. It will feature intricate landscaping and Tuscan-style architectural design. Villa Sonoma will be renamed Tuscany.

Villa Sonoma is quietly making history in a corner of the West Shore district. The complex built as apartments is being converted to condominiums, reflecting a national trend prompted by the housing market boom. What makes the stone and wrought-iron structure. notable is that it's the first of what could be hundreds of new residential units in an area of mostly vacant lots. The West Shore district is known for having Florida's largest concentration of commercial property.

With 11 million square feet in office and commercial space, about 90,000 workers come to the area daily to occupy 113 buildings. That includes the WestShore Plaza and International Plaza, plus Hillsborough County's largest concentration of hotels, with 7,000 rooms. ``People seem to want to live where they work now,'' more multifamily projects, including apartment complexes, are planned for the Spruce Street area bordering three restaurants, Lee Roy Selmon's, Roy's and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar on Boy Scout Boulevard.

``People are tired of commuting such long distances,'' There are about 700 homes in the area, part of a neighborhood built in the 1970s off North Lois Avenue ``For now we consider Villa Sonoma part of West Shore,'' which when it was built almost two years ago. The four-story complex houses 694-square-foot to 1,450-square-foot units. An attached parking garage has 356 spaces. A courtyard pool and fitness center also are featured. The decision to convert the apartments to condominiums was after the 240-unit complex was sold to European American Realty in Atlanta. because of its convenient location to malls and offices, Villa Sonoma, where condominiums are $130,000 to $260,000, was perfect for conversion.

``We're looking at serving the largest business hub in the state,'' ``And the buyers are MetLife or other staffers from the area.'' As for the renters at Villa Sonoma, they have until July to move out if they aren't buying their unit. Mason said about 10 percent to 15 percent of occupants are expected to purchase their units. The low number is true, even with the low interest rates because

``some people who rent like it that way.'' hopeful that planned improvements , where the city intends to install traffic calming devices, will make Villa Sonoma attractive to those who would enjoy walking to the shops. walking from the complex to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at nearby Raymond James Stadium. ``There's a lot of traffic, ``but it's certainly close enough.'' Location simply doesn’t get any better than at Westshore—Tampa’s hottest, hippest area.

You’ll enjoy immediate access to everything…the exclusive International Plaza shopping center, Tampa International Airport for those quick getaways and the most happening nightlife around. Fabulous shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and parks are literally right around the corner. Fortune 500 companies and other major employers are just moments away.

The difference is apparent the moment you step foot on the grounds. Fabulous architecture inspired by wine country. Lush landscaping and gardens. Stay at home and enjoy your own exclusive health club, resort-style pool and tanning deck. Entertaining family and friends? Do it in style at the new, expanded clubhouse. The interior details are spectacular.

At Villa Sonoma, you’ll enjoy these fine amenities:
• Convenient Location
• Enclosed Air-Conditioned Corridors
• Available Wi-Fi Internet Service
throughout the Property
• Resort-Style Swimming Pool
• Expanded Clubhouse
• Fitness Center with Cardio Theatre
• Lush Landscaping
• Covered Parking
• Balcony or Patio in Many Units
• Controlled-Access Building
• Elevators
• Grilling Area
• Storage
• Canopied Motor Court
• Bicycle Storage

The interior details are spectacular. Go gourmet in your well-appointed kitchen complete with microwave, entertainment bar and custom island. Surf the Net via Wi-Fi or with a high-speed Internet connection in your own home.

Expect these finishes and features at Villa Sonoma

• White 42" Raised-Panel Cabinets
• Designer Countertops
• GE Appliances Including Microwave

• 36" High Double Vanities
• White Raised-Panel Cabinets
• Garden-Style Soaking Tub
• Washer and Dryer

Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom(s)*
• 9' or 10' Ceilings
• Ceramic Tile Foyer
• Hardwood or Tile Flooring in the Dining Room
• Pile Carpet in the Living Room and Bedroom(s)
• Crown Molding and Chair Railing in the Dining Room
• French Doors

• Designer Interior Doors Upgrade programs available, including hardwood and tile flooring as well as granite countertops.
*Finishes may vary per unit.