Apex is my new favorite spot in the Triangle. I love new homes if a good updated resale isn’t available. It’s just been a short time since I made this video and Stillwater is looking great. I like the neighborhood because:
- The lots are larger than many in the Triangle and there are basement options.
- The schools are excellent. Apex Friendship High and Apex Middle School under construction to be opened August 2018. Olive Chapel is the Elementary school. It’s a year around school. The calendar option is Scotts Ridge, a new Elementary school opened last year. You need to apply in February and the option isn’t guaranteed.
- Great neighborhood amenities. The downside is they are just starting to build them and it’s always better to see them in when you buy a house. But waiting leads to higher prices so it’s a trade off.
- Custom Builders building in the same neighborhood as Beazer. This should give a good streetscape driving past $700,000+ homes entering the neighborhood and I have noticed Beazers quality is better in this neighborhood than I have seen in many production neighborhoods in the area.
A year ago, I drove out to Stillwater to do a video. They were advertising that homes would be ready about the time school was out in June. So that wasn’t going to happen. So let’s fast-forward until today. Houses are coming out of the ground. Nothing’s completed yet. There are custom builders in the neighborhood, but Beazer’s building a section that’s priced pretty well in the mid-$400,000s to low $500,000s with a basement, so I thought I’d go by their brand new model and meet their sales agent.
Nate: Hey, I’m Nate Jenkins with Beazer Homes here at Stillwater in Apex. We have 133 lots in Stillwater, partnered with a custom builder team in Stillwater that has 100 lots, so 233 lots total in Stillwater, with a large amenities center including clubhouse, indoor fitness, zero-entry saltwater pool, and sports court. Beazer, we have five-floor plans starting in the upper $300,000s, $369,900, and go on from three bedrooms to five bedrooms, standard in those plans, but have the ability to go to five and six bedrooms, especially when you do one of our basement options.
Marianne: So the basement, how much does that add to a price?
Nate: Unfinished, you’re about $55,000. Finished, right now, we’re about $75,000.
Marianne: Well, you said you’ve sold, how many of them? A lot, you’ve sold a lot.
Marianne: Sixteen, that’s a lot of sales.
Marianne: So what about, what price range have those averaged out at?
Nate: Crawlspace, probably $440,000 to $450,000.
Nate: And basements, right now, I’ve got one unfinished and one finished, so will fall into… I forget, but…
Marianne: Just add the basement price onto what you have.
Nate: Low $500,000s on the basement homes.
Marianne: But that’s still good, to be able to get that.
Nate: Yes, yes. This, our model home, our model home that is almost finished, we will have another model home that will be about 45 days behind, but the model home that we’re opening first is our smallest floor plan.
Marianne: This one is the smallest?
Nate: Yes, ma’am, just shy of 2,400 square feet, and a start at three bedrooms, two and a half baths, the option to get four bedrooms on the standard floor plan, and then you could do five bedrooms on the finished basement. Our third pillar that Beazer is really proud of is our commitment to our energy efficiency and our ENERGY STAR program. All of our homes are ENERGY STAR certified 3.0, inspected by a third-party ResNet certified inspector.
Marianne: So third-party certified, and you have the HERS rating…
Nate: HERS rating, exactly, to get the ENERGY STAR certificate at the end.
Marianne: Thanks, Nate, that was good information. I’m gonna take you through the upstairs really quickly before we leave. This is their smallest plan. It has really good closets, though. Back out through the master, it has a tray ceiling. There’s a family room area in between the bedrooms. The master’s on one side, and then there’s two bedrooms and a bath on the other.
Well, that’s it for Beazer. Next time we’re in Stillwater, we’ll take a look at the custom estate homes which are probably going to be in the upper $600,000s and $700,000s, and maybe even $800,000s.
This is Marianne Howell Wright with Triangle Area Real Estate, coming from Apex, North Carolina, today.