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Elegant cottage living is coming to East Plymouth Avenue northeast of Downtown DeLand and Stetson University.

Azalea Walk at Plymouth will feature 17 cottage-style homes clustered around common areas, said Bob Fitzsimmons, president of Gallery Homes of DeLand, which is developing the community.

“It’s our first foray into these pocket neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s cottage-style homes with nice finishes.”

The development promises a private, secure setting, located on the north side of East Plymouth Avenue between North Garfield and North Boston avenues.

While the infill development is still undergoing review by city planners, Azalea Walk is planned to stretch north of the 500 block of East Plymouth Avenue and wrap westward behind a single-family home. The roughly 4.5-acre community will be bordered on the east by the Northern Oaks subdivision and another single-family home, and along the north by homes on the south side of John Thomas Drive.

The development is going on two parcels that were annexed into the city after a limited liability company created by Gallery Homes bought them last September.

“The city has an ordinance supporting cottages, which helped us get annexed,” Fitzsimmons said.

A site plan shows a small strip of the property running between two homes, connecting the community with Plymouth Avenue. Fitzsimmons said a walking path is planned for that strip, while vehicular entry will be on the east side of the property, where an advertising sign currently is situated.

That sign optimistically proclaims Azalea Walk is “Coming Spring 2018.” Fitzsimmons said he’s hoping construction will begin before summer.

Assuming no changes are mandated by city planners, when building does begin it should result in 17 cottage-style homes in three basic models — ranging from 1,384 square feet to 1,544 square feet — featuring superior energy efficiency and modern floor plans that include front porches, grand rooms, master suites, lofts, and all the modern amenities today’s homebuyers expect, according to the Gallery Homes website.

Prices will start in the mid-200s, according to the on-site sign.

Surrounding the homes will be grassy areas, common gathering spaces and azalea gardens, the website says. The community will be governed by a homeowners association, which will be responsible for maintaining the grounds, Fitzsimmons said.

“It will be an elegant, zero-maintenance community,” he said.

For more information, call Gallery Homes at 386-738-7000 or online visit www.galleryhomesofdeland.com or www.facebook.com/GalleryHomesDeLand/

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