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Six new home communities in Sanford, FL -- KB, Ryan Homes, Toll Brothers, Hanover Family Builders, Freedom Homes and Dr Horton
Dated: February 9 2021
New home communities are mushrooming in Central Florida, and one area in particular that’s seeing a tremendous amount of growth is on the east side of Sanford. Today I’m going to introduce you to SIX communities, show you where they are located, discuss price and amenities and help you wade through the choices available by telling you what makes each community special. Continue reading, or watch the video below.
Welcome back to my channel everyone. My name’s Krista Taurins, and I’ve been a realtor in the Central FLorida area since 2009. I do want to point out before we begin that I don’t work for any of these builders, but I can certainly help you make your choice if new construction is for you, whether in this area or not, so do feel free to reach out to me, or set up a zoom call with me by clicking on my calendar in the description below -- I’d be thrilled to help you. Another thing to note is that not all these communities are open all the time, so if you’re interested in looking in many cases you need to set an appointment and I can certainly help you do that, or figure out which community you need to visit to make sure you are seeing the model you are interested in.
The six communities that I’m going to discuss today are located in Sanford, specifically in an area that was historically covered in celery fields. When you’re in Sanford, you will frequently see mention of Celery. Celery city, celery soup, celery Ave. Now, Sanford is known for its historic district and charming downtown with breweries and restaurants, boutiques and art galleries, antique stores, farmers market and the like. It has regular street festivals like Alive After Five, food truck nights, and arts and craft events. The downtown area has an annual Christmas home tour. Presumably if you’re looking into new construction, you’re not as interested in these old homes, but most people still enjoy the charm and fun of the downtown area. Sanford has a branch of the Seminole County Library as well as the Central Florida Zoo. It has a smooth walking and jogging path that currently extends about two miles, but is growing and a marina. It’s perennially known as “up and coming’” I think personally think it’s already made it, but up and coming areas usually see a price boom so that’s probably something to keep in mind as it could mean you’ll see more equity in your home in future years.
Let’s briefly discuss schools in the area. For elementary schools, you do have a choice of three, but other tuition free choices in Sanford would include a performing arts magnet school, a math and science magnet school, a STEM charter school, and a charter school called Galileo School for Gifted Learning which is a highly ranked elementary and middle school. Seminole High school in Sanford has a nursing programme and also the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) as well as regular high school, and is also home to PSI High, the problem solving incubator, which is a high school unto itself within the Seminole High.
Let’s start from the west and make our way through these communities. The first community we come to is called Celery Oaks. The builder of Celery Oaks is Hanover Family Builders and this community is their first foray into Seminole County. This builder is headquartered in Orlando, so it is the most local builder in the group. There is not a lot of information available just yet on this community, because the roads aren’t in and the ground isn’t yet broken, so there is no model home to see, although they do have communities in Minneola, Davenport and St. Cloud where there are model homes that can be viewed. They have had so many calls on this community that they already released 34 lots even before the roads are in and have started preselling. This community is not gated and will not have a community swimming pool, but it will have a tot lot -- a playground? And a dog park. The HOA fee is $87 per month. Prices range from $273,000-$345,000. Square footage will range from 1500 to 3200. This builder offers an A la carte design center, by mall at millenia. $10-$20k in upgrades is normal. These homes come with Architectural shingles, pavers on driveways, tile surround on tubs and showers rather than a fiberglass insert, and you will get a Frameless glass shower door with a rainhead shower above. Now this is interesting - you get all digital controls in the shower so you can set your temperature in your shower. Pretty cool. They will have inventory homes breaking ground in early 2021. Preferred cross country mortgage, caliber Home Loans, buyer gets $8000 toward closing costs or towards options.
