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If you own a vacant lot in Tampa Bay, you are one of the lucky ones. The Tampa Bay Times has recently reported that Tampa Bay ranks 7th in the list of hottest metro areas for investors nationwide–meaning those fortunate enough to have already bought a piece of paradise made a wise decision indeed.

Considering that investors bought one in four properties sold in Tampa between July and September 2021, private owners of vacant lots are in a great position to capitalize on their investment and build the home of their dreams in their ideal location. Plus, chances are excellent you bought at just the right time. A .26 acre lot on a deep water canal off W. Leona Street in Tampa is up for sale at $3.2 million in this hot seller’s market. A half-acre vacant lot off Bayshore Boulevard bears a whopping $3.9 million price tag.

With land values skyrocketing, you don’t want to put just any home on that valuable parcel. 

AR Homes® Tampa (Blake Building AR) is building one-of-a-kind custom homes in South Tampa, on Davis Islands, and throughout Pinellas County. This market is where some of the most sought-after parcels of vacant land in the state exist. AR Homes® brings unparalleled local market knowledge based on decades of building experience when designing your new custom home.

AR Homes® franchise owner, Peter Bennett, has 30 years of experience in the design and construction field within the booming Tampa real estate market. He founded Blake Building in 2010 and is now one of Tampa Bay’s premier custom home builders. His mission? To create the best custom home building experience in central Florida.

But why AR Homes®? It’s simple. AR Homes® has the depth of home design and established the Arthur Rutenberg brand’s track record behind us.

A rich past and visionary future.

Bennett’s experience, passion, and local market knowledge developed from decades of successful custom home construction has made AR Homes® Tampa (Blake Building AR, LLC) one of Central Florida’s best custom home builders. Blake Building’s founder, Peter Bennett has been building townhomes, condominiums, and single-family homes throughout Tampa Bay since 1993. With nearly 500 homes in over ten communities across the Tampa Bay area to his credit, Peter launched Blake Building in 2010 with a mission to create the best custom home building experience in central Florida and now in Pinellas County.

Our expert employees bring Bennett’s commitment to customization to life. As long-time residents of Tampa, our design and build team is dedicated to improving our community and our city with each home we build. To us, that means delivering the highest quality work to create homes where our customers can thrive and add to the vibrant energy of Tampa.

“We don’t just build homes – we build relationships,” said Bennett.

Perhaps choosing where to start is the hardest part.

AR Homes® has a seemingly endless array of plans from which to start your custom home journey. Our proprietary Personalized Floor Plan process allows you to instill your tastes and preferences into any of our home designs. Plus, our home plans are customizable in a matter of days rather than weeks and months–a real rarity in this supply-chain stressed time. They are but a starting point and are only complete when you fully realize your vision of the perfect home.

You can choose from plans that range from 2,000 to 8,000 square feet. Do you think a five-bedroom, five-bath, two-story home would fit your family? AR Homes® has three gorgeous places to start from with the Marina, Vicenza, and Carmel floor plans. Or maybe you have your heart set on a home that could fit just as well in the historic district of Charleston as it would in Palmacia. The Wentworth, Seabreeze, Bayshore, Seville, Driftwood, and Cumberland floor plans are just a few that fit that bill. Spanish mission-style architectural touches, a signature of AR Homes® original home designs, are evident in today’s floor plans titled Novara, Bermuda, and Shearwater, to name a few. They feature interior and exterior elements like arched doorways and windows, Spanish tile roofs, and grand facades.

Let’s build your vision together. 

Ready to get started?  Visit us online at or speak to one of our experienced, professional custom home pros at (813) 489-6611.