Breaking Ground

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Lake and Sumter is finally bouncing back, and with growth comes the need for more housing. After years of inactivity, dirt is finally starting to stir, signaling the return of residential building. Projects are popping up all over the place, so Style decided to take a closer look at the newest stock of developments you may need to put on your house-hunting radar.


Leesburg

Silver Lake Club

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Opened at the peak of the Florida land boom of the 1920s, Silver Lake once teemed with activity from those who enjoyed the popular golf and country club lifestyle that made it such a sought-after location.

However, a decline in revenue in the late 1990s and the closing of the golf course in 2008 left the future of Silver Lake unclear—until recently. Adopting the new name Silver Lake Club, the 104-acre vacant tract will eventually be home to 233 custom homes and 82 townhouses.

“Silver Lake Club will be a reflection of what the country club used to be,” said Lanny Husebo, who is handling the marketing for Silver Lake Club developer Jim Hartman. Husebo has resided in Silver Lake since the late 1970s. “There will be five to seven builders used to build the homes and it will be done in phases. Plus, there will be a new clubhouse that will reflect the original one. The community’s history will be tied to it.”

Silver Lake Club will feature plush landscaping around the perimeter, acting as a buffer between adjacent communities. In addition, homes will range between 1,800 to 3,000 square feet and lot sizes will vary between 10,200 and 19,800 square feet.

Speaking from a resident’s stance, Husebo says he’s excited about the future of Silver Lake Club.

“I welcome it. Hartman has a vision for what he wants to do for Silver Lake. He wants to make it a nice, quality development,” Husebo said. “People are speaking about how it will affect them personally, and granted, when I look out at my backyard I won’t have the fairways anymore. However, I have to look beyond myself and think about what’s great for the area. We have to embrace that.”


Clermont

The Canyons at Highland Ranch

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As Clermont continues to grow, more and more housing developments are expected in the area. One place to look out for is The Canyons at Highland Ranch.

These Taylor Morrison-built homes start from the $220s and come with a load of impressive features, including Energy Star appliances, sparkling granite countertops, tech-ready wiring, spacious master baths, and oversized walk-in closets with low maintenance shelving.

Family-friendly community conveniences include a park, pool, cabana, splash pad, mail kiosk, pet stations, and four miles of walking trails. Additionally, residents will also have access to the South Lake Trail.


Tavares

Etowah

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Etowah isn’t new but with the recent activity in the new home building market, it is definitely on the path to expansion. The KB Home, single-family community has 12 different floor plans with home sizes ranging from 1,443 to 3,550 square feet. There are also options to build both one-story and two-story homes, and future homeowners can take their experience one step further with personalization options available through the KB Home Design Studio.

Amenities consist of an oversized pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, a cabana, and a community dock on Lake Eustis. Homes are priced from $164,990.


Groveland

Eagle Pointe

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This 310-home Royal Oak Homes development held its official grand opening in July. Located off Silver Eagle Road and County Road 565A in Groveland, Eagle Pointe is looking to attract people who desire a bit of quiet, country living but still want to be close to all the fun activities South Lake has to offer, such as biking, fishing, golfing, and much more.

More than 120 homes are planned for the first phase of construction; 17 of them will sit on lakefront property, offering spectacular views of Cherry and Cook lakes. Residents may choose from plans featuring three to six bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. Home sizes range from 1,695 square feet to 3,237 square feet and prices start in the $180s.


Eustis

Valencia Grove

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For working families looking to relocate to Eustis, Housing Trust Group’s Valencia Grove couldn’t come soon enough. Construction on the $21 million, 144-unit affordable housing community started in November and is to be completed in 13 months.

Located north of Huffstetler Drive, between Kurt Street and Dillard Road, the rental housing will contain a mix of 24 1 bed/1 bath units, 96 2 bed/2 bath units, and 24 3 bed/2 bath units. Depending on a tenant’s income, rent could start as low as $358 a month for a 1 bed/1 bath unit and go as high as $790 a month for a 3 bed/2 bath unit. Amenities include a clubhouse, playground, volleyball court, outdoor pool, dog park, and car wash.


Fruitland Park

The Villages of Fruitland Park

The Village’s crawl along 466A continues with some houses completed and sold, while others are still in process. A portion of the Windy Acres Farm, Fruitland Park’s rodeo, is the site of current development. The correlating section of 466A is still under road construction.


Oxford

Grand Oaks Manor

For a while, most of the development in Sumter County came by the way of The Villages expansion. However, this new development of luxury homes located in Oxford prides itself in maintaining the native landscape; in fact, it’s a part of the attraction for potential buyers. The community’s 13,000-foot clubhouse sits in a wonderfully preserved grove of grandfather oaks, a feature that inspired the name. There are seven home styles featured: Azalea (2 bed/2 bath), Breeze (3 bed/2 1/2 bath), Jewel Box (3 bed/2 1/2 bath with the option of a spacious loft or fourth bedroom suite), Magnolia (3 bed/2 1/2 bath), Oleander (2 bed/2 bath), Serenity (2 bed/2 bath), and Willow (3 bed/2 bath); each with distinct layout features which make it perfect for different lifestyle needs. Amenities include a resort style pool, a dog park, walking trails, playground, passive parks, and a pickleball court.


Wildwood

Oxford Oaks

Selling itself as a family neighborhood, this gated community is just a stone’s throw from The Villages Charter School. The development offers three kinds of homes: cottage, designer, and premier. Under each of these tiers are multiple home layouts, ensuring a divergence from the cookie-cutter community planning. The bulk of existing homes, numbered between 30 and 40 built, are located near the recreation area, but an array of beautiful plots are still available.


STORY: Michelle Clark+Shemir Wiles  //  PHOTOS: provided+Shutterstock

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