August 25 2009

Homes for Sale Near Charlotte, NC

by brook

North Carolina suburbs are among the most desirable in the nation. With so many new home communities to choose from in the growing areas around Raleigh and Charlotte, how do buyers know which ones to look at? For example, one city that is gaining a favorable reputation is Matthews, NC. Homes for sale in this community are popular, plentiful, and a great value.

North Carolina New Homes at Callonwood Pool

Callonwood from MI Homes, located in the Union County School District, is a fabulous community within a convenient distance to the area’s parks and recreation facilities – but it's what's inside the community that's really exciting. Discover walking trails for quiet family walks or solo jogging, and a beautiful swimming pool/clubhouse area, all included in the Callonwood amenities. Of course, the quality of the homes is important as well; in Callonwood, you’ll find neo-traditional homes with quaint detailing and unique style, including the coveted, large front porches that Southern neighborhoods are known for.

The Callonwood price range is very reasonable: starting at $188,990 for many 2,171 square foot models, and $241,292 for those up to 2,859 square feet of space. There’s so much to enjoy in these new homes near Charlotte, but the only way to know if they are the right move for you is to walk through and experience them yourself. Callonwood is located at 2017 Woodshorn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Interested parties can also inquire by phone at (704) 847-5210.  


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August 21 2009

Indianapolis Homes for Sale in Low $100,000’s

by brook

Indianapolis New Homes

Looking for affordable new home options in Indianapolis? Cheswick Place may be the community for you. With pricing that starts under $100,000 – and doesn’t exceed $200,000 for its top floor plan – Cheswick Place from MI Homes is a great entry point for beginning buyers, or for seasoned owners looking to downsize.

When prospective buyers visit Cheswick Place, it is immediately evident that the community is no ordinary neighborhood. To start, the streets are conveniently located near downtown Indianapolis, the art museum and Butler's campus – not to mention the excellent Pike and Washington Township school districts. The next thing buyers notice is often the scenery: Cheswick Place is surrounded by a natural haven created from the border of mature trees to the nature preserve, with common green spaces throughout.

Of course, the homes themselves are exquisite as well: Unique Village and Carriage Homes give the community a mix of style and tradition - including front porches, alley-access to garages, and architectural details from the past. With numerous floorplans available (in square foot ranges of 1,205 - 2,478; both single and two story options), Cheswick Place offers its buyers the chance to select the perfect amount of space for the time of life in which they find themselves. To get a taste of what living in this lovely, peaceful neighborhood is really like, stop in to the sales office at 3150 Shepperton Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46228. The friendly representatives can also be reached by phone at (317) 291-2200. Office hours are Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, and Sun 12pm-6pm. The homes may also be viewed by appointment.


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August 20 2009

New Homes for Sale: Single Family and Townhomes in Columbus, OH

by brook

MI Homes Columbus Ohio New Townhomes

Developments with multiple types of residences – for example, a new home community with both single family homes and townhomes for sale – are becoming increasingly popular. In cities with large populations of both young families and single professionals, these communities can be an attractive option for homeowners of all types.

One such community is Lakes of Worthington. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Lakes of Worthington is a beautiful, serene community of single family homes and townhomes nestled within wooded areas. MI Homes created a lovely atmosphere that any buyer would be proud to call home: with bike paths that wind around trees, ravines, and lakes, just minutes from each resident’s door.

With two dozen floorplans (square foot ranges of 1,597-3,779) in a wide price range ($175,900 - $316,900) to choose from, Lakes of Worthington offers practically endless options for buyers. Yes, the townhomes are ideal for small families or single residents (check out the Newport, Portsmouth, and Boston); but for those who would prefer to live in a small single family home, there are several plans that fit the bill (for example, the Compton, Edgington, and Redford). Of course, Lakes of Worthington offers larger estates as well; if a spacious home with four bedrooms and two and a half baths is best suited for your family, be sure to inquire about the Watkins, Covington, or Roycroft. Finally, if green homes are your preference, Lakes of Worthington is developing their single family home EcoSeries for buyers like you.

Lakes of WorthingtonConvenient for both work and play, Lakes of Worthington is close to schools and recreation – as well as the center of Columbus, where many of its residents are employed. This beautiful community is both a vibrant hub and a peaceful retreat; if a new home in Columbus is on your agenda, it may be worth your time to pay them a visit. Lakes of Worthington is located at 7527 Linworth Road, Columbus, OH 43235. The sales office can be reached by phone at (614) 430-8323; office hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, and Sun 12pm-6pm.


