Join us for the Grand Opening of our decorated model at Hyland Ridge/ Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd from Noon to 4 PM. Enter to win a $100 Artful Lodger gift card. View the full flyer with directions.
To learn more about Southern Development Homes new designs available in The Woods at Burnet Commons, and register to receive updates on construction and grand opening plans, fill in the contact us form or call Charif at 434.996.9175.
The genesis of the second phase of Burnet Commons, affectionately called “The Woods,” is a story of a partnership among neighbors. It was an unusual partnership—and it is a story worth telling.
Seven landowners, residents, and long-time community fixtures came together to make The Woods a reality. One partner contributed the land and home where they had raised their children. Another partner added land that his parents bought long ago and had passed down to the next generation. A third partner is a family of architects and land planners who literally carved off part of their back yard to add to the planned development so that the vision of The Woods would be realized.
You’ll often read about neighbors standing up in protest of new development in their neighborhood, and understandably so—those neighbors live where they live because they like it the way it is. The Woods was different. In addition to the seven partner landowners, dozens of other adjacent neighbors unanimously rallied around the proposed development, writing to their City Councilors to insist that the novel concept for this new neighborhood proceed.
And City Council unanimously agreed. Their support went beyond a simple “yes” vote though. The City decided to join the partnership and voted to contribute some land of its own.
That’s when we knew we were really on to something special. Never in our careers have we experienced such diverse, unanimous and overwhelming support for a development concept.
The name says it. “The Woods.” The plan began with a focus on a central part of the property, with mature hardwood trees, gently rolling landscape, and natural tranquility. When you arrive in the neighborhood you immediately see how preservation of this area is what makes the community so special. You’ll immediately see that The Woods is different. This wooded central green space also happened to be in such a location that it would mirror and complement its sister green space in Phase 1 of Burnet Commons; a grand open lawn. The Woods, by contrast, would be a shady place to stroll.
With that, the focus turned to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Using exceptionally innovative engineering techniques, the project engineering team developed a groundbreaking strategy for storm water management. When you think of an urban street, you think of something with storm water inlets along the curb line, directing rainwater into pipes that dump directly in our creeks. And again, The Woods is different; there are no storm sewers. By keeping the water above ground and directing it to specially engineered infiltration areas, The Woods will recharge the area’s groundwater and release it to the environment cleaner than when it fell out of the sky. You’re not going to find this combination of creative engineering techniques anywhere else in Virginia.
And finally: the architecture. While the Land Planners were designing the central woods and the Engineers were innovating new sustainable development techniques, the Architects were busy with the homes. Out of the vision for The Woods sprang Southern Development’s High Performance Home. These homes don’t compromise. Designed and perfected over many years, the High Performance Home delivers brilliant curb appeal, exceptional durability, wallet-friendly energy efficiency, and fine interior detail. Sounds expensive? It isn’t. The Woods is different.
Please join Southern Development Homes for TASTES OF CROZET
a Parade of Homes preview & kickoff party
featuring LOCAL food & drink from your Crozet favorites Tuesday, September 27th, 4-7 pm
Preview our Parade of Homes entry at 6909 Windmere Lane
in Creekside at Old Trail.
Featuring stylish furnishings by The Artful Lodger!
Southern Development Homes is proud to partner with these LOCAL Crozet businesses to bring you Tastes of Crozet!
Featuring refreshments and door prizes from:
Anna’s Pizza, da Luca Cafe & Wine Bar, Starr Hill Brewery,
Green House Coffee, Chiles Peach Orchard, Trailside Coffee,
Pollak Vineyards, Face Value Studio & Salon,
Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery
Directions to 6909 Windmere Lane: take 250 West towards Old Trail. Right on Old Trail Drive. Continue on Old Trail Drive, going straight through both roundabouts until you reach Creekside on your left. Take a left on Welbourne Lane, then take first Right on Millstream Drive to a left on Windmere Lane. The home is on the corner of Windmere Lane and Millstream Drive. Questions? Southern Development Homes’ Sales Manager, Judi Antrobus, can be reached at our Old Trail model home at 434-245-2238.
