Land race is on for custom home sites in South Tampa

Brooke Layton can’t seem to buy enough land.

The co-owner of Devonshire Custom Homes plans to close on four sites in the next four weeks — two of which already have buyers lined up.

“Everything I buy, someone seems to want,” Layton said, “and you can’t get customers unless you have the land.”

Demand for custom homes — driven by both locals who want a new house and out-of-town buyers relocating to the region — is pushing up lot prices in the region’s hottest neighborhoods: South… …read more