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Cost, convenience drive townhome sales in Williamson

Categories: Townhomes, Villas, Williamson County | Posted: September 17, 2016

(Bill Lewis, For Williamson. Click HERE for full article)

Townhomes with a small yard, or no yard at all, are among builders’ most in-demand floor plans.

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Something is missing from many of the new homes being built in Williamson County, but no one seems to mind.

They have the granite countertops, gourmet kitchens and hardwood floors you’d expect in almost any new home, and many even have garages, but they don’t have the one feature that has gone hand-in-hand with the suburbs for generations.

The yard is gone.

For luxury builders and production homebuilding companies alike, two- and three-story townhomes with either no yard at all or a postage stamp of grass at the front door are among their most in-demand floor plans.

“I didn’t think I’d ever sell a townhome in Franklin, but I’ve sold a lot,” said Kevin Green, broker for luxury builder Ford Custom Classic Homes.

Lock and leave

A combination of market forces — including soaring prices for building sites and the desire of many homebuyers to live a lock-and-leave lifestyle — is making townhomes an attractive alternative to traditional single-family houses.

Because they take less land, townhomes can be less expensive to build and to buy. And no yard means no yard work.

“You don’t need a lawnmower,” said Green.

Ford Custom Classic Homes plans to build 34 townhomes in Echelon at Lockwood Glen. Ten are currently under construction.

“I have two units already sold and others are looking,” said Green.

The company also is introducing a new phase of townhomes at Westhaven and has previously offered brownstones near downtown Franklin.

“I think builders can’t build townhomes fast enough,” he said.

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Builders move fast

Ford is not alone. The Patterson Company offers new townhomes priced from the mid-$300,000s to the $400,000s in the Gateway Village neighborhood in Cool Springs. Goodall Homes has offered townhomes for several years at its Shadow Green community in Franklin. Prices range from $305,275 to $326,427.

Goodall offers townhomes in Rizer Point, along Del Rio Pike, and in Lockwood Glen.

Goodall also offers cottages — similar to a townhome but all on one level — in the Waters Edge subdivision and in Nolensville at the Cottages at Bent Creek.

Regent Homes is introducing Federal-style brownstones in Berry Farms, the master-planned community on Franklin’s south side. Prices start at $350,000. Four went on the market the first week of September.

“I’ve already sold one, and they just got released last week,” said Jeffrey Caruth, affiliate broker for Regent Homes.

“It’s price-competitive with rent in Franklin, and it’s a maintenance-free lifestyle. There’s so much to do in the Nashville region these days. People want to live, work, play,” he said.

Regent also builds townhomes in Lockwood Glen, with prices starting at $369,900, and in Spring Hill’s Shirebrook subdivision, where prices begin at $199,900.

Regent builds condominiums in Westhaven, where a newly finished example was on sale in early September for $364,805. The company also has 27 condos under construction in Berry Farms. The Alicia Town Center Homes range from $249,900 to $299,900.

Affordability matters

Goodall Homes executive Keith Porterfield said affordability is making townhomes more popular than ever.

“Detached singles are so expensive. Townhomes are an option for a new home at a more reasonable price. More and more people don’t want the yard, and townhomes make for a good community. You get to know your neighbors,” he said.

Sandra Griffin discovered that two years ago when she moved from suburban Nashville to Shadow Green.

“Living in Franklin is such a joy,” she said.

One thing Griffin misses is having a private driveway. Finding a convenient parking spot can sometimes be a challenge. On the other hand, she doesn’t miss having a large yard.

“The upkeep was too much for me,” she said.

When the day comes that she doesn’t want to go up and down her townhome’s stairs anymore, she might consider buying one of Goodall’s cottages.

“In a few years, definitely, I’d like one level,” said Griffin.

