Building Dreams

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Just 45 minutes to our west, Citrus County is a hidden gem filled with natural springs and lakes, an abundance of outdoor activities, and friendly people.

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to establish roots, Citrus County is a must-see. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, Citrus County is catching the attention of many potential residents. And, why not? In a world that’s being overtaken by large shopping malls and intrusive parking garages, Florida’s Nature Coast boasts acre upon acre of green belt space. This land is guaranteed to remain in its pristine state, rather than be used for development. Citrus County residents enjoy the best of both worlds — a lush, green landscape to call home, that’s just a quick drive to the hustle and bustle of neighboring cities such as Orlando and Tampa.

Citrus County is also home to many large retail chain stores and popular restaurants such as Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, and Chili’s.

A Growing Area

Pine Ridge is one of the newest and fastest growing subdivisions in Citrus County. This unique community will surprise you with its rolling hills and heavily wooded terrain along Florida’s Nature Coast. Rusaw Homes, the preferred builder in Pine Ridge, has constructed homes for over 4,000 Citrus County residents, and they’re still counting! Homesites in the growing community range from one to five acres.

The tranquil setting of Pine Ridge is established on a gorgeous 27-hole golf course and borders nearly 50 miles of equestrian trails. Imagine sipping lemonade on the screened porch as majestic horses gallop past.

“Rusaw Homes offers spectacular value-packed homes with a concentration on quality of workmanship and an emphasis on energy conservation,” says Jim Crosley, New Home Specialist and longtime Rusaw employee. “We’ve been here in Citrus County for a quarter of a century and we’re considered the premier builder for our personalized homes. We strive to give each and every costumer the best home for their money.”

More Than A Job

In addition to being a long-time employee with Rusaw Homes, Jim is also a repeat customer.

“My wife Margie and I just recently moved into our fourth Rusaw Home,” Jim declares. “The service is one of the main reasons we continue to build with George Rusaw. We have a customer care program that far surpasses others.”

Once you move into your new home, you can expect to be visited by a caring Rusaw specialist at three milestones: the 30-day mark, 90 days, and at one year following the completion of construction. On the one-year anniversary of your home, George Rusaw himself will conduct your home’s walk-through inspection, ensuring that you, as a customer, are completely satisfied with your home and investment. Rusaw Homes is also the only builder in the county to offer a 15-year bonded builder warranty.

“Excellent customer service is a must,” Jim says. “One unhappy customer can lose you ten potential clients. We rely very heavily on word-of-mouth advertising and it shows in how we treat each and every client.”

A Job Well Done

Throughout the years, Rusaw Homes as a company has been awarded for its outstanding excellence in construction many times. George Rusaw was the youngest person to be selected as Florida’s “Builder of the Year” by the Florida Home Builders Association in 1993-94. Rusaw was also named as one of the top five new home builders in the United States.

Four times the company has been awarded for their commitment to building energy efficient homes. Rusaw stays ahead of the curve when it comes to providing their customers with energy-saving home conveniences.

Rusaw Homes used the Carrier Puron air conditioning system a full three years before it became mandated in all new home construction.

“As soon as we learned that the Puron system would be the new standard, we switched.”

In regards to insulation and infiltration, Rusaw Homes meets or exceeds the stringent codes required by the Florida Power ACT Program. It’s concern for the customer’s needs that makes a one-time Rusaw client a life-time Rusaw client.

A Spacious Floorplan

In addition to all of the energy and money saving elements that go into a Rusaw-built home, each home is also meticulously designed.

The three-bedroom, two-bath Pinehurst model is the most open and spacious of the Rusaw floorplans. A set of three sliding glass doors that lead to the pool area easily disappear into the wall when fully opened, bringing the great outdoors in.

The master suite, with its cathedral ceiling, is roomy enough for all of your bedroom furniture, and then some. An angled corner is the perfect spot for an oversized chair. Private sliding doors allow for easy access to the pool and spa area, and the waterfall that gently cascades into the pool is easily heard from the master suite. Imagine leaving the sliding doors open and falling asleep to the soothing sound of trickling water.

The master bathroom is just as impressive as the bedroom itself. The tub takes center stage and is prominently displayed on a raised platform — ideal for a relaxing soak, surrounded by flickering candles after a long day’s work.

George Rusaw makes sure his clients receive exactly what they envision when it comes to their dream home. Whether it’s a raised tub or vanishing windows, you won’t find better serve anywhere else!

Next time you’re driving through beautiful Citrus County, stop in and see the helpful, friendly people at Rusaw Homes. Who knows, you might just find that Citrus County is the perfect balance between city life and country living.

Fast Facts About Rusaw Homes


* Rusaw Homes, the preferred builder in Pine Ridge, has constructed homes for nearly 4,000 Citrus county residents.
* Homesites in Pine Ridge range from one to five acres
* You can expect to be visited by a caring Rusaw specialist at three milestones: 30-days, 90-days, and one year following the completion of your home.
* On the one-year anniversary of your home, George Rusaw himself will conduct your home’s walk-through inspection.
* Rusaw Homes is the only builder in the county to offer a 15-year bonded builder warranty.
* George Rusaw was the youngest person to selected as Florida’s “Builder of the Year” by the Florida Home Builder’s Association.

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