The Brenner model is a two-story courtyard home that boasts a large eat-in kitchen as well as an open, loft-style great room.


Family-owned Minto Communities, founded in 1955, has built a business model of success through innovation, efficiency, craftsmanship and style — growing into one of North America’s leading builders with more than 80,000 homes constructed. More than 25,000 of those homes have been built in Florida.

Not surprisingly, Minto’s award-winning Brenner model follows much of that same blueprint. The Brenner won the first-place award for multifamily homes under $300,000 as well as the grand award for multifamily homes in all price ranges during the recent Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA).

Another Minto model, the Cormack Grande, won the first-place award for single-family homes from $450,000-$549,000. Both are available in Laureate Park, a red-hot community in east Orlando’s Lake Nona. 

It’s easy to see why Minto is piling up honors. 

The Brenner, a two-story courtyard home priced from $274,900, features a transitional architectural vibe from the exterior. Inside, it looks thoroughly modern with a large kitchen and dining area; an open, loft-style great room; 12-foot ceilings; and expansive outdoor living spaces, including a roomy private courtyard and balcony.

Encompassing two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s priced from $274,900. Among other factors, the judges were wowed by the floorplan’s space optimization. 

The Brenner’s 2,714 square feet — with 1,650 square feet under air conditioning — is a showcase of creative space distribution that accommodates second-floor activity centers and large bedrooms. 

The first floor contains 229 square feet, while the second floor has 1,421 square feet. In addition, a 265-square-foot courtyard is complemented by a porch and balcony, which each measure 111 square feet. A two-car garage (577 square feet) rounds out the total space.

Accents on “high performance,” craftsmanship and green/sustainable living are apparent. For Minto, high performance means energy and water efficiency — which ultimately translates into lower utility bills for homeowners. 

That efficiency, in turn, helps to reduce environmental impact, thanks to the consumption of fewer natural resources, minimized waste and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The builder adheres to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards, and all its homes are Energy Star certified.

Says Minto Vice President William Bullock: “Minto is honored to receive GOBA’s first place recognition for our innovative home designs at Laureate Park, and proud to bring our homes to Lake Nona — Orlando’s top-selling master-planned community.” 

The Brenner and Cormack Grande, plus three additional courtyard and single-family home models, are open at Laureate Park. All feature bright, open living areas, designer kitchens, lavish baths, walk-in closets and outdoor living spaces.

Single-family floorplans include three or four bedrooms plus a loft, and all have two-car garages. Options are available to add a second-floor retreat and a three-car garage to selected floorplans. Prices for single-family homes start in the low $300s. 

Courtyard home floorplans include two or three bedrooms plus a loft with a 10-foot ceiling. All have two-car garages and are priced from the mid- $200s. Visit minto.com for more information.