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August 18 2009

Easton Park: Affordable Communities in Tampa

by brook

Tampa New Homes

Mirroring the activity of many popular markets, housing trends in the Florida Gulf Coast dictate that the affordability of new homes in Tampa, FL continues to increase. A good example is the appealing price range upscale communities such as Easton Park.

The three Easton Park communities (The Winds, The Breakers, and Nature’s Corner) offer buyers an excellent location nestled in the best of both worlds, giving a rural feel while seconds away from city life. Placed within one of the most popular areas in Tampa, these homesites are ideal for commuting to jobs, schools, hospitals, and the University of South Florida – all within easy access to downtown Tampa.

What about the homes themselves? Easton Park residents enjoy beautiful homes situated on gorgeous conservation landscapes. Standard MI Homes features, such as functional floorplans, spacious kitchens, and


visually appealing architecture (like the sunken master suites) are all part of the design. If desired, new owners can enhance their homes even further with the help of a 5,000 square foot design center. Other bonuses include Energy Star Certified appliances, a 30 year structural transferable warranty, and a Brinks security system. For community amenities, Easton Park offers something for everyone: paved, partially covered walking paths, a sparkling pool, and (of course!) a tot-friendly playground.

We mentioned affordability; but how low are we talking? Prices for living in this desirable community start at $169,990, and top out at $273,990. The square footage for these fantastic homes begins at 1,480 and goes up to 3,400. Touring the models is sure to be a treat; but living in one of these homes is even better! Stop in to see what’s available at 11053 Ancient Futures Drive, Tampa, FL 33647 for Easton Park 50’s; for Easton Park 65’s or 75’s, visit 20268 Ravens End Drive. Office hours are Sunday and Monday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday 10am–6pm. They are available by phone at (813) 356-0122 or (813) 413-9106. 

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August 15 2009

New Homes Near Cincinnati at Regency Park

by brook

Cincinnati New Homes

Is there a place near Cincinnati where families can enjoy acres of green spaces and parks, playgrounds, scenic ponds, and fishing lakes? How about something conveniently located to additional recreation – maybe a bike trail, horseback paths, or golf course? Of course, location within a good school district is a criterion as well. Fortunately, there is such a place: the Regency Park home community in Maineville, Ohio. One of twelve new home communities near Cincinnati from builder MI Homes, Regency Park is a fun, attractive, and pleasant place to settle down.

Yes, these amenities are real – the green space and parks span a full 30 acres, the ponds are plentiful, and the fishing lakes – there are three of them! Plus, the school district is the award-winning Little Miami. In addition to these advantages, Regency Park features twelve outstanding home designs, five of which have a basement option. Single story, two story; foyers, porches; breakfast nooks, family rooms; Regency Park has the options buyers want in a new single family home. The homes range from a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath two-story with garage and up to 1,400 square feet of space for $119,995, to a four bedroom two-story with lots of additional square footage for $170,995 – and tons of other models/price ranges in between – Regency Park has an incredible array of options for buyers of all tastes and budgets.

Cincinnati New Homes

To visit Regency Park, stop in to 7460 Haverhill Lane, Maineville, OH 45039. Just take the I-71 North to State Route 48, turn left onto State Route 48, go approximately two and one half miles. Turn left onto Regency Park Boulevard. If you’d like to ask some questions by phone, please contact the office at (513) 683-6105.


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August 2 2009

New Homes, Country Living Near Columbus Ohio

by jim

Is simple, traditional countryside living possible in a new home development? At one new community in Canal Winchester, Ohio, it certainly is. Located about 15 minutes from Columbus, Canal Winchester is known for its picturesque country charm. Inspired by the surroundings in this lovely town, MI Homes built Cherry Landing, a new community tucked into historic Canal Winchester. Often, new developments appear oddly out of place in quaint small towns of this caliber; with this in mind, the builders ensured that Cherry Landing would be the exception.

