Page 1

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND STYLE OF THE HORIZON WEST AREA

THE LURE OF THE LAKES

MAGAZINE

WEST SIDE GROWTH STORY

HOW HORIZON WEST IS RESHAPING WEST ORANGE COUNTY. LiveHorizonWest.com


TWO HORIZON WEST LOCATIONS TO LOVE. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES TO EXPLORE. HAMLIN RESERVE | LATHAM PARK

Discover the Winter Garden life you’ve been looking for in one of these exceptional communities, then explore the endless possibilities for personalization at The Studio by Ashton Woods.

Hamlin Reserve – Winter Garden Starting from the $240s

Latham Park – Winter Garden Starting from the $260s

Master-planned community with masterfully designed townhomes and single-family homes surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment. 407.614.0175

Remarkably designed single-family homes situated among lakes, natural conservation and exceptional amenities. 407.395.9756

Call to discover the possibilities today. ashtonwoods.com © 2017 Ashton Woods Homes. All rights reserved. Prices may not include lot premiums, upgrades or options; community association and golf fees may be required. Plans, specifications, pricing, incentives, features, elevations, and materials subject to change without notice. Square footage and dimensions are approximate, subject to change and may vary in construction. Renderings, maps and displays are artists’ conceptions and not actual depiction of home or its surroundings. Actual position of home on lot to be determined by site and plot plans; basements available subject to site conditions. Community improvements and amenities based on current plans and subject to change with no obligation to be completed. This is not an offer to sell real estate, or solicitation to buy real estate, in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law or where prior registration is required, including New York and New Jersey. Please see Sales Representative for additional information. CGC#1524983. 10.17


THREE EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITIES, ONE TOP-RATED BUILDER

DISCOVER MORE EXTRAORDINARY Central Florida Living From Mattamy

OCOEE

WINTER GARDEN

WINTER GARDEN

Single Family Homes From the Mid $200s

Lakefront and Estate Homes From the Mid $300s

Townhomes & Single Family Homes From the $200s

CONTACT OUR NEW HOME SPECIALIST

CONTACT OUR NEW HOME SPECIALIST

CONTACT OUR NEW HOME SPECIALIST

407-734-1342

407-734-1342

407-734-1342

NOW SELLING

NOW SELLING

COMING 2018

FIND YOUR NEXT HOME AT MATTAMYHOMESHORIZONWEST.COM SALES CENTER HOURS : Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm, Monday 2 pm - 6 pm & Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm All illustrations are artist’s concept. All dimensions are approximate. Prices, specifi cations, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E.&O.E. Builder’s #CGC1512500


Ashton Woods Homes’ 3,568-square-foot Brighton model has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half or four-and-a-half bathrooms. The breakfast room (below) features oversized windows and recessed shelving. Priced from $655,990, it’s available in Latham Park.


WEST WORLD L

THE REGION’S HOTTEST DEVELOPMENT SHOWS NO SIGNS OF COOLING OFF.

ast year, Horizon West emerged as the hottest growth area in Central Florida and one of the busiest master-planned communities in the U.S. There had been fewer than 20 active neighborhoods underway in 2014. But by 2016 there were more than 50, with others debuting on an almost constant basis. This year has been less about opening new neighborhoods — although there have been several added to the roster — than it has been about completing the neighborhoods that were started and making significant progress on all the amenities — including commercial and retail projects — that will serve all those new residents.

It’s sizzling in Horizon West these days — and smudge pots that once protected rolling aces of citrus groves during cold snaps are nowhere in sight. It’s the accumulated heat from an unprecedented flurry of construction — homes, commercial centers, roads and schools. County officials say that about 50 percent of new-home construction permits being issued are for homes being built in the county’s southwest sector, including Horizon West. More than 25,000 people live within Horizon West’s 23 acres. Nearly 10,000 single-family homes and five apartment complexes have been built, with more than 4,600 homesites under development. In Florida, only The Villages, the massive retirement community located mostly in Sumter County, is growing

faster than Horizon West. Although Horizon West’s individual components will be intimate and walkable, the overall scope is eye-popping. The area will ultimately be home to more than 60,000 people, which is three times the size of Winter Park.

A CHILLY PROLOGUE

Remarkably, the concept behind this history-making project was dreamed up in 1992 by a cadre of property owners — many of them growers — who regularly met for breakfast at a local diner. Over coffee and eggs, they pondered what might be done with tens of thousands of acres that hadn’t been practical LiveHorizonWest.co m H5


who cumulatively held more than 38,000 acres — was the fact that their land abutted Walt Disney World Resort to the south. With more than 52,000 jobs, Disney was, and remains, the largest single-site employer in the U.S. Clearly, keeping southwest Orange rural didn’t make sense. Still, the property owners knew that to get the designation changed, they’d have to propose something more comprehensive, more carefully thought out and more cutting edge than anything county officials had seen before. Not-for-profit Horizon West Inc. was formed in 1993 with the mission of putting a development plan forward. The organization hired the land-planning firm of Miller, Sellen, Connor and Walsh (now VBH MillerSellen) to craft an approach that regulators would buy into.

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH

The Kendelwood model by Pulte Homes (top) is 4,199-plus square feet and is priced starting at $470,990. The company’s Madison model (above), at 3,412 square feet, is priced starting at $430,990 and features a café kitchen. Both models are available in Royal Estates.

for agricultural use since a ruinous Christmas Day freeze in 1989. Why not sell it to developers, like so many other growers had done? In this case, it wasn’t quite so simple. The county’s land-use plan called for the vast tracts upon which groves had once flourished to remain rural. Under the plan, which placed a large swath of southwest Orange County outside the urban service area, housing would be limited to one unit for every 5 or 10 acres. Property now unsuitable for citrus would be unsuitable for subdivisions, too. Without water and sewer lines, the county’s theory went, developers would be forced to find land within the urban service area’s boundaries, thereby minimizing sprawl. In fact, developers simply leapfrogged the rural expanses of southwest Orange and began building thousands of new homes in Lake County to the west and Osceola County to the south. Many buyers of those homes worked in Orange County. Further vexing to the property owners — dozens of them, H 6 L i ve Ho r i z o n We s t .c om

Company President Jim Sellen, who was Orange County’s planning director in the late 1970s, knew that county officials would never agree to extend the urban service area for piecemeal projects. He also knew that the county had been pushing growth east, not west, because of the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Research Park as well as Orlando International Airport. However, Sellen agreed that saddling the decimated groves with a rural designation was counterproductive under the circumstances. The land was adjacent to major employers and it was high and dry, ideal for building. Plus, far from discouraging sprawl, the situation was making it worse. “I encouraged the landowners to think beyond their individual parcels and present something unified,” said Sellen in an interview last year with Florida Homebuyer Orlando. In devising a master plan for Horizon West, Sellen and his colleagues drew in part upon the pioneering work of Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928), whose 1898 publication, ToMorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, described self-sufficient communities linked by road and rail. Those “garden cities” would surround a larger, central city. But the planners also looked at current trends in New Urbanism, Disney’s Celebration development being a prime local example. In addition, they studied well-established communities such as Winter Park, which remained a model for smart planning a century after its founding. Said Sellen in 2016: “What we came up with was so simple that it was powerful.”

