Epoch Properties Inc.

With its newest development located on the north property line of Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Epoch Properties Inc. is working to ensure the theme park’s employees and other community members see the value in Landmark at Universal. The property is in an area with A+ rated schools, is close to transportation and is within walking distance of many entertainment options, but that is just a start of what it has to offer. Epoch Properties is working to ensure Landmark at Universal reflects the quality, service and commitment to detail that the developer has become known for. 

Headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., Epoch Properties is a full-service development company that has brought more than 32,000 multifamily living units to the market, in more than 55 cities from Florida to California. Its communities are valued at more than $2.5 billion as the result of their architectural innovation and creative designs, as well as Epoch’s planning to ensure the communities maintain their value for the long term, explains Robert Novell, vice president of construction.

“We only develop Class A properties,” he stresses. “Our communities are known for their stylish designs, high-grade exterior and interior finishes and tasteful colors that fit the area. It’s all about paying attention to details – that is what adds value.”

Prime Location

When it opens in the spring of this year, Landmark at Universal will have 310 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and some of them will have dens. Each unit has been designed to be spacious, with 9-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens, well-appointed baths and roomy walk-in closets. Other features include a washer and dryer in every home, designer ceramic tile in the entry foyers, kitchens and baths, ceiling fans for every room, designer pendant lights, home alarm systems and high-speed internet access.

Landmark at Universal, however, also has been designed to encourage residents to leave their homes and enjoy the community.

Created to provide resort-style living, the community will have a gated entrance, 24-hour concierge services, a clubhouse with a fitness center, a professional business center, a billiards and game room, a club room with a bar area and a number of picnic patios.

“We always include theaters in our properties, but Landmark at Universal also has a zero-edge pool and spa, and an outdoor fireplace,” Novell says. “We really pay attention to the exteriors and landscaping, because we want our residents to be proud to live there. I could keep listing amenities, but it’s what you’d expect from properties of our caliber. We don’t skimp on the high-quality features.”

Additionally, the location of Landmark at Universal puts the development within walking or short driving distance to 10 major shopping centers, four golf courses, two large health clubs, four hospitals, a number of schools and universities and countless dining options. Also, in addition to being next door to the Universal Orlando Resort theme park, the property also is near Walt Disney World, Disney’s Pleasure Island, SeaWorld, the Aquatica and Wet N Wild Orlando water parks, and Discovery Cove, which offers snorkeling and allows guests to swim with dolphins. 

Nearly Complete

Epoch Properties started construction on Landmark at Universal in February 2010, after it acquired the property from the previous owner. When Epoch Properties took over, the design was completely finished and didn’t include a fitness center, which is an amenity that is normally standard for the company’s developments. Instead of redesigning the complex, Epoch Properties got to work building it. 

Landmark at Universal has 11 buildings over 12 acres. As of late December, the property was about 90 percent complete, Novell estimates. All of the exterior work had been completed, but Epoch Properties had two more buildings to drywall and six buildings left to landscape. The company also was still working on the apartments’ trim and finishes. The property is scheduled to be completed in April. 

Dedicated to reducing waste and efficiently using energy and water at its communities, Epoch Properties is using a variety of green materials and construction methods during the construction of Landmark at Universal. For example, construction crews have been taking a number of waste-reducing measures, all exterior lighting has daylight sensors and timers, extensive landscaping is being used to replace the vegetation that was lost in preparing the site, and all units have carpet pads made of recycled materials. 

“The entire construction process has been pretty smooth,” Novell explains. “With the market the way it is, pricing has been excellent and our subcontractors have been really good. It’s the best of all worlds, which leads to a successful project.”

As it finishes Landmark at Universal, Epoch Properties is getting the permits and financing in place for its Jameson at Briar Creek apartment community in Raleigh, N.C.

The company also recently developed two other new properties in Florida – Las Ventanas in Boyton Beach and Coventry Park at Southpoint in Jacksonville. 

“Las Ventanas is a window on all that’s great about South Florida – the best beaches, golf, fishing, boating and more – right next door,” the company says. “This beautiful mixed-use community of spacious lofts, residences and villas has been designed for those who want luxury and convenience in one central location. With more than 21 models, Las Ventanas has the perfect design to fit the most discriminating taste, [and is located] only steps from the vibrant South Florida social scene.

“Coventry Park at Southpoint luxury apartments is a tranquil, resort-style environment located in the exclusive, well-designed Southpoint Business Park. Jacksonville, a metropolitan center of more than 1 million people, is a friendly and comfortable place – a coastal community of neighborhoods as unique as the people who live in them.”

These new communities, Novell says, will have the same caliber of quality that is demonstrated in Landmark at Universal.

“We’re excited about the Landmark at Universal community,” he says. “It’s convenient for Universal employees, it’s in a good school district, it’s convenient to all of the area’s attractions and it’s convenient to downtown Orlando. Combined with quality construction and great design, it’s a fantastic value for residents.”

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