March 2019

A Custom Homebuilder Builds His Own Dream House: Search for the perfect neighborhood leads Front Light’s Matt Green to Oldfield

Author: Lucy Rosen | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Matt Green knew exactly what he was looking for when it came to building his family’s next home. As a longtime local homebuilder and president and CEO of Front Light Building Company, he also knew he would be able to bring his vision to life—creating the perfect customized home to meet not only what he was looking for in a new home but the needs of his family of five and a Bernese mountain dog. What he wasn’t certain of was which of the Lowcountry’s many spectacular communities would be the “perfect fit” for the family. That is, until he looked at Oldfield and saw the community he instantly knew he wanted to call home—exactly the type of environment Front Light seeks to build in, offering the sense of the small-town lifestyle of the past with the contemporary amenities of today.

With his vision in place, Green and Front Light have set out to build many homes in the premier Oldfield community. An 860-acre sports-oriented, environmentally sensitive private gated residential community on the banks of the Okatie River in Bluffton, Oldfield has become one of the Lowcountry’s most desired communities with one of the area’s most comprehensive amenity packages—including access to the River Club dining room, a 20,000 square-foot Lowcountry golf clubhouse at the Greg Norman 18-hole championship golf course. The picturesque community, which had remained largely untouched for more than a century until the 2000s when it was turned into the community of homes and cottages that it has become today, appeals to a wide range of homebuyers including families and couples. Finding everything that he and his family were looking for, Green knew Oldfield was the place for his new home and was committed to bringing his vision to others, as well.

A Japanese soaking tub in the master bath compliments a subway-tiled shower for more relaxing weekend mornings.

“Our model for building at Front Light is straightforward. We strive to create simple yet elegant homes that truly tie back to traditional principles that have enriched the Lowcountry lifestyle for centuries, capturing the cottage look and feel of the home, while maintaining its integrity and quality through design. Oldfield, like many of our other communities we build in, offers so many great amenities for all ages, and we are proud to be a part of it as a company,” Green said. “My family loves being right on the Okatie River with trails and an abundance of nature as well as the sports club, three pools, and the equestrian center. In addition, when friends and family visit, everyone loves the opportunity to play on the Greg Norman-designed golf course.”

Green and his family are thrilled with their home, completed in December, in this picture-perfect neighborhood that offers something special for everyone in the family. And they are even more excited that Front Light’s expansion into Oldfield will make it possible for so many other homebuyers.

“We’ve always been a different type of homebuilder, starting with our name, which stems back to my grandmother and how her front door was always open if the front light was burning,”
Green said. “A home’s front light represents the warmth and security of a home, is seen as a symbol of welcoming hospitality to our neighbors and evokes a true spirit of community. That’s the type of community I know I want to be part of and one that I want to bring to others, as well, through our homes.”

An upstairs nook provides a quiet respite from the main living area.

At Oldfield, Front Light offers homebuyers the opportunity to choose from more than a dozen floor plan designs for homes ranging from 2,000- to 3,500-square feet; in addition, the company offers homebuyers the opportunity to work with Front Light to design their own personalized floor plan to meet their specific needs.

See for yourself what a Front Light home in the Oldfield community is all about by walking through the Front Light Oldfield model home at 4 Pondhawk Drive. The home is owned by Catherine Fitzsimmons, who notes her positive experience working with Front Light and why Oldfield is the perfect community for her.

“After spending a year researching communities in different states, I fell in love with Oldfield and the beauty and serenity it offers, as well as the fact that it is a more diverse community with families, its community offerings, audubon sanctuary status and the Oldfield members and team,” said Fitzsimmons, who also emphasized how working with Green and the Front Light team made the entire homebuilding/homebuying process such a positive, and seamless, experience. “I liked their approach to design, flexibility and customer service, and I’ve never had an owner of the company be so thorough,” she said. “Matt was gracious and very informative throughout the process, and I really appreciated both his thoroughness and the information he provided me. I feel like I’m a family member of the Front Light Building Company, and I know that Matt and his team will be there to support me as I move into my new home. In fact, we’ve already started to talk about some of the projects that I want to do when I move in!”

The home at 4 Pondhawk showcases not only the many amenities of a Front Light home and the spectacular location but brings Lowcountry living to life through its unique design.

Finishing touches on this beautiful Lowcountry courtesy of Janelle Nelems, owner of JKN Home Staging and Design

“We capitalized on the spectacular view by including traditional rockers and outdoor living and dining space, offering the perfect place to watch a Lowcountry sunset,” said Janelle Nelems, owner of JKN Home Staging and Designs, which staged the home at 4 Pond Hawk. “At JKN, we approach staging in a holistic way, taking into account the home, who will be living there, and the surroundings. For this particular home, situated both in woods and on water, it was especially important to bring the outdoors inside, incorporating natural elements, such as palm fronds, natural wood tones, and soothing colors. We wanted to capture the tranquility that the home and surrounding area offers.”

Over the past few years, Front Light has become one of the Lowcountry’s fastest growing homebuilders, constructing homes in some of the Lowcountry’s top locations including Habersham, Pinckney Retreat, City Walk … and continuing its expansion with this latest move into Oldfield. According to Green, a large part of the success of Front Light and why so many people feel comfortable partnering with them to build homes in idyllic communities comes from Front Light’s roots in the Lowcountry community—something not every homebuilder can offer.

“We work hard as a company to bring an efficient and streamlined process to our buyers by offering an in-house design center, where we are able to directly supply our homeowners with the highest quality products from name brands such as Shaw, Mohawk and others. This, combined with our innovation and technology platforms available to our customers and our partnership with Pearce Scott Architects and Witmer Keefer Jones, has allowed us to take the tension and guesswork out of building a home,” Green said. “People are busy in today’s world, and we want to not only build a great house but provide the customer with the necessary tools to pick out their floor plan, design their home, and more with the products and plans we have tried and tested as a company. We are all so blessed to live in the Lowcountry and have wonderful communities such as Oldfield to offer our clients and to call home for ourselves and our families.”

For more information about Front Light Building Company and its new homes being built in Oldfield, or to arrange a tour of the model home at 4 Pondhawk, visit or call (843) 380-4800.

About Front Light Building Company
Based in Bluffton, Front Light Building Company is an innovative concept in residential building—providing top quality construction in or near communities that combine the small-town lifestyle of the past with contemporary amenities and supplying standard finishes that are considered upgrades for most builders. Open floor plans promote easy, low-maintenance living while creating space for family life and entertaining. In addition, Front Light offers a unique advantage for buyers: carefully created design selections and the opportunity to work with award-winning interior designers to select their dream home.

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