IT TOOK A VILLAGE

Horizon West, as it was originally envisioned, would contain six to eight Howard-style villages consisting of two to four neighborhoods. Schools and community parks would be within walking distance — a half-mile or less — of the homes, and the size of each neighborhood would be pegged to the capacity of its school. Each village would have its own Village Center with such essentials as a grocery store and a drug store. A major mixed-


RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE ACTION

2 Pulte Homes Communities in Horizon West Top Rated Schools • Life Tested® Home Designs • Quick Move-In Homes

Lakeview Pointe

Royal Estates From the mid $300s | 1,904 - 4,199+ Sq. Ft. Single Family Homes 3-6 Bedrooms | 2-6 Baths | 6 Home Designs

From the mid $200s | 1904-4201+ Sq. Ft. Single Family Homes 2-6 Bedrooms | 2-6 Baths | 16 Home Designs

• Luxury Single Family Homes with 3 Car Garages and Optional Tile Roofs • Waterfront Home Sites Available • 5 Minutes to Downtown Windermere • Easy Access to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios

• Lakefront Home Sites • Children’s Playground, Community Pool & Cabana with Splash Pad, Fitness Center, and Park • Easy Access to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios

888-284-5854 www.Pulte.com/RoyalEstates

888-817-2219 www.Pulte.com/LakeviewPointe

co Ha n ke

La

Seidel Rd

sR

d

Gar

ms

a Re

World Dr

429

Win

ter

am

Royal Estates

den

Vineland Rd

Lakeview Pointe

ck

Re

Rd

in ml Tr Ha rove G

535

LIFE IS FULL OF COMPROMISES, YOUR HOME SHOULDN’T BE ONE OF THEM Pulte Homes® reserves the right to make changes to floorplans without notice. Photographs and renderings are for illustrative purposes only, are not intended to be an actual representation of a specific home being offered and describe or depict models containing features or designs that may not be available on all homes or in all areas or that may be available for an additional cost. Features mentioned vary by plan and are available at the discretion of the builder; all features listed may not be included in the home but may be available as an added as an option. Electronics and other furniture or features shown are not included with home purchase. This material shall not constitute a valid offer in any state where prior registration is required or if void by law. Please see a sales consultant for details. ©2017 Pulte Home Company, LLC. All rights reserved. CGC1519936.


use Town Center encompassing homes, shops, offices and public areas would serve all the villages. Bicycle and pedestrian paths would line every street and connect Village Centers and neighborhoods to one another. Thousands of acres of green space would be preserved. Then-Commissioner Bob Freeman, whose district encompassed southwest Orange, pushed hard for the project, in part because he knew that the prospect of large-scale development would expedite extension of State Road 429. (Today the limited-access toll road, formally known as the Daniel Webster Western Beltway, runs from U.S. Highway 441 in Apopka south through Horizon West to Interstate 4 south of Disney.) Then-Commission Chairperson Linda Chapin was also supportive, and even pressed the county to pitch in money and staff time to help finalize the presentation. Dozens of community meetings were also held to get feedback. The next task was to convince the state Department of Community Affairs, which had the authority to approve or reject changes to local land-use plans. (The agency is now called the Division of Community Development and is part of the Department of Economic Opportunity.) Charles Gauthier, then the DCA’s director of community planning, was initially skeptical — but changed his mind after seeing what Sellen and company had cooked up. “Our thought was, ‘Boy, now’s the time to get out ahead of this,’” Gauthier said in a 1998 interview with the Orlando Sentinel. “In 20 years of experience, this was the most sophisticated planning I’d seen.” To facilitate the project, the state and the county adopted an innovative, two-tiered approach that allowed Horizon West to bypass the cumbersome Development of Regional Impact review process. The Optional Sector Planning Program, a pilot to accommodate Horizon West and four other demonstration projects throughout the state, called for the creation of a conceptual buildout plan for the entire area. Once the larger-scale sector plans were vetted and approved, they’d be augmented by more targeted specific area plans for the individual villages and the Town Center. Orange County approved the conceptual plan, entitled A Village Land Use Classification and Horizon West Study Report, in July 1995. In the years that followed, specific area plans have been submitted and approved as new phases have gotten underway.

A LIFESTYLE TO LOVE

The appeal of Horizon West is further enhanced by two major amenities immediately to the northeast and the southwest. In 2010 ground was broken on Phase 1 of the Horizon West SportsPlex, which is off Tiny Road and abuts the development to the north and the northeast. The 220-acre site, operated by the county as an equestrian park, is being transformed into a multiuse center that features indoor and outdoor facilities for a variety of sports, including dozens of fields for baseball, softball, soccer and cricket. Part of the funding for improving the SportsPlex will come H 8 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t .c om

from one of the largest capital investment projects in the history of Orange County, a $300 million initiative called “INVEST in Our Home for Life.” INVEST funds will be spent on roads, pedestrian safety projects and the promotion of affordable housing throughout the county, with about $17 million to be used for parks. SportsPlex will get its share by enabling public-private partnerships that will trigger matching funds. Abutting Horizon West to the south is the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, which was opened in the 1990s and has now enabled the development to offer worldclass golf as an amenity without having to build a golf course. Orange County National consists of two 18-hole courses — the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses — as well as a 9-hole course, a 42-acre practice facility, a 22-acre lighted putting green, an on-property lodge and a beautifully appointed clubhouse with a restaurant and meeting/event facilities.

HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION

Southwest Orange has two premier hospitals, Health Central Hospital and Dr. Phillips Hospital, both operated by Orlando Health, as well as urgent-care centers operated by Health Central and Florida Hospital. Orlando Health also owns a parcel within the Horizon West Town Center, and plans to open an 80-bed emergency hospital and physician practice in 2018. Adventist Health, which operates eight Florida Hospital campuses across Central Florida, opened its ninth campus in early 2016 across from Winter Garden Village, between Daniels Road and State Road 535. The 97,000-square-foot hospital features a state-of-the-art emergency department staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other highlights include imaging equipment, lab facilities and an outpatient surgical center as well as rehabilitation and sports medicine services. And the hospital broke ground early this year on a 72,000-square-foot medical office building next to its year-old hospital. “This building will allow us to further gather physicians of various specialties in one central location and offer even more outpatient services right here in West Orange,” said Amanda Maggard, campus CEO, in a news release. Orlando Health, which owns about 80 acres along the south side of Porter Road, is building a two-story medical complex with a 16-bed emergency hospital on the first floor. A 103-bed hospital tower will follow next year. In addition to an expanding healthcare scene, educational opportunities are more abundant than ever in southwest Orange. The area is home to highly rated public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as Valencia College’s bustling 180-acre West Campus. Valencia owns a parcel in the Horizon West Town Center for future expansion. Although Horizon West is served by many public schools, perhaps none was more needed than a new high school. Windermere High School, with 2,776 students, just opened at County Road 535 and Ficquette Road. The 350,000-square-foot high school will relieve crowding


at West Orange High School, which has 4,100 students on a campus designed for just 3,000. Independence Elementary, on New Independence Parkway, opened in August 2015, while Sunset Park and Bay Lake elementary schools opened last year in the Lakeside Village area. A middle school is slated to open in 2019, also in the Lakeside Village area.

