Living in … Ellington Place

Posted on 02/16/11 No Comments

Lennar's Ellington Place

Introducing yet another reason to consider moving to Apex, NC: Ellington Place.

Without trying to sound effusive, if you’re looking for new construction in Cary or Apex in the low to mid $200’s, you would be hard pressed to find a better alternative than Ellington Place. Historically speaking, this kind of quality in such a prime location AND at this price point is difficult to find.

If you haven’t noticed yet, we think Cary and Apex have a lot to offer homeowners. For starters, they’re just great family communities. Plus, respected national real estate developers, like Lennar for example, continue to build terrific new neighborhoods within these communities at exceptional prices. Ellington Place is no different.

We’ve been noticing Ellington Place’s growth over the last several months but just recently had the opportunity to work with a family who decided to buy there. We’re impressed. This is a new neighborhood that is value-driven, offering a diverse collection of home plans at just over $200,000 that include hardwood floors, granite, hardiplank siding, designated offices and bonus rooms.

And we should also use this post to segue into the importance of using a buyer’s agent when wanting to buy in a new neighborhood. First of all, a buyer’s agent costs you nothing!  Their expertise is pretty important when it comes to negotiating on your behalf and navigating the 50 plus pages of real estate jargon in a builder’s contract. Additionally, a buyer’s agent will be there during the entire home building process to negotiate and follow up on punch-list items before and after closing.

In every real estate sale, it’s best to never be the side of the transaction without the representative. In new or pre-sales, it’s even more important because there is always so much more that needs to happen between price agreement and closing.

Kitchen in Ellington Place's Mayflower modelThat aside, Ellington Place’s location is ideal, sitting just on the border with Cary. Thus, it affords residents access to both towns’ countless amenities and retail districts. Especially cool is its access to Apex Community Park. The main entrance is directly across the street from this popular lake, which has paved walking/running paths and plenty of open play areas.

Ellington Place is also just minutes to the main commuter thoroughfares, Hwys. 64 and 55. And with I-540 easily accessible from 55, it is exceptionally easy and much quicker to access other parts of the Triangle. Oh, and you can get to work quicker, too.

Great schools are a defining characteristic of both Cary and Apex. Families interested in buying in Ellington Place will find Laurel Park Elementary a great place for their younger children. Middle and high school students would be assigned to Salem Middle School and Apex High, respectively.  (Always verify current school assignments with the Wake County Schools website.)

The homes in this community are very well-built. It has become evident that Lennar is approaching its craft with a new kind of focus, offering options so reasonably priced and usually only seen  in much more expensive homes. Consider the Mayflower plan, their most popular. It is over 2,400 square feet with stone or brick facades, a deck or patio, two-car garage and a number of Energy-Star rated construction features.

Ellington Place's open floors are attracting home buyers

Inside the Mayflower you will find an open floor plan with 9’ smooth ceilings, gas range, built-in carbon monoxide detectors, black or stainless appliances, breakfast bar, cultured marble bathroom sinks and a bonus room, among a number of other great features for a home that starts in the high $230’s.

We should disclaim that we are not at all tied into some promotional deal with Lennar. This is just a great neighborhood that we feel can answer the Cary and Apex home ownership desires of a lot of people. Especially if you have always wanted a new construction home in a location such as this. They’ve done it right.

Ellington Place is new construction as we’ve said, so its landscaping will need time to mature a bit, but that’s to be expected. Nevertheless, the exterior components of the streetscapes look great and appear much more established than you might think.

We’re pretty excited about getting to know this neighborhood and we think it will fill up pretty quickly. Let us know if you want to check it out.

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