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Old 05-31-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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Hi! We currently live in Madison and will be welcoming our second child this fall and need more space. I've tirelessly gone over everything listed on MLS (daily) to try to find something we like. Can anyone share info on Stillwater Cove for me? The neighborhood looks to be a little cookie cutter for our taste and the builder is Breland, but the homes do look nice on the inside and the neighborhood has what we are looking for. We have some friends who built with Breland in Research Station a few years ago and the house started falling apart around the 1-year mark. We rarely hear anything nice about Breland as a builder. We really don't want to get in the situation our friends were in. Are the homes in Stillwater Cove built well? I realize the homes out there may be apples/oranges to what was in Research Station but it just doesn't give me a warm-fuzzy.


We love houses with visual interest on the outside (think Ken McDaniel) and a sensible layout on the inside. LOVE the Heritage Provence neighborhood, especially with the neighborhood amenities, but there is rarely anything for sale out there. Any other suggestions? We need to stay in Madison City limits with Madison City schools, so South of HWY 72 and North of Madison Blvd. (I know portions of Edgewater are Madison City but we don't want to be that close to the arsenal). Desperation is starting to sink in... Help.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:22 AM
 
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I live in Madison...we moved from one Madison neighborhood to Millstone last August, and while our house was being built, we rented a home in Heritage Provence. I agree with you...Heritage Provence is a GREAT neighborhood! That's why homes rarely come on the market and don't last long when they do. We really enjoyed renting there and it has a great community feel. If you're working with a realtor, maybe get him/her to put out some feelers in the neighborhood...you never know, someone might be thinking about selling and just haven't pulled the trigger on listing. You never know.


Stillwater Cove...well, I used to live on the Limestone Co side of Madison (although not as far out as Stillwater Cove), and let me caution you on this.....with all the new construction going on in & around Burgreen & Hardiman Roads, anyone who lives west of there is in for YEARS of construction mess, torn up roads, and ever-increasing traffic burdens on roads that currently can't handle that sort of volume (Powell, Hardiman & Burgreen). Just drive out there some day and see what I mean. You have the huge Mungo development off Burgreen, and Cedar Acres off Burgreen right behind JCHS. Off Hardiman, there are 3 subdivisions in the works. Segers Rd has Stillwater Cove, Cedar Cove (new Woodland neighborhood), and that new Stoneridge neighborhood right beside Stillwater. All that will put a tremendous burden on those country roads and cause some nightmare bottlenecks trying to get to County Line.
As far as aesthetics, Stillwater Cove is probably the prettiest Breland/DR Horton neighborhood I've ever seen. Are the houses a bit cookie cutter? Yes. But the neighborhood looks nice. DR Horton is building in there now and I haven't heard a single good thing about them. If you're looking to buy a resale that was built by Breland, that would be better probably.


If you like Ken McDaniel, look at Browns Ferry Crossing (off County LIne, just south of Publix). He built some homes in there and you might find a resale.


I'm a little biased toward Jeff Benton since we built with him in Millstone. The neighborhood had everything we were looking for (pool, clubhouse, playground, HOA), plus he builds a beautiful home. Go visit a Stillwater Cove home and then a Jeff Benton home in Millstone or Crown Pointe and you'll see there's a big difference in interior finishes. You could get a Jeff Benton home for the same price as a Stillwater Cove home....just wouldn't be as many square feet, probably.


What exactly are you looking for in a house/neighborhood?
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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ps....what about Greenbrier Woods off Powell? You could get in there for the same price as Stillwater Cove and Murphy builds a GOOD, solid house and is a local builder, small company. The homes in there have the same craftsman style as Stillwater. You'd still be west of Burgreen Rd, but in a better quality house.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Can anyone share info on Stillwater Cove for me? The neighborhood looks to be a little cookie cutter for our taste and the builder is Breland, but the homes do look nice on the inside and the neighborhood has what we are looking for. We have some friends who built with Breland in Research Station a few years ago and the house started falling apart around the 1-year mark. We rarely hear anything nice about Breland as a builder. We really don't want to get in the situation our friends were in. Are the homes in Stillwater Cove built well? I realize the homes out there may be apples/oranges to what was in Research Station but it just doesn't give me a warm-fuzzy.


We love houses with visual interest on the outside (think Ken McDaniel) and a sensible layout on the inside. LOVE the Heritage Provence neighborhood, especially with the neighborhood amenities, but there is rarely anything for sale out there. Any other suggestions? We need to stay in Madison City limits with Madison City schools, so South of HWY 72 and North of Madison Blvd. (I know portions of Edgewater are Madison City but we don't want to be that close to the arsenal). Desperation is starting to sink in... Help.
The new homes in Stillwater Cove are really not Breland Homes anymore since D.R. Horton bought them out several years ago and there have been a lot of changes.