TOWN AND COUNTRY

Southwest Orange has always been both rural and urban. It’s wealthy and middle-class. It’s defined by internationally known attractions and picture-postcard small towns. It’s forward looking and steeped in history. And, of course, it’s dotted by shimmering lakes — more than 200 of them — along with pristine natural areas where wildlife still thrives. Today southwest Orange is also a regional shopping and dining mecca. For example, Central Florida’s famed “Restaurant Row” stretches along Sand Lake Road near the upscale Mall at Millenia, with its world-class department stores — Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus — and premium boutiques. Southwest Orange is also home to much of Walt Disney World, including the Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney and Epcot as well as Disney’s resort properties and its four championship golf courses. Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are also in southwest Orange, as are major shopping destinations such as the Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves and West Oaks Mall. The sector encompasses three incorporated areas: Winter Garden, Windermere and Oakland. Windermere proper is nestled on an isthmus between several lakes on the beautiful Butler Chain, which includes lakes Butler, Tibet, Down, Sheen, Louise and Chase as well as Pocket Lake, Lake Blanche, Wauseon Bay, Lake Isleworth and Little Fish Lake. Few areas of Central Florida are more beautiful and unspoiled than the parks and preservation areas found in southwest Orange. The Tibet Butler Preserve, for example, contains more than four miles of interpretive hiking trails and elevated boardwalks radiating from the Vera Carter Environmental Center, which features wildlife exhibits and hosts a special environmental studies series for fifth graders. The Oakland Nature Preserve encompasses 128 acres of natural shoreline on Lake Apopka, Florida’s third-largest lake. The boardwalk to Lake Apopka is the centerpiece, offering dramatic views along the lakeshore. The preserve’s Green Trail is a loop off the boardwalk through a shady oak hammock, where you might see antelope or emus on an adjacent wildlife preserve. And its Uplands Trail is a network of short pathways through the sandhills that connect to the West Orange Trail.

EASY ACCESSIBILITY

Also key to the area’s appeal is its convenient transportation network. In addition to State Road 429, which opened

in 2005, interchanges and local roads have been completed to make getting in and out of Horizon West a breeze. The New Independence Parkway interchange (Exit 15) was created when New Independence Parkway was extended from State Road 429 east for nearly a mile to Schoolhouse Pond Road, which leads to the community of Independence. A four-lane road, Hamlin Groves Trail, parallels State Road 429. It originates at New Independence Parkway and runs south to Summerlake Park Boulevard, which leads to the community of Summerlake. These roads jump-started development of Hamlin, a major component of the 3,700-acre Horizon West Town Center, by creating easily accessible tracts for big-box commercial development. Now underway is a 1.5-mile extension of Hamlin Groves Trail north and then east, where it will wrap around the Orange County SportsPlex and connect to Tiny Road near the entrance to the community of Orchard Hills. It is expected to be complete in the second half of 2018. The extension will help accommodate traffic that new commercial development around the interchange — including a Walmart Supercenter and a Publix — will generate. A yet-unnamed “main street” will originate on the Publix tract, in the southwest quadrant of the interchange, and run east about a half-mile to Hamlin’s waterfront lifestyle center. It should be complete by the time this issue of Florida Homebuyer Orlando is published. About two miles to the south on State Road 429, another interchange was opened at Schofield Road (Exit 13). That interchange, which marks the southern boundary of the Horizon West Town Center, is about six miles north of Western Way, which leads to the Magic Kingdom and Disney World. Orange County National, which attracts as many as 50,000 people during a PGA event, is on Schofield Road. And in the general vicinity, some 60,000 new homes could be built in the next decade, according to developer T. Scott Boyd. Schofield Road also connects U.S. Highway 27 to State Road 429 roughly halfway between State Road 50 and U.S. Highway 192. That gives residents of burgeoning south Lake County a quicker route into southwest Orange County. But the biggest transportation news impacting Horizon West is the announcement of a western extension of New Independence Parkway through a vast undeveloped tract between the Horizon West Town Center and U.S. Highway 27 in Lake County. Boyd Development, the company behind Hamlin, is building the 5.5-mile-long road. The company doesn’t own the land flanking the road, which will take three years and at least $15 million to build. But the road’s completion will enable other developers to potentially build at least 16,000 homes. That’s a lot of new customers for businesses in and around Hamlin — and an easy way for them to get there. In short, Horizon West, in addition to being a self-contained community rich with its own amenities, has the added advantage of a location squarely in the center of Central Florida’s most dynamic and exciting region.  LiveHorizonWest.com H9


Hamlin’s picturesque waterfront lifestyle center will be the jewel of Horizon West. A boardwalk will link to a multiuse trail system and a lakefront park accessible by foot, bike or golf cart. H 10 L i ve Ho r i z o n We s t.c om


LIFE IS SWEET HAMLIN HAS HOMES, BUSINESSES AND AN EMERGING LIFESTYLE CENTER THAT WILL BE A REGIONAL DESTINATION.

T

he 850 acres comprising Hamlin, the vibrant heart of the 3,700-acre Horizon West Town Center, was a verdant, lake-dotted blank slate on which developer T. Scott Boyd could create a regional destination that would rival, for example, Winter Park. And he’s doing just that. Hamlin is rapidly morphing from an expanse of old groves — tangy Hamlin oranges were once grown there — into what will soon become a lively shopping and entertainment mecca. Not surprisingly, the homes within Hamlin are selling as quickly as they can be built.

