The entrance to Three Oaks in Estero is being rebuilt after being demolished in a road project on on Three Oaks Parkway.
Lee County’s recent widening project along Three Oaks Parkway knocked down the development’s distinctive entranceway, so the Three Oaks I Master Association hired Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers LLC to rebuild the entrance.
Because of a sign on the $37,500 project that says “Another Quality Job by Florida Lifestyle Homes,” the company’s owner Bill Ennen chuckled that “We’ve had one or two calls” inquiring about whether Florida Lifestyle has a new project in Three Oaks.
Juan Cuello of Lehigh Acres, a tile installer from Wayne Wiles Flooring, puts finishing touches Monday on one of two new signs constructed for the Three Oaks community by Florida Lifestyle Homes.
It doesn’t, although Ennen said “I’m definitely looking at one or two parcels.”
He started in Three Oaks in 1988, working for The Freeman Group — original developer of Three Oaks.
Brothers Alan, Paul and Neil Freeman bought the property in 1978, but the family’s roots in the area go much deeper.
Their father, Miami-based businessman Jules Freeman of Miami, and Jules’ brother, Jack, bought their first parcel in what’s now San Carlos Park in 1953.
South Lee County is now the home-building powerhouse of the area, but at the time the Freemans’ only neighbors were the remaining three members of the Koreshans, a religious sect that settled there in 1894 but gradually faded away — perhaps because they practiced celibacy.