In his own words in an interview for VINEYARD STYLE in 2001. His passion is for larger scale residential development. “l love neighborhoods,” he says. “l love the dynamic of bringing people together, and finding the synergy between humans and natural amenities. I love standing amongst oaks and incredible vista with a field of grazing horses next to a beautiful pond”. Developing in Martha’s Vineyard where his son now leads Rosbeck Builders as the best contractors in the island is the experience you want in a developer for this unique project. Peter Sr. cut his teeth on real-estate development while helping to revitalize the town of Quechee, Vermont, in the late 1960s and early 1970s
Bel~Lago is a private, gated community nestled within 600 acres of picturesque farmland in Ocala, Florida.
To fully understand the concept of Bel-Lago, one must first understand developer Peter Rosbeck’s story: “A few years ago, while pondering over a leaflet about our conservation areas that have been set aside for our community, I happened to focus in on what appeared to be a dot in the middle of a large conservation area of about 8,000 acres, known as Ross Prairie. Just out of curiosity, I got in my truck and went over to see what this little dot on this conservation map really was all about. Much to my surprise, it was a beautiful farm called Bluebird Farm. It had those majestic live oaks that we all dream of having in our backyard. It had ponds and lakes. I spent years trying to acquire it. I didn’t acquire it for conventional development. I acquired it partly for preservation. I went about bringing together some expert planners on open space planning, people who were able to identify what needed to be saved and not just what needed to be built. In the process I think I have been able to put together one of the most innovative open space plans that might be, certainly in Florida, and maybe someday we might be able to thing a little bit beyond Florida, as to how this plan might be able to influence open space planning everywhere.”
So Rosbeck’s plan was to look into protecting this land forever. “We now have been able to present [Bel-Lago] as a place to live. A place that is protected, a place that is gated, a place that will only have 120 homes on over 600 acres. Bel-Lago is more than just 600 acres. It is 600 acres protected by over 8,000 acres.”
Bel~Lago means "beautiful lake" in Italian