Tavistock Development Company has opened the temporary welcome center for Sunbridge, known as Basecamp, and opened the first model homes in Weslyn Park that were designed specifically for the master-planned community.
The Basecamp, anchored by a pair of yurts, is meant to evoke the overall themes of the 27,000-acre community, emphasizing the natural environment and outdoor lifestyle. It’s located along Cyrils Drive, across from Del Webb at Sunbridge.
“We had a Realtor event out there on Friday, and we had about 300 people,” Vice President of Development Rob Adams said.
The developer has successfully used the centralized welcome center concept at Lake Nona, where it provides information about neighborhoods, builders and amenities in the community. The permanent center for Sunbridge will be constructed later as part of the marina district. The 31-acre Basecamp also will feature an outdoor pavilion and the first 2 miles of what promises to be a robust network of trails winding through the community. Eventually, it will be redeveloped a multifamily community.
Just east of the center, the community’s second residential neighborhood is taking shape. Tavistock previously announced the five builders selected for the first 577 homesites in Weslyn Park. Ashton Woods, Craft Homes, David Weekley Homes, Pulte Homes and Toll Brothers released their initial pricing information and will be starting sales over the next several weeks. Adams predicts the first residents could move in this summer.
Ashton Woods and Craft both will offer a mix of detached homes and alley-loaded townhomes with three or four bedrooms. AW has two floorplans starting in the $400,000s, while Craft will offer three floorplans priced in the high $300,000s. Adams said neither has commenced construction on the townhomes yet.
AW will offer eight floorplans on its rear-loaded, 45-foot lots. Craft will offer 15 floorplans on three different lot sizes: 34-foot bungalows, 50-foot and 60-foot street loaded.
DWH is the first to open a model and should have its second open this weekend. The homebuilder will be taking 128 lots and will offer two product lines, one with alley-load homes situated on 34-foot homesites and the other with front-load homes on 50-foot homesites. Prices will start in the $400,000s.
Pulte, which is building bungalow-style homes on 45-foot lots, is also furnishing its first models, Adams said. Four floorplans will be available, and home prices will start in the mid-$400,000s.
Toll Brothers is building exclusively on 60-foot lots and has a model under construction now. Five floorplans are available and prices will start in the $500,000s.
“Until the models are open, everything would be done by appointment. So you can still access information with the builders, just reach out to them online, and then they will set up a time to meet with you,” Adams said. “There’s just there’s been a lot of demand. So I don’t want people to get discouraged if they come in and it takes a while to get into the queue because I just know they’ve had a lot of demand for the housing so far.”
Tavistock created a set of building standards within the community that permits only wood frame construction with James Hardie outdoor siding and trim products. The design guidelines allow for five architectural styles distinctive to Florida: Coastal Craftsman, Coastal Cottage, Farmhouse, Shingle, Cracker and Florida Foursquare.
“I think the frame construction adds a real different feel to the community when you drive through, as opposed to the kind of stucco communities you’ll see in the corridor and the more conventional communities in Orlando,” Adams said.
Adams said the wood framing allows for more design flexibility than block construction. “It gives us more possibilities than ever before. It’s the ease of moving windows that you really can’t do with block, so some of the first-floor windows get a little more interesting,” he said.
The next phase of Weslyn Park will add another 250 homes and a K-8 school, slated to open in 2024. Adams said the total number of homes in Weslyn Park could reach 2,000 as Sunbridge matures. Tavistock also plans a Marina District that will include executive homesites and an active adult community with roughly 6,000 homes.