My client, (I’ll call her Cheryl), and I searched high and low for something that would get her everything she wanted, for as close to her payment goal as possible. She wanted about 1500 square feet, a large master bedroom, a large (12ft) living room wall for her shrunk (that’s a cabinet/entertainment center from Germany), single story, fireplace, screened in porch. Once we started looking, Cheryl also expressed that the asthetics surrounding the community were very important to her. Also, she would much prefer a backyard that didn’t back up to six other houses.
We saw Centex’s Fairfax plan last week, but Cheryl did not like the road approaching the community in Liberty Hall. Same thing in the Woodlands at Wescott. I call it “sprawly” with a mixed bag of buildings, including mobile homes…just not very appealing. Also, the Fairfax out in Liberty Hall was $170,000. It had everything she wanted including a very nice lot, but the price just wouldn’t work, and really didn’t want to have to settle on the neighborhood asthetics.
We tried everywhere, Harbor Homes, the floor plan just didn’t flow the way she wanted. Beazer, nice Adams plan, but the living room didn’t have the big wall she needed. Brentwood, pricing was almost right with the discounts, the plan we were looking at was smaller, and they wanted a $3000 deposit, $2000 more than any other builder. Jessco, nothing with her price and square footage. We knew it was out there somewhere, or maybe something would fall through.
We started the day yesterday, having done our math, with a goal of $168,000, and Weatherstone delivered at $163,500 including upgraded cabinets, carpet and appliances, screeened in patio, fireplace, smooth ceilings, additional concrete patio, and some lighting upgrades. She’ll still need to add window blinds and ceiling fans after closing. There was no lot premium for the very large lot backing up to woods. The only thing we didn’t add was the $3000 for the brick veneer in the front.
I had sold a resale Fairfax before. What people really like about it, other than the cost per square foot is the way the space flows. The open living/dining/kitchen area is L-shaped so you have the open feeling, without feeling like you’re in a warehouse. It has a separate dining room, which can be configured as a bonus room or office…but it closes in the hallway, so most people leave it as a kitchen…and you can still use it as an office if you want.
The neighborhood is located behind the fairly new Target on 17A, just two minutes from I26. There’s one place on Sheep Island Road that looks a little dumpy, but there are two other entrances into the community that look quite nice. The nicest movie theater in town is located in the same area along with lots of shopping, so you’ll rarely ever have to leave the area for necessities. There are also Charleston Single Style homes in the same area for sale. Please contact me to solve your new construction puzzle.
Don’t want to forget the schools. Elementary and Middle are Sangaree, both our sons went there before we moved across town, very nice. And for High School, it’s Stratford right now, but will be the new Cane Bay High School soon, all Berkeley County. Check www.myscschools.com for specific school data.