Bill Lewis Nashville Tennessean
Updated 1:11 PM EST Dec 10, 2019
If you’re a homeowner ready to downsize to a smaller property but don’t want another lawn to mow, or if you’re a first-time buyer on a budget who wants to put your money in a house, not a yard, you might find what you’re looking for in two growing Sumner County neighborhoods.
In Hendersonville’s Durham Farms community, Goodall Homes is preparing to launch construction of at least 60 townhomes. Prices have not been announced, but townhomes typically are less expensive than single family houses because they do require large building lots.
Townhomes are especially popular among first-time homebuyers and single people. They are also the choice of many people moving to the Nashville region from larger cities, said Todd Reynolds, vice president of Goodall Homes.
“So many people are moving from Chicago and other places where they were used to townhomes. They like the fact you don’t have to take care of a yard,” he said.
In the Berry Hill subdivision in Hendersonville, Dalamar Homes is offering villas with a one-level floor plan that is especially appealing to buyers 55 and older, said Wanda Comer, a Realtor with Re/Max Masters. They range from 1,700 to 2,400 square feet. Prices begin in the $260,000s.
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The villas have at least two bedrooms and can have a bedroom and bonus room on the optional second level.
“In Hendersonville they’re downsizing from these huge lots. But they’re (often) adding the bonus room upstairs for the grandchildren,” said Comer.
Berry Hill is located off Indian Lake Road, not far from Old Hickory Lake and dining, shopping and entertainments at the Streets of Indian Lake shopping center. The neighborhood has walking trails and a gazebo.
“The Berry Hill community has a country setting. We preserved so many trees and beautiful views. You can see the skyline of Nashville at night,” said Comer.
The villas have two-car garages and private, fenced outdoor areas. The HOA takes care of yard work.
“It’s maintenance-free living. You can spend time with family, hobbies,” said Comer.
Goodall Homes sees demand growing for townhomes in Sumner County. Its Durham Farms townhomes will be similar to those the company offered in its Millstone subdivision. They have three bedrooms, two and a half baths and garages. Those were immediately snapped up by buyers who were attracted by the design and by the price, which began in the mid-$200,000s.
“In a single-family house, it’s hard to find anything below $300,000. In the $200,000s, it catches people’s eye,” said Reynolds.
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Goodall offers one-level cottages in Gallatin’s Carellton, Foxland Crossing and Retreat at Fairvue neighborhoods. The company also offers cottages at Millstone. Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s.
Both Millstone and Durham Farms are master-planned communities designed to encourage residents to lead active lifestyles.
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Millstone’s amenities include a pavilion, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, a playground, a walking trail and an event lawn.
Durham Farms, located off Drakes Creek Road, features trails for walking, running and biking, a fitness center, a resort-style pool and clubhouse, parks and green space.
Updated 1:11 PM EST Dec 10, 2019