From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Homebuyers get their first peek at Latitude Margaritaville model homes”
The planned 6,900-home Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach is the first of several 55-and-older communities that developer Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company are teaming up to create in multiple states.
The community is being marketed as a real-life version of the fictional Margaritaville described in Buffett’s 1977 signature tune of the same name where the life is laid-back and filled with music and where that “frozen concoction that helps me hang on” is plentiful.
“Everything here is about food, fun and music,” said Bill Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities. “It’s all about the lifestyle and the fun that is going to be had. That’s why we chose to do this event as a street party.”
Bullock said later that 2,637 people went through the models Saturday.
The homes all have wide open floor plans with high ceilings. When walking in the front door of any of the models, the back patio is immediately visible with each house having the option of a backyard pool.
“They all have big kitchens and islands because it’s the gathering place,” Bullock said. “It’s all about having fun in the home.”
The bright, pastel-colored Old Florida/Key West-style homes and “villa” townhomes are being offered at starting prices ranging from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s. A monthly homeowners fee includes lawn maintenance care and all amenities with the exception of food and beverage purchases.
The first phase of Latitude Margaritaville will also include a 33-acre town center with an array of amenities including a bandshell and town square area that will feature live music and special events, including dances, a bar and restaurant and a resort-style pool that will include cabanas, tiki huts and lawn games, fitness and activities centers, pet spa, walking trails and pickleball, tennis and bocce ball courts. This is set to be completed in early 2019.
Also planned is a private oceanfront beach club that will be built in Ormond-by-the-Sea and will be accessible via a loop shuttle.
Since sales began in November, more than 200 homes have been purchased. Bullock said he expects his company will build more than 300 homes this year, with plans to ramp up construction even further in subsequent years.