Even though the Normandy Homes model home won’t be completely furnished until around Thanksgiving, Henry Morales has already sold a lot.
Some people know a good thing when they see it.
“My clients have spent 17 years in Carrollton and wanted a new home in a neighborhood with a community feel,” said June Ferbstein of Keller-Williams, referring to the empty-nesters who purchased the first Normandy lot.
“The Metroplex is huge,” emphasized Ferbstein, who lives just down the street from the couple who are approaching 50, “but I had no place to take them until I learned about Lakeside.”
“They appreciated the quality of Normandy Homes and really liked the central location of Lakeside since they work on opposite sides of the Metroplex and the wife travels a lot.
“When they found out about Lakeside’s planned shops, trails, restaurants, and lake views” she added, “they were sold.”
Over the summer, Brandy Parker of Normandy Homes stayed in touch with Ferbestein and her buyers, supplying them with the latest news.
“I will be able to make it home from the airport in 10 minutes, start riding on the hike-and-bike trail five minutes after that, then top it off with dinner overlooking the lake.”
They made their decision shortly after Normandy’s kick-off party on Oct. 2 at Cowboys Golf Club. That event attracted approximately 60 buyers and realtors who had signed up on Normandy’s Lakeside Priority Interest List.
“This community has generated more interest at an early stage than any we’ve seen before,” said Parker, Normandy’s corporate marketing manager.
The lure of Lakeside’s community feel and the new home conveniences appear to make a powerful combination.
“The Metroplex needs more communities like this,” insisted Ferbstein.
“Lakeside’s location, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities make it one of the most sought-after developments in North Texas,” said Candace Evans.
“I am also totally impressed with the value for homeowners, the quality of building finish and square footage in the $300,000 – $700,000 range.
Evans should know. Her blog, the award-winning CandysDirt.com, is the most widely read source for real estate news in DFW.
“New homes are attracting buyers,” said Dan Quinto, Lakeside’s town planner and president of Roaring Brook Development Corp., “because they include very open floor plans and feature bonuses like outdoor rooms, media rooms, and game rooms.
“In today’s homes,” said Normandy’s Henry Morales, “most smaller rooms and long hallways have disappeared. The new floor plans are open, light and great for entertaining and daily living.”
Normandy offers six floor plans between 3,000 and 4,000 square feet, priced from $450,000. Over 18 different elevations are available with lots of options for customizing.
Normandy’s first buyers chose a floor plan with two bedrooms downstairs so that aging parents can easily be accommodated. More bedrooms plus a game room and media room are located upstairs.
“This couple is making a lateral move,” said Henry Morales, who sold them their lot on Loma Alta.
“We expect the move-down and move-up buyers to start making their decisions after the model is open.”
One prospect told Morales, “Lakeside is the only place in the nation where I will be able to make it home from the airport in 10 minutes, start riding on a top hike-and-bike trail [the Northshore Trail] five minutes after that, then top it off with dinner overlooking the lake.”