It is a match made in bailout heaven: The struggling housing market and the dying automotive industry. The long-lost lovers found each other in…Winter Park, Florida?
The developer of The Sage at Winter Park, a community in the suburbs of Orlando, plays matchmaker to the two industries by offering a free 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt to anyone who purchases a town home. A typical two-bedroom, two-bath model at The Sage -- called the "Basil" (throw some oregano in there and you've got an herb garden, too) -- goes for about $199,900, according to a corporate release.
“So we're giving away a new car free. Now our buyers will have a brand new, energy efficient car to put in their brand new garage at their new green certified town home condominium," says Ian McCook, president of Nvision, the development manager of The Sage at Winter Park.
You mean, we get a brand new car with our brand new home and we’re saving the planet? This calls for a Walt Disney musical.
So, put on your glass slippers and wrestle away the bouquet before the clock strikes twelve. This marriage just might have a happy ending.
Write to Jon Prior