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Local CRE exec plans new custom home in historic district of Downtown Orlando

A sketch of the "American Foursquare"-style home planned by Scott Dunkle and his architect for a new home, planned in a historic district of Downtown Orlando.

A local executive for national real estate investment group Anchor Health Properties is planning his new dream home in a historic neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, and has yet to hire a custom home builder.

To be located in the 100 block of Rosearden Drive, the planned two-story home is projected for four bedrooms and four baths across 3,017 square feet of living area, along with a separate 781-square-foot apartment above the garage.


Scott Dunkle, who joined Anchor Health Properties earlier this year as its new director of leasing in Orlando, paid $254,000 for the property in March 2013, where he currently lives in a 64-year-old home of 1,316 square feet.

"The main reason I bought it was because it's right across the street from Dickson Azalea Park, on a brick street in downtown," Dunkle told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "The current house was built in (1953) and there are only two other houses on the street, in classic bungalow style. So we're trying to build something that fits in for the historic district."


That's why he hired local architect Tom Price, who specializes in meeting local historic district standards. The new home's design will be inspired by the "American Foursquare" style, popular from the mid-1890s through the 1930s that include elements of the Prairie School and Craftsman styles.

"There will be a hidden pantry, which I've seen before in model houses and thought was cool, a dog washing station will be in the laundry room, and we'll have a garage apartment in the back," Dunkle said.

Dunkle and Price's request to build the new home should go before the city's Historic Preservation Board in April. If approved, he estimates a groundbreaking in the Fall, with 12 to 18 months of construction to follow.

Flora Smith of Details for Construction has been hired as project manager, who Dunkle said he was drawn to after she designed a neighbor home's porch. A few custom home builders have been consulted thus far, but Dunkle has yet to hire a contractor.

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