Boyd and his team at Boyd Development Corp. are focused on making Hamlin an inviting and enjoyable place, where residents will enjoy proximity to every imaginable amenity. Plus, they say, it’ll be a place where Central Floridians, regardless of where they live, will be eager to visit. How about a movie in a state-of-the-art cineplex, followed by a late-night dinner at a gourmet restaurant? Or windowshopping along a lively, tree-lined street bordered by intriguing boutiques? Or a leisurely stroll along a scenic boardwalk that hugs the shores of a pristine lake? Or a bracing jaunt through a series of beautifully landscaped parks linked by a pedestrian trail network? Then, when it’s time to call it a night, perhaps home is just minutes away in a brand-new lakefront neighborhood, where

the top builders in the U.S. have pulled out all the stops with eye-popping designs and state-of-the-art technology. Valued at $1 billion, Hamlin was kick-started in 2014 when the New Independence Parkway interchange was opened off State Road 429. New Independence Parkway was extended east for nearly a mile to Schoolhouse Pond Road, which leads to the community of Independence. A four-lane road, Hamlin Grove Trail, was built parallel to State Road 429, and runs south from New Independence Parkway to Summerlake Park Boulevard, which leads to the community of Summerlake. Once the roads were in place, the pace quickened. Boyd Development funded most of the $19 million in road, utility and landscape improvements. Not only was accessibilLiveHorizonWest.co m H1 1


“Cinépolis Hamlin” will feature fully reclining leather seats, waiter service, gourmet dining and a full bar. It’s slated to open during the first quarter of 2018.

ity to State Road 429 improved, which was good for residents, but some valuable commercial parcels were created. Well underway in the 64-acre northwest quadrant of the interchange is a 400,000-square-foot retail complex that includes a 193,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter, which is now open, as well as about a half-dozen “junior” anchors and outparcels with shops and restaurants. A second retail complex, this one 200,000 square feet, is underway in the 66-acre southwest quadrant. It’s anchored by a 54,000-square-foot Publix supermarket, which recently opened. A yet-unnamed “main street” originates on the Publix tract, in the southwest quadrant of the interchange, and runs east about a half-mile to Hamlin’s waterfront lifestyle center. The road, which was near completion at presstime, is walkable and allows people to safely stroll to the lifestyle center. The southeast quadrant will encompass a 40,000-squarefoot, dine-in cineplex boasting 10 screens and stadium seating. Operated by Dallas-based Cinépolis USA, the luxurious complex, set to open in the first quarter of 2018, will be unlike anything else in Central Florida. “Cinépolis Hamlin” will be the brand’s seventh luxury dinein movie theater in the U.S. and only its second in Florida (the other is in Jupiter). It will feature fully reclining leather seats, waiter service, gourmet dining and a full bar. “The Cinépolis USA announcement is very exciting and further reaffirms our vision that Hamlin will provide Central Florida residents with one-of-a-kind experiences in a unique waterfront setting,” said Boyd in a media release. Just beyond the theater, about a half-mile to the east, will be the jewel of Hamlin — a charming lifestyle center on 28 acres surrounding Lake Hancock. H 12 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t.c om

There, visitors will enjoy an Old Florida ambience and plenty of inviting parks and public areas. There’ll also be events galore, such as music festivals and art shows. The lifestyle center will be packed with retail and dining options as well as a boardwalk and a village marina so the area can be reached by boat. The boardwalk will link to a multiuse trail system — which will eventually be connected to the existing 22-mile West Orange Trail — and a lakefront park accessible by foot, bike or golf cart. East of the lifestyle center, an upscale 316-unit apartment complex called LakeWalk at Hamlin is underway and should open by early next year. The 316-unit complex will offer luxurious units with breathtaking views of Lake Hancock. Also near the lifestyle center is a new neighborhood of single-family homes, The Sanctuary at Hamlin, by Dream Finders Homes. The 40-acre enclave will encompass about 100 homes, with prices beginning in the low $300s. Orlando Health, which owns about 80 acres along the south side of Porter Road, is building a two-story medical complex with a 16-bed emergency hospital on the first floor. A second floor will encompass an outpatient diagnostics department and physician offices. The opening date for the $45 million facility has been set for early 2018, according to an Orlando Health spokesperson. The 70,000-square-foot emergency hospital will occupy a 37acre tract of Orlando Health-owned property, and will include outpatient diagnostics, lab facilities, telemedicine technology, physician offices for primary care doctors and specialists, and a human performance and wellness center. Orlando Health will start building an accompanying 103-bed hospital tower next year. In addition, a new proton therapy center will be developed


1

3

4

5

8

7

9

Universal Orlando SeaWorld

22 23

14

ic L

15

11

26 25 d

Walt Disney World Resorts

an

10

g

AVHomesInc.com

in

FIND YOUR PERFECT SPOT AT

6

MA g

BUILDING MORE CHOICES ACROSS ORLANDO.

2

16

12 13

24 18 19

20 21

17

ÂŽ

MOUNT DORA AREA 1. Spring Ridge Estates: Single-Family Homes from the $190s-$330s 2. *Blue Lake Estates: Single-Family Homes from the $230s-$320s APOPKA AREA 3. Single-Family Community Coming Soon 4. *Breckenridge: Single-Family Homes from the $280s-$380s GROVELAND AREA 5. Eagle Pointe: Single-Family Homes from the $200s-$260s MINNEOLA AREA 6. *Ardmore Reserve: Single-Family Homes from the $240s-$290s WINTER GARDEN AREA 7. Black Lake Preserve: Single-Family Homes from the $330s-$470s 8. *Avalon Reserve: Single-Family Homes from the $300s-$400s CLERMONT AREA 9. *Vista Grande: Single-Family Homes from the $230s-$370s 10. Sawgrass Bay: Single-Family Homes Coming Soon *Close out communities

DAVENPORT AREA 11. Laurel Estates: Single-Family Homes from the $220s-$290s 12. Greenfield Village: Single-Family Homes from the $200s 13. William’s Preserve: Single -Family & Townhomes from the high $100s 14. *Marbella: SOLD OUT KISSIMMEE AREA

15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Single-Family Community Coming Soon Waterview: Single-Family Homes from the $220s-$330s Bella Parc: Townhomes Coming Soon Reedy Reserve: Single-Family Homes from the $200s Bellalago: Single-Family Homes from the $220s-$530s Single-Family Community Coming Soon Solivita: 55+ Active Adult Community from the mid $100s-$370s Heritage Run: Townhomes from the low $200s-$220s *Magic Landings: Single-Family Homes from the mid $200s

ST. CLOUD AREA 24. Hickory Grove: Single-Family Homes Coming Soon 25. *Underwood Estates: Single-Family Homes from the low $300s-$440s 26. Hanover Reserve: Single-Family Homes from the $240s-$370s

Developer may change home design, materials, amenities, method of construction, prices, promotions and features without notice. Availability subject to change. Plans, illustrations, photographs and other depictions may contain options and features which are not standard and may not be available on all models, model types or homes. This is not an offer in states or jurisdictions where prior registration is required and void where prohibited by law. Copyright 2017 AV Homes, Inc. All rights reserved. CGC#1507971 CBC#1260030 CBC#1254089


Hamlin Reserve by Ashton Woods Homes features a community pool and clubhouse as well as multiple parks — including a dog park — and open spaces. There are townhomes and single-family homes from which to choose, with prices starting in the mid-$200s.

