Long-Awaited New Manufactured Home Community Announces Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening April 4-7
Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach, a new manufactured home community in Florida, has taken its first wave of residents and has a grand opening with community and home tours set for April 4-7.
Plantation Oaks is the first new manufactured home community to open in Florida in more than 15 years.
“We got our certificate of occupancy, opened the clubhouse and closed our first two home purchases all on the same day in mid January,” said Doug Kamm, sales director for Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach. “We have three homes occupied now.
“There are 23 homes on site in different stages of readiness. We have nine move-in ready homes, eight floor plans on display and several more floor plans coming in very soon.”
Where is Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach?
The new manufactured home community is located at 2380 Chretien Drive on the north end of Ormond Beach, which is near the Atlantic Coast about 12 miles north of Daytona Beach. Plantation Oaks sits near the intersection of I-95 and U.S. 1. The community connects to municipal water and sewer. It also is in the final stages of annexation to Ormond Beach.
Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach is quick and easy 10-minute drive to the water, at both Ormond Beach and Flagler Beach.
“The location is amazing,” Kamm said. “We abut a 12,000-acre nature preserve, which is what separates us from the Atlantic Ocean. All of that is right at the residents’ back door here. And, everyone is assured that area will remain undeveloped.”
Who Can Live in Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach?
Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach is a 55+ community, with an emphasis on ease of living and lifestyle amenities. The homes are placed for curb appeal most often associated with design-savvy, site-built residential neighborhoods.
Everyone who buys a home has a long driveway with room for three to six cars. So, there’s no need for street parking even when the homeowner has several visitors.
Meet the Swarts from Ipswich, Mass.
Sandra and Gerben Swart moved from Ipswich, Mass., to Ormond Beach to be in a warmer climate and near friends. Gerben had been a construction superintendent for 30 years.
“We were over there when it was mostly dirt and they were building the clubhouse, and we saw the vision of what Plantation Oaks could be,” Sandra Swart said. “My husband and I were able to go to the factory, and walked through the house before it was complete. We made some changes at that time. I never imagined living in a manufactured home, but my husband has studied everything they’re doing from the windows to the way it’s anchored. We just love the place.”
The Swarts purchased the LaBelle V, a new home from Palm Harbor. They close on the home April 30.
“It’s three bedroom, two bath open concept home. We wanted to get something with room for our family to come down and visit us,” Sandra Swart said. “We’re going to have a lovely fireplace, two living rooms and a dining room.
“There is a lot of space around you and every house has a front and back porch, with a big beautiful garage. And we took an option for a bigger garage because my husband wants to have a wood shop,” she said. “The kitchen is amazing. We moved the island for added space and upgraded the appliances. And It has a phenomenal laundry room, which I’m so excited about after having to go down into an old basement my entire life.”
How Are Homes Situated?
“These are very large homes sites,” Kamm said. “They’re 65 feet in width or larger and 110 feet in depth or deeper, which is a significant increase from most mobile home communities. Every home has a front porch and front entry, which makes for a very nice uniform look from the street.
“The garage must sit back at least 10 feet from the home,” Kamm added. “And the lots do not back up to other sites. They back up to the woods or a water view.”
Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach is a land-lease community. Residents purchase and own a home. When they buy a manufactured home, the resident also leases the land beneath the home. Monthly lease payment for homes in the new community are $500-$700, dependent on where and how the home is situated.
New Manufactured Homes from Palm Harbor and Homes of Merit
“Our homes range from 1,200 square feet to nearly 2,500 square feet,” Kamm said. “One unique thing is that all the homes have an attached two-car garage, with a two step entry from the garage to the home.
Each new manufactured home available for purchase within Plantation Oaks comes from either Palm Harbor or Homes of Merit. All homes in the community are multi-section homes. For instance, The Riviera, from Palm Harbor, is more than 1,700 square feet. It has three bedrooms, two baths, a large kitchen, interior sliding barn doors and a walk in the master bedroom.
What Amenities Does Plantation Oaks Have?
When Plantation Oaks is fully occupied it will have 427 homes across 233 acres, which is less than half the density of a great number of manufactured home communities. The homes are affordable in comparison with current market standards.
The developers for Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach are Parker Mynchenberg and Ronnie Bledsoe.
Mynchenberg is a civil engineer, landscape architect and pool designer. Bledsoe has significant experience as an underground utilities contractor. The two have teamed in development efforts several times, including on Plantation Oaks of Flagler Beach between 1998 and 2004. They sold that community and purchased the Ormond Beach property, waited out the recession and in 2012 worked on re-zoning for manufactured housing.
“We’ve completed a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse with café and large kitchen, as well as community rooms to play cards, exercise and meet friends,” Mynchenberg said. “Out back are covered and screened porches that overlook an Olympic size zero entry pool. It’s ADA accessible, and very good for seniors.”
Also, the new community will boast dog runs and dog parks. Additionally, it will provide tennis and pickle ball courts, shuffleboard, walking and bike trails, boat and RV storage, nearby shopping and entertainment.