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Single-Family Residential Developments

Ashton Woods targets Apopka for next residential development

Homebuilder Ashton Woods is targeting a fast-growing area in Apopka for its next residential community.

A recently submitted Major Development Plan application to the city’s Development Review Committee shows a proposed 110-lot single-family home subdivision along Plymouth Sorrento Road, between Lent Road and Appy Lane.

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According to the submitted plans, Ashton Woods intends to build large estate-style homes.

The homebuilder is seeking entitlements that will allow for a minimum of 95-foot-wide, single-family home lots. The homes could stand as tall as 35 feet in height. Amenities listed in plans include a pocket park, dog park, two ponds and a walking path.

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Ashton Woods was listed as the developer and Appian Engineering as the civil engineer.

The 56.8-acre property at 2601 Lent Rd. combines two parcels that are each tied to Amanda Paige Farrell, who serves as a trustee of the Testamentary Trust for the benefit of Amanda P. Farrell created under the Richard W. Rogers Revocable Trust.

Property records show the parties entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Ashton Woods to sell the property to the homebuilder, effective as of Aug. 18, 2021.

Nearby, Pulte Homes is planning a 175-unit single-family home subdivision on about 50 acres between S.R. 429 and Plymouth Sorrento Road, south of Joey McGuckin Road. West of S.R. 426, Mattamy Homes is planning to build a 141-lot single-family home community called Gardenia Reserves, on 20.27 acres on the southwest corner of Sadler Road and Golden Gem Road.

Ashton Woods markets its homes through two brands: Ashton Woods Homes and Starlight Homes. The company is steadily looking to build new communities throughout Central Florida.

Early last year, Ashton Woods proposed building 118 single-family homes along Celery Avenue in Sanford. It’s unclear if the homebuilder is still moving forward with plans. The property has not yet been sold.

Last summer, the Atlanta-based homebuilder attempted to branch into the Apopka/Ocoee submarket with plans to purchase roughly 60 acres at 7625 Clarcona Ocoee Road. The homebuilder was seeking entitlements that would have allowed for up to 88 residential units, but plans fell through. Records show the company terminated the contract to purchase the property about a month after submitting its initial Preliminary Review Item application.

In Orange County, the homebuilder is planning a 385-lot residential community as part of the Northlake at Ovation master-planned community in Horizon West. The four-phase development program calls for 127 townhomes and 258 detached single-family garden homes and village homes.

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It’s currently in the marketing phase of its 41-lot Waverly Wave single-family home community near the University of Central Florida, where homes are asking between $453,000 and $578,000, according to its website.

The homebuilder is also involved in Tavistock Development Company’s Laureate Park and Sunbridge master-planned communities.

In Lake County, the homebuilder is actively selling in the Hills of Minneola through its Starlight brand. Ashton Woods is also the contracted buyer for a 78-acre site next to Mount Dora’s Wolf Branch Innovation District, where it plans a 264-unit subdivision located at 30226 Round Lake Road.

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