It’s been over three years since Mattamy Homes closed the deal to buy the fifth and final village in Disney’s master-planned Celebration community, and now the homebuilder finally has a projected date for the grand opening.
Orlando Division President David Baselice said Mattamy is eyeing late March or early April 2021 for its model opening and will roll out a marketing package with elevations, floorplans and pricing information about 30 days before opening. He expects the first home sales to close in the calendar year.
“We’re building six models, these are all unique to Celebration,” Baselice said. “We have several styles being offered at Island Village, which were developed with the intention of keeping the traditional Celebration look, and also updating some of the look with the introduction of coastal styles.”
Mattamy paid $31 million to Disney’s The Celebration Company for the first two of three takedowns for Island Village, which will be developed over multiple phases. The property has entitlements for 1,000-plus single-family homes, 300 apartments, 30,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial, an elementary school and five acres for park or civic uses.
Baselice said Mattamy’s goal was to replicate the community feel and emphasis on parks that makes Celebration such a desirable neighborhood. The landscape master plan by NAK Design Strategies calls for multiple parks, tree-lines vistas and public gathering spaces. A new bridge and trellis system on the Island Village entry road off Celebration Boulevard will create a dramatic opening for the community.
“Our view of Island Village is kind of taken by the entrance,” Baselice said. “It will be revealed by an expansive entry bridge that is not finished but is absolutely beautiful.”
Phase one is divided into two subphases and approved for 87 townhomes, 191 detached homes and a 300-unit apartment complex with 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail. Dallas-based Streetlights Residential has filed building permits for the first multifamily buildings and is expected to close on the property sale in January. This is the developer’s first project in Florida.
The complex is designed to replicate the “main street” feeling in downtown Celebration. The company’s design philosophy is to create a boutique hotel atmosphere and sophisticated sense of place by using high sensory “touch and feel” finishes in amenity spaces and apartment homes, providing top tier design elements, amenities, and services.
Mattamy will build a community pool and 26,000-square foot clubhouse, which will include multiple fitness rooms, meeting rooms and covered outdoor space, Baselice said. The amenity will be operated by the Celebration Residential Owners Association, CROA, and will be open to all homeowners in the community.
The homebuilder will maintain the architectural styles prevalent throughout Celebration while introducing a new Coastal collection. Baselice said the townhomes will feature Colonial Revival and Coastal exteriors.
“There’s so much in Celebration that is so incredibly well thought out and planned, and we’re continuing that,” Baselice said. “Now, the interiors will be more updated, just based on kitchen designs, kitchen trends, LED lighting. There’s a lot of opportunities for island waterfalls in the kitchens. It’s going to be a fresh, modern interior, but the exteriors and style will continue what Celebration has already done extraordinarily well.”