October 2013

Dr. Horton: American Builders

Author: Frank Dunne, Jr. | Photographer: Clayton Grand

Horton envisioned a business that would grow by making customers’ dreams a reality. The company’s philosophy and focus was, and still is, to create value through design innovation, superior craftsmanship and responsiveness to customers’ needs. Its steady growth and longstanding reputation speak of financial strength and stability that can be hard to come by in today’s uncertain economic environment.

Fortunately, Lowcountry buyers now have the opportunity to tap into D.R. Horton’s commitment to quality and service. Gaining a greater presence in the Lowcountry, several special D.R. Horton community developments are underway, including Heritage at New Riverside and Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge, both in Bluffton, Carolina Isles on Hilton Head Island and four communities in Beaufort, S.C.

For the buyer looking to locate on Hilton Head Island, Carolina Isles is the ticket to quality, convenience and value. Starting in the mid-$200,000s, it’s not surprising that homes in this serene, gated neighborhood are selling out fast and few lots remain.
Heritage at New Riverside, located on Highway 46 just west of the Highway 170 interchange in Bluffton, offers three model lines starting in the $160,000s and is taking reservations for new home construction.

According to D.R. Horton city manager Ali Heavener, a current opportunity to note lies in the opening of the new phase in Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge, which the company is now actively selling. Cypress Ridge, sits on land originally set aside for a golf course, but as real estate market trends shifted away from high-dues golf communities, so did D.R. Horton’s development plans. “We saw that buyers were looking for the pool and community center…that feel of a community versus a golf course,” Heavener said. “So with the Cypress Ridge piece, we’ve put our focus on what buyers are asking for—larger home sites with wooded or lagoon views.”

Buyers are still looking for great amenities, but not necessarily the fees that go along with that, especially in gated golf communities. To that end, Cypress Ridge shares an Amenity Village with the rest of Mill Creek where residents enjoy a swimming pool, lazy river and kiddie pool, tennis and basketball courts, a three-story fitness center, a children’s playground and a dog park. The 7,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse features a community center with meeting space that can accommodate more than 100 people. A project to update the community center with new paint and furniture is just underway.
While you can describe Mill Creek’s Amenity Center as “resort style,” events and activities are more organically driven by resident social committees from the ground up as opposed to planned and scheduled organizationally from the top down. “For example, there are people who live in the community who teach yoga and Zumba and things like that,” Heavener said, “so from time to time classes are offered.”

The trend away from private club communities to developments like Mill Creek brings with it a naturally occurring “amenity.” That is, the master plan envisions more of a village-like setting, appealing to a more diverse group of residents—a social dynamic more akin to the neighborhood you grew up in than to an exclusive club. You get that feeling around Mill Creek. Heavener describes Mill Creek’s demographic profile as truly a mix, with many of the folks relocating from up north who want the amenities, but not the club.
Cypress Ridge home plans run between the mid $200,000s and mid $300,000s and range from about 2,100 to 4,400 sq. ft. Buyers can select from 12 models with some variations within each model. For example, there are choices between brick and stone elevations and certain models have optional space for adding a media room, sunroom, office, or three-car garage. “After selling out the entire first phase, and as the market improves, we’re seeing that people want to join a community with great amenities,” Heavener said. “We’ve developed this new phase with larger home sites offering what you get in higher end communities, but without the high club dues.”

Homes in Cypress Ridge are typically larger and sit on more acreage than those found in Mill Creek’s first phase in response to buyers asking for larger lots and lower density. The developers also gave Cypress Ridge its own entranceway to impart a sense of, not necessarily separation, but uniqueness. “We made it feel as if you’re going off into a different area. This is a new phase, a departure from other developments we’ve done in the past,” Heavener said.

Another big plus is that it’s very easy to get to and from Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge. Just turn north on Mill Creek Blvd. off of Highway 170 in Bluffton between May River Road and Bluffton Parkway and you’re there. The location puts it less than an hour from Savannah and Beaufort and minutes from Old Town Bluffton and the shopping, dining, services and schools of greater Bluffton as well as the beaches of Hilton Head Island.

Homeownership remains the cornerstone of the American Dream. Whether you’re looking for a primary home, a place to get away from it all or a future retirement home, put your dream in D.R. Horton’s hands, and you can rest easy knowing that they will be there for you throughout the building process and long after the sale is closed.

For more information, call (843) 706-4029 or visit online at DRHorton.com/hiltonhead

Pictures, photographs, colors, features, and sizes are for illustration purposes only and will vary from the homes as built.

Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. DR Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.

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