Boutique, family-owned, custom home builder, Paradise Homes, has been wowing home buyers from Brevard to Palm Beach County for 25 years. The company is known for creating luxury, one-of-a-kind custom builds as well as quality custom homes to suit an array of budgets. One of the secrets of the success of Paradise Homes is the top-notch team that owner and builder, Karen Gordon, has thoughtfully created. From the front office staff to the sales team to the construction superintendents, every employee of Paradise Homes plays an integral role in customer satisfaction and the company’s success.
The Paradise Home sales team includes Kellie Gordon, Laura Krecic, Patricia Kunde and Elaine Prezzemolo. Each sales person holds a real estate license and works closely with realtors throughout their region to find the find the right community, lot or piece of land for each client. And they each bring a unique skill set to the Paradise Home team. Kunde’s experience in land acquisition and assemblage for Miami developers gives her a edge when helping clients select the perfect home site. “Real estate is an art,” said Kunde, “You have to match the perfect location to the perfect floor plan. New to sales but certainly not new to Paradise Homes is Karen Gordon’s daughter, Kellie Gordon. “We take our clients by the hand and walk them through the home-buying process. Our philosophy is to always work within their budget, “said Gordon.
Design Center Manager, Julie Coker, is the person many clients will spend the most time with during the building process. Coker spends hours helping clients refine every detail of their new home from materials to color selections to the placement of every light switch and outlet. “I love working with the customers,” said Coker, “Every time I sit down with a client it’s like I get to build a new house—it’s great!”
Karen Gordon’s son, Andrew Gordon, is the Chief Estimator who also holds a general contractor’s license. He works hand-in-hand with the architect and prices out various options for the clients. Gordon is currently working on a new portfolio of floor plans that will be unveiled early next year.
Each custom home that Paradise Homes builds is under the watchful eye of superintendents, Bill Noveska, Victor Garcia or Construction Manager, David Paoletti. Paoletti oversees the superintendents and keeps a close eye on quality and schedules. “I keep the lines of communication open with the customers and make sure the quality of every job is where it’s supposed to be,” said Paoletti. Garcia and Noveska oversee the construction of homes from start to finish, including scheduling subcontractors and delivery of materials. Garcia is also the Warranty Manager, responsible for final walkthroughs with each client before a certificate of occupancy is issued “We always make sure the home is 100 percent up to the client’s satisfaction,” said Garcia. Fluent in Spanish, Garcia is available to work with customers more comfortable conversing in that language.
Permitting Manager, James Clasby is in charge of the permitting process for each project. He also handles marketing for the company. Working closing with Clasby is Executive Administrator and Office Manager, Paula O’Brien who is in charge of front and back office operations including accounting, technology, printing and assisting with scheduling.
The center of the well-oiled Paradise Homes team is founder and custom home visionary, Karen Gordon. Every client meets personally with Gordon to design their dream home. During the homebuilding process, clients also meet every person who works for Paradise Homes. “Customers love that we are family-owned and so personable. Clients don’t get handed off. They get to meet the entire office,” said Kellie Gordon.
“Karen is a remarkable woman,” said O’Brien, “She genuinely cares, not only about her employees, but about every customer. She’s put together a great team. We all care and we all work well together.”
Headquartered in Port St. Lucie, Paradise Homes builds custom homes to meet a variety of budgets, from under $200,000 to well into the millions. For more information and to tour their model homes, call 800-818-1080 or visit paradisehomefl.com.