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A rendering of a home at the planned Flora Gardens community at 3522 S. Goldenrod Road.
A rendering of a home at the planned Flora Gardens community at 3522 S. Goldenrod Road. (davidweekleyhomes.com)

Houston-headquartered David Weekley Homes is moving forward with plans to develop a residential community along Goldenrod Road, just north of Orlando International Airport.

The planned Flora Gardens community will consist of 72 home sites with lots no larger than 40 feet. It’s set to rise on about 13.5 acres of infill property at 3522 and 3412 S. Goldenrod Road.

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Plans were first submitted last year in May by the property’s previous owners: San Lorenzo Town Homes LLC and Florida LT Company LLC.

Less than about a year later, David Weekley Homes paid $1.85 million to acquire the property through entity, CND-Goldenrod LLC. The purchase took place shortly after its Preliminary Subdivision Plan won the approval from the Board of County Commissioners that same month.

Outlined in blue is the site plan for David Weekley Homes' residential community Flora Gardens.
Outlined in blue is the site plan for David Weekley Homes' residential community Flora Gardens. (Orange County/ GrowthSpotter)

Now, David Weekley Homes is poised to go before county planning officials once again. The homebuilder recently submitted a request asking the county to issue building permits prior to any approval or recording of plats, which will allow the company to begin building model homes.

According to a press release, Flora Gardens is scheduled to open next year in Spring. It’s being offered by a division of the company that focuses on buildings houses geared toward first-time buyers.

“Due to the housing downturn, many builders turned their focus away from first-time homebuyers,” Chairman David Weekley said in the release. “With Imagination by David Weekley Homes, we’re prepared to supply this buyer with the high-quality home they deserve at a price they can afford."

Its website is marketing Flora Gardens as a soon-to-come single-family home community with houses featuring one- and two-story floor plans that range between 1,750 square feet to 2,300 square feet. Prices begin in the high $200,000′s.

The homebuilder is active in Orlando. Just this year it completed a townhome community in downtown called Eleven on Thornton, which features 11 homesites that consist of three-story townhomes. It’s also in the midst of selling and building out its Eola North and Concord Place residential communities in downtown.

At the same time, the Houston-based developer is also sniffing out potential new opportunities to build in Central Florida.

In August, GrowthSpotter reported that representatives of the company attended an optional pre-proposal meeting to buy and build out some remaining 126 acres of city-owned land from the McCoy Naval Annex in Orlando. A joint venture between the Allen Morris Company and Beazer Homes is the reported front-runner.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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