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Old 05-12-2016, 10:37 PM
 
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Thank you all for the responses. We are still having a very tough time deciding. If it was just a decision on house vs. house, the Gentle Creek house would win. Overall it is a bit bigger and has a really nice finishout (probably nicer than we would be able to do in Light Farms). But when you toss in the great amenities and the community of Light Farms, thats where we start to have a tough time with it...and that really is one of the main reasons why we decided to build in Light Farms in the first place.

As far as payments go - the Light Farms home would technically be a little cheaper sales price, but with the MUD tax and higher HOA fee, the overall payment would be neck and neck with the Gentle Creek house. In fact, the Gentle Creek house is actually a bit cheaper per month, but then when you factor in the cost of maintaining the pool, they'd come out to be about the same.

A couple other things that might help you guys help us with this decision:
Gentle Creek negatives:
- backs up to Coit. Not a big deal to us at all, but could be for resale. They will widen Coit soon to 4 lanes, but it would widen to the opposite side (away from the house)
- lacks amenities and that community feel (has a community pool, but with one in the backyard we wouldn't need it)
- smaller kitchen than Light Farms

Gentle Creek positives:
- on a cul-de-sac
- larger gameroom vs. Light Farms home
- 3 car oversized garage (34x21) vs 2.5 car at Light Farms (25x20)
- backyard pool
- media room
- 3 bedrooms downstairs (master + 2 others)
- overall bigger bedrooms
- nicer foyer/entryway
- handscraped hardwoods (vs. handscraped look laminate or maybe bamboo in Light Farms)

Light Farms negatives:
- 150 sq ft. smaller
- no media room and a smaller gameroom (vs Gentle Creek)

Light Farms positives:
- premium corner lot - a little bigger than others
- location is just across from (very short walking distance) to the elementary school, 4 pools, fitness center, tennis, basketball, etc.
- have seen a lot of young families just driving through the neighborhood
- lawn maintenance included
- home alarm and monitoring included
- amenities and community events
- bigger kitchen with built in oven/microwave/gas cooktop/and venthood (microwave above slide-in range in Gentle Creek)
- ability for us to choose the materials and design elements within the home

We keep looking for that one thing that will just put one over the other, but they just keep washing out. Please give me your opinions on what you all would do. Thanks again for all your great feedback!

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Old 05-13-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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I think I know which house you are referring to in Gentle Creek, and on realtor.com it's showing a status of "Active Option Contract."

So even if you wanted it, you may be too late.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:01 AM
 
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I think I know which house you are referring to in Gentle Creek, and on realtor.com it's showing a status of "Active Option Contract."

So even if you wanted it, you may be too late.
That is actually us under the active option. Still trying to decide if its the right one for us though.

Good "problem" to have...choosing between two great homes. There really is not a "wrong" choice, but just trying to do everything we can to make the right decision for our family. Thanks for everyone's help so far. Keep it coming...
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:24 AM
 
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It's a good looking house, and the backyard looks incredible. That pool/patio area would probably cost $50k to build.
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