There’s nothing quite like having a home adjoining country club grounds: the views, the peacefulness and the prestige all appeal to upscale buyers. That’s why Simon Homes was ready for a celebration when it was awarded the option to purchase 26 acres of Meadowbrook Country Club land.
The country club proffered the land to 14 different builders, whom it challenged to come up with building proposals, relates builder Barry Simon. After analyzing each proposal, the Meadowbrook board chose Simon to buy the ground and build his development, The Villas of Meadowbrook.
“It’s built around the golf course,” Simon explains. “That’s one of the main reasons why the development has sold so well. We’re on the sixth and ninth holes. There are 68 villa homes: 54 are attached and 14 are unattached, single family-style homes.” All the villa homes either back up to the golf course or to a private lake, no home backs up to another, which could explain why only 28 of the properties remain available.
“Another fantastic feature that everyone falls in love with is the open space,” Simon continues. “Our green space is more than 51 percent, so we’re not crowded. The land is also heavily landscaped, it gives the feel of a gorgeous, rolling landscaped community.”
The homes’ architectural style is a traditional American look, with a combination of oversized brick and stone. The roofs have architectural shingles. The properties include two- and three-car garages, and each driveway has Roma stone brick pavers. The homes boast high ceilings, beautiful large kitchens with granite countertops, finished hardwood floors, designer appliances, and large decks and patios. The interiors also include crown molding and fluted casings, as well as zoned heating and cooling. All the villas have a master bedroom on the first floor. Some are one-story ranch-style, while others are one-and-a-half stories with as many as three additional bedrooms upstairs. “We also have the ability to finish the lower levels. And the majority of the lots are walkout or lookout lots, which lend themselves to that,” says Simon. “The views from the backs of the houses are just spectacular.”
A jogging trail circles around the lake, which has been landscaped following the state conservation and wildlife departments’ suggestions, with natural plants around the water. Virtually everyone who purchases a villa has joined Meadowbrook Country Club, which features a golf course and swimming pool, tennis courts and an outstanding restaurant. “For the next five sales we are offering a free social membership to the country club, which also includes the first year’s dues paid in advance by us,” Simon announces.
The Villas at Meadowbrook has appealed particularly to empty nesters, Simon notes. “However, we’re selling also to young people who have a busy lifestyle and no interest in taking care of their yard. We have some young executives looking for no maintenance living,” he reports. “Of the empty nesters, a good percentage have a second home in the winter in Florida or Arizona, and they want to know their home will be maintained just as though they were here,” he adds.
“We have a few ‘market’ homes available at Meadowbrook where we’ve sold one side and the other side is currently for sale,” Simon adds. “We’re running a promotion on all such inventory homes, which are completed on the outside and framed up on the inside. The buyer can still choose their appliances, wall colors and flooring colors, and the home will be ready to occupy in 90 days. For these houses, we’re able to pass along savings of up to $75,000.” Normally, Meadowbrook Villas start at $700,000.
“I’ve had people who moved into the Villas of Meadowbrook come up to me and say we’ve changed their entire lifestyle,” Simon comments. “Living at the Villas, they feel like they’re in a resort every day. And many of our purchasers have their own golf carts, so they can get in and drive up to the country club, have lunch, play golf and stick around for dinner.”