SOUTHINGTON – Developers are starting the second phase of a Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike subdivision that will total nearly 100 homes.
Builders put up 37 homes at HillCrest Village over the past few years. Liz Verna, one of the development owners, said the next phase will be 55 houses.
Since starting four years ago, project manager Ken Mita said they’ve moved to building slightly larger homes and have updated some interior options to keep up with current styles.
“We want to make sure we are trending today and not trending four years ago,” he said.
House sizes range from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet and three to four bedrooms. Prices start at $379,000 and go to nearly $450,000.
Lot sizes are a half acre or less. Verna said many buyers are looking for something that doesn’t take a lot of maintenance.
“We’re finding a lot of people want to either downsize or live differently,” she said. “(Yards) are not the size that it takes you all weekend to maintain it.”
Verna said the development has also attracted some first-time homebuyers.
Just under half of those moving to the development are from out of state. Verna said they’re also attracting couples that work in both Hartford and New Haven who see Southington as a midpoint with easy highway access.
Low interest rates led Verna and builder John Iannini to continue with the project this year.
Mita said three houses in the new section are under construction and another three are awaiting building permits. While most houses are custom designed with the buyer, he usually has a few built to allow for those moving due to work or who have other reasons to need the home in 60 days.
“We’re trying to always have some quick delivery homes on hand,” he said.
The project originally started as townhouses but went through years of changes and a court battle with the town. Developers were able to win the court case since a portion of the homes are affordable. State law allows for less town discretion in denying affordable housing projects.
Builders and town officials both said single family homes were a better fit for the area than the townhouse plan.