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Sanford couple seeks developer or builder to buy family land

An elderly Sanford couple who want to spend the rest of their lives together has hit upon a novel idea to make it so.

They want to subdivide most of the 11.76 acres that surround their home into six lots that, they hope, a developer will purchase and turn into six upscale single-family residences.

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Charlotte and Richard Gauss would then live off the proceeds. The are looking for $1 million for the whole subdivision, or around $300,000 per lot, which lies east of Orange Boulevard and Terra Bona Court.

The red line maps the rectangular lot that Charlotte and Richard Gauss of Sanford want to subdivide, while keeping their home.
The red line maps the rectangular lot that Charlotte and Richard Gauss of Sanford want to subdivide, while keeping their home. (Seminole County)

The property, which lies 1.2 miles west of Interstate 4 and about 1.2 miles south of S.R. 46, was once partially citrus groves.

Their original use for the land -- boarding horses -- became impractical a few years ago as insurance costs became prohibitive, said Charlotte Gauss. She came up with the subdivision plan with her husband, and presented it as a proposal to Seminole County planners on Wednesday.

The subdivision and future development would not require any changes in land use or zoning.

The Gauss' do want to put in a dedicated road to serve the new residents, and maybe even make the area a gated community. The proposed project is currently named "Terra Bona," but that is planned to change.

A husband and wife development team are cobbling together three small parcels in Sanford with the goal of creating a 20-home subdivision on Orange Boulevard.

"We want this to be right; on the high end," Charlotte Gauss told GrowthSpotter.

The land has been checked for endangered species including gopher tortoises and bald eagles, with none found, according to an engineering report the couple submitted.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at ktalley@growthspotter.com or (407) 420-5176. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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