Homebuyers looking to cut back on maintenance and energy costs without sacrificing luxury are often faced with age restrictions or starting prices that limit the availability of suitable housing. Sensing an unfilled need in the housing market, By Carrier created Harvest Village in Newington. According to George Santos, director of marketing and sales for the 60-unit community, “We wanted to offer young professionals and others an opportunity to enjoy a maintenance-free, energy-efficient luxury lifestyle at an affordable price.”
Harvest Village is a planned community of two- and three-level attached and semi-attached New England farm-style homes, each with a one- or two-car garage. Hardwood flooring is standard on the main floor as are granite countertops with tile backsplashes in the kitchen. The master bath offers an oversized shower with an oversized shower and tub combination in the main bathroom. An open floor plan connects the living, dining and kitchen areas and offers a number of custom design options for buyers during the pre-construction phase at pre-construction prices.
All By Carrier homes are “Energy Smart” homes and built to exceed building code energy efficiency standards by an average of 40 per cent. High-efficiency natural gas furnaces and tankless hot water heaters contribute to energy savings as do the stainless steel Energy Star-rated appliances, zoned heating and strategically placed ductwork.
The homebuyer response for Harvest Village has been quite strong since units first came on the market three weeks ago with buyers offering deposits on four units and making reservations on another four in the first week. One of the first couples to view and make a reservation on a home at Harvest Village was Matthew Skoczylas and his wife Kyla.
They have been married about a year and currently live in an apartment in Middletown. Skoczylas says they were looking for a three-bedroom home to own with room for family expansion and both are busy professionals who don’t want the burden of home maintenance. After searching for several months, their real estate agent directed them to a preview showing of Harvest Village. “Newington was an area that a lot of people recommended. We heard they had good schools. So we decided to check it out,” he says.
It didn’t take long before the couple decided that Harvest Village was the right place for them and the 2,044-square-foot Robbins model was the right home. “We immediately fell in love with it,” says Skoczylas. “With the warrantees they offer, we knew it was the perfect fit.” In the Robbins model, the 17-foot by 15-foot family room, 13-foot by 12-foot dining room and 15-foot by 9-foot kitchen are combined in an open floor plan on the first floor. “We love to entertain so the open concept really fit our lifestyle,” says Skoczylas.
There’s plenty of room upstairs in the Robbins with a 17-foot by 16-foot master bedroom, two 11-foot by 13-foot guest bedrooms and an 11-foot by 8-foot study that could be an office or playroom. The second-floor laundry room eliminates the need to lug baskets of laundry up and down stairs.
The Skoczylas decided to purchase the “future finished” basement option from By Carrier that will include framing out the walls, finishing the basement staircase as well as rough plumbing. That will make final finishing of the basement into additional living space much less intimidating when the time comes.
The two-bedroom Welles model at 1,601 square feet with a base price of $273,600 represents an entry-level model in size and price for Harvest Village. The sheltered main entrance to this tri-level home is adjacent to the deep single-car garage and leads to an area that can be finished into a den or other family space. One flight of stairs leads to the main living area where a roomy 16-foot by 18-foot family room connects to a similar-sized space comprised of the 10-foot by 12-foot dining room, 9-foot by 18-foot kitchen, a powder room and pantry. The 16-foot by 14-foot master bedroom and 13-foot by 12-foot guest bedroom each have their own private bath and easy access to the upper-level laundry.
Harvest Village is conveniently located near the Berlin Turnpike and is about a 20-minute drive from Hartford and 35 minutes from New Haven. All homes at Harvest Village come with the standard By Carrier five-year limited warrantee. You can visit the model homes any Saturday or Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. or contact George Santos, director of marketing and sales, at 860-305-3256 for a private showing. For more information on Harvest Village, visit Harvestvillagect.com.
Builder: By Carrier
Price: $273,600 to $353,600 base price
Style: Attached and semi-attached New England farm-style homes
Rooms: 5 to 6
Bedrooms: 2 to 3
Baths: 2 to 2.5
Square footage: 1,601 to 2,044 square feet
Tax rate: 33.63 mills
Best feature: Beautifully detailed, energy efficient, affordable luxury homes
Contact: George Santos, Marketing and Sales Director, Harvest Village, 860-305-3256
Tony Bacewicz is a freelance writer based in Old Saybrook.