Lennar’s Mark Metheny, Tampa Division President, sat down with BUILDER to share Lennar’s plans on how they’ll meet Tampa’s growing demand for new housing. Learn about the innovative approach Lennar Tampa will be taking, in this Builder.com article by Jennifer Goodman.

One of the country’s largest home builders, known for selling homes in large, master-planned communities, is turning to infill development to help meet the demand for new housing in Florida.

At its new Southport development opening Feb. 20, Lennar will introduce 152 new construction homes on hand-picked lots throughout the existing neighborhood in South Tampa. Seven floor plans are available and prices start in the $300s.

The project represents a shift in strategy for a builder that typically plans entirely new communities rather than integrating itself into an existing neighborhood. “There are few opportunities to buy a new home in South Tampa, which is largely built out,” says Mark Metheny, division president of Lennar Central Florida. “Southport gives homeowners the chance to live in a fully modern home in one of the most popular areas of Tampa Bay.”

Here, BUILDER talks with Metheny about the project.

What led you to look at infill?
The South Tampa housing market is booming with very little space to develop new construction on a larger scale, like we normally do in community developments. We saw a major opportunity to provide quality housing to a very desirable area and found over 100 contiguous homesites that are prime for redevelopment.

How is designing and building homes on infill sites different?
Our design process has been very similar to what we do in other communities. We start with the consumer in mind and determine what product would best fit the aesthetic of the community and the lifestyle. We are introducing seven new floorplans that will be specific to this Southport community. Square footage will range from 2,400 to 3,636 square feet with five to five bedroom options and two car garages.

What was on the site previously?
The homesites were never build on previously. This was one of the city of Tampa’s oldest platted subdivisions but was never fully improved and developed.

Who will your target audience be?
Our target audience will be broad. First time and move-up buyers that are looking for housing in South Tampa in this price range. Its close proximity to MacDill Airforce Base will most likely attract military personnel as well. Inventory is very limited, especially in this price range for new construction, so the Southport homes will appeal to a wide range of individuals.

The much-anticipated Siena, Lennar’s newest community of single-family homes in South Miami, is celebrating its Grand Opening—offering six spacious floorplans at amazing, limited-time pre-construction prices! With only 77 homesites and no HOA fees, Siena is an idyllic Mediterranean-style enclave on the corner of US-1 and S.W. 232nd Street. Here you will find pristine nature and captivating green spaces—the easy, carefree lifestyle–while also enjoying ready access to nearby shopping and dining, as well as all the excitement Miami has to offer.  

Contemporary, light-filled, and open, the homes at Siena cater to today’s families, offering:

Lennar’s innovative Next Gen® suites provide a completely self-contained space for in-laws and older children, allowing families to enjoy all the pluses of living together yet also affording privacy. At Siena, two floorplans include these highly sought-after suites. The attractive Emerson’s Next Gen®  features its own great room, bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom, laundry closet, and entry. For larger multigenerational families, the stately Porter offers an expanded Next Gen® space, this one featuring two bedrooms and its own separate garage. Increasingly, as families are taking advantage of the economies and many benefits of living together—such as built-in child care!—Lennar’s Next Gen® suites are fast becoming the way of the future.

Also future-forward is the Smart Home Technology wired into every Siena home and delivering connectivity, safety, and convenience. Fall in love with how Alexa simplifies and enhances your life, scheduling appointments, controlling your home thermostat, playing favorite music playlists, finding that perfect recipe, generating a shopping list, and much more. Like a personal assistant, Alexa is there to assist you in smoothly running your home!

Smart Home Technology is only one of the luxury features you’ll find in a Siena home. A complete commitment to quality is evident in these well-conceived spaces, boasting high-end finishes and appointments throughout. In the kitchen, a deluxe, stainless steel appliance package includes a French door refrigerator, attractive stove, energy-efficient dishwasher, and built-in microwave. Modern cabinets in your choice of designer colors and generous countertops contribute to making the heart of the home a place where everybody—including guests–enjoys congregating.

Although you may never want to leave home, Siena is nestled an enviable location, nestled in a tranquil green corridor, where nature abounds and life is more laid-back, yet accessible to Miami’s business and financial centers, entertainment hubs, and beautiful beaches. Good public-school choices for the children include Redlands Elementary School, recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence and recipient of the Silver STEAM designation, Redland Middle School, and South Dade Senior High, which among other programs, offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program.