Making our way further east, we next come to the community called Rosecrest. Now, I did a whole video on Rosecrest, it was a pretty quick one but I did put up a tour of the model home and a couple of other homes that were ready at the time and I’ll link that video above for you. The builder of Rosecrest is Freedom Homes, which is a product created by DR Horton. Freedom Homes usually makes 55+ communities. That is not the case for Rosecrest. Rosecrest is not age restricted, but it does come with the same low-maintenance lifestyle that you would expect to find in the 55 and up communities. The community will be gated once building is complete and has a resort style cabana and swimming pool. There normally are some inventory homes, so if you’re looking for something move in ready this may be worth a look. One thing that makes Rosecrest a bit unique is the only community in this area that includes lawn care in the HOA. The HOA is therefore a bit pricier at $191 per month. The homes are set up with a smart hub so that you will be able to connect to many things in your home with your cell phone. This community will have 150 homes, with prices ranging from 300-350, there are also 2 bedroom homes available, so again more like something you would commonly find in a 55+ community, and they range in square footage from 1600-2000. LIke with most of these builders, there are incentives available If you use their lender -- which in this case is the DR Horton Lender called DHI mortgage.
Next we will stop at the Toll Brothers Community called Riverside Oaks. Once again I did do a video on this community this summer, back before the roads were in and I’ll drop that link above for you to check out. There are usually some inventory homes available in Riverside Oaks, so if you’re looking for quick move in, this is a great place to check. For me, what makes it special is you get access to the St Johns River, which takes you to Lake Monroe, offers great bass fishing, and makes it’s way all the way up to Jacksonville where it meets up with the intercoastal, so it’s great for boaters. This community will also have nice walking trails to play off that river acess. The community will eventually be gated once building is complete and will have a pool and a cabana. Now the Toll Brothers homes are considered more luxury level homes and you do get wi-fi thermostats, keyless entry front doors and wifi controlled garage doors as well as granite countertops, 9 foot high ceilings, and 8 foot high doors. I believe this is the only community where you can get a three car garage. These homes can be modified somewhat structurally so you will have some options like if you want a guest bathroom or how you would like your flex spaces set up for example. Homes range in size from 2,080 to 3,123 square feet. Home prices range from $340,000 up to $430,000. The HOA is $125/mo, 125 homes. Their current incentives include $10k in flex money and a covered lanai on all homes through January with pavers.
Next let’s check out Landings at Riverbend, which is a single family and townhome community. KB Homes has the least expensive option in this area, with homes starting from $262,000 Townhomes will start from $223,000. 1,427–2,544 sq. ft., 3–5 bdrms., 2–3 baths. KB does not keep inventory homes, so you will be building and heading to the design studio to make your choices. There will be townhome inventory in March. As I mentioned, the single family prices start at $262,000, but remember, that is the price without any options. With KB you do have a la carte design options, so the sales office tells me that the starting price normally winds up around $280,000. This community is not gated, and there is a pool. The HOA fee is $89.50 for the single family homes, and $220/mo for the townhomes. They are planning 70 single family homes and about 30-40 town homes.
Riverside Reserve is a Ryan Homes community made up of 76 houses. There are no inventory homes in this community so you would be building if you were to choose to work with Ryan homes. Prices range from the $290s to the mid $300s. There is no pool and this community is not gated, and the HOA fee is $50 per month.
Riverbend, off of Lake Mary Blvd in Sanford, is our last stop. This community is built by DR Horton and is the largest community being built here in this area with 500 homes, so if you’re looking for a larger community this is the one you want to focus on. This community was started in about 2018.. Homes range from 1500 to 2800 square feet and prices start at $265000 and go up to about $360,000. This community is not gated, although it could be in the future as there is a perimeter wall around it. It features a swimming pool and a tot lot and the HOA fee is about $58 per month. Like Rosecrest, these homes will come with a smart home hub allowing you to control things in your home from your smart phone. It is located right next to one of the campuses for Galileo School for Gifted Learning that I mentioned at the beginning of this video.
So now to my final thoughts on how these communities are going to save you money potentially. Firstly, none of these homes have a CDD, which is when a builder passes along certain costs associated to the buyer, such as putting in roads or the community pool, so that’s going to save you some money. Secondly, most of these homes are going to qualify for USDA financing. This is something you should definitely consider taking advantage of if you can -- this is 100% financing, meaning you do not have to put any money down at all for this loan. It is a rural development loan and is geographically restricted and also has some income restrictions for you as a buyer.
Krista Taurins, PA, of Fathom Realty is a multi-lingual, full-time realtor in Central Florida, known for her creative use of photography, video and high tech marketing tactics in real estate sales. He....
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