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New Architectural Style Hits Davidson New Home Market

March 22, 2008
DAVIDSON, N.C. - When driving from the town of Davidson to Bailey Middle School, it’s hard not to notice the new streetscape gradually taking shape in the recently developed Bailey Springs neighborhood. Replacing the ubiquitous siding, 2-car garage look of many of Davidson’s newer neighborhoods are sloping rakes, stone, stucco and wrought iron accents with 3 car garages in a tandem configuration.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and different to the new home market,” says MacNeil Homes’ chief executive, Anita MacNeil. “Being so close to the school and with the new high school not far away, we knew this neighborhood needed to meet the needs of today’s growing families and for them, a 3-car garage is an important feature. The tandem configuration with a 2 car side-load and one where you pull straight in, enabled us to recesses the facade of the garages while preserving the integrity of the streetscape.”

MacNeil also added that the fact that the neighborhood did not have detached garages was an important consideration in the company’s decision to build in Bailey Springs.

“When first approached by the developer about building in Davidson, my initial thoughts were that if it was another TND with detached garages then we weren’t interested. I’ve done a lot of that with another builder and quite frankly while the streetscape looks good, it just isn’t that practical for today’s lifestyles.”

TND, or Traditional Neighborhood Development became trendy in the late 90’s due in part to the huge success of neighborhoods such as Florida’s Celebration and Seaside. While many architectural styles are found in TND neighborhoods, one of the more popular is the classic front porch, siding exterior, commonly with gingerbread accents and an alley-accessed 2-car garage. Both of these have found their place in many area developments and until recently, showed little sign of slowing. Whether that’s good or bad is a matter of opinion. For many tastes, the nostalgic appeal of a rocking-chair front porch is hard to beat.

“We’re not trying to beat the look,” says MacNeil, “rather broaden the appeal by giving people more choices.” She also emphasized that MacNeil Homes too has a “rocking chair front porch design with a Porte Cochere and stone accents.”

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