New Jersey-based homebuilder K. Hovnanian is proposing to build one of its Four Seasons-branded retirement communities on 264 acres of vacant citrus groves along State Road 19 in Howey in the Hills.
The developer has contracted to buy the Lake Hills Planned Unit Development and convert it into a 650-unit Four Seasons gated community with a mix of commercial uses on S.R. 19 and an amenity center and park directly on Lake Harris. The conceptual site plan includes 292 paired villas on 35-foot-wide home lots and 254 cottage home lots, which are 50 feet wide. The plan also introduces a new 60-foot lot size for 104 single-family homes.
This would be the builder’s second Four Seasons-branded community in the greater Orlando market, as K. Hovnanian recently launched sales of the final phase at Four Seasons Orlando on Old Lake Wilson Road in the Four Corners area of Osceola County. The resort-style active adult communities are known for offering planned activities and exceptional amenities with fitness centers, game and craft rooms and multiple pools.
The Lake Hills PUD was approved in 2011, but the homebuilder’s updated concept plan would reduce the number of homes by 130.
The site plan reserves 21 acres of institutional use for a future assisted living facility or school site. It also creates a commercial parcel at the front entrance on S.R. 19 with entitlements for 150,000 square feet of retail space. a second lot just north of the entrance for public use. A two-acre parcel north of the entrance road would be used for a well and water treatment facility.
A pre-application document filed with the town and reviewed by the Design Review Committee indicated that the proposed development would have to be coordinated with the nearby proposed 252 single-family unit Thompson Grove residential subdivision on the east side of S.R. 19 due to likely impacts on state road traffic and area intersections.
K. Hovnanian has built several other projects in central Florida, including San Sebastian Reserve, a gated community of single-family homes with resort-style pool and cabana in Apopka, Winding Bay Town Homes in Winter Garden and in Horizon West.
The proposed development would be part of a recent growth spurt by Howey in the Hills.
An Orlando-based developer has submitted plans for a 265-acre residential gated community on Lake Harris in an unincorporated area of Lake County’s Yalaha near Howey-in-the-Hills.
GPK Holdings has proposed a development called Drake Point, located on the east side of County Road 48 north of Bella Vista Drive to the south and west of Lake Harris. The project would consist of 528 residential units with a separate marina, tennis courts, trails, clubhouse and courts for pickleball, a paddle-based game that combines badminton, table tennis and tennis. The development would have no age restrictions.
In addition, the Mission Inn Resort and Club , which includes a resort, three golf courses, condominiums and single-family homes already has almost 300 homes and is looking to nearly double its size with another 272 single-family homes by Park Square Homes.