Lennar representatives will meet with Oscoela County planners Wednesday to begin discussions for the next phase in ChampionsGate comprising approximately 821 new homes and condos.
The Four Corners community is approved for more than 3,000 homes. The homebuilder has filed conceptual plans for a major expansion on 214 acres surrounding the ChampionsGate Country Club golf course.
Lennar has sold and closed around 900 homes in the golf course community, including the country club which is limited to owner-occupants, and separate vacation rental communities.
Orlando Division President Brock Nicholas told GrowthSpotter the next wave of development will include a variety of home products ranging from condominiums to golf course estate homes on 80-foot-wide lots.
"We're developing an enormous country club that's not anything to do with the vacation homes," he said. "It doesn't allow short-term rentals. The country club will be about 800 homes at full buildout."
The conceptual plan prepared by KPM Franklin breaks the project into seven subphases, though Nicholas said construction could be going simultaneously in multiple phases. The housing unit breaks down into 290 single family homes, 234 townhomes and 11 condo buildings with a total of 297 units.
Vacation rentals would be offered as luxury townhomes, detached villas and single-family homes.
Home prices should range from $193,990 for a residential condo, to a $500,000 base-price for the golf course homes on 80-foot lots in The Estates neighborhood.
"One of the things we offer in The Estates is Lennar's Next Gen floorplan," Nicholas said. "It's really a home within a home."
The Liberation floorplan includes a guest suite with a separate one-car garage, living area and kitchenette, but it's still classified as a single family home. It was designed to appeal to families caring for an aging parent, but some families utilize the suites as home offices, studios and "man caves."
"This is something our company invented, and it's a nationwide push," Nicholas said. "I happen to appreciate it because I have a disabled father and I understand the challenges of caring for an aging parent."
He said Lennar offers the Next Gen floorplan at ChampionsGate and at Providence in Polk County. "Orange County is not embracing the concept," he said.
Lennar will be introducing new design concepts and materials when it launches this next phase. In response to changing tastes, all homes in The Estates would include quartz counters and slate appliances.
Nicholas said Lennar is selling about 300 homes per year in ChampionsGate and still has plenty of available home sites in inventory for now, so the builder hasn't scheduled a date to start construction on this next phase.
"When we sell out, that's when we'll start the next phase," he said.
ChampionsGate and Reunion are fueling rapid growth in the Four Corners area, with each contributing more than $50 million a year to the county's tax base.
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate opens its $40 million expansion on Memorial Day weekend. A new 308-unit class-A apartment complex is expected to open next month, fronted by new retail and dining options.
At Reunion Resort, Encore Homes is increasing density in its second phase at Encore Club and plans to open a new Jack Nicklaus-themed community, Golden Bear. GrowthSpotter reported on March 1 that Tampa-based DeBartolo Development would build a 300-unit class apartment complex with access to the resort's amenities.