and operated by a joint venture between Knoxville, Tennesseebased Provision Healthcare and Hamlin Retail Partners West, an affiliate of Boyd Development and Schrimsher Properties. Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses protons rather than X-rays to treat the disease. The center will encompass three treatment rooms and use the latest proton systems technology of Provision Healthcare affiliate ProNova Solutions LLC. It’ll be able to treat an estimated 1,000 patients per year when it opens in 2019. There are fewer than 25 proton therapy centers operating in the U.S., including one at the UF Health Cancer CenterOrlando Health campus near downtown. In addition, the Provision Healthcare-Hamlin Retail Partners West joint venture also plans to develop related medical office buildings and cancer-treatment facilities around the center. “The Hamlin proton center will be a great addition to the medical community and a real benefit to the residents of Central Florida,” Boyd said in a press release. “We look forward to Provision bringing their state-of-the-art technology, along with their culture of care, to our Central Florida community.” Elsewhere in Hamlin, Valencia College has 150 acres on Schofield Road and will likely build a branch campus, although specific plans hadn’t been announced at presstime. H 14 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t.c om

Clearly, there’s a lot going on. Helping to guide the design process is Shook Kelley of Charlotte, North Carolina, a diversified urban planning firm that specializes in “perfecting a process for convening people around a physical place, space, idea, forum and experience.” Although Boyd Development isn’t building the homes in Hamlin, it’s particular about who does. That’s why it’s pleased with what Taylor Morrison has done in Overlook at Hamlin and The Cove at Hamlin. Overlook at Hamlin encompasses 381 homesites, many of which are lakefront. All homes are within walking distance of the planned boardwalk and retail district. With floorplans ranging in size from 1,600 to more than 5,100 square feet, there’s certainly something for everyone. Amenities include a clubhouse, a family pool, a splash park, a playground, an amphitheater and even a multipurpose sports lawn. Prices range from the $270s to the $700s. The Cove at Hamlin offers homes ranging in size from 3,700 to 4,900 square feet as well as urban cottages ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet. The newer community, with 250 homesites, features such amenities as a clubhouse, a family pool, a splash park, a playground and several inviting pocket parks. Prices start in the $260s.


Lake Living from the $200s to $1 Million

More than 300 families bought a new home at Summerlake in 2016 and it’s easy to see why. Homes are available on

Florida Turnpike

beautiful Lake Hancock, along the fairways of the Orange County National Golf Course, across from a park, or close to

429

Winter Garden Village

EXIT 15

New Independence Parkway

Windermere Prep

• Clubhouse, Fitness Center and Resort-style pool.

Ficquette

545 535

• Walking, jogging and bicycle trails around Summer Lake and throughout the community.

Re am sR d .

429

• Family recreation center with tennis and basketball courts, ball field and zip line for kids.

. Rd

Porter Rd.

Orange County National Golf Center

the lakefront Clubhouse and recreation area. Visit our beautiful 9-home Model Center and you will understand why “It’s Great to Live at Summerlake!”

535

• Neighborhood parks and dog parks.

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

• See our fabulous selection of homes available for immediate occupancy, from the mid $200s to $1 million.

Welcome Center: 8016 Pond Apple Drive | Winter Garden, FL 34787

• Close to Disney World, Winter Garden Village and SR 429.

Since 1976

Townhomes from the mid $200s.

407-442-2760

Single family homes from the high $200s.

407-614-6102

Golf front homes from the $250s to $500s.

407-270-1080

Lakefront estate homes from the high $500s.

321-263-2662

Single family homes from the mid $200s.

407-347-0526

Models Open Daily

SummerlakeFlorida.com LiveHorizonWest.com H1 5

Prices, features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change without notice. Ask the individual builder’s representative for complete details.


The Carlisle model by Ashton Woods Homes is 3,143 square feet, and encompasses four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Priced from $474,990, the home features a stunning two-story great room. It’s available in Hamlin Reserve.

Last year, Ashton Woods Homes bought 80 acres for Hamlin Reserve, which includes a combination of about 350 single-family homes and townhomes. There you’ll find townhomes priced from the $220s and single-family manor homes priced from the $450s. Boyd has already spent millions on monument-style signage, four-board fencing and landscaping with primarily indigenous plants. The expenditure wasn’t yet necessary, says Boyd, whose joint venture bought the land for $30 million in 2011. But he wanted to make a statement about the quality of the development to come. Clearly, Boyd views Hamlin as a legacy project. He notes that the land was bought in cash, from one seller — insurance giant AIG — so it isn’t burdened by debt. And as a private venture, there aren’t far-flung investors demanding an instant return. “We have the ability to create a great plan and to execute it,” Boyd said in an interview with Florida Homebuyer Orlando. “We can do something that will stand the test of time.” Plus, he adds, Boyd Development intends to remain and manage the property once it’s built out, which should take five to seven years. “It’s been quite active this year,” says Kevin Meredith, who heads up leasing for Boyd Development. “I would say it has exceeded our expectations.” Hamlin may be the first out of the gate in the Horizon H 16 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t.c om

West Town Center, but plenty more is coming. The area could potentially contain 6,400 homes, 5.7 million square feet of office space, 2.1 million square feet of retail space, 384,000 square feet of warehouse and light industrial space, and 1,200 hotel rooms with a conference center. The Town Center will be divided into four distinct districts, each with a specific use:  Retail and Wholesale District. Will include big-box retailers, restaurants and businesses of all varieties.  Corporate Campus and Mixed-Use District. Will include a mix of offices and homes in campus-like and neighborhood settings.  Corporate Neighborhood Center District. Will include neighborhood retailers, service businesses and civic facilities.  Traditional Town Center District. Will include retailers, cultural venues, educational facilities anchored by Valencia College and a waterfront park as well as some 1,140 homes. Hamlin spans all the districts, except the designated Traditional Town Center. That’s slated for a non-Hamlin tract west of State Road 429 and north of Schofield Road. No details about what will go in the Traditional Town Center District have been announced. 


HOW TO

PICK A PRO How do you pick the right person to represent you or your home? Here are a few do’s and don’ts you should consider when selecting a real estate agent. Naturally, check to make certain the agent’s license is current. Also, find out if the agent is, in fact, a Realtor. “The National Association of Realtors has a code of ethics that will knock your socks off, and they are very strict in dealing with people who don’t abide by them,” says Donald R. Brenner, professor emeritus at American University and a specialist in housing issues. Also, only Realtors have access to Multiple Listing Services (MLS) through which members share listings and have access to many more properties than nonmembers. In addition, during your search you should:  ASK AROUND. Talk to people you trust for recommendations, particularly those who’ve had recent experience buying or selling a home.  LOOK ONLINE. Some websites, such as Zillow,

have agent reviews. Of course, anyone can post anything these days, so don’t rely strictly on online commentaries.  FIND A SPECIALIST. Look for someone with experience in your price range or your geographic area. Many pros advertise their areas of expertise.  CONDUCT INTERVIEWS. What is the agent’s specific marketing plan for your home? Is real estate the agent’s full-time profession? How many homes has the agent listed and sold this year?  CHECK REFERENCES. Get the names of the agent’s past clients and give them a call. Would they use the agent again?  AVOID “DUAL AGENCIES.” These are agencies that represent both the buyer and the seller. Your goal is to find someone who is in your corner exclusively. To find a Realtor, or for more information about Realtors and Orlando-area real estate, visit the Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) at orlrealtor.com.