 

Goodall Homes plans 206 units in Gallatin

Categories: Gallatin, New Community, New Floorplan, New Homes Nashville Area, Sumner County | Posted: July 20, 2016

(The Tennessean: Josh Cross, jcross@mtcngroup.com) Click HERE for Full Article)

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Goodall Homes is looking to build 206 homes along state Route 109 near the Clear Lake Meadows subdivision in Gallatin.

The Gallatin-based developer is seeking approval of a preliminary master development plan and rezoning request of 65.19 acres in the area. If approved by city officials, the request would allow for the construction of Patterson Farms, a 146 single-family home and 60 townhome development off Clear Lake Meadows Boulevard near Nichols Lane.

“There has always been, especially in Gallatin, a huge demand for housing for less than $250,000,” said Koby DuMont, land manager for Goodall Homes. “We want to get a product on the ground that people want, and we think this product is going to meet that demand.”

The proposed development would be built on land that was originally planned to be sections nine and 10 of the Clear Lake Meadows subdivision, according to Kevin Chastine, a planner with the Gallatin Planning Department.

Single-family homes will be between 1,600 and 2,400 square feet in size and range in price from about $180,000 to $220,000, according to DuMont. The majority will be two-story with some one-story homes with at least an optional bonus room offered.

“We’re trying to target a lower price point, but we don’t want to give up on the overall appearance of the community,” DuMont said. “They’re all going to have ornamental mailboxes and entry monuments that are going to be pretty similar to Fairvue’s. We want it to be kind of simple, but we want it to be elegant.”

The townhomes will be a similar product to Goodall Homes’ nearby Lenox Place development, but will not have a 55 and older age restriction requirement. The units will be between 1,600 and 1,800 square feet in size and prices are expected to be about $180,000 or in the low $200,000’s.

“Lenox has been an awesome project for us over the years, but we don’t want something that is going to look the exact same,” DuMont said. “The goal is to differentiate between the two… they’ll still look very similar, but they will have different color schemes and things like that.”

The Gallatin Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan when it meets  July 25. Should it pass the planning commission, the plan must then pass two readings of the Gallatin City Council, and a public hearing must also be held.

If approved, an estimated timeline for construction of Patterson Farms is expected between 2016 and 2020, according to the plans submitted to the city.

Goodall Homes has also purchased section six of Clear Lake Meadows and plans to build 27 homes on the property. Work on the section could begin within the next three months and will tie into Patterson Farms once completed.

“This is a beautiful neighborhood as it is, so we’re going to follow their architectural restrictions,” DuMont said. “We want to match what they’ve already done and we’re going to try to make sure that what we do compliments their neighborhood.”

Realtor: Good one-level home layout is priceless

Categories: Goodall Homes, Neighborhood, New Community | Posted: July 20, 2016

(Bill Lewis, For The Tennessean) Click HERE for Full Article

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Goodall Homes

Kristeen McNeely, Realtor

393 Maple St., Ste. 100, Gallatin 37066

615-448-8929 or www.goodallhomes.com

Years in business: 32

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. We are a locally operated company that survived the downturn, gained market share and grew substantially over the last few years. Even though we are continuing to grow, it’s important to everyone in the company to maintain a team environment and feeling of truly being part of a family.

How did you become involved in real estate? I’ve always enjoyed looking at floor plans and walking through homes under construction. One of my good friends was working for a homebuilder. She suggested I turn in my resume to see if it would be a good fit, and I’ve been in new home sales for over 10 years now.

Where in the Nashville region are you active? Williamson County.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? You only get one shot at a first impression, so make sure your home is picture perfect from the moment a potential buyer pulls up. If you’re going to spend money updating your home, the kitchen and bathrooms are key, and fresh paint can make a huge difference.

What advice do you have for clients who are preparing to buy a home? What steps should they take? First, figure out how much home you can afford and what that means as a monthly payment and how much cash you’ll need to have for your loan.

