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San Leon Featured in Sanford Report in Florida Trend Magazine

November 22, 2021

The San Leon apartments were featured in a special report in Florida Trend Magazine titled “Sanford the Gateway City | For Growth, Opportunity and Fun.” As an example of “Gateway to Growth” the report includes the following excerpt: “Since the razing of the San Leon hotel way back in 1917, no new structures ad been…

San Leon Unveils New Mural Celebrating Florida Wildlife Corridor

November 18, 2021

Lakeview Oak, the developer of the San Leon apartments in historic downtown Sanford, announced the completion of a new large-scale mural on the exterior of the new upscale 10-unit complex at 201 Sanford Avenue. The community art project was started in late September and was completed as the first residents were moving into their new…

In the News: Fox 35 News at San Leon Ribbon Cutting

October 25, 2021

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE   SANFORD, Fla. – The first new residential building in Downtown Sanford is open after more than 50 years. The 12,000 square foot property includes retail space and ten one-bedroom apartments. The building’s owner said that they searched several sites throughout Central Florida but picked a historic location. “This used to be the…

Lakeview Oak Celebrates San Leon Completion

October 20, 2021

Lakeview Oak celebrated the completion of the San Leon, the new three-story mixed-use development in historic downtown Sanford, with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 19 for approximately 50 guests. The San Leon features 10 one-bedroom units on three floors and as well as ground floor retail space, which is leased to Foxtail Coffee.…

In the News: Foxtail Coffee Announced as Retail Tenant at San Leon

October 16, 2021

  After breaking ground in July 2020, the new San Leon Building at the corner of Sanford Avenue and 2nd Street is set to open this week with 10 apartments and an announcement that Foxtail Coffee will open a store on the bottom floor. “We are excited to partner with Foxtail to develop the dramatic…

Ten social benefits of walkable places

August 13, 2021

Winston Churchill insightfully said of architecture, “we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us.” That statement is even more true of communities and urban planning. Cities and towns are architecture writ large. Their assembly, often involving thousands of buildings, thoroughfares, and public spaces, impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. A research report called Cities Alive by…

How a Florida beach town changed how we live

May 6, 2021

A town built from scratch in the 1980s ignited a revolution in how we design and build communities. With pedestrian-friendly streets, congenial gathering spots and appealing traditional architecture, Seaside on Florida’s Panhandle proves we can build new places with the qualities we love about classic neighborhoods-a notion once considered an impossible dream. Cities and towns…

Journey to San Leon

April 10, 2021

In historic downtown Sanford, Florida, it’s been decades since a new residential development has been built. And for Lakeview Oak principal Dan Matthews, it was an exhaustive search to find the perfect location among the tree-lined brick streets for the company’s inaugural project. The San Leon is a mixed-use, three-story building with 10 modern residences…

Embracing New Urbanism

February 7, 2021

New Urbanism is a planning and development approach that focuses on human-scale urban design based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries featuring walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces. Conceived by urban planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,…

In the News: Officials break ground on first downtown residential development in 10 years

July 8, 2020

Growth Explosion to Continue with Mixed-Use Concept Adjacent to Sanford’s ‘Famous L’ By Steve Paradis Herald Staff Officials broke ground on the San Leon development at the corner of 2nd Street and Sanford Avenue early Tuesday, the first downtown residential building in more than a decade. Tuesday marked almost three years to the day that…