From the air, you can see numerous bodies of water dotting the Horizon West area. Shown (above) is Oxford Chase by Mattamy Homes, a new gated community in which homes are priced from the mid-$300s. That’s Black Lake in the distance. Lakeshore by Toll Brothers (below) features a Lake House community center. You can see Panther Lake in the distance, which separates the community from the prestigious Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.


LAKESIDE LUXURY WATERFRONT LIVING IS THE LURE THAT ATTRACTS MANY HOMEBUYERS TO HORIZON WEST’S NEIGHBORHOODS.

I

n Central Florida, with its hundreds of bodies of water, most lakeview homesites have been built out for decades. To live on a natural lake in these parts, you’ve usually had to buy an older home — and in some cases, tear it down and rebuild — and settle in an older neighborhood. Horizon West has changed all that. With dozens of lakes and clear-water ponds, buyers have a choice of numerous lakefront homesites and state-of-the-art homes in brand-new, heavily amenitized neighborhoods.

Take Waterleigh, for example. Horizon West’s biggest neighborhood, by D.R. Horton (along with a subsidiary, Emerald Homes), could ultimately contain up to 3,600 homes. The 1,400-acre site is dotted with more than a dozen bodies of water, including Hickory Nut Lake. D.R. Horton’s homes, many of which have water views, range in size from 1,689 to 3,911 square feet and are priced from the $220s for townhomes and from the $250s for single-family homes. Emerald’s homes are priced from the low $500s to the $600s. Also on Hickory Nut Lake is Overlook at Hamlin by Taylor Morrison Homes. The neighborhood’s 381 homes are all within walking distance of Hamlin’s planned boardwalk and retail district. With floorplans ranging in size from 1,600 to more than 5,100 square feet, Overlook at Hamlin certainly offers something for

everyone. Amenities include a clubhouse, a family pool, a splash park, a playground, an amphitheater and even a multipurpose sports lawn. Prices range from the $270s to the $700s. Taylor Morrison’s The Cove at Hamlin, which likewise hugs Hickory Nut Lake, has just nine water-view homesites available. Homes range in size from 2,127 to 3,064 square feet and are priced from the $260s to the $770s. Amenities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, a family pool and children’s splash deck, a playground and several pocket parks. CalAtlantic Homes, the mega-builder that resulted from the 2015 merger between Standard Pacific Homes and Ryland Homes, is building Waterside: The Landings, which boasts 34 homesites with private docks directly on Johns Lake. The company is also finding success in Waterside: The Strand, which features impressive luxury homes priced at seven figures. LiveHorizonWest.com H1 9


In The Landings, homes range in size from 2,697 to 4,474 square feet and are priced from the $470s. In The Strand, homes range in size from 2,937 to 8,607 square feet and are priced starting at $1 million. Mattamy Homes recently debuted Oxford Chase. This gated community boasts homesites directly on Black Lake with the ability to have private docks. Homes in the community start in the $350s and are between 2,556 and 4,655 square feet. Pulte Homes is busy in Lakeview Point, which combines townhomes (from the low $200s) and single-family homes (from the $250s to the $640s) and offers homesites on Lake Huckleberry. 

Florida Homebuyer Orlando, publisher of Horizon West Magazine, is an award-winning new-home publication from Winter Park Publishing Company LLC. The company also publishes real-estate maps and maintains a comprehensive database of new homes at its website, thefloridahomebuyer.com. For more information call 407-448-8414. RANDY NOLES EDITOR

THERESA SWANSON CAROLYN EDMUNDS GROUP PUBLISHER

ART DIRECTOR

GREENLANDO CONSULTING, GREYSTREET STUDIOS, STUDIO PECK CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

ON THE COVER: The village marina and lifestyle center on Lake Hancock at Hamlin.

YES, THAT’S ELVIS!

Elvis Presley may have been the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. But growing up in Tupelo and Memphis, he didn’t get a chance to learn to ski. Then, in the late ’50s, the Hillbilly Cat visited family friends at their home in Windermere, on Lake Butler. There, Elvis, without getting all shook up, learned to glide gracefully across the water. The Horizon West area remains known for beautiful recreational lakes. In fact, there are more than 200 lakes and freshwater ponds in southwest Orange County.

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce FACILITATING OPPORTUNITY FOR OVER 40 YEARS Dr. Phillips | Gotha | Horizon West | Lake Avalon | MetroWest | Oakland | Ocoee | Orlo Vista | Pine Hills | Windermere | Winter Garden

Networking

Live and in Person.

Increase sales via new contacts and relationship building via over 100 Chamber-exclusive networking events and programs facilitated each year.

Marketing Your Message Targeted.

Driven to advocate and facilitate opportunity since 1972. wochamber.com (407) 656-1304 H 20 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t.c om

Build your brand awareness and get your message out to the West Orange market through multiple proven channels, built by the Chamber at extremely competitive costs.

Education Sharpen Your Saw. Take advantage of any of the business learning and education topics that the Chamber provides to increase your skills and awareness.

Advocacy Stay “In The Know” So You Can Grow. Rest assured that the chamber is properly connected and is locked in to all of the governmental goings on that are happening in our part of the world that could affect your business.


The Best For Less!! SIX BUILDERS ON SITE!!

State-of-the-art Fitness Center

Resort pool with Aquatic Center

Providence, Florida is a place where nature is your neighbor, • where lush foliage rustles in the morning breeze.

No Hidden Costs and no CDD Gated Golf Course Community

Where the nation's top home builders have chosen to offer their homes to the Orlando market.

• •

24 Hour Manned Gatehouse Championship 18-Hole Golf Course

The Michael Dasher designed 18-hole golf course meanders through stately neighborhoods of high quality homes built with every buyer in mind. In addition to golf, Providence owners enjoy a resort pool complex, lighted tennis courts, residents clubhouse, wellness center with gym, and fully equipped children’s playground.

• •

Elegant Clubhouse Two Swimming Pools with Kids Play Area

• •

Lighted Tennis Courts Fitness & Aquatic Center

Providence is a place where dreams are fulllled and life is lived to the fullest.

18- Hole Championship Golf Course

• Lowest HOA fees • Parade of Homes 1st Place Community (2010,2012,2013, 2014 & 2017)

Our builders offer homes from the mid $200’s to over $1 Million.

Models open 7 days a week

PROVIDENCEFLORIDA.COM

Prices, features and availability are subject to change without notice. Ask the hombuilder’s representatives for up-to-date information.

