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New Canaan Development Appeals To New Generation Of Homebuyers

An artist's rendering of a home that will be built on Garibaldi Lane in New Canaan. Occupancy is expected in four homes later this year.
An artist's rendering of a home that will be built on Garibaldi Lane in New Canaan. Occupancy is expected in four homes later this year. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Reed Whipple is building the ​N​ew American ​H​ome. ​Quail Hollow, a new subdivision on Garibaldi Lane, off of Brushy Ridge Road, is the site of four new homes that are expect​ed​ to be ready for fall occupancy​. These luxury custom homes will feature four bedrooms, an acre ​or more ​of property ​with a pool site ​and ​easy ​living.

“It’s a private community with a private access ​way,’’ said Whipple, the owner of Ridgefield-based Heritage Home Construction . “The homes have town water and sewer, which is a huge plus​, enabling each lot to have a pool site​. You’re also less than a mile to town. ​In fact, you can hear the church bells ringing from the property. ​You have this rural feeling of being in the count​r​y, yet ​you have ​the ​benefit ​of being ​so close to ​town​.​"

The ​4200 square foot homes will have four ​bedrooms and ​bathrooms, two half baths and ​a fantastic open floor-plan. They are listed for $2,195,000 by Rachel Walsh of ​William Pitt ​Sotheby’s International Realty.

Whipple has built a lot of homes ​and developments ​in New Canaan​, Ridgefield,​ and other l​ower Fairfield County​ communities​. The Quail Hollow project is unique, he said, because of the ​location, the ​energy efficiency​, ​and the community feel of the four homes​.

“The homes will have a half acre of usable property ​plus ​there are 1-2 acres of wetland buffers that act ​as ​open space​ and allow for extreme privacy​,’’ Whipple said. “The homes will be very energy efficient​ and technologically advanced​. ​We are utilizing the latest technology in building materials to avoid wood rot and to allow for a low-maintenance home. ​The​ homes ​will have gas heating systems ​and ​spray foam insulation to make them energy efficient. We’re creating an environment where people can enjoy their life and not be a slave to their homes. They’ll be able to go on vacation and not have to worry about their house​​.”

As millennials enter the real estate marketplace, Realtors and builders are finding they have different home desires from previous generations. Today’s new ​home ​buyers want turn-key living and low-maintenance homes and properties. Between work and ​family ​commitments, many feel they don’t have the time ​or the desire ​to be burdened with big homes and ​large ​properties.

A generation ago, buyers sought homes where they did a lot of the work to put their personal stamp on the house, whether it was renovating, painting or landscaping. ​Today's generation is all about convenience.​

Whipple started pulling permits for the homes in 2014 and started construction in September ​ of 2015​. While the homes have ​over ​4,000 square feet, the builder said there is still time for potential buyers to customize the home​s​ and add nearly 2,000 more ​square ​feet of living space.​ ​Potential buyers can also still select options on cabinetry, tiles​, paint color​ and hardware.

“We have gotten out of the ‘McMansion’ period,’’ Whipple said. “People want homes that make sense size-wise with an ease of living and ​much ​less maintenance. And, the fact that the homes are within walking distance to town will add to the overall appeal to a lot of buyers whether they are new to town or are downsizing from a larger home."

For more information on the homes, click here to visit Walsh’s website or contact her at 203-912-5908 or via email at rwalsh@wpsir.co​m.

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