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.
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 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.