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Old 05-03-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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We are moving to the Fort Mill area at the end of June. My husband is already in Charlotte and I went down for a week in April to house hunt and looked at about 40 houses but at that time I was still getting a feel for the area. We definitely want Fort Mill Schools but are also looking for a great neighborhood with lots of children. We have three kids ages 7, 5 and 3 and would love to find an area with young families. Ideally the neighborhood would have an active HOA with lots of family friendly events and a pool. Our price limit is about $235 and we need a house with 4 bedrooms and an office. Would love your input!
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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Have you looked at Lake Ridge in Tega Cay and Massey (Doby's Bridge Road Area).

As far as getting a lot of square footage for your money, it's hard to beat True Homes in Lake Ridge. They also have a beautiful club house, awesome pool, and tennis courts.

I think you'll find most neighborhoods in Fort Mill, especially the newer ones, have tons of kids.

Good luck with your move. I think you will love it here.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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BAXTER!!!! Lot's of kids, but not sure $$ is enough.

Knights Bridge is huge and maybe lower cost.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Be careful with True Homes. There is a reason you get a lot of square feet for a lower price (poor quality build and materials). I am speaking from experience
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Knightsbridge might have a couple homes near that price range that fit (their prices run the gamut from $185K for a 3 bed ranch to $300+ for a 5 bed colonial). It's an established Ryan Homes development. Lots of kids, pool, active HOA, near I77 for commuting purposes.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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You'll have a hard time buying into Baxter for under $300k. Massey has a great pool and amenity center, but won't have the same activities and feel as Baxter. You can buy into Massey for the mid $200's though.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Be careful with True Homes. There is a reason you get a lot of square feet for a lower price (poor quality build and materials). I am speaking from experience
Hi JLCJ7, can you elaborate your "experience", if you don't mind? I am also interested in Lake Ridge in Tega Cay, and homes looks nice and affordable on web site.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Hi JLCJ7, can you elaborate your "experience", if you don't mind? I am also interested in Lake Ridge in Tega Cay, and homes looks nice and affordable on web site.
My experience with True Homes is that i bought one and lived in it for 3.5 years. My wife and I purchased one of their model homes and it looked very nice. I also have worked construction during and after college, so i know enough to be dangerous, and I think the best way to say it is they cut a lot of corners on build quality (framing techniques, drywall thickness, subfloors, undersized AC Heat units, etc...) what they do is try to use nice finishes on the surface to cover this up.

Since i worked construction i know and understand that new houses have warranty issues, but the why in which they fix those problems (under warranty) to me a reflection of the type of company they are and for us we had to threaten leagal action to get any results and the quality of work was poor and often had to be done a 2nd time. Here is a list of SOME of the issues we had with our house:

1) Irrigation system leaking underground. $≈300 water bills per month and True homes refused to fix saying we must be using it (I had to prove the system was unplugged before they fixed it).
2) Missing cable jack per builder blue prints
3) Front outside light never worked. Electrical wiring wrong
4) Missing wires in ceiling caps in bonus room
5) Water leak from master bathroom leaking into kitchen through the ceiling. Caused major repairs.
6) Hole in ceiling cut for repair patched very sloppy work. Cracks along seems. And very obvious.
7) Dishwasher not anchored to counter/cabinets and falls forward whenever opened
8) Crack in foundation right to left of house from under siding to ground through garage…causing windows, doors, floor and drywall issues…
9) Crack from front to back of foundation also…
10) Heating/cooling issues with furnace. Temp upstairs to downstairs is often 8-9 degrees difference. They told us to have us to calibrate the furnace. Heating guy said this is not possible with that unit. True homes response to us was close vents upstairs and turn heat/AC up
11) General carelessness in work (i.e. Switches wired backwards in most rooms/halls, have had multiple contractors tell us of sloppy wiring done by electricians)

After this I had other contractors come in and repair the work, HVAC guy said it was the worst job he had ever seen, Electrician said the same thing and was surprised it passed code.


NOW... This is just my experience, to be completely transparent, my parents are building a home in Lake Ridge Now with True Homes and it is slightly better quality, but still not good quality overall. Hopeully they do not have the same experiences my wife and I did...
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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My experience with True Homes is that i bought one and lived in it for 3.5 years. My wife and I purchased one of their model homes and it looked very nice. I also have worked construction during and after college, so i know enough to be dangerous, and I think the best way to say it is they cut a lot of corners on build quality (framing techniques, drywall thickness, subfloors, undersized AC Heat units, etc...) what they do is try to use nice finishes on the surface to cover this up.

Since i worked construction i know and understand that new houses have warranty issues, but the why in which they fix those problems (under warranty) to me a reflection of the type of company they are and for us we had to threaten leagal action to get any results and the quality of work was poor and often had to be done a 2nd time. Here is a list of SOME of the issues we had with our house:

1) Irrigation system leaking underground. $≈300 water bills per month and True homes refused to fix saying we must be using it (I had to prove the system was unplugged before they fixed it).
2) Missing cable jack per builder blue prints
3) Front outside light never worked. Electrical wiring wrong
4) Missing wires in ceiling caps in bonus room
5) Water leak from master bathroom leaking into kitchen through the ceiling. Caused major repairs.
6) Hole in ceiling cut for repair patched very sloppy work. Cracks along seems. And very obvious.
7) Dishwasher not anchored to counter/cabinets and falls forward whenever opened
8) Crack in foundation right to left of house from under siding to ground through garage…causing windows, doors, floor and drywall issues…
9) Crack from front to back of foundation also…
10) Heating/cooling issues with furnace. Temp upstairs to downstairs is often 8-9 degrees difference. They told us to have us to calibrate the furnace. Heating guy said this is not possible with that unit. True homes response to us was close vents upstairs and turn heat/AC up
11) General carelessness in work (i.e. Switches wired backwards in most rooms/halls, have had multiple contractors tell us of sloppy wiring done by electricians)

After this I had other contractors come in and repair the work, HVAC guy said it was the worst job he had ever seen, Electrician said the same thing and was surprised it passed code.


NOW... This is just my experience, to be completely transparent, my parents are building a home in Lake Ridge Now with True Homes and it is slightly better quality, but still not good quality overall. Hopeully they do not have the same experiences my wife and I did...
I am sorry to hear your bad experience with True Homes, and thank you so much for sharing. I will keep your experience in my mind when I am going to visit Lake Ridge. I hope your parents will be ok there.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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I am sorry to hear your bad experience with True Homes, and thank you so much for sharing. I will keep your experience in my mind when I am going to visit Lake Ridge. I hope your parents will be ok there.
Since i did give you my negative opinion i will also tell you that the house my parents just closed on in Lake Ridge with True Homes is much nicer than mine was. It also does not have many of the issues mine had...
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