The new community, Hyland Ridge, is creating lots of excitement in the real estate community. And why not? With fantastic EarthCraft homes and quality construction from local, established homebuilder Southern Development Homes, what’s not to like? And location? Couldn’t be better.
Hyland Ridge is conveniently tucked away between Fontana and Ashcroft. The new community is less than two miles from downtown Charlottesville, Martha Jefferson Hospital and Interstate 64.
Hyland Ridge will have 97 homes in all with spacious half-acre lots. Plus, there will be 7 preservation lots ranging from three to twenty-one acres. The community was strategically designed to provide generous rear yards, many of which back up to the wooded preservation areas, streams and walking trails. The tree-lined streets and sidewalks add more appeal to the convenient neighborhood. Many of the homes will be constructed by proven, local homebuilder Southern Development Homes, who has been part of the community for many years and will be around for years to come. Service after the sale is part of the legacy of Southern Development Homes.
Hyland Ridge offers a mix of open floor plans, with gourmet kitchens and special features such as sunrooms, screened porches, mudrooms and reading nooks. The exterior elevations will include both Traditional and Craftsman styles. The plans range form 2,500 to over 5,000 square feet.
Priced from the $490s, there are several one level living plans (Westlake II and Cypress II models) which feature both the master suite and a guest bedroom on the main level, with 2 additional bedrooms above. Also offered in the low $500s is the popular Hamilton family plan with 4 bedrooms all on the 2nd level. The Sutherland and Waverly models can be built to provide up to 6 BRs/5 1/2 baths offering over 5,000 square feet of finished living space. And there are models in between sure to satisfy the most discerning homeowners.
All Southern Development Homes will be EarthCraft-certified, which means lower utility costs, enhanced indoor air quality, increased comfort, added resale value and a greatly reduced home maintenance cost. Each Southern Development home packs a big punch with standard features that many would consider upgrades. The well appointed homes have distinctive Hardiplank siding exteriors and Trex Transcends front porches. The gourmet kitchens feature stainless steel 36″ cooktops with hood vent/wall ovens, granite countertops, genuine maple cabinetry with full overlay doors, with soft-action closing system. There are hardwood floors throughout the main level common areas and ceramic flooring in all the full baths – plus frameless shower doors in the master bedroom.
The Decorated Model Home in Hyland Ridge will have a Grand Opening event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 21st and 22nd from Noon until 4 PM.
Come tour the model and enter to win one a gift card to Artful Lodger or Pottery Barn.
From downtown Charlottesville, take 250 East to Pantops, and turn left on Stony Point Road. Go approximately one-half mile and take a right onto Fontana Drive. Continue through Fontana to the Hyland Ridge community, model home is located at 1708 Hyland Creek Circle.
Southern Development’s Sutherland Model – Grand Opening Sept. 21/22
This was the fourth home purchase for our family, and it was the best one. The people at Southern Development made all the difference. Not only were they pleasant and personable to deal with, they listened to us. They modified their plans to fit our wants and then asked if we had any other changes we desired them to make. They continued working with us on the details until we had a home that was distinctly ours: a custom home at a less than custom price. Their construction was first rate, and our project manager was a true professional with a great personality. He had the home ready for move in a month and a half early. Rebecca in sales, Garnett the project manager, and Frank Ballif the president were all wonderful to work with from with our initial interest in their model going all the way through construction and our first year in the finished home. A superb builder to deal with, and we highly recommend them.
Frank Ballif and his team at Southern Development constructed our last two homes. In fact, we purchased the very first house the company built. We were so pleased by the workmanship, that we asked Southern Development to build our dream home.
