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Evergreene Homes makes its first foray into the Fredericksburg area
Date published: 9/23/2012
BY RICHARD AMRHINE
Considering the plight of the residential construction industry in the Fredericksburg area in recent years, it's refreshing to learn that a regional builder is making its first foray into the area.
Evergreene Homes is based in Chantilly and has built in more than a dozen neighborhoods in the Washington area since it was established in 2007. Added to that list are projects in Bethany Beach, Del., and now at Lee's Parke in Spotsylvania County.
Leslie Mytrysak, new-home sales manager for Evergreene at Lee's Parke, said the company is enthused about the opportunity to build in the Fredericksburg area, and already has lots under contract in Lee's Parke.
"It might seem odd to hear that a [residential building] company got started in 2007," she said--when the downturn was beginning to reveal itself. "But they knew what they were doing."
She said the company was started by industry veterans with decades of experience who weren't already holding the baggage of overpriced lots that put many builders in jeopardy in the mid-2000s.
"They started by building on lots people owned," she said. "And then it went from five or six [houses] a year to 15, 20, 100, which is what we're looking at this year. Things are definitely getting better."
LEE'S PARKE OFFERINGS
Evergreene holds 200 lots in various sections of Lee's Parke, and has released 68 for which infrastructure is completed.
The company recently completed and furnished its first model home at Lee's Parke, the Lexington, which will be on the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Parade of Homes on the first two weekends of October.
The Lexington starts at 2,149 square feet of finished living space, plus unfinished basement, and lists for $319,900.
The model home version includes a finished basement and a two-story morning room bump-out, boosting the square footage to 3,600 and pricing out at about $330,000. The model, as built, with custom exterior stonework, composite deck, whole-house sound system and pretty much all the bells and whistles the company offers, would come to about $434,000.
Three other Evergreene designs, one smaller and two larger than the Lexington, are available for "The Manors" portion of Lee's Parke, south of Spotsylvania Parkway. Evergreene offers still-larger designs of up to nearly 4,000 finished square feet, not including basement, for its lots in Lee's Parke Estates, north of the parkway.
Lee's Parke was approved for 2,250 single-family homes, plus 400,000 square feet of commercial space, by the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors in 2002. The board stipulated that build-out not occur within 14 years in order to phase in the growth.
The county also received proffers from developer Fried Cos. of Springfield that included 2.3 miles of Spotsylvania Parkway between U.S. 1 and Leavells Road.
Fried vice president David Lesser said the developer still holds hundreds of lots in the 1,125-acre subdivision and, noting the economic downturn that stunted residential growth, now anticipates build-out in 2022, 20 years after approval.
The future commercial development is slated for the open space on the south side of Spotsylvania Parkway.