Bill Lewis | The Tennessean | December 9, 2014
Williamson County home buyers have their choice of popular master-planned communities with hundreds of houses. The developers of Thompson’s Station’s newest subdivision are looking for 13 buyers who want something different.
Allenwood, on Clayton-Arnold Road, will have just 13 homes on its secluded 8.8-acre site. About half of the land is being reserved for green space and a park. The developers plan to preserve 75 percent of the existing trees in the interest of privacy and to maintain the site’s rural character.
Four local custom builders have been selected to craft homes with distinctive architectural styles. Homes are expected to be around 3,000 to 3,400 square feet with prices starting in the high $400,000s. Initial infrastructure development began this month and home construction should begin in the spring.
The goal is to create an intimate neighborhood “opposite from large master-planned communities” where houses may look alike and ongoing construction can be an inconvenience, said Jim Cheney, one of Allenwood’s developers.
“We know what a Thompson’s Station homebuyer wants. We’re hitting a sweet spot,” he said. “Allenwood is beautifully remote without being removed from everything. You’re nine miles from Columbia Avenue in Franklin.”
Along with Cheney, Allenwood’s developers are Matt Bryant and Daniel Woods. All live nearby and are veterans of Southern Land Co., the developer of Westhaven in Franklin.
“We all live here. We’re not making decisions out of Detroit or Atlanta. I think people appreciate that,” Cheney said.
Because Allenwood is small, residents won’t have to put up with ongoing construction for years to come.
“Our goal is to be done in less than 16 months,” said Woods, whose design credits include Westhaven and The Grove, the gated golf community off State Route 840 in College Grove.
Allison Klausner, a Realtor with Pilkerton Realtors, said Allenwood will resemble a traditional neighborhood where houses have different architectural styles.
“It’s very similar to infill (construction) in West Nashville,” she said.
Randy Arnold, owner of Arnold Homes, said demand for new homes in Williamson County is outpacing the supply and he expects homes in Allenwood to sell quickly. His company will build four houses in the community.
He recently sold homes in Williamson County to people arriving from Minnesota, Indiana and Memphis.
“They are coming mainly for the schools. Everybody says you need to be in Williamson County, but there aren’t a lot of places being developed in downtown Franklin or Brentwood,” he said.
He believes Thompson’s Station and the surrounding area southeast of Franklin along State Route 840 and Interstate 65 are “natural hotspots” for growth.
“You’re in the right location, south of Franklin where you don’t have to spend a million dollars but you’re 12 minutes from Cool Springs and 20 minutes from Nashville,” he said.
Allenwood’s other builders are Gregg & Rains Building Group, Langfitt and Associates and Zurich Homes.
Gregg & Rains will build three homes in Allenwood, said Jake Rains, a partner in the company.
“Allenwood’s attraction is it’s a tucked-away, nestled community,” he said.
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