131 Chadwick Davenport, Fl 33837 863-427-7579


The Bremore IV model by K. Hovnanian Homes is 4,769 square feet, and encompasses five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Priced starting at $670,990, it boasts a two-story great room flanked by an open kitchen. It’s available in Summerlake.


CHOICES GALORE FIND YOUR DREAM HOME IN ONE OF MANY BEAUTIFUL NEW NEIGBORHOODS.

W

ith so many neighborhoods — and dozens of nationally renowned builders — competing for attention, new-home shoppers are certain to find more choices than they can possibly assimilate in just a couple of visits. Here’s a sampling of some of Horizon West’s most popular neighborhoods. Royal Oak Homes is building in Black Lake Preserve, with 91 oversized homesites and a variety of floorplans from which to choose. There are two privacy-gated entries, and new middle and elementary schools are within walking or biking distance. Amenities include a well-equipped children’s playground.

Many homesites have water or conservation area views. Homes are priced from the $330s to the $460s, and range in size from 2,575 to 5,233 square feet. Cypress Reserve by Taylor Morrison Homes is a traditional neighborhood in which the streets are walkable and the homes have front porches. Charming one- and two-story designs are available, with plenty of personalization options. Homes, many of which have conservation-area views, are priced from the $320s to the $430s, and range in size from 2,200 to nearly 4,300 square feet. Boasting Johns Lake frontage, Twinwaters by Meritage Homes offers amenities including a park, a playground and a pool and cabana. Homes are priced from the $360s to the

$640s, and range in size from 3,017 to 5,600 square feet. Also in the area around Johns Lake is Hickory Hammock and Overlook at John’s Lake, both by CalAtlantic Homes. CalAtlantic has also opened Windstone, near the popular Butler Chain of Lakes, which features elegantly appointed homes priced from the $410s to the $450s, and ranging in size from 2,321 to 3,261 square feet. Pulte Homes is busy in Lakeview Point, which offers homesites on quaintly named Lake Huckleberry. The neighborhood boasts a mix of single-family homes priced from the low $270s to the $430s, and ranging in size from 2,321 to 3,261 square feet. There are a limited number of townhomes available. The 1,825-square-foot homes are priced from the LiveHorizonWest.com H23


The 4,041-square-foot Gardenia model by Toll Brothers has five to seven bedrooms and four or five bathrooms. Among the highlights are a first-floor guest suite with a spa-style master bathroom and a gourmet kitchen (facing page). Priced starting at $569,995, it’s available in Royal Cypress Preserve.

mid-$200s. Amenities include a pool, a clubhouse and a passive park. Beazer Homes is active in the area, offering single-family homes in Windermere Isles. Manor Homes are priced from the $370s to the $450s, and range in size from 2,213 to 4,218 sqaure feet. Estate Homes are priced from the $430s to the $520s, and range in size from 2,690 to 4,939 square feet. Summerlake, one of Horizon West’s most active communities, currently has six builders offering new homes. Beazer Homes is building townhomes priced from the $260s to the $290s, and ranging in size from 1,793 to 2,201 square feet. CalAtlantic Homes has a number of single-family plans from H 24 L i ve Ho r i z o n We st.c om

which to choose, priced from the $260s to the $320s and ranging in size from 1,658 to 2,699 square feet. D.R. Horton Homes is offering single-family homes priced from the $380s to the $430s, and ranging in size from 2,895 to 4,083 square feet. Lennar has a manor and an estate series in its collection priced from the $290s to $400s, and ranging in size from 1,775 to 3,957 square feet. K. Hovnanian Homes is wrapping up sales of its 26 estate homes with lake views. The company is offering five models from which to choose priced from the $590s to the $680s, and ranging in size from 3,054 to 5,344 square feet. All residents can enjoy Summerlake’s resort-stlye amenities including a clubhouse, fitness


center, tennis court, swimming pool and basketball court as well as parks scattered throughout the community. The Highlands at Summerlake Groves by K. Hovnanian Homes offers an astonishing 12 home designs from which to choose, all priced from the mid-$200s to the low $400s. Amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool and a tot lot. Toll Brothers has a winner with Lakeshore, a luxury community with an amenity center, neighborhood parks, and biking and walking trails. Townhomes are priced from the $270s, while two single-family home collections are priced from the $370s to the $560s, respectively. Ashton Woods Homes is currently offering both town-

homes and single-family homes in Hamlin Reserve. Townhomes, which offer detached rear-alley two-car garages, are priced from the $240s to the $270s. Single-family homes, in three different collections, are priced from the $290s to the $440s, and range in size from 1,653 to 3,542 square feet. Just down the road at Latham Park, Ashton Woods Homes is offering single-family homes from four different collections, including its estate home collection, which is priced from the $590s to the $660s. Most offer waterfront views. The other collections are priced from the $260s to the $400s. Latham Park residents can enjoy a community pool and cabana in a neighborhood surrounded by lakes, trees and conservation areas.  LiveHorizonWest.com H25


Plant Street Market encompasses more than 20 merchants and houses a microbrewery. The project, which opened last year, further solidified Winter Garden’s reputation as a foodie mecca.

H 26 L i ve Ho r i z o n We st.c om


RETRO CHIC ONCE A QUIET FARM TOWN, FUN AND FUNKY WINTER GARDEN IS NOW AN EMBRACEABLE HIPSTER HAVEN.

W

inter Garden, dubbed “the charming little town with a juicy past,” honors its agricultural heritage. But it’s also strengthening its position as a magnet for those whose only interest in citrus is sipping it with their morning croissants. Indeed, a generation ago it would have been hard to imagine this isolated farming community, which encompassed eight citrus packing plants, as the alluring hipster mecca it has become. But with Horizon West booming and southwest Orange County emerging as the fastest-growing sector in the region, the bustling city is stepping up its game even further. Today, Winter Garden is best known for its vibrant Downtown Historic District, one of the most interesting and picturesque of any in the region. The district, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, encompasses about 100 acres bounded by Woodland, Tremaine, Henderson and Lake View streets. West Plant Street, the city’s lively main drag, has emerged as one of the most desirable destinations in Central Florida for dining, shopping and strolling. “Downtown Winter Garden is everybody’s downtown,” says Stina D’Uva, president and CEO of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, who believes that Horizon West’s growth can only benefit the city. “There such great synergy there.”

