D.R. Horton this week opened a preview center and launched pre-sales for its new 550-home active adult community, Palms at Serenoa, in Clermont.
Horton is planning approximately 190 homes in Phase 1. Those include duplexes and single family homesites, which will be developed under the Freedom Homes brand with various floorplans ranging in size from 1,400 to over 2,000 square feet.
Horton will build five model homes showcasing the two-bedroom and three-bedroom floorplans. All units have a two-car garage.
“Our homes at Palms at Serenoa are perfect for casual yet functional living," Central Florida Division President Donna Pope said. "They feature spacious open layouts with modern finishes and will be equipped with our smart home technology package.”
Pope said the neighborhood would offer a maintenance-free lifestyle in an amenity-rich community. Horton will build a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with multiple activity rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio. Outdoor amenities include a zero-entry resort style pool, pickleball courts and a dog park.
The gated community is located on the west side of Sawgrass Bay Boulevard, 1.5 miles east of U.S. 27 in the southeastern corner of Lake County. It was going to be the first development in the Wellness Way planning footprint, before plans for that health and wellness-focused district became stalled in a legal fight.
Horton's majority-owned subsidiary, Forestar Group Inc., paid $6.6 million earlier this year for the first two phases of the community. The seller was an affiliate of Kolter Land Partners, master developer of the 987-acre Serenoa community.
Serenoa is entitled for 1,600 homes and has commercial parcels available. Kolter is selling single family lots in the non age-restricted sections to Pulte, NVR, Ashton Woods, and David Weekley. As part of its development plans, Kolter also will extend Sawgrass Bay Boulevard east to Avalon Road in Orange County, where it will join up with Disney’s westward extension of Western Way.
South Lake County, particularly Clermont, has already established itself as a hot market for seniors. Cagan Crossings added a 55-plus community earlier this year near its town center on U.S. 27. The $22 million complex would feature around 140 units in a pair of four-story buildings with a mix of surface and covered garage parking.