Evergreen is an active 55-plus community in Cromwell. Folks living there appreciate a quiet but convenient locale. They enjoy taking in the country atmosphere, but live only minutes away from shopping, restaurants and Route 9.
Long Green Terrace, the entry road into the complex, makes a sweeping S-curve as it ascends a hillside of neatly manicured landscapes and attractive new homes. At the summit, the road splits, encircling the hilltop with generously spaced homes separated by graceful plantings of trees and shrubs. An island of greenery stands at the center with community mailboxes. It has become a cordial meeting place for neighbors to greet each other and hear about the latest happenings.
Neighbors are friendly and make an effort to get to know each other. Every summer, there’s a neighborhood picnic. Around Christmas time, neighbors congregate for some holiday cheer at a nearby restaurant. Homeowners travel with confidence knowing that friends back home are keeping an eye on things. They appreciate the old-style warmth that infuses the neighborhood.
Omelio Figueredo and his wife Maria knew from the moment they first visited Evergreen that they would be making their home there. After doing extensive internet research and visiting many possibilities, they knew their search was over when they arrived.
“We’ve been at Evergreen since May 2007,” says Figueredo, one of the community’s original homeowners. “It is a very appealing place.”
A key selling point was knowing that the community was being developed by the LaCava family. “We knew the LaCavas were very reputable and they are third-generation builders,” says Figueredo. “We know someone who had a house built by their father.”
Peter, George and Stephen LaCava are the principals of Trilacon Development Corporation, a Connecticut-based company started in 1991. More than 1,500 homes have been built and marketed by the trio in the past 35 years. Trilacon has been the recipient of numerous industry awards.
“I can’t tell you how accommodating they were,” says Figueredo. “Once we selected a model, there were certain things that we wanted to do, especially in the kitchen. We tweaked a lot of things. We got what we wanted.” Peter LaCava is an architect and adept at creating new designs. Many different finishes also are available. “They give you so many choices as far as wood, carpeting and more,” says Figueredo.
Peter LaCava recently created five new ranch designs, with one having an optional finished second floor. These thoroughly modern-looking designs range from 1,232 square feet to just over 2,000 square feet in the Liberty model with a third bedroom, a full bath and walk-in closet.
“The view we have is unbelievable,” says Figueredo. “We sit in the grand room and look out at rolling hills.”
Laura Berman and her husband Harvey have lived at Evergreen almost seven years. They were the third homeowners to move in.
“We did a lot of looking around in all the surrounding towns,” says Berman. “We lived in Cromwell before and wanted to stay in the area. We loved that Evergreen was so centrally located, but we feel like we’re in the woods of Vermont because it’s so quiet here. Who would know you’re so close to Kmart and all kinds of shopping?”
Quality was very important to the Bermans. They discovered the reputation the LaCavas had in the area and looked at other developments constructed by Trilacon.
“This model is very functional,” says Berman. “It flows well. The garage is next to the kitchen. Bedrooms aren’t, so if someone is making noise in the kitchen, that’s alright.”
While some floor plans are open without walls between the main living spaces, the Bermans decided on a more traditional floor plan.
“We prefer more delineated rooms,” says Berman. “The kitchen is a separate room but there is a pass-through. It’s nice that there are so many plans.”
The Bermans also liked the fact that they had input into the final design.
“They were great at making changes,” says Berman. “They took a closet out of one room and put it in another room. They were very accommodating about moving things around. Peter has a really good eye for drafting and architecture.”
Evergreen charges a reasonable monthly fee of $175 for keeping the landscaping in tip-top shape, clearing snow and maintaining a master policy covering structure insurance. The homeowners are quite pleased with the precise and timely approach given to lawn mowing and snow removal in the community.
Peter LaCava says that Evergreen will consist of 52 units when complete and 32 of those have been sold.
“We expect to be sold out by the end of next year,” he says. “Most people have size and price requirements and that makes them decide to move here. What I was surprised about was that the last couple of homes sold were more on the high end.”
The homes are presently selling for $313,900 and up depending on the model and the options selected. A current model home offers beautiful amenities at an exceptional price. Boasting a three-season room, a whirlpool tub in the master bath, upgraded kitchen cabinets and more, the 2,177-square-foot home can be occupied in 30 days for $435,900 which is a savings of more than $15,000.
Oak floors and granite kitchen counters are standard in all Evergreen homes. Larger homes have a gas fireplace in the living room and a five-foot shower in the master bath as standard.
Visit the open house any Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Evergreen can be accessed from Route 9 by taking Exit 19 onto Route 372 and heading west for .6 miles. Turn right onto Willowbrook Road, drive a half mile and turn left onto Long Green Terrace.
For more information on Evergreen in Cromwell or to schedule a private tour, call Peter LaCava of Trilacon Development Corporation at 860-632-0855.
Builder: Trilacon Development Corporation
Price: $313,900 to $399,900
Rooms: 5 to 7
Bedrooms: 2 to 3
Baths: 2 to 3
Square footage: 1,232 to 2,100 square feet
Acreage: 40 acres
Tax rate: 32.85 mills
Best feature: Quiet neighborhood, quality construction
Contact: Peter LaCava, Trilacon Development Corporation, 860-632-0855
Larry Greene is a freelance writer based in Norwich.