Meritage Homes Builds Another Golf Community at Daytona International LPGA – GrowthSpotter


Make your first entry into the city of Daytona Beach, Meritage Homes is already innovating in two of the three districts of International LPGAwith many venues backing onto the LPGA golf course.

The first models are expected to open between October and December, with a full opening of the first phase in Q1 2023.

“Amenities like this are extremely beneficial to our buyers,” said Brian Kittle, president of the Orlando division of Meritage Homes, of the proximity to the golf course. “We expect huge interest.”

The three phases are named Legend’s Preserve, Links Terrace and Grand Champion, with varying lot and house sizes and a total of 820 residential sites.

LPGA Venture Holdings, LLC owns the property on which Meritage Homes is building at LPGA International. JMJ Capital Holdings of Jacksonville is the developer.

No one can guess yet what the price of homes will be due to rising construction prices and hard-to-obtain building materials, Kittle said. He noted that costs rose by $47,000 per unit on a recent project before they even hit the market.

“Hopefully we will see a break in lumber later in the second quarter.”

Meritage has already led the way for Legends Preserve, with 264 homes planned on 141 acres, and for Links Terrace, which will move into second place with 199 homes on 57 acres.

“We have those two, and then Grand Champion, which will arrive about a year after the previous two opened,” Kittle said.

Links Terrace will have a single-story plan and two double-story plans.

“Legacy will have a 40 foot product on 50 foot lots that will range from 1,908 square feet to 3,232 square feet. It will be a carbon copy of Grand Champion, except this one comes first,” Kittle said.

There are conservation easements around most of the property, he said.

“The amenities, which include a swimming pool, cabana and recreation center, are extremely beneficial to our buyers,” Kittle said. They don’t have to join the (golf) club, but they can.

Grand Champion will have 357 homes – 231 on 50ft lots and 126 homes on 60ft lots. “We also have a 40-foot product ranging from 1,908 square feet to 3,323 square feet,” Kittle said. “Our 60ft range is a 50ft product with 2,180 to 3,807 square feet.”

Meritage Homes will offer two single-story plans and four two-story plans for its 40-foot line. “For our 50-foot sites, we will offer two single-story plans and three double-story plans.”

As this is Meritage Homes’ first venture into the Daytona market, Kittle said it’s exciting for her business. “He’s built so much over the years.”

Kittle said the city finalized approvals for all three phases by the end of 2021.

Meritage Homes has been involved in several other significant developments in recent years, including Hawk’s Crest in Winter Park, along the south shore of Lake Howell. Homes there range from 1,756 square feet up to 2,378 square feet.

Meritage Homes also built in the Watermark Lake luxury home community in Horizons West, Winter Garden. These homes range in size from 1,758 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. Hawk’s Crest and Watermark both contain over 800 lots.

“We are also involved in the Powerline Road project in Polk County with just over 2,400 lots,” Kittle said. This project is called Crosswinds.

LPGA International, considered Daytona’s premier golf club, features 36 holes of world-class golf course designed by Rees Jones and Arthur Hill. It is the home course of the LPGA Tour and host to the final leg of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School.

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