Founded in 1953
Chicago appliance dealer, Arthur Rutenberg, invested in ten home sites in Clearwater, Florida. By 1960, his homebuilding company had expanded to both Florida coasts.
The 50s: Design Innovation
Though simple and solid, the first home designs were innovative. Arthur Rutenberg is credited with introducing the split floor plan, the centrally located kitchen, wider hallways and doors, and great views throughout.
The 60s: Exponential Growth
In 1969, Art was approached by a builder who wanted to forge a national homebuilding company. The joint company was called U.S. Home and Development Corporation. By 1972, with 23 companies under its umbrella, it was the largest homebuilder in the country.
The 70s: A Time for Change
1978 saw the creation of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, an all-new franchise system for the homebuilding industry. “It’s not like you get this one big hit and that’s how you find success,” Art Rutenberg once said. “You have to earn your wings every day.”
1978: The First Franchise
Tampa builders, Bobby Lyons and Charles Raffo, became the first franchisees, building their first model home in Carrollwood, a north Tampa subdivision. Bobby Lyons remains an AR Homes® builder to this day, with two highly successful Florida franchises.
40 Years of Growth & Success
AR Homes® growth was a direct result of its reputation for world-class homes. Arthur Rutenberg was regularly honored, including the 1986 National Builder of The Year award by Professional Builder magazine and his 2017 induction into the National Housing Hall of Fame, the industry’s highest honor.
AR Homes® Today
Arthur Rutenberg’s vision is upheld by our independent builders in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas. Their commitment to customer satisfaction has made AR Homes® one of the nation’s largest networks of independently owned and operated homebuilding companies.
Fully Customizable Plans
Drives Our Artistry
Seeing is Believing
An Ideal Location
Designed For You
Every Dollar Accounted For
Ready To Build
Décor is in the Details
Building Your Dream Home
Peace of Mind
Design and build a home as unique as your vision with AR Homes® Personalized Floor Plan. With hundreds of award-winning floor plans as the foundation, our talented architectural designers can customize your home to your every desire.
Schlage has been a valued partner of AR Homes® for over three decades. They have won the esteemed Vendor of the Year Award an impressive six times. The company’s steadfast commitment to innovation, quality, and service has earned the respect of the entire AR Homes® network of franchise builders.
AR Living Magazine® showcases a wide array of our newest and most spectacular model homes, most of which are open for you to tour today. We boast one of the nation’s most accomplished residential design teams who continually innovate, and pioneer new concepts inspired by emerging trends in architecture and design. Our hope is that the current edition of AR Living® inspires you to make your dream home a reality.