Howell Township, N.J., October 30, 2003: Every trip to Italy is followed by more than its share of lasting impressions. Is it the arched doorways of an Italian country villa?  The handpainted fresco that indulges the senses? Or, perhaps the artful inlaid mosaic tiles crafted centuries ago? All of these scenes and more welcome visitors to the Siena, a model home at M. Rieder’s Toscana. This spectacular home is one of three models on view in the handsome new community of gracious single-family homes in Howell Township, New Jersey. 

“All of our new models at Toscana have been so well received, especially the Siena,” says Marge Karahuta, Director of Sales for M. Rieder Companies.  “A walk through this stylish model is an enchanting experience, you’re immediately swept into a rich array of features, distinct architectural elements, and warm designer-decorated colors and furnishings that speak to an appreciation of the Italian countryside aesthetic.  And, it’s not often that you see homes of this high level of detail, quality and outstanding value. 

The Siena model greets homebuyers with a soaring two-story foyer that is nothing short of grand. Ideal for those who entertain, it offers a spacious eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and even a separate wine cooler for storing reserves at the perfect temperature. A spacious two-story family room is anchored by a huge stone fireplace, while a cozy library becomes a retreat for quiet moments.  Throughout the home are more designer touches, such as engaged wall columns and dramatic trim in the master-suite that must be seen to be fully appreciated. 

In addition to the Siena, homebuyers may also view beautiful presentations of the Lucca or San Marco, both boasting the impressive 10-foot first-floor ceilings that characterize all Toscana homes. The Lucca’s sensual bamboo wood floors, throughout the first floor, are an exotic touch, while stained glass cabinets add a rustic element to the gourmet kitchens. In the San Marco, a distinctive step-down family room with handsome built-in bookcases creates a welcoming gathering place ideal for relaxing with friends and loved ones. 

“Homebuyers need only visit the M. Rieder Design Center to personalize their home from a vast palette of customizable features, such as those featured in the models, to create a home that embodies a lifestyle of luxury,” adds Ms. Karahuta. A highly trained staff of design professionals is available to assist homebuyers with every choice throughout the entire process.  “And, for those who wish to enjoy their stylish new home in time for the holidays, we’re currently offering a stunning lakeview immediate delivery San Marco, complete with gracious touches such as hardwood floors throughout the first floor, gas fireplace, deluxe kitchen cabinetry, and much more.” 

Best described as elements of old-world Tuscany with a modern twist, the homes at Toscana are attractively priced from the $400’s, offer 2,600 to 3,500 square feet, and include many luxurious standard appointments. The homes also feature all of the benefits of the innovative new Energy Star Program. M. Rieder Companies has endowed homes at Toscana with this program that makes them at least 30 percent more energy efficient than the norm. As a result, homeowners’ monthly energy bills are dramatically reduced. What’s more, they easily outperform other new homes -- not merely in reduced energy costs, but also in terms of uniform quality and comfort. 

With the creation and design of Toscana, M. Rieder Companies has once again shown how intuitive and sensitive they are to the desires and needs of people searching for a very particular way of life. M. Rieder Companies has been building beautiful, high-quality family homes for more than 40 years.