New Urbanism: The style of Baldwin Park and Celebration coming to Errol?
The Signature H Property Group plans to bring a style that is new to Errol Estate, but not new to Central Florida. It creates communities that are connected by walking trails, parks, and a diversity of housing styles, and a wide range of businesses.
And the nucleus of this style will be on the property where the driving range, 6th , 7th, 8th and 9th holes currently sit. Here is their plans for each area:
Signature H plans on building 66 townhomes that will be 1,500-2,000 square feet in size. There will also be an interior park for use by the entire Errol community.
A mix of 76 single family homes and townhomes ranging from 1,500-3,000 square feet will go where the 6th hole is currently situated. It will also include a large interior park also utilized by the entire Errol community like the park on the driving range. The homes would be accessed by a new road connecting to White Ivy Court near Lexington Parkway.
26 Single Family Estate Homes ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet in size are planned for the 7th hole property. The proposed new entrance to Errol Estate will result in a new road down the north side of the 7th fairway from Vick Road to Lexington Drive. The new entrance road is proposed to be named Staghorn Drive.
Staghorn Drive will cross Lexington Parkway (probably with a roundabout), and continue up the 8th fairway. 25 Cottage Homes overlooking the golf course will be be 2,000-3,000 square feet in size will be built on either side of the roadway.
Staghorn Drive would continue up the right (east) side of the 9th fairway. Signature H plans to build 44 Carriage Homes on the left (west) side of the fairway near the Golf Villas. These houses will range in size from 1,600-2,000 square feet, and the neighborhood will also include another community park.
Staghorn Drive would cross the top of the hill about where the current clubhouse is located and then connect with Errol Parkway near the current entrance to the golf course. To the north of Staghorn Drive would be the new clubhouse, hotel and waterpark. On the south side would be another 24 Cottage Homes ranging from 2000-3000 square feet in size.
According to Sighanture H, all of the new homes will be architecturally custom designed. All will be Environments for Living® and ENERGY STAR® certified. Among the features offered to the units will be:
- Advanced Security Systems
- Elevators (Optional)
- Granite Counter Tops
- Hardwood, Tile, Carpet flooring
- Professional designed landscaping
- Automated Smart Irrigation Systems
According to Helmut Wyzisk III, spokesperson for Signature H, the development plan is inspired by aspects of “New Urbanism” which aims to create a more cohesive, walkable community.
“We’re inspired by the designs of Celebration and Baldwin Park,” said Wyzisk. “This is the type of product that sells these days.”
What is New Urbanism?
It’s an urban design movement which promotes environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing and job types. It arose in the United States in the early 1980s, and has gradually influenced many aspects of real estate development, urban planning, and municipal land-use strategies. These ideas can all be circled back to two concepts: building a sense of community and the development of ecological practices.
New Urbanism is about creating sustainable, human-scaled places where people can live healthy and happy lives. The walkable, vibrant, beautiful places that New Urbanists build work better for businesses, local governments, and their residents. Many of the successful, flagship NU developments have been created in Florida, such as Disney’s Celebration, Baldwin Park, Laureate Park, Oakland Park, Reunion, Harmony, Avalon Park to name a few.
Signature H hopes to merge the style of new urbanism with the lasting charm of Errol Estate.
“We have an opportunity to bring Errol back to what it once was,” said Wyzisk.