Classic architecture is the theme for Cherry Landing’s three models: Carriage, Hallmark, and the Towne Square Collection. Each boasts large front porches and other details inspired by the Craftsman period. And because a street lined with beautiful homes needs an equally beautiful streetscape to reach its full potential, each street was designed to blend with Canal Winchester’s surrounding preservation areas and traditional buildings. This means reserves and ponds on the nature front; and where the homes are concerned, alleyways behind the streets for convenient (and more visually appealing) rear-loading garages. Brick pavers? Yes! Old-fashioned street lamps? Indeed! 

Prices for Cherry Landing are very reasonable, ranging from $127,000-$195,900. The square footage of the homes are just right for the average family, at 1,264-2,535; not a big-box size, but certainly roomy enough to keep everyone close and comfortable. To admire Cherry Landing in person, visit them at 419 West Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11am-7pm, Friday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. To inquire about a Cherry Landing property, please call (614) 920-9762.

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August 1 2009

Quaint Southern Living at Briar Chapel by M/I Homes

by jim

We’ve touched on the amenities of the MI Homes communities in Raleigh; however, one that warrants its own time in the spotlight is Briar Chapel. For buyers who value quaint features in a new home community, the beautifully-constructed bike paths and boardwalks boasted by Briar Chapel are only the beginning.

What else is so special about Briar Chapel? First off, nothing conjures a Southern charm atmosphere like a beautiful porch – and many of the Briar Chapel homes have them. Three of the home plans (Holloway, Harrison, and Hillcrest) feature lovely front porches that are perfect for snuggling, sipping, and sharing on a warm summer evening. Huge family rooms, various wood flooring tones, and gorgeous master bedroom paneling are just a few of the appealing features in many Briar Chapel homes.

Sure, home designs are a top priority – but how about socializing? If common gathering areas are important to you, Briar Chapel may be right up your alley. In addition to the outdoor features already mentioned, the neighborhood also offers a fitness facility, outside entertainment areas, and two sparkling community pools. For families who crave a place to meet up with friends, could there by a more ideal environment? In fact, the creators of Briar Chapel say that this peaceful, “mountain lifestyle” population can take part in activities specifically designed for residents of all ages. Although a majority of communities near Raleigh are family-friendly, that’s hard to beat!

For those relocating from another state, the built-in community support of Briar Chapel can be positively invaluable; however, even North Carolina natives can appreciate the serene, retreat-like ambiance of a friendly neighborhood tucked into rolling green hills. For more details on Briar Chapel homes, stop into their office at 1269 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Hours are Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 1pm-6pm. Or, call 919-942-1220 for more information.


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August 1 2009

New Homes With Retro Feel: Yes, They Do Exist!

by jim

It’s no secret that those who have an affinity for older, more distinct looking estates tend to avoid brand new homes. Unfortunately, most home buyers who insist on an older home for the sake of that vintage appearance are oblivious to the fact that it is possible to find a newly-built residence with an authentically retro feel.

Sure, you’ve probably heard that claim before, and were perhaps disappointed to find that the “traditional” or “classic” home you inquired about was a poorly executed fabrication. Let’s face it: Some archetypal designs are more authentic than others. Case in point: Two refreshingly retro communities from MI Homes, the Centennial 60’s and Centennial 70’s Homesites.

The names say it all: From the grounds of the communities to the home plans themselves, both of these phases are the real deal. The builder took a cue from those features that we’ve come to appreciate (and miss!) the most from small-town neighborhoods. These are the touches we associate with apple pie Americana and our favorite old TV shows: large front yards; facades that boast shingles or brick in eye-pleasing patterns; and, of course, beautifully-shaped windows. Even the paint colors – gold and avocado of the 60’s, and the coffee-inspired tones of the 70’s – remain consistent with the minimalist designs that enjoyed a heyday in these decades. Not your thing? Not to worry! Many of the plans feature softer paint tone options as well.

The builder calls these two communities reminiscent of a “simpler time,” and they’ve carried out the vision masterfully. For instance, what would a neighborhood of days gone by be without gathering areas that evoke the ambiance of those decades? For those who value the full package, the Centennial Homesites share a clubhouse and pool that could easily pass as a country club scene in a 1960’s film. Just off to the side, a modern playground offers the safety of current amenities, with the charm of an antiquated park setting.

Descriptions and photos may be helpful, but a visit to the Centennial Homesites can instantly transport you to the decade of your choice. Check them out at 14825 Rosemary Way Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, and Sun 12pm-6pm. The office can be reached at 704-766-0801.


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