Pulte Homes will continue to expand its presence in strategic pockets of Seminole County this year with groundbreakings coming on two residential developments.
Lake Emma Sound, a 78-home development at the southwest corner of Anderson Lane and Rinehart Road, received Planned Unit Development approval last month from the Lake Mary City Commission. Site work on the 35.8 acres should begin in March, with sales starting in the fourth quarter of this year, said Clint Ball, vice president of operations for Pulte's North Florida Division.
Pulte also recently got preliminary subdivision approval for a 94-home residential development near Longwood. The 43.3-acre property is known as the Klinger Property, because the Klinger family has owned and operated Brantley Nurseries there for decades.
Pulte and the Klinger family have yet to close on the sale contract, but that should happen in the next few months, Ball said, with development to start soon after.
Lake Emma Sound will be just a half mile from Lake Mary Boulevard, a definite plus in the minds of Pulte executives, Ball said. Reinforcing that assessment is the success the homebuilder has had marketing its Crystal Reserve community just a few miles away.
"Lake Mary is first and foremost a great place to live, work and play," Ball said. "The supply of new detached, single-family homes in Lake Mary is extremely low, and we're looking forward to giving potential homebuyers an opportunity to live in this gated enclave overlooking Lake Emma."
Lake Emma Sound will feature single-family detached homes ranging from 1,900-4,000 square feet. The community will be gated with signalized access into the community from Rinehart Road.
Ball did not say what the houses will cost. He estimated last July that houses there would likely be more expensive than those at Crystal Reserve, which ranged from $403,990 to $551,410.
Total investment in the Lake Emma Sound project will be more than $10 million, Ball said. CPH Inc. of Sanford is civil engineer and planner on the project.
The Klinger Property project received preliminary subdivision approval in late November from Seminole County's Development Review Committee. The proposed subdivision, featuring homes from 2,500-4,000 square feet, will be on the south side of West Lake Brantley Road at Westwood Drive.
The unnamed project will hug the shores of Lake Brantley and feature lots 70 feet in width, with some on the community's exterior 90 feet wide.
"The Lake Brantley area features some of the best schools in all of Central Florida, in addition to having virtually zero new home inventory," Ball said. "The location will feature great accessibility to major road networks and the key job corridors."
Ball said he thinks the community will attract a wide range of customers, from those looking to downsize while staying in an area where they've lived for years, to growing families looking for a larger home.
Pulte expects to invest $15 million in the project including land development. Madden, Moorhead & Stokes of Maitland is civil engineer on the project.
At one time, K. Hovnanian Cambridge Homes intended to build more than 170 homes on the Klinger Property, or four homes per acre. The Orlando Sentinel reported in December 2015 that neighbors feared the high-density development would overload Lake Brantley Road with traffic and pose an environmental threat to Lake Brantley and nearby Wekiwa Springs State Park.
K. Hovnanian Homes later downsized its proposal to 93 lots, but then dropped the project in April 2016, GrowthSpotter reported last May.