Come discover for yourself everything Siena has to offer at our Grand Opening Weekend on February 9th and 10th. Prepare to be amazed by how much home is affordable with our pre-construction pricing and get your pick of the most desirable homesites which—with only 77 in total—will go quickly. We look forward to helping make your home dreams come true!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner and love in the air, we can’t help but crush on some of our favorite communities in Miami—all of which include amazing Smart Home Technology with Alexa! After all, who can resist the luxurious new estate homes at Satori, Urbana’s stunning rooftop terraces, or Campo Bello’s innovative twin homes? And how about those gorgeous swimming pools, sparkling lakes, and beautiful grounds that give these communities a vacation-destination vibe? Make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable ever by finding your soul home—that place which uniquely suits and thrills you, making life extra-sweet. To help find your match-made-in-heaven, read on!

1.Urbana: An urban paradise

Discover an everyday vacation at Urbana, offering new modern townhomes and condominiums in Downtown Doral with prices starting in the low $300s. From the 4-story townhomes with rooftop terraces, to the exciting amenities, there’s much to love about Urbana. Lounge poolside in the sundeck area or relax in the shade under cabanas while your little ones play in the kids’ splash park. Exercise options are plentiful with a state-of-the-art fitness center, lake, and basketball court. And with its ideal location near some of Miami’s best entertainment and restaurant venues, as well as great schools, Urbana truly is one hard-to-resist hottie!

2. Campo Bello: Top-notch innovation

At Campo Bello in Homestead, family living rises to new heights with expansive new single-family home and twin home floorplans. Very accessibly priced from the upper $200s, twin homes will provide only two homes per unit, ensuring that every home is always an end unit with only one neighbor. These delightful homes will also offer oversized backyards. Single-family homes, which start in the upper $300s, include 3-4 bedrooms, 2-car garages, and open-layout floorplans. Fun amenities, like an exclusive clubhouse and a swimming pool–featuring a covered terrace, sundeck areas, and outdoor spa–will have you head-over-heels with Campo Bello. Schedule a date (pun intended!) with this community now to take advantage of pre-construction pricing!

3. Satori: Zen-inspired sophistication

Life is one of serenity and ease when you live in Satori’s new townhomes and estate homes in Miami Lakes, with prices starting in the upper $300s. Elegant wood, stone, and glass accents decorate the exteriors of these meticulously designed contemporary 3- to 5-bedroom homes. The sleek architecture, extravagant amenities—including a private clubhouse, fitness center, and party room–and abundant natural beauty create a haven you’ll never want to leave. Enjoy stunning views of the 67-acre lake from the floating dock, stroll through the inviting Zen gardens, or take your children to thesparkling pool and kids’ splash park. At Satori, love is effortless and sublime!

4. Isola: A family-friendly retreat

Homeowners will enjoy the best of family living at Isola, a Mediterranean-inspired community of new villas and townhomes coming soon to Miami-Dade. Designed for contemporary lifestyles, these homes–now available at pre-construction pricing from the low $200s–will boast 3-4 bedrooms, spacious layouts, and open kitchens with stainless steel appliances. Besides helping with everyday tasks, like making grocery lists, setting reminders, and searching for recipes, Amazon Alexa can entertain the kids by playing fun trivia games, telling stories, and practicing math! And the beautiful swimming pool–with an alluring sundeck area, poolside cabana, and lush landscaping–will be the perfect backdrop for creating remarkable memories. From start to finish, Isola will be the magical match for families who want it all! The homes in these darling communities won’t last long, so schedule an appointment today to discover what great surprises Cupid has in store. Before you know it, we think you’ll be saying “I do” to your dreamy Lennar soul home, and living very happily ever after!

Lennar, the leading homebuilder in the nation, has responded to the market’s demand for multigenerational living with the innovative Next Gen® – The Home Within a Home®. Learn more about Lennar’s Next Gen® homes in the NBC Dallas clip below.

Multiple homebuilders in North Texas are responding to a growing demand in the national housing market: multigenerational housing.

Lennar Homes expects to sell around 125 of its Next Gen® houses this year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Next Gen® homes feature a fully-equipped suite built into them, designed to provide a private living space for an adult family member within the confines of the larger, family home.

“It’s a home within a home. A fully functional home within a home,” said David Grove, the Division President for Lennar Homes in DFW.

Lennar offers nine different Next Gen® plans in 16 different housing developments in 13 different municipalities in the region. They range in price from $350,000 to $600,000.

One in five Americans live in a multigenerational household, according to Pew Research Center data released last spring. That percentage is the highest recorded since the 1950s, according to Pew.

Pew defined a “multigenerational household” as one that includes two or more adult generations.

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