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Sun Terra signs Jones Homes for land in Harmony West expansion

Sun Terra signs Jones Homes for land in Harmony West expansion
Harmony master developer Sun Terra Communities has signed Jones Homes USA to build the first 136 homes of Harmony West (yellow), starting in the fourth quarter of this year. (Poulos & Bennett)

Jones Homes USA is expanding its footprint in Osceola County's St. Cloud market by reaching a deal with master developer Sun Terra Communities for Phase 1 of Harmony West.

Sun Terra Principal Richard Jerman told GrowthSpotter the Altamonte Springs-based homebuilder has signed a contract to buy the first 134 lots in what will eventually be a 1,913-home expansion of the master-planned golf community.

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"I think they're a great builder with a great product and a great value," Jerman said. "I really like what's they're doing in Eagle Creek, and they're designing all new product for Harmony."

He said the project is well into horizontal development and expects Jones Homes to launch vertical construction before the end of the year.

Sun Terra bought the balance of the 11,000-acre community last September from Starwood Land. The new owner activated Phase 1A as it was approved and redesigned the rest of Harmony West, Harmony Central and The Lakes at Harmony to add more density.

Scott Stearns, director of land for Jones Homes USA, said the company saw the Harmony expansion as chance to grow its primary residential offerings in Osceola.

The Harmony entry coincides with the second phase of Jones Homes' massive active adult community Twin Lakes, on Hickory Tree Road near St. Cloud. The community is approved for more than 2,000 homes over eight phases.

Jones Homes USA is prepping for the next five phases, and more than 1,100 more homes, in Osceola's Twin Lakes retirement community.
Jones Homes USA is prepping for the next five phases, and more than 1,100 more homes, in Osceola's Twin Lakes retirement community. (Jones Homes USA)

Jones Homes is actively selling Phase 1, which has 223 home sites, and will complete horizontal construction of Phase 2 in October. That includes 382 detached single-family homes and duplexes.

"The products don't differ very much in the active adult communities, except that they're all one-story and it's very focused on domestic suites with larger master bedrooms and bathrooms," Stearns said.

Earlier this month, the homebuilder filed Preliminary Subdivision Plans for phases 3-8 and the finel 1,131 home sites. Jones Homes is phasing in the amenities, but it's already completed two pools, a fitness center, community boat dock, and courts for bocce ball, tennis and pickleball.

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