Toll Brothers begins work on new 268-unit development in Bonita Springs

The community — located between Naples and Fort Myers on Imperial Parkway — will include 268 homes on an estimated 120 acres.

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Bonita Lakes will offer 11 one- and two-story home designs ranging from 2,000 to 4,400 square feet. Prices range from the low-$300,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

— A tract of land cleared along Imperial Parkway enabled Toll Brothers to start construction of three model homes in Bonita lakes, the newest single-family home community in Bonita Springs.

"We are very optimistic as we get closer to completing our model park," said Kevin Brown, senior project manager for Toll Brothers.

The community — located between Naples and Fort Myers on Imperial Parkway — will include 268 homes on an estimated 120 acres. The entire project is expected to be completed within four years, Brown said.

Home buyers will be able to move into their house in six to seven months, by the fall, Brown said.

Bonita Lakes will provide homeowners with the amenity of natural gas to dry clothes, heat water and cook meals on stoves.

Brown said natural gas is going to be a little cheaper energy source for homeowners because the price of natural gas has decreased compared to traditional electricity.

Currently, Toll Brothers provides natural gas at Belle Lago and the Reserve at Estero, single-family communities on Estero Parkway.

Brown said there are a limited number of area communities that offer natural gas to homeowners.

In addition, it sets Toll Brothers' communities apart from many others in the area, Brown said.

TECO People's Gas, which provides service to residential and commercial customers statewide, lists only 16 Lee County communities with natural gas.

Bonita Lakes will offer 11 one- and two-story home designs ranging from 2,000 to 4,400 square feet. Prices range from the low-$300,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

The majority of the homes feature single-story master suites, great room concepts instead of separating the living and dining rooms, and a choice of a two- or three-car garage. The windows and doors on the front of the houses will feature impact glass, or hurricane-rated glass. The side and the rear of the houses will have storm shutters.

The community will have an attended gated entry.

Construction of two decorated models and an on-site sales center began in the middle of March. Bonita Lakes opened for sale less than two months ago, Brown said.

This is Toll Brothers' first development in five years on undeveloped land in Southwest Florida, Brown said.

"We have had a very positive response," Brown said. "We are definitely very optimistic with the community."

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