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Old 07-09-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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I'm looking for opinions on the new Southerlyn subdivision off Green Level Church Road in West Cary. Any thoughts on the builder (Emerald Homes), quality, etc?
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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never heard of them. ask your Realtor to do some research on your behalf.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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We have done some research by ourselves as we are looking in west Cary also. Don't know too much about them, but they seem to build on a slightly higher level than other national builders. They do use some type of new subflooring grooved nail, that reduces floor squeaks. It's called the Paslode TetraGrip -I talked to their construction manager. They seem to have some other small "upgraded" features that are seen in higher-priced homes. I say this, because many builders these days are super cheap, and only nail the subfloors in, causing annoying squeaks that should not occur in a new home.

Also, be aware that the lot sizes are fairly small and they won't be able to build the bigger floor plan or 3 car garages in their first phase.

What have you found out about Southerlyn? Any other places you are checking out? What do you think about Ashton Woods' Braemore?
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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I like the look of southerlyn better so far... Homes that are framed seem to have more character and variation whereas Braemore looks "boxy" to me. Lot sizes are small but typical for Cary I guess. We looked at westvale and sedgefield but feel we could get similar quality and upgrades in southerlyn for a better price. Not a lot of homes sold there yet so wondering if other buyers are steering clear for some reason??
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We have done some research by ourselves as we are looking in west Cary also. Don't know too much about them, but they seem to build on a slightly higher level than other national builders. They do use some type of new subflooring grooved nail, that reduces floor squeaks. It's called the Paslode TetraGrip -I talked to their construction manager. They seem to have some other small "upgraded" features that are seen in higher-priced homes. I say this, because many builders these days are super cheap, and only nail the subfloors in, causing annoying squeaks that should not occur in a new home.

Also, be aware that the lot sizes are fairly small and they won't be able to build the bigger floor plan or 3 car garages in their first phase.

What have you found out about Southerlyn? Any other places you are checking out? What do you think about Ashton Woods' Braemore?
The nails are not compelling, but everyone has to have something to talk about.
Glued and screwed, with workmanship, and there will be nearly no squeaks or creaks.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:43 PM
 
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I like the look of southerlyn better so far... Homes that are framed seem to have more character and variation whereas Braemore looks "boxy" to me. Lot sizes are small but typical for Cary I guess. We looked at westvale and sedgefield but feel we could get similar quality and upgrades in southerlyn for a better price. Not a lot of homes sold there yet so wondering if other buyers are steering clear for some reason??
Westvale and Sedgefield have better builders.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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. Not a lot of homes sold there yet so wondering if other buyers are steering clear for some reason??
I know people have concerns about the schools there because Mills Park is capped and the overflow is...Salem, I think? People who are buying there are wanting Davis Drive as the overflow and that's not gonna happen.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:34 AM
 
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The nails are not compelling, but everyone has to have something to talk about.
Glued and screwed, with workmanship, and there will be nearly no squeaks or creaks.

I agree! But the Tetragrip nail is still better than just plain nailing. I went into a 4000 square feet home in Toscana, I think the only builder there is ForeverHome? The floors were squeaking all over the place! I don't think the house is that old!

I also went to a friend's Ashton Woods home in Texas that was over 4000 square feet, and no floors squeaks anywhere, felt solid. I believe they both nail and screw subfloors in.

Just comparing national builders workmanship to each other.......
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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I know people have concerns about the schools there because Mills Park is capped and the overflow is...Salem, I think? People who are buying there are wanting Davis Drive as the overflow and that's not gonna happen.
Yup, have heard people checking out the neighborhood talk about this. I think if you have a kid going into middle school or elem, then you need to check that out. If you kids are very young and have time before KG, then it's okay. Wake Co. has already bought land for a new elementary school and middle school in west Cary. I think one of them might be near Amberly.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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I am aware of the school situation, unfortunately all new construction in west Cary will likely have similar issues it seems with Mills Park and Highcroft being over capacity. Seems like most of the custom builders will be at least 700s to get a decent size home and lot and we feel at this point Southerlyn is the best option of the semi custom/higher end national builders when comparing to Toll Brothers and Braemore. We are looking to stay in the upper 500s, low 600s at the highest.
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