70 single-family home permits
pulled in February in county
During February, contractors pulled 70 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $17.2 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 54 permits issued in January and 47 issued in February 2012, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
During February, 28 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 8 in January and 18 in February 2012.
General commercial activity was valued at nearly $980,000, compared to $2.5 million in January and more than $1.8 million in February 2012.
During January, Lee County Community Development issued 2,782 permits of all kinds.
Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.
To learn more about the department and its services, visit www.lee-county.com/dcd/.
New CEO joins Realtor
Association of Greater
Fort Myers and the Beach
The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Inc. has announced that Terry Penza has joined the association as chief executive officer.
Penza most recently served as CEO of the North Shore-Barrington Association since 1996 and the previous 10 years served associations in central and southern Illinois. She holds the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives and also earned her Realtor Certified Executive designation.
Last November, the National Association of Executives presented her with the William R. Magel Award, which honors an individual who has excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a local or state Realtor association.
The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Inc. is a member-based organization of 4,300 members founded 89 years ago.
Anguilla single-family neighborhood in Sandoval sells out
Anguilla, a single-family home neighborhood by Pulte Homes in Sandoval, has sold out, according to Taylor Morrison, developer of the master-planned community in Cape Coral.
Anguilla, introduced in November 2010, offered 48 homesites overlooking two lakes near the community's pool and amenity center with two floor plans: The Brentwood and The Belmont. The Anguilla neighborhood included landscape maintenance with every home purchase.
The Brentwood model offered three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage with 1,515 square feet of air-conditioned living area featuring a centerpiece great room and was base-priced at $164,490. The Belmont offered three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage with 1,725 square feet of living area in an open floor plan including a spacious great room and dining room combined and was base-priced at $179,990.
Sandoval is the 524-acre gated community in the heart of Cape Coral.
Sandoval currently offers single-family homes and estate single-family homes in Phases I and II. Phase III, the final 100 acres, features four different collections of homes including twin villas, detached villas, single-family and estate homes. Every neighborhood has city water, irrigation and sewer service in place.
The Sandoval Welcome Center is located on Veterans Parkway just west of Surfside Boulevard. To make an appointment or for additional information about Sandoval, call 888-945-0432 toll-free, or visit www.MeetSandoval.com
Taylor Morrison is the largest North American privately-owned homebuilder based in the United States, as reported by Hanley Wood based on 2011 revenues. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Taylor Morrison is a builder and developer of single-family detached and attached homes that serve a wide array of homebuyers, including entry-level, move-up, luxury and active adult customers.
For more information about Taylor Morrison, visit www.taylormorrison.com.
For more information about Pulte Homes, visit www.pulte.com
'Crown jewel' home at Cape Harbour back on the market
A home, the "crown jewel" of Cape Harbour and originally created by Will Stout Jr., developer of the luxury waterfront community, at 5832 Armada Court, is officially on the market. The asking price is $5 million.
The biggest single-family home under one roof in Cape Coral at 18,404 total square feet, the house is synonymous with beauty and luxury. The estate is situated on four lots and features the main house, guesthouse, caretaker's quarters, six bedrooms, six full baths, three half baths and three fireplaces. It features a vanishing edge pool with beach entry overlooking the waterways. Walls of glass, unique finishes and rare wood flooring complete the look and feel of a Tuscan manor mansion. It's both a boater and car collector's dream with a garage that can house up to seven cars and more than 560 feet of seawall with seven boat docks and two boatlifts to accommodate multiple yachts.
Stout discovered the partially developed 150-acre waterfront site of Cape Harbour in 2000 and immediately had a vision for the community as the first of its kind in Cape Coral. His vision was for a mixed-use project where people could live, work, boat, dine and shop and so Cape Harbour was born. The home was built as Stout's dream residence and after living in it for a short time, he sold it to the current owner in 2009.
Ted Stout, broker and son of Will Stout Jr., with Realmark Realty / Luxury Homes Group is presenting the home. For more information on the property, please visit www.armadacourt.net/ or for a private tour call (239) 313-8020.
completes design of Chico's facility
Gora/McGahey Architects has completed the architectural design, documentation and construction administration services for Chico's new corporate office building located on the 60-acre Chico's National Store Support Center campus at 11215 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.
The 146,000-square-foot Chico's NSSC Building 10 officially opened during a grand opening ceremony Feb. 27.
The building houses Chico's human resources, technology, e-commerce, store design and construction departments, creating approximately 150 new jobs, with the capacity for up to 450 jobs. For more than a decade, GMA has partnered with Chico's in the master planning of its continually growing campus and has designed more than 20 projects on the Chicos corporate campus.
The project is registered for certification with the Florida Green Building Coalition under their newly updated Green Commercial Building Standard. The intent of the FGBC Commercial Standard is to encourage building owners to adopt green and sustainable strategies during the design and construction of their project and to receive recognition for their efforts.
For the past 30 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been one of Southwest Florida's leading architectural design firms. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers.
For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.gora-mcgahey.com.
Taylor Morrison announces
newest golf course community
The West Florida Division of Taylor Morrison is in full swing with the construction of a new golf-centered community known as Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples. Located on Immokalee Road just three miles east of I-75, this gated resort-style community is situated on nearly 1,800 acres, which includes 170 acres of lakes and more than 1,000 acres of wetlands and preserves. When completed, it will be home to approximately 1,121 single family homes and coach homes.
The centerpiece of Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples is its 18 holes of championship golf with a course intended to encourage beginners while challenging the most seasoned players. The eco-friendly fairway is expected to be crafted to complement the existing natural features of the land.
Designed by C.W. Golf Architecture with aesthetics and playability in mind, the planned 6,900-yard course features lakes and open green spaces. The golf course is expected to open for play in 2014.
The community is proposed to offer an abundance of luxurious amenities. Sports enthusiasts are expected to enjoy lighted Har Tru clay tennis courts as well as a fully equipped and staffed Pro Shop to serve both the tennis and golf communities. An extensive greenway trail system is planned to connect neighborhoods and parks within the community and provide recreational opportunities for walkers, joggers and cyclists.
Other notable niceties are expected to include a swim center with a lap pool and a resort-style pool with open-air bar, a wellness center and spa, gathering center and an events lawn.
To learn more about Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples and to receive the latest information about this amazing resort community, contact 866-495-6006 or visit esplanadenaples.com.
For more information about Taylor Morrison, visit www.taylormorrison.com.