Atlas Homes / Lendcore Development has received final DeLand City Council Preliminary Plat approval for its 44-lot residential subdivision located adjacent to the east of DeLand Municipal Airport on Marsh Rd.  Pending final state utility permit approvals, Atlas Homes / Lendcore Development is looking forward to starting another quality residential development in the DeLand area.


After months of planning, Atlas Homes has transitioned to its affordable housing program in Orange City, Florida and pulled its first residential permit for our Davenport Model.  The program will offer up to five ergonomic and energy efficient floorplans in the 850 sf to 1300 sf range on lots in the Highlands north of Blue Springs with sales prices between $135,000 and $170,000, USDA loan guarantees for qualified applicants, and the objective of homeownership at the price of rent.

Land Flip in Deland

DELAND — For two years, DeLand builder Randy Stallard eyed a 20-acre vacant property next to the 23-home Wild Acres subdivision where he has been building homes as a potential site for more homes.

On Sept. 3, the co-owner of Atlas Homes and a partner company completed their purchase of the parcel at the southeast corner of North Hill and North Blue Lake avenues, across from DeLand High School. They paid just over $1 million.

But rather than proceed with building homes, Stallard and partner Lendcor Development LLC of Ponte Vedra Beach on Tuesday sold the parcel to national homebuilder D.R. Horton.

The sale for nearly $1.7 million earned Stallard and Lendcor a cool net profit of more than $600,000 in just eight weeks.

“D.R. (Horton) made an offer I felt I couldn’t pass up,” Stallard said.

The parcel in 2003 was granted a permit from the city allowing its then-owner to build up to 45 homes. The developer put in roads and other infrastructure in 2006 but wound up losing the property to foreclosure, according to Bill Mancinik, the real estate agent with Total Realty Corp. in DeLand who represented the lender in last month’s sale of the property to Stallard’s group.

Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton — the nation’s largest homebuilder, according to Builder magazine — has already come up with a name for its planned DeLand subdivision: Sugarberry Glen.


Following half a year of wrangling with Lake Helen’s Historical Architectural Review Community and Planning Board (that’s perseverance!), and a hectic four months of construction, Atlas Homes has completed its first home in Lake Helen.  Final review of our completed Jocelyn Manor floorplan elicited complements from City staff as well as from an ecstatic homeowner.

DeLand’s Atlas Homes Stresses Energy Efficiency

Randy Stallard, co-owner of Atlas Homes, stands in front of the “Bethany,” a four-bedroom model home in the Wild Acres community in DeLand. The model home is one of the entries in this year’s Volusia Building Industry Association Parade of Homes.

DELAND — Randy Stallard has spent most of his 32 years in the home construction industry working for some of the region’s biggest builders.

In April 2012, he decided to become his own boss by teaming up with cousin Wayne Beal to start a home construction business called Atlas Homes.  The DeLand company specializes in building energy-efficient homes.  It currently is building homes both in the Wild Acres community in DeLand as well as in Marion County.  “It just seemed like the right time to get back into home building. I’m still a little timid about the state of things, so we are going slow and not getting too extended,” Stallard said.

Atlas Homes is one of the builders participating in this year’s Volusia Building Industry Association Parade of Homes, which began this weekend and runs through March 30, 2014.  The company’s entry is a model home called the “Bethany” in the Wild Acres community.  Atlas Homes bought the 23-lot Wild Acres community, which sits along Mystic Oaks Lane, in June 2012. The subdivision is directly across North Hill Avenue from DeLand High School.

“It’s convenient to downtown DeLand and for getting to the major roads to Daytona and Orlando,” said Maureen Kemp, a real estate agent with Total Realty in DeLand. Kemp is also a sales representative for Wild Acres and Atlas Homes.

Stallard has lived in DeLand since 1983. His work experience includes stints with Mercedes Homes and building multi-family residential units for Pulte Homes. He was also a regional vice president for Levitt & Sons in Orlando and was director of construction for the Central Florida division of Daytona Beach-based ICI Homes.

Atlas Homes offers nine different home plans at Wild Acres. All were designed by Stallard.  The floor plans range in size from 1,285 to 2,479 square feet. Most have three bedrooms, two baths and two-vehicle garages. There are four-bedroom models with either three or 3 1/2 baths. Each plan can be personalized or customized.  Prices for homes built by Atlas Homes start in the high $130,000s.  To date, 14 house lots at Wild Acres have been sold, including nine so far this year.  “It seems someone just turned on the faucet at the first of the year,” Stallard said.  Four houses have been built besides the two model homes. Six homes are under construction. 

Atlas Homes will also cover up to $3,000 in closing costs for a new home.  Stallard stresses the energy efficiency of the Cape Cope-style vinyl-sided homes.  The homes are built with double insulated low-E tinted windows and fiberglass insulated front doors. They include Energy Star-rated appliances, water-conserving water fixtures, a programmable thermostat, air handlers located in air-conditioned space and tank-less water heaters.  The homes also offer natural gas appliances.  Each home is independently tested to receive a Home Energy Rating System score between zero (best) to 150. The rating system was created by Residential Energy Services Network and is used nationwide.  The “Bethany” model, a two-story, four bedroom home, received a 52 rating.  “There are people struggling to even buy a home, but they shouldn’t have to worry about being able to afford to run it,” Kemp said.