Residents of Horizon West, of course, will enjoy their own Village Centers and a major Town Center. But refreshingly retro Winter Garden offers a decidedly different diversion for area newcomers. The neighboring cities of Winter Garden and Ocoee are joining forces to develop an economic corridor linking their downtowns, seeking to transform a forlorn 6-mile stretch of roadway lined by old warehouses and automobile repair shops into complementary city gateways at the State Road 429 interchange. Revitalizing the road, named East Plant Street in Winter Garden and Franklin Street in Ocoee, was the subject of an economic study partly funded with a $100,000 state grant. “We envision a total redevelopment all the way out to the LiveHorizonWest.com H27


Winter Garden’s vibrant Downtown Historic District combines all the charm of a vintage Florida citrus community with trendy restaurants and boutiques. Now “the charming little town with the juicy past” is looking toward even more improvements.

beltway and beyond,” says City Manager Mike Bollhoefer. The effort to upgrade that once-neglected stretch of road comes on the heels of even more activity on already-thriving West Plant Street. Plant Street Market, which encompasses more than 20 merchants including the popular Crooked Can microbrewery, opened in 2014 on the site of a demolished apartment complex. The market contains farm-to-table restaurants, a bakery, a butcher, a chocolatier, a wine bar and various sellers of artisanal food items. The $2 million project extended downtown’s footprint beyond City Hall and further solidified Winter Garden’s reputation as a foodie mecca. The concept is similar to that behind the wildly successful East End Market in Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood. There’s a satisfying full-circle feel to Winter Garden’s continued association with food. The city’s earliest settlers were primarily farmers, and not just of citrus. A year-round growing season, fertile soil and easy access to railroads serving Northern markets meant that agriculture of all varieties flourished.  Later, as Central Florida’s economy became more dependent upon tourism, the city’s proximity to Walt Disney World and other attractions provided another economic shot in the arm. But it’s fair to say that Winter Garden didn’t really come into its own until the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was established in 1986. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit worked with H 28 L i ve Ho r i z o nWe s t.c om

local governments around the country to convert abandoned rail beds into trails for walking, hiking and biking. One result of that effort was the popular West Orange Trail, a 22-mile route that rambles right through the middle of Plant Street. In fact, the Winter Garden Station quickly emerged as a favorite stop for thousands of trail users every month. Local boosters and businesspeople were happy to welcome the visitors, many of whom had never been to Winter Garden and were delighted by its picture-postcard ambience and its neighborly attitude. Today, about 1.3 million people annually visit downtown Winter Garden. And there’s plenty to do and see. The lovingly restored Garden Theatre, a circa-1930s movie house, is in the heart of the Historic District. Now a performing-arts center, it hosts live theater, dance and musical programs as well as the annual Starlight Film Festival, which celebrates inventive, micro-budget productions. In addition, the city partnered with the Winter Garden Arts Association to convert the old Boyd Street Fire Station into a hub for visual art that now houses a gallery and a teaching facility. It’s the first step toward creation of an Art and Design District, which will offer artists both living space and studio space. And, of course, there’s eating. At the critically acclaimed Chef ’s Table at the Edgewater Hotel, you can savor the likes of foie gras, terrine with oven-toasted brioche and apricot bal-


Amenity-Rich Living From the Mid $200s

The Highlands at Summerlake Groves is located in Orlando’s Horizon West area, with beautiful lakes, championship golf courses and proximity to world famous attractions. •

12 single family home designs, priced from the $260s with up to 4,051 square feet and 3 to 6 bedrooms

Recreation area with pool and sundeck, cabana, tennis courts, children’s playground and dog park

5 furnished model homes

5 minutes to SR 429 and close to Orange County National Golf Center, Winter Garden Village, Florida Hospital Winter Garden, theme parks & attractions

Call 321-263-2663 or visit today! khov.com/Highlands Sales Office: 15510 Murcott Blossom Blvd., Winter Garden, FL 34787 All prices are base prices, subject to availability, and subect to change without notice. K. Hovnanian® Homes is a registered trademark of Hovnanian Enterprises® Inc. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. CRC057286 CGC1514916


Florida Hospital Winter Garden (top), a new 75,000-square-foot facility, opened in February. Centennial Plaza (above left) is the scene of numerous special events, including concerts. Downtown also boasts several historic churches and the Winter Garden Heritage Museum (above right).

samic gastrique. Then there’s the fire-grilled filet with celery root and potato purée at Thai Blossom, the seared tuna and homemade soup at the Moon Cricket Grille, and what’s been touted by various critics as some of the best pizza in Central Florida at familyowned Winter Garden Pizza Company. Sure, it’s all very hip — except when it isn’t. Need to stock up on insecticides? Get a bottle of tail and mane shampoo for your horses or a 50-pound bag of feed for your catfish farm?  Try Winter Garden Feed & Seed. With any luck, you may have a chance to share a moment with Pinkie, the neighborly H 3 0 L i ve Ho r i z o n We st.c om

pet pig who enjoys free run of the store. And the city’s Heritage Foundation operates two museums: The Winter Garden Heritage Museum, located in the old Atlantic Coast Line Depot, and the Central Florida Railroad Museum, located in the old Tavares & Gulf Railroad Depot. Both museums offer free admission. The Winter Garden Farmers Market — here we go with food again — won an “America’s Favorite” award from America’s Farmland Trust a couple of years back. It’s held every Saturday and features locally grown produce, fresh flowers, baked goods and even live entertainment. 


America’s Most Trusted Home Builder*, now tailoring luxury living in the community of your dreams. ®

It’s good to be

finally home.

• Cypress Reserve

• Retreat at Lake Charm

• The Reserve at Phillips Cove

• Esplanade at Highland Ranch

• Southern Oaks

• Thornbrooke at Towne Center

• Estancia at Windermere

• Steeple Chase

• Walden Cove

• Overlook at Hamlin

• The Canyons at Highland Ranch

• Woodland Park

• The Cove at Hamlin

• The Estates at Pearl Lake

• Havencrest

• The Preserve at Laureate Park

Explore Orlando Area Homes

407.765.5025 taylormorrison.com/orlando

*Taylor Morrison received the highest numerical score in the proprietary Lifestory Research 2016 and 2017 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder study. The 2016 study based on 39,079 new home shoppers from Jan-Dec 2015, and 2017 study based on 31,764 new home shoppers from Jan-Dec 2016 in the United States. Your experiences may vary. Visit lifestoryresearch.com. Offer void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. All information (including, but not limited to prices, availability, incentives, floor plans, site plans, features, standards and options, assessments and fees, planned amenities, programs, conceptual artists’ renderings and community development plans) is not guaranteed and remains subject to change or delay without notice. Maps and plans are not to scale and all dimensions are approximate. Please see a Taylor Morrison Sales Manager for details and visittaylormorrison.com for additional disclaimers. © October 2017, Taylor Morrison of Florida, Inc. CBC1257462 All rights reserved.


E XPE R I E N C E T HE TOL L BR OT HE R S LUXU RY L I F E ST Y L E !

The Lakehouse | Lakeshore Winter Garden, FL

Luxury communities in Central Florida offering townhomes and single-family homes from the upper $200,000s to low $900,000s. Start your new home search today at TollBrothers.com/HW Design trends, tips & more at TollTV.com | Download the Toll Brothers App today Homes available nationwide. Brokers welcome. Prices subject to change without notice. Photos are images only and should not be relied upon to confirm applicable features. This is not an offering where prohibited by law. CBC1255158

Horizon West Magazine 2017  
Horizon West Magazine 2017