Taylor Morrison Homes’ Anastasia model, at 2,582 square feet, is priced from $295,995.


In a market where location, location, location — as the saying goes — rules, it’s hard to beat Hawk’s Crest in an unincorporated swath of Winter Park. 

Situated along the southern shores of picturesque Lake Howell, this new gated community of single-family houses and townhomes provides easy access to major employment centers and desirable shopping/dining destinations such as Park Avenue, Winter Park Village and the budding Lee Road/Orlando Avenue (State Road 17-92) corridor. 

A-rated Seminole County schools are nearby, too. (The neighborhood is in Seminole County, although the corporate limits of Winter Park are in Orange County. Still, buyers get the panache of a Winter Park mailing address.) 

By the numbers, plans call for more than 700 lots to accommodate 250 townhomes and 458 single-family homes on Hawk Crest’s 200-plus acres. The neighborhood, however, is more about quality than quantity. 

Quality is in lake access, trails for running and walking, plentiful outdoor spaces, resort-style pools, a fitness center and a community clubhouse. 

Health and wellness are distinct community themes. To name just a few amenities: a dog park, a grilling area, a kid’s splash pad, a playground, picnic tables, a pond, a cabana and a play lawn. The neighborhood is edged by lush wetland preserves.

  Then there are the well-detailed homes — one- and two-story single-family homes that measure up to 5,217 square feet with seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. There’s even an available four-car garage. 

The two-story townhomes, priced starting at under $300,000, are slightly less than 2,400 square feet with three bedrooms.

Meritage Homes is building in Hawk’s Creek, as is Taylor Morrison, both among America’s leading homebuilders. In 2017, Meritage first announced development plans for the community. Later, Taylor Morrison became a community partner. 

Consequently, buyers can expect industry-leading excellence in the form of craftsmanship as well as technologically advanced homebuilding. Along with creative designs to match lifestyle needs, energy efficiency and home automation are standard fare. 

Looking for something especially robust? Meritage’s Del Rio III model is the largest, priced at $591,990. Taylor Morrison, with an expanding national footprint, will focus on three- and four-bedroom floorplans that range in size from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet.

Through it all, the community exhibits the thinking that “grander,” “healthier,” “cleaner” and “more efficient” will attract buyers. Clearly, the thinking also is that location sells — and Hawk’s Crest comes with a real bird’s-eye view.

Visit meritagehomes.com or taylormorrisonhomes.com for more information.