Eye on Development: Hope for Windsor Hall

D.R. Horton Homes intervenes in Mint Hill neighborhood, lots begin to sell

by Josh Whitener

D.R. Horton has sold five lots since purchasing property in November 2011 in the Windsor Hall subdivision in Mint Hill. Kara Lopp/MMHW photos

The Town of Mint Hill approved 50 homes for Windsor Hall in July 2007, but until recently, only one home was built. But thanks to D.R. Horton Homes, the neighborhood is on its way to being a thriving community.

Ryan Homes was originally set to build houses in the neighborhood, but pulled out of the project after a model home was constructed. For years the land has sat untouched. Then late last year the property caught the eye of national builder D.R. Horton Homes. In November 2011, the company purchased more than 50 percent of the neighborhood’s lots and has built a model home and sold five lots within just a few months.

D.R. Horton saw Windsor Hall’s location as ideal, being close to downtown Mint Hill, N.C. 51 and Interstate 485. The community runs along Hashanli Place, off Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

“It’s a great community, a great location, great school system, great sites,” Mark O’Brien of D.R. Horton Homes said.

All of the lots in Windsor Hall were already zoned and ready for houses to be built at the time D.R. Horton intervened. Starting at one-half acre, the lots are flat, wooded and suitable for ranch style houses, which will make up the majority of the homes built, O’Brien said.

“We felt there was an opportunity to serve local buyers needing a ranch house,” he said. “We’re finding that about 60 percent of buyers are looking for a ranch.”

The homes D.R. Horton plans to construct will be anywhere from 2,100 to 4,400 square feet, starting at about $210,000.

With the model home completed in January, eager home buyers purchased five different lots in the course of two months. D.R. Horton has already started breaking ground on those lots and the company hopes to have 10 homes completed by mid-summer, O’ Brien said.

Community members and town officials are getting wind of the buzz surrounding the revived neighborhood. Although town planner John Hoard has not been involved in the development’s construction since the subdivision was approved, he still hears murmurs of excitement surrounding Windsor Hall.

“Anytime you hear of these subdivisions turning around, it’s a good thing,” he said.

D.R. Horton has been given the option to purchase the remaining lots in the neighborhood, which it hopes to do in the near future.

“We’re committed to staying there,” O’Brien said. “Given the early success we’ve had, if we can maintain what we’ve sold at this rate, we’ll definitely pursue it.”

O’Brien said the company’s conservative goal, once more lots begin to sell, is to have two to three homes completed per month. D.R. Horton also hopes to have all the neighborhood’s lots sold in one-and-a-half years and all homes completed in about two years.

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