Eye on Development: Telfair turning around?

Bonterra Builders enters Mint Hill subdivision

by Josh Whitener

Bonterra Builders has purchased 20 lots in Mint Hill’s Telfair subdivision and construction is ongoing. Kara Lopp/MMHW photo

After seeing success with Matthews’ Forest Brooks Estate in Matthews, Bonterra Builders is hoping to experience similar results with Mint Hill’s Telfair.

The neighborhood off Lebanon Road, approved for development in November 2005, was well on the way to completion when the economy went belly-up. After about 15 homes were finished, builder David Weekley Homes stopped construction. Though the company still has signs in the neighborhood, it wasn’t clear by press time how many lots they still own or whether they plan to resume building.

The silent subdivision caught the eye of Stallings-based Bonterra Builders, who recently completed Forest Brooks, near Idlewild Road and Highway 51 in Matthews. Bonterra built 20 homes in Forest Brooks and have sold 18 of those. The company also is in the process of securing property at the Oaks at Oxfordshire, off Idlewild Road near Mint Hill.

Forest Brooks “was sort of our first foothold along the 51 corridor and we’re pleased with the progress, so when Telfair came along it was sort of a natural progression,” said Jim Vivian, a broker with Bonterra Builders.

Bonterra purchased 20 lots in Telfair in late 2011 and has built four houses so far, including two ranches and two which are two-story houses with a master bedroom on the first floor.

Vivian said none of the lots have been sold yet because Bonterra is still finalizing price points for the property, but he’s had two families seriously considering specific lots in the neighborhood. He estimates the houses will start at about $279,000 and continue into the upper $300,000s.

The square footage for the houses, Vivian said, will start at about 2,500. The homes will typically be four- to five-bedroom houses with three and a half to four bathrooms. Amenities include full granite fixtures in the bathrooms and the kitchen, large tile and hard wood floors, Vivian said.

The homes will consist of a mix of hardy plank, stone and brick. Each house will have either a two- or three-car garage and most homes are on lot sizes of about one quarter of an acre. Vivian expects Bonterra will build about half of the homes with ranch floor plans and the other half as two-story houses.

All homes will be Energy Star rated.

“People search out Energy Star (houses), and we’re one of the builders that does that,” he said.

Overall, Vivian said Bonterra’s goal is to build houses that are “really compatible” with the homes already built in Telfair, while sticking with the company’s requirements.

“I think we looked at (Telfair) as a chance to present our product line in a way that was compatible with us, what we build typically,” Vivian said. “Our standards are higher than many of the builders in this market. A lot of things that other builders have as options, we have as standards.”

For more information, visit www.bonterrabuilders.com.

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