Next, decide on what’s really important to you and make a list of what your must-haves are for your new home. There’s no such thing as a dumb question, so ask away.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? The average buyer is much more informed than they were a few years ago. As the millennials begin to purchase more homes, keeping up with technology and including smart home features will be expected of homebuilders.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? A well-laid-out one-level home is priceless.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients? Each potential buyer is different, and my professional and personal experiences have made me most comfortable within diverse settings.

This allows me to the ability to empathize with different viewpoints and practice the golden rule of treating others the way you would want to be treated. Most people can sense when someone is truly genuine and honest, and they value and appreciate that.

Goodall Grizzlies win championship

Categories: Awards, Goodall Homes, Wilson County | Posted: July 20, 2016

(The Wilson Post: Click HERE for full article)

Inside-Goodall-GrizzliesThe Goodall Homes Grizzlies won the Lebanon Youth Baseball 7 & 8 year old championship on June 9. The Grizzlies were the ninth seed out of ten teams going into the tournament and won four games to clinch the championship. Pictured left to right are, front row, Jamar Turner, Jarius Keeley, John Schwarz, Braylin “Spud” Caruthers, Eli Moore, Jack Walker Beasley, Lukas Etheridge, Jack East, Sam Walden, Kameron Harrell, and Turner Davis. Back row, coaches Brad Davis, Kent Beasley, Head Coach Nathan East, David Walden, and Aaron Moore. Not pictured is Cason Mull.

Realtor: Homebuyer ‘must-haves’ should inform decision

Categories: Goodall Homes, New Community, One Level Floorplan, The Tennessean | Posted: July 20, 2016

(Bill Lewis, For The Tennessean) Click HERE for Full Article

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Todd Reynolds, vice president of sales

Goodall Homes

393 Maple St., Ste. 100, Gallatin 37066

615-448-8929 or www.goodallhomes.com

Years in business: 32

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. All of these aspects make Goodall Homes unique: We are locally operated, the people we hire, the processes we use, the intentional focus we put on the experience of buying and building a home with us.

How did you become involved in real estate? I was visiting my parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, my senior year of college when my mom took me to a model home she was decorating for a builder. It was there that I was hooked and decided selling a home to someone would be an experience of a lifetime for the customer and for me!

Where in the Nashville region are you active? I am active in Sumner, Wilson, Davidson and Williamson counties.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? Clean, clean, clean. Get rid of the clutter and make sure the outside has some pop and curb appeal that will stop a buyer in their tracks.

What advice do you have for clients who are preparing to buy a home? What steps should they take? Be ready to commit financially and make sure you have a grasp of the numbers. Do your homework to understand your top three “must haves,” and don’t waver from that path.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? When people used to visit our model or community for the first time, it was truly their first time there. Now it’s about their fifth visit because they have shopped us online so many times before stopping for the first true visit on-site. Customers are much more prepared.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? One-level living and spaces in the home where they can just “be” are commonly sought out. Granite and hardwood still seem to be very popular, too. Customers want to feel pampered in their homes.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients? We listen to what they tell us. We review customer surveys every week.

We reach out to customers based off of these surveys and try to find ways every day that we can enhance the buyers’ experience. We are good at listening.

125-home active adult community planned on Nolensville Pike

Categories: Cottages, Davidson County, Nolensville, Press Release | Posted: July 20, 2016

(Staff/Tennessean: Getahn Ward, gward@tennessean.com) Click HERE for full article.

Price of courtyard cottages at Williams Mill to start in the low $300,000s.

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One of the Nashville area’s largest homebuilders is behind plans for an active-adult community with 125 attached courtyard cottages at the southwest corner of Nolensville Pike and Holt Road.

On behalf of Gallatin-based Goodall Homes, engineering firm Land Solutions Co. is pursuing specific plan residential zoning for nearly 39 acres at 6415 and 6419 Holt Road where the Williams Mill community is planned.

Construction should start by early 2018. The starting price for the cottages at Williams Mill is expected to be in the low $300,000s.

