Matt and Elizabeth Wood are looking forward to moving into their new home in one of two new boutique neighborhoods taking shape in southern Williamson County.
The Woods expect to close next month on their newly built home in Allenwood in Thompson’s Station. They will be the first homeowners in the community, located on Clayton-Arnold Road, which will have just 13 custom homes on a total of 8.8 acres.
Not far away, home construction is set to begin in May at Southern Preserve, a 35-acre neighborhood that will have a total of 20 homes. It is located south of Interstate 65 off Lewisburg Pike in Franklin.
“I like the idea of a smaller neighborhood,” Matt Wood said of Allenwood. “The yards are a little smaller, but you have fewer neighbors. Some neighborhoods have 1,500 homes.”
Home sites in Allenwood are 65 to 100 feet wide, which developer Jim Cheney said allowed for about two acres, nearly a quarter of the neighborhood, to be set aside as green space.
“There’s a significant amount of open space that buffers the property from any future development,” he said.
Allenwood is being developed by local real estate professionals and independent business owners Matt Bryant, Cheney, and Daniel Woods.
At Southern Preserve, homes are being built with yards of an acre or more, said James Carbine, president of Carbine & Associates.
About a quarter of the 35-acre site is being preserved as wooded open space, he said.
Lots have been getting smaller in Williamson County as the price of home-building sites has soared, said Carbine, who expects Southern Preserve to appeal to home buyers who still want the privacy of a large yard.
“So many folks are trying to cram as many (new homes) on the site as they can. We’re going the other way with true, one-acre-plus lots,” he said.
Homes in Southern Preserve will be built by Carbine & Associates and Blalock Homes, both based in Franklin. Prices will be in the $750,000 to $850,000 range.
Builders in Allenwood are Gregg & Rains, Langfitt & Associates — both based in Williamson County — Zurich Homes and Arnold Homes. Prices range from $480,000 to almost $1 million, with most in the $550,000 to $725,000 range, Cheney said.
Two spec homes will be completed and for sale by the beginning of June, he said.
Matt Wood said he expects to enjoy Allenwood’s rustic setting but still be just 10 minutes from downtown Franklin.
“We have a little cornfield behind the house. When I visit the site, I see turkey and deer out there all the time,” he said.
In Southern Preserve, Carbine & Associates is building the House for Hope. Vendors and subcontractors are providing materials and work at cost, and a team of designers is donating its work as well.
The home will be open for tours in October. Then the house will be sold, and Carbine & Associates is donating all profits to local children’s charities.
“We expect to raise $100,000. The buyer gets a wonderful house with lots of upgrades, and children’s charities get support,” Carbine said.
“Some of the most creative designers from a four-state area are lending their time and talents to this inspirational home tour, which will impact the lives of so many young people,” Carbine said. “As part of our company’s 30-year anniversary in building, rather than hosting a big party, we are pleased to be giving back to our community through the nonprofit 501(c) (3) House for Hope Foundation, and for the first time are partnering with a creative team of this caliber.”
The 2016 House for Hope Designer Show House team includes: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, Nashville; Kara Blalock and Lauren Blalock, ReFresh Home, Franklin; Julie Couch, Julie Couch Interiors, Nashville; Lucy Farmer, Lucy’s Inspired, Birmingham, Ala.; Angie Forte and Jerome Farris, Peddler Interiors, Murfreesboro; Chad James, Chad James Group, Nashville; Gina Julian, Gina Julian, Nashville; and Kim Leggett, City Farmhouse, Franklin.
The team also includes Colleen Locke, Trot Home, Nashville; Jamin and Ashley Mills, Handmade Home, Montgomery, Ala.; Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design, Franklin; Gen Sohr, Pencil + Paper, Co., Nashville; Rhoda Vickers, Southern Hospitality, Atlanta; and KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farm, in Kentucky.
Daryl Walny, Carbine’s vice president of operations, said almost half a million people follow the design team on Instagram and Facebook with hundreds of thousands of page views per month for their personal websites and blogs.
Since 2003, the House for Hope Foundation has raised $600,000 for children’s charities, Carbine said.