Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A new point of view

Photo: Nicole Hamel

Lennar is drawing up plans to revive a lakefront site in Mount Dora.

It would be a shame to waste an elevated, scenic view of Lake Dora.

So Lennar Homes isn’t going to let that happen.

The Miami-based homebuilder recently purchased the dormant Dora Parc site at 1120 S. Clayton St. in Mount Dora. Though no official details had been released as of late January, Lennar’s “Coming Soon” sign at the site indicates that single-family homes will be constructed on the small lakefront, hillside property. The original plan for the development, started in 2015, called for about three dozen two-story houses with four to five bedrooms each.

Dora Parc is on the west side of Clayton Street between two other subdivisions, Chautauqua to the north and Elysium to the south, and about a mile walk to downtown Mount Dora. The lone street is Dora Parc Lane, an oval backing up against a small canal and a heavily wooded area. Visitors get a panoramic view of Lake Dora from the Clayton Street entrance, and future homeowners are expected to have boat access to the lake via the canal.

The development debuted with much fanfare in June 2016 when Mount Dora city officials attended the grand opening for two model homes, and the original builder, AR Bailey Homes, posted information about the event on social media. The Kissimmee-based builder also constructed entrance walls along Clayton Street labeled with “Dora Parc,” a brick-paved entry road into the gated community, partial sidewalks, and a brick walkway meandering through the site.

Bailey offered four customized home options of 2,500 to 4,000 square feet, along with private boathouses on the canal, starting from the low $500,000s, according to After the first two homes were built, however, Dora Parc stalled.

In January, workers from Brockman Construction, based in Oviedo, started moving mounds of dirt across the previously sodded property, presumably to adjust the grading on the hillside. Four rows of homes will be built along Dora Parc Lane, a Brockman worker says.

Information about new floor plans, square footage, pricing, and a construction timeframe were not immediately available, Lennar sales consultants said. But one of the model homes, at 1275 Dora Parc Lane, is up for sale, and a real estate website listing may give insight into the potential designs of the new houses.

The 4,000-square-foot house with four bedrooms and five baths is listed for $464,000, and described as “stunning with designer touches throughout, fabulous views, and direct water access to Lake Dora (Harris Chain of Lakes) via community boat slip.”

Features include a kitchen with quartz counters and a large island, built-in gas stainless appliances, a convection wall oven, wood cabinets, and a butler’s pantry. The great room includes a tiled gas fireplace and a second-story balcony overlooking a pool, hot tub, and patio area with views of Lake Dora. The master bedroom has a spa bathroom with soaking tub, and a large separate shower. Other rooms include a den/office with French doors and a large window, a wine alcove with a decorative steel door, and a game room.

Photo: Nicole Hamel

Lennar also pledges that “everything’s included” in the new “dream homes” at Dora Parc. Lennar provides connectivity with a Wi-Fi certified home, including Amazon Echo Show, Ring Video Doorbell, and Samsung SmartThings; efficiency with green building features such as Energy Star appliances, WaterSense faucets, and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint; luxury fixtures and appliances like upgraded tile flooring, GE washers and dryers, and Moen kitchen and bath fixtures; and extended services including online resources, mortgage and title services, and a new home trade-up program.

Lennar is accentuating Dora Parc’s idyllic setting and surrounding features, such as parks and conservation areas, leisure choices, Mount Dora’s historic downtown filled with boutiques and antique shops, the Mount Dora Lighthouse, and the Palm Island Boardwalk, as well as its proximity to Orlando.

At one point, the Dora Parc site had colorful penguin statues at the entrance to greet visitors. The penguins were commissioned from a European artists group as a nod to the vibrant art community of Mount Dora.

The penguins are gone from Dora Parc, but the development marches on with a new leader.