Oldsmar’s Hayes Park Village Gets Official Grand Opening

City of Oldsmar and other officials participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hayes Park Village on Friday, May 15, 2015.

City of Oldsmar and other officials participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hayes Park Village on Friday, May 15.

Hayes Park Village, a unique community that will be made up of 52 cottage-style homes located in the middle of Oldsmar, was officially unveiled to the public last Friday.

Mayor Doug Bevis and members of the City Council, as well as representatives for the developer and the home-builder, were on hand to cut the ribbon at the development, which is located off of Pine Avenue North near Forest Lakes Elementary School.

Hayes Park Village.

Hayes Park Village.

After snipping the red ribbon in the late afternoon heat, officials spoke about the project and gave tours of the homes that have been built, which range in size from 1,200 to 1,600-square feet and utilize energy efficient building materials as well as high-end appliances and features.

“It’s something totally different, seeing a niche type product with neo-traditional front porches that’s back alley loaded,” Devon Rushnell, a board member of F Street Homes and president of development company Landbuilder LLC., said.

Rushnell explained that the concept for these types of intimate suburban communities began in Miami roughly a decade ago, but their appeal is limited to specific areas and select locations.

“It’s not for everybody,” he said. “It’s more expensive to build and more expensive to buy, so you really have to be in the right location with the right product.”

The inside of one Hayes Park Village home.

The inside of one Hayes Park Village home.

Looking at the neighborhood from the outside, the homes sit close together on narrow lots, with an open greenspace area designed for cookouts and block parties serving as the centerpiece for the little community.

But despite their smallish appearance, after entering one of the models, it quickly becomes apparent that these are not bargain basement, starter homes.

“We have all the upgraded features in these homes — granite countertops, 42-inch wood cabinets, plank flooring, crown molding,” David Donnelly, VP of Sales and Marketing for F Street Homes, said.

“We’ve loaded them up like a more expensive home. But that’s what the buyers in this niche market expect.”

The pair said they have sold five homes so far, and they hope work on the whole community, which started in January, will be completed in about 18 months.

They, along with City officials, are ecstatic to have such a unique and groundbreaking community in Oldsmar.

“We’re excited. It’s just a really unique project,” Mayor Bevis told Oldsmar Connect.

“It doesn’t fit everybody — it’s great for the young professionals, and that’s what’s we’re seeing a lot of. The market is kind of heading that way, and it’s great to be able to have this.”

Hayes Park Village

Hayes Park Village

One such young professional agrees with the mayor.

Thirty-year-old Oldsmar resident Andrew Knapp was the first person to purchase a home in Hayes Park Village, and as he prepares to move into his house in the next few weeks, he is excited to be a part of the unique new community.

“I was drawn to the new construction in close proximity to my job, and I was pleased with the design of the homes,” Knapp, who signed his contract back in November, long before the first model was ever built, said.

“I’m satisfied with how it’s come along after only seeing it on paper at first,” he said. “I can’t wait to move in next month, and I’m looking forward to staying here in Oldsmar for a long time thanks to this community.”

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