Bob Goodall, president of Goodall Homes, sees Williams Mill catering to residents of that South Nashville community and nearby Brentwood who want to downsize and remain in that area after retiring.

“It’s a specific product for people 55 and up who want to downsize from their 5,000-square-foot house on 4 acres to a completely homeowners association-maintained environment that’s one level and wheelchair-accessible,” added Robert Swope, the area’s Metro councilman. “It has no impact on schools and very reduced impact on traffic.”

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Williams Mill, which is on the Metro Planning Commission’s agenda for July 14, is among new active adult communities on the drawing board for the Nashville area. Craighead Development and Ole South Properties are pursuing The Binns 500-home active adult community for a site in Hermitage, while Southern Springs by Del Webb in Spring Hill is expected to include 600 homes.

The 125 cottages at Williams Mill will be built in phases with completion expected by the end of 2021. Each of the at least 1,475-square-foot homes with optional bonus room available will have a cottage-style exterior, zero-step entry, wider doorways, private courtyard and two-car garage. A clubhouse, walking trails and community garden are among planned amenities.

Swope said Goodall made changes to Williams Mill based on input from neighbors. A day care center that’s going up on the other side of Holt Road from the Williams Mill site is among other developments in the area that’s roughly a mile from the Williamson County line.

Rose Marie Beaster, who lives across the street from the Williams Mill site, has concerns about blasting and increased traffic from new projects in the area.

“I’m sort of torn,” she said. “Because of the widening of Nolensville Road, we know something’s eventually going in there. I’ve seen worse projects proposed for that corner that the neighborhood was able to stop, but is this the best thing?”

The cottages at Williams Mill would be similar to buildings by Goodall Homes at The Cottages at Bent Creek in Nolensville, The Retreat at Fairvue in Gallatin, Waters Edge in Franklin and Millstone in Hendersonville.

Goodall Homes sponsors Hunger Free Summer campaign

Categories: Events, Hendersonville, Nashville, Neighborhood, New Community | Posted: July 6, 2016

(STAFF REPORTS- The Standard of Hendersonville. Click HERE for full article)

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has officially launched its Hunger Free Summer campaign to provide 4 million meals. Employees from Goodall Homes, the official Hunger Free Summer sponsor, presented a $25,000 check in support of the campaign. The donation will provide 100,000 meals.

Goodall-Homes-sponsors-hunger-free-summer2Summertime means thousands of children no longer have access to school meals, and parents are left struggling to provide. Second Harvest has set a goal to provide 4 million summer meals for children and their families to help make this a Hunger Free Summer for all. One of the ways Second Harvest is addressing childhood hunger is through the sponsorship of 31 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites across its 46-county service area that serve meals to children throughout the summer months. In addition to food, many sites provide educational enrichment and recreational activities that help children continue to learn and stay safe and active while school is not in session.

In Middle Tennessee, one in five children, 21.9 percent, in Second Harvest’s 46-county service area are food insecure, totaling 141,710 children. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to an individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.

About Goodall Homes

Goodall Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, builds single-family homes, townhomes, courtyard cottages and villas throughout Middle Tennessee. The Goodall Homes team mirrors Bob’s commitment to service and excellence in homebuilding. This commitment has been recognized through awards such as the Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine (2014); NAHB National Housing Quality Silver Award (2016); NAHB National Housing Quality Bronze Award (2012), The Nashville Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces 2015, 2014, 2013; and The Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Award. For more information about Goodall Homes, please visit GoodallHomes.com.

Goodall Homes sponsors Hunger Free Summer campaign

Categories: Community Service, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Sumner County | Posted: June 15, 2016

(STAFF REPORTS- The Standard of Hendersonville. Click HERE for full article)

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has officially launched its Hunger Free Summer campaign to provide 4 million meals. Employees from Goodall Homes, the official Hunger Free Summer sponsor, presented a $25,000 check in support of the campaign. The donation will provide 100,000 meals.

