The builder of an Annapolis retirement community has started construction on a new town house project in Arnold that will overlook a public golf course.
U.S. Home Corp., developer of the 1,260-unit Heritage Harbour on South Haven Road, has broken ground on Pine Valley, a 92-unit community that won't be age-restrictive.
The developer will build town houses on 11 acres adjacent to the Bay Hills Golf Course. The homes, surrounded by woodlands, will overlook the third fairway of the 18-hole Professional Golf Association course and country club. About 10 homes will have water views of Deep Creek.
The three-story brick homes will cost $137,000 to $143,000, with the water view homes in the higher price range, said Rory Dickens, U.S. Home regional vice president.
The company expects homebuyers to be drawn by the wooded setting and the location, off College Avenue, with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis, he said.
"There's not too much around that can compare," Dickens said. "We have a real good product, a fair price and a good neighborhood. This project will have a real country club feel."
U.S. Home is offering three floor plans, ranging in size from 2,094 square feet to 2,152 square feet, with recreation rooms, family rooms, walk-in closets, two or three bedrooms and two or three baths. All homes are 22 feet wide with garages.
Extra options, such as fireplaces or garden windows, are available, Dickens said.
The first units will be completed by March or April, with furnished sales models opening in April andthe entire community finished in 18 to 24 months, he said.
The builder has set up a sales trailer at the site. Eight buyers already have reserved homes, Dickens said.
He said he expects little troubleselling units, even with the real estate market in a weakened state.
"So far, people have shown a lot of interest," Dickens said. "We have a fairly unique product, and with interest rates the way they are, there will still be people buying houses. It's a good opportunity for people to get in a good area."
Houston-based U.S. Home Corp., one of the nation's largest builders with more than 200,000 homes nationwide, has been building in Anne Arundel County since 1979.