When Carol Holmes decided it was time to downsize, she was thrilled to discover Walters Homes' Whispering Hills Townhouses in Barnegat. She sold her single-family home with the large corner lot located at Brookville Manor, a Walters Homes development in Barnegat, and moved into a pristine three-bedroom Bayberry townhouse.
The single-mom, her two children, and their dog Turbo couldn't be happier. "I knew I could expect quality from a reliable builder and that the sales process would be as smooth as possible," said Holmes. "We chose the Bayberry model primarily because it is an end unit with a two-car garage and a sizable basement."
Downsizing to a new energy-efficient townhouse also saved Holmes some money. All of the 107 townhouses at Whispering Hills are LEED-Silver certified, offering a slew of green amenities such as high insulated walls, low E-insulated windows, energy-efficient lighting and high-efficiency heating, cooling, and hot water heater equipment. When combined with all of the Energy Star features offered, homeowners can realize significant yearly savings of 30% to 35%, according to Walters Homes.
"The monthly expenses of my energy-efficient townhouse are far below the expenses of our previous home," explained Holmes.
In addition, Holmes enjoys the low-maintenance life at Whispering Hills. "Townhouse living eliminates the time and expense of yard work. The monthly maintenance fee is very reasonable. And a recent upgrade to the landscaping exceeded our expectations."
Whispering Hills townhomes are priced from $226,650 and include three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, and between 1,909 square feet and 2,191 square feet of living space. Interest from buyers has been strong, according to Michele Bowcock, Walters Homes sales representative, who claims only three of the four models are currently available - Heather, Willow, and Meadow. The Bayberry models have all sold out.
"My family is very fortunate that Walters Homes chose to develop a townhome community in Barnegat. We are at home in our unit, enjoy the neighbors, and are pleased to be able to continue to be part of the Barnegat community," Holmes added. "Turbo's favorite part of the townhouse is the proximity to a walking trail."
Couple customizes their new townhouse
Chris Schultz and his wife Carol also found exactly what they were looking for in a new Bayberry townhome at Whispering Hills. "We never considered buying an existing home and renovating," said Chris Shultz. The couple chose new construction because it allowed them the freedom to choose their design options and upgrades while the units were being constructed. With a budget of $50,000 for upgrades, the couple was able to create their dream home. Schultz described the process of choosing design options as "simple, and very comfortable."
"The customized details Walters offers are what add value and personalize a new home," said Danielle Edreff, design consultant for Walters Homes. "It's a good idea to have a budget in advance for special features to make the process stress-free." They worked closely with Edreff at the Walters' Design Center, which showcases an array of options and upgrades. "She made some very good suggestions that we hadn't even thought about," Schultz added. In the basement, for example, the couple was considering installing tiles, but the cost was a drawback. "Danielle suggested laminate flooring, and it turned out really great. She also helped us with coordinating colors," said Schultz.
Finding a great place to live was a big selling point for the couple. "It's a very attractive area," said Schultz. There's lots to do in southern Ocean County where residents and visitors enjoy miles of beaches, camping, hiking, boating, and other recreational facilities. And, the area is within a two-hour drive of New York's Broadway, Philadelphia's Liberty Center, Atlantic City and Trenton, the state capitol.
For more information on Walters Homes' developments visit http://www.waltershomes.com/. For more information about Whispering Hills, contact the sales office at (609) 607-9400. For Ocean Acres at Barnegat, contact the sales office at (609) 698-7700.