Have you looked at Applewood at the corner of Balch Road and Gillespie Road in Madison? Legacy Homes is locally owned and I personally think those homes have more appeal on the exterior than the ones by D.R. Horton in Stillwater Cove. Applewood also has a pool and cabana.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:24 PM
 
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There are a couple for sale in Millstone that are good sized, and nice floorplans that back up to a treed greenway that won't be developed. There is also a walking path from there to the nearby elementary school. The teachers wait on the other end of the path in the mornings to escort the kids into the school.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:38 PM
 
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The new homes in Stillwater Cove are really not Breland Homes anymore since D.R. Horton bought them out several years ago and there have been a lot of changes.

Have you looked at Applewood at the corner of Balch Road and Gillespie Road in Madison? Legacy Homes is locally owned and I personally think those homes have more appeal on the exterior than the ones by D.R. Horton in Stillwater Cove. Applewood also has a pool and cabana.
One of the ones we looked at is a re-sell and was built a few years ago, maybe <5 years; the builder is listed as Breland.


I have looked at the homes in Applewood. Persona taste -- I don't think these have more exterior appeal than the few I saw in Sillwater. I don't care for front facing garages if there isn't more frontage for the house than there is garage.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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There are a couple for sale in Millstone that are good sized, and nice floorplans that back up to a treed greenway that won't be developed. There is also a walking path from there to the nearby elementary school. The teachers wait on the other end of the path in the mornings to escort the kids into the school.

The homes in Millstone are beautiful, but are outside what we want to spend. Also, it's too much house for us. We just don't need 3,500 sq ft worth of house...

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ps....what about Greenbrier Woods off Powell? You could get in there for the same price as Stillwater Cove and Murphy builds a GOOD, solid house and is a local builder, small company. The homes in there have the same craftsman style as Stillwater. You'd still be west of Burgreen Rd, but in a better quality house.

I like the craftsman style of the Greenbrier Woods homes, but they are also out of our price range and the lots tend to be TINY. We need/want a yard.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:00 PM
 
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I live in Madison...we moved from one Madison neighborhood to Millstone last August, and while our house was being built, we rented a home in Heritage Provence. I agree with you...Heritage Provence is a GREAT neighborhood! That's why homes rarely come on the market and don't last long when they do. We really enjoyed renting there and it has a great community feel. If you're working with a realtor, maybe get him/her to put out some feelers in the neighborhood...you never know, someone might be thinking about selling and just haven't pulled the trigger on listing. You never know.


Stillwater Cove...well, I used to live on the Limestone Co side of Madison (although not as far out as Stillwater Cove), and let me caution you on this.....with all the new construction going on in & around Burgreen & Hardiman Roads, anyone who lives west of there is in for YEARS of construction mess, torn up roads, and ever-increasing traffic burdens on roads that currently can't handle that sort of volume (Powell, Hardiman & Burgreen). Just drive out there some day and see what I mean. You have the huge Mungo development off Burgreen, and Cedar Acres off Burgreen right behind JCHS. Off Hardiman, there are 3 subdivisions in the works. Segers Rd has Stillwater Cove, Cedar Cove (new Woodland neighborhood), and that new Stoneridge neighborhood right beside Stillwater. All that will put a tremendous burden on those country roads and cause some nightmare bottlenecks trying to get to County Line.
As far as aesthetics, Stillwater Cove is probably the prettiest Breland/DR Horton neighborhood I've ever seen. Are the houses a bit cookie cutter? Yes. But the neighborhood looks nice. DR Horton is building in there now and I haven't heard a single good thing about them. If you're looking to buy a resale that was built by Breland, that would be better probably.


If you like Ken McDaniel, look at Browns Ferry Crossing (off County LIne, just south of Publix). He built some homes in there and you might find a resale.


I'm a little biased toward Jeff Benton since we built with him in Millstone. The neighborhood had everything we were looking for (pool, clubhouse, playground, HOA), plus he builds a beautiful home. Go visit a Stillwater Cove home and then a Jeff Benton home in Millstone or Crown Pointe and you'll see there's a big difference in interior finishes. You could get a Jeff Benton home for the same price as a Stillwater Cove home....just wouldn't be as many square feet, probably.


What exactly are you looking for in a house/neighborhood?



Thanks for the suggestions. We've been trying to do the word of mouth thing with folks who may be looking to sell in Heritage Provence. I'd love it if something like that would work out. Many of the homes out there have been selling in the high $200s to low $300s, which is were we want our price point to be. They also seem to have lots that are a little larger than what you find now west of County Line.


