Homebuyers get their first peek at Latitude Margaritaville models

DAYTONA BEACH — Lana Byer’s face lit up as she toured the grand opening of the “Parrot” model at Latitude Margaritaville.

“I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited,” Byers said as she looked around the bright open floor plan she bought in November. “I’m getting way more then I thought I was getting.”

The “Parrot” is one of nine model homes that were unveiled Saturday during a Margaritaville street party that included live music, stilt walkers, a food bar and the chance to tour all of the model homes.

“I’m here for the lifestyle,” said Byers, who will be moving into the neighborhood by herself. “I love the spirit of this neighborhood. We are in a Facebook group and everyone is so supportive of one another, and as you age that’s something you need.”

The planned 6,900-home Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach is the first of several 55-and-older communities that developer Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company are teaming up to create in multiple states.

The community is being marketed as a real-life version of the fictional Margaritaville described in Buffett’s 1977 signature tune of the same name where the life is laid-back and filled with music and where that “frozen concoction that helps me hang on” is plentiful.

“Everything here is about food, fun and music,” said Bill Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities. “It’s all about the lifestyle and the fun that is going to be had. That’s why we chose to do this event as a street party.”

Bullock said later that 2,637 people went through the models Saturday.

The homes all have wide open floor plans with high ceilings. When walking in the front door of any of the models, the back patio is immediately visible with each house having the option of a backyard pool.

“They all have big kitchens and islands because it’s the gathering place,” Bullock said. “It’s all about having fun in the home.”

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