March 18th, 2019

Real estate: New neighborhoods keep focus on ‘neighbors’

Original article by Bill Lewis for The Tennesseean >

Debbie Bragg was looking for opportunities to make new friends.

Bragg is downsizing from a house surrounded by an acre and a half of land to a villa in Durham Farms, a master-planned community in Hendersonville. David Weekley Homes is building 34 one-level villas, which are built in pairs with the garage between them. They range from 1,734 to 1,923 square feet and are on 40-foot home sites.

“I feel like it’s an open community” where neighbors can get to know one another, said Bragg, who hopes to move in this spring.

She loves her home and neighbors in White House in northern Sumner County but is tired of maintaining a large lawn. Durham Farms will free her from that.

The neighborhood is designed to encourage friendships, said community manager Lacey Edwards.

“Neighborly connections and the front-porch friendly vibe of our community are the top unique qualities that make up the personality of Durham Farms,” said Edwards.

Durham Farms is designed around the goal of encouraging residents to spend time outdoors. Many homes have front porches where neighbors can visit. The neighborhood has sidewalks and trails. The Farmhouse has a fitness facility and community spaces as well as a pool.

The community will have a total of 1,100 homes on 472 acres along Drakes Creek Road.

“We want to see kids running about the neighborhood, parents and friends visiting with each other on their front porches, young couples on the trails, older couples walking their dogs, all of the elements that make for a healthy growing up experience and comfortable small-town lifestyle,” said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president for Freehold Communities, the company that developed Durham Farms.

Karlie Kee, Bragg’s Realtor, sees traditional neighborhoods becoming more popular.

“It’s that sense of community, the way neighborhoods used to be,” said Kee, broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Lakeside Realtors in Hendersonville.

“They still bring cakes and cookies when you move in” at Durham Farms, she said.

Bragg is looking forward to outings, special events like summer concerts and opportunities to join a book club or other group, all curated by a full-time lifestyle director.

“I’m expecting to enjoy it all. Events, fireworks, movie nights, cooking classes. I’m going to be interested in going to different things,” she said.

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