I don't love the idea of being out there where all that construction is at all... but all of Madison is bottle-necked right now when you work in Research Park (I do) and my husband is in sales and doesn't have an office so it really makes no difference to him. There aren't that many options when you are only looking for between 2,500-3,000 sq ft. There seems to be a large amount of homes in the 1,750 range and then upwards of 3,000. We don't want to pay for a bunch of house (space) that we really won't make use of. We'd rather have that money to spend on other things. Minor renovations aren't out of the question -- like adding granite or replacing carpet/wood flooring, but with a baby due in September we are out of time and would prefer to have all that done before we move in.


Millstone and Browns Ferry Crossing are too big and out of our price range, though both look to have beautiful homes.


I realize the parameters we've put on ourselves are a little restrictive.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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I work in Research Park, and from Millstone I take Browns Ferry Rd, which then turns into Old Madison Pike, straight into work. It's shortest in terms of mileage and quickest for me.


What about Whitworth Farms? They have pool, clubhouse, small lake, and you can walk to Marco's or McDonalds (and soon to Dairy Queen). This one is in your size & price range.
104 Ashville Wood Court, Madison, Al 35756 Home for Sale


FYI...just because the spec homes in Greenbrier Woods (or Millstone) are larger/more expensive than you want doesn't mean you can't build something that suits you better. Charlie Murphy (Greenbrier Woods) is VERY flexible and you don't have to spend $350+ to build in there. They have plenty of houses that are <3000 sq ft, or right around that size and closer to $300k.


Same with Millstone. JB builds the most popular floor plans over & over as spec homes, but there are houses in there that are in the 2600-3000 sq ft range. This is a presale that closed earlier this year. 2600 sq ft @ $305k:
218 Mill Walk Court, Madison Al 35758 Recently Sold Home


Since you don't have kids in school yet, the JCHS/BJHS zoning shouldn't matter to you. I'd suggest looking in some of the "older" (although not really old...just by Madison standards) neighborhoods on the East side of Madison. They tend to have larger yards and lower prices. Silver Creek, Wellington, Abington Downs, Bridgefield, etc. You probably already have, so sorry if I'm being redundant!
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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I work in Research Park, and from Millstone I take Browns Ferry Rd, which then turns into Old Madison Pike, straight into work. It's shortest in terms of mileage and quickest for me.


What about Whitworth Farms? They have pool, clubhouse, small lake, and you can walk to Marco's or McDonalds (and soon to Dairy Queen). This one is in your size & price range.
104 Ashville Wood Court, Madison, Al 35756 Home for Sale


FYI...just because the spec homes in Greenbrier Woods (or Millstone) are larger/more expensive than you want doesn't mean you can't build something that suits you better. Charlie Murphy (Greenbrier Woods) is VERY flexible and you don't have to spend $350+ to build in there. They have plenty of houses that are <3000 sq ft, or right around that size and closer to $300k.


Same with Millstone. JB builds the most popular floor plans over & over as spec homes, but there are houses in there that are in the 2600-3000 sq ft range. This is a presale that closed earlier this year. 2600 sq ft @ $305k:
218 Mill Walk Court, Madison Al 35758 Recently Sold Home


Since you don't have kids in school yet, the JCHS/BJHS zoning shouldn't matter to you. I'd suggest looking in some of the "older" (although not really old...just by Madison standards) neighborhoods on the East side of Madison. They tend to have larger yards and lower prices. Silver Creek, Wellington, Abington Downs, Bridgefield, etc. You probably already have, so sorry if I'm being redundant!



That's the way I currently drive to work. I live just a little East of you now and agree on time/mileage. It bottlenecks during the school year, but I don't see the point in going down to 565 when I could've been halfway there in the amount of time it would take me to get to the interstate.


I've looked at that house in Whitworth Farms. It's nice, but the color tones are too bright for me. I don't care for the brick or all the white in the kitchen. But, still, it is an option.


We are looking at some of the more established neighborhoods also. I'm really not TOO picky about WHERE in Madison, except for neighborhoods that are too close to certain parts of town. From what I know about the schools, all the Madison City schools are doing well and it's kind of a toss-up. We really like it here in town and don't want to go elsewhere.


I wish we had time to build. I'm due September 17th and really don't want to be in a rental or apartment waiting on a house to be built at that point. Putting off selling our house isn't an option either... we don't want to wait to sell for the same reasons I guess. I just don't think I can do all that with a newborn. Time is not my friend right now but I'm trusting that something amazing will come open soon enough.
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