For Builders and Buyers a Chance to Dream

December 12, 1993|By Staff Report

Build a street of dreams, and they will come. Tens of thousands of them.

The Home Builders Association of Maryland expects that much of a crowd next summer to tour the "dream homes" that nine builders plan to construct in the Woodridge subdivision near Reisterstown.

Modeling its first Dream Homes project after those in such cities as Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, the association recruited Baltimore-area builders, each of whom bought a lottery-drawn lot from developer Greenebaum & Rose.

Mostly traditional homes as large as 5,600 square feet on three- to five-acre lots will showcase the latest innovations in architectural and interior design, energy efficiency and state-of-the-art technology, the association says.

The homes will open for a 16-day exposition next June. A $6 fee to tour the homes and a home products exhibit will cover costs of running the show, with 10 percent going to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

After the expo, any homes not already sold will remain on the market, at prices from $350,000 to more than $500,000. In other cities, more than half the homes often sold by the time the expos opened.

The homebuilders association has been working toward a dream home project for about three years, though the recession got in the way of the Anne Arundel County chapter's plans to sponsor one, said Marty Stephens, manager of events and programs.

Early this year, the association started planning for the 1994 project. Clark Turner, president of the Clark Turner Cos., agreed to chair the effort, and local builders soon jumped aboard.

It took longer, though, to find a centrally located site in an area that could support $500,000-plus homes, as well as to find a developer agreeable to working with nine builders, Ms. Stephens said.

Builders expect to start their homes in time for the official opening on Wednesday. Greenebaum & Rose is paving streets, and Ashley Custom Homes has begun digging the foundation for a 4,000-square-foot, two-story home.

Besides Ashley, builders are Landmark Homes Inc., Lexington Homes Inc., Orion Homes, Ryland Homes, Scherr Homes, Shelley Construction Inc., Clark Turner Homes and Williamsburg Builders. Each builder has a first option to buy a second lot in the 21-lot subdivision.

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