When building our home, we wanted a functional house that provided a sense of family unity. The centrally located kitchen was designed to be the command and control center, with all other rooms flowing from it. We envisioned a Tuscan style interior that captured a European elegance, but was nonetheless practical for casual everyday living – and within a practical budget!
The Southern Development team worked hard to make our vision a reality. Their design team methodically adjusted our plans that were first scribbled on a napkin! Soon, our vision took shape on a computer screen, and then quickly translated to bricks and mortar. The final product was a home of outstanding quality constructed with meticulous attention to detail. The team crafted our home with a “partnership” mindset starting on day one. Honesty and integrity were key ingredients to making it all work. Almost nine years post construction, we are just as delighted now with our home as we were the day we first walked in. Frank is a special person and the company is a unique organization.
We would highly recommend Southern Development to anyone looking to build a home. The team truly takes a long term view to building homes, and to sustaining lifelong relationships.
I was so blessed to work with Southern Development, I love my home, and I love the relationship that I still have 4 years later with the builder. Southern Development is a relationship company, the salesperson that showed me the house helped me customize everything I wanted and made sure it fit in my budget. She worked hand in hand with my realtor and made the process so easy for me. The quality of the materials, the location, my neighbors, it’s all been a tremendous blessing for such a significant time in my life when I was buying my first home. Even after the warranty had run its course, Southern Development still takes my calls if I have any concerns and they have performed maintenance for me. They have always treated me like a priority, and they still do after our business was concluded. I will always believe in, and support Southern Development, they will have my business for sure for the next home I buy. I really appreciate their professionalism and kindness. They are a true asset to our community. I’m a Southern Development man!
Charlottesville Business Journal, Monday, August 26, 2013
by Jim Brewer
Dunlora Forest – the exciting new community underway on Rio Road – has opened its new model home. Stop in to see the great designs and floor plans from Southern Development.
Dunlora, located off Rio Road, midway between the 250 By Pass and Rt. 29 North, has been one of Charlottesville’s most popular subdivisions. Dunlora Forest, adjacent to Dunlora, has even greater potential. With over 70% of their home offerings in this community sold and new residents just beginning to move in, it looks like this community will sell out quickly.
Frank Ballif, Owner and Manager at Southern Development Homes and a UVA Civil Engineering graduate, is excited about his newest project. “Dunlora Forest is one of Charlottesville’s most convenient communities,” he said. “The homes will be EarthCraft and EasyLiving Home certified and boasting many elements of Universal Design.”
Southern Development Homes will build 36 homes in Dunlora Forest, a modern development which will include walking trails, community flower gardens, a community vegetable garden, a tot lot and an eco-friendly raingarden system. The Southern Development Homes will have First Floor Master Suites, Designer Kitchens with granite countertops, GE Stainless appliances, hardwood floors, 42-inch maple cabinets, and Moen faucets with pullout sprayers – and, of course, a convenient pantry.
With quality construction inside and out, interior features include nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors in the foyer and great room, ceramic tile in all baths, maple vanities and cultured marble tops. The exteriors feature professionally designed landscaping, sodded front and side yards, wonderful porches, patios and exterior living spaces.
The energy saving features inherent in EarthCraft homes result in lower utility bills and homes that are 30-40% more efficient than typical new homes and nearly twice as energy efficient as most existing homes.
Southern Development will offer a variety of great floor plans for both attached and detached homes. The Kiawah, a single level attached home with two bedroom suites on the first floor, starts at an affordable $369,900. The Cypress, a 4-bedroom, 3-full bath attached home starts at $409,900. The Magnolia, a 2 bedroom, 2 full bath, attached home on an unfinished basement is priced starting at $404,900 while the Savannah, a popular 4-bedroom, 3-bath home, starts at $449,900.
Southern Development has been named a Charlottesville Favorite Builder in both the Daily Progress Readers Choice and Albemarle Family surverys since 2010. The company is currently active in many great communities throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene and Fluvanna.
To find out more about Dunlora Forest, call Judi Antrobus at (434) 202-5071.