Summertime means thousands of children no longer have access to school meals, and parents are left struggling to provide. Second Harvest has set a goal to provide 4 million summer meals for children and their families to help make this a Hunger Free Summer for all. One of the ways Second Harvest is addressing childhood hunger is through the sponsorship of 31 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites across its 46-county service area that serve meals to children throughout the summer months. In addition to food, many sites provide educational enrichment and recreational activities that help children continue to learn and stay safe and active while school is not in session.

In Middle Tennessee, one in five children, 21.9 percent, in Second Harvest’s 46-county service area are food insecure, totaling 141,710 children. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to an individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.

About Goodall Homes

Goodall Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, builds single-family homes, townhomes, courtyard cottages and villas throughout Middle Tennessee. The Goodall Homes team mirrors Bob’s commitment to service and excellence in homebuilding. This commitment has been recognized through awards such as the Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine (2014); NAHB National Housing Quality Silver Award (2016); NAHB National Housing Quality Bronze Award (2012), The Nashville Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces 2015, 2014, 2013; and The Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Award. For more information about Goodall Homes, please visit GoodallHomes.com.

Goodall Homes celebrates Colonial Village open house

Categories: Colonial Village, Wilson County | Posted: June 11, 2016

(Sabrina Garrett- staff Wilson Post. Click HERE for full article)

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Goodall Homes welcomed the community to a Model Home Grand Opening in Colonial Village in Lebanon on Thursday.

The festivities began with a ribbon cutting conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Next, the model home opened its doors for realtors, homeowners and prospects to explore the building and enjoy fresh snacks.

Marketing Director Rachael Overall said it was a “big celebration” for Goodall Homes employees.

New Home Consultant Conley Black said the home is now open for potential buyers to see and get information. “We have 130 homes left to be built,” he added.

Colonial Village will have a total of 213 homes when construction is completed. Homes start at a base price of $214,000 to $280,000 and range in size from 1,500 square feet to 3,400 square feet

Goodall Homes has a rich history in Tennessee. Company founder Bob Goodall Jr. started building in 1983 after graduation. The builder has focused on the development and construction of single family homes, townhomes, courtyard cottages, condominiums and more in the Middle Tennessee area. Goodall Homes was awarded “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine in 2014.

Clayton, one of America’s largest homebuilders, announced in May 2016 it had acquired Goodall Homes. Goodall Homes can now be found in Wilson, Williamson, Sumner and Davidson Counties. Goodall is builder of the Stonebridge subdivision, also in Lebanon.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

Goodall Homes names Jackson Cooke as June Student of the Month

Categories: Awards, Community Service, Press Release, Williamson County | Posted: June 2, 2016

(/ Williamson Herald Click HERE for full article)

Poplar Grove Middle School student Jackson Cooke has been honored as the Goodall Homes Student of the Month for June. Nominated by his teacher Laura Lavery, Jackson’s favorite subject is science as he hopes to one day become a surgeon.

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“Jackson is very intrinsically motivated at such a young age,” Lavery said. “His peers look up to him as a role model and his positive behavior is shown every day.”

“I’m very excited to honor Jackson with this award,” Goodall Homes Director of Marketing Rachael Overall said. “Each month what we do is recognize an outstanding student in Williamson County who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to give back to their peers, community and family and overall represent good character.

Not only is Jackson a positive role model and star student, he is also a budding entrepreneur. In his old neighborhood, he and his friends began a business called the Neighborhood Garbage Guys. For a small fee, they would take peoples’ garbage containers from their house to the road for trash day, then deliver the containers back to the customer’s house.

“[The Neighborhood Garbage Guys] had about 20 customers,” Jackson’s father said. “They would do their jobs in the rain, sleet or snow.”

Jackson also plays tennis, loves music and teaches 3-year-olds’ Bible class at church.

To nominate a Williamson County student, find a Goodall Homes Student of the Month form under the home menu online at www.williamsonherald.com.