HillCrest Happenings

Southington’s HillCrest Village voted Best Small Lot Community in CT

October 23, 2015 / 0 comments

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, over 700 housing industry professionals will gather at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the 22nd annual Home Building Industry or HOBI Awards – the largest most consistently successful Builder Awards Program in the country. Sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the HOBI Awards is Connecticut’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service.

There are several hundred entries each year, and winners are selected by a panel of industry leaders with years of experience in home building, remodeling and design. The judges review applications, and then travel the state for several days, touring the homes and interviewing entrants.

This year, Southington’s HillCrest Village was recognized with two state HOBI Awards – BEST SMALL LOT COMMUNITY and BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME $300,000-400,000.

According to HOBI Awards Chairman, Joanne Carroll, new construction judges included Farmington architect, Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates, New London County builder, Nick Uccello, Uccello Development and Fairfield County builder, Peter Schneider.

“The judges were impressed that HillCrest Village is ideally designed to meet the needs of both young millennials and empty nesters, with smaller sized lots that are easier to maintain and customized homes that are affordable and less costly to heat and cool,” said Carroll. “We also liked how HillCrest accommodated the demand for technology. The thermostat, lights and garage door opener in the Ascot model can be controlled from an iPhone, and every house has high-speed wireless internet access.”

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The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is the trade organization for the home building industry in Connecticut. It represents more than 1,000 member firms in homebuilding, remodeling, land development and related industries with five local chapters. HBACT works to solve industry problems and promote industry growth, while upholding the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, skill and integrity. www.hbact.org

PARADE OF HOMES – Sunday, October 18th from 12 pm – 4 pm

October 7, 2015 / 0 comments

HillCrest Village will be one of 6 new home communities that will be featured in the HBRA of Central Connecticut’s “Parade of Homes” event on Sunday, October 18th.

This year’s tour will showcase homes in Cheshire, North Haven, Northford and Southington, providing buyers with a unique opportunity to meet Central Connecticut’s finest builders and developers. Each community featured on the tour will offer educational insights on new home construction and the latest trends, in addition to offering an overview of their community featured on the tour.

For more information about the Parade of Homes tour please visit www.POHCT.com or contact us at (860) 621-5455,

Housing Trend – What Women Want: Homes that make life easier

October 5, 2015 / 0 comments

By The Hartford Courant > SOUTHINGTON – Large houses on big lots are losing their appeal to homebuyers who are gravitating toward properties that are easier to maintain and less costly to heat and cool. But today’s busy women want something more – homes that help simplify their lives.
“Women are the primary decision makers in 91 percent of new home purchases,” says Joanne Carroll, publisher of Connecticut Builder magazine and producer of the HOBI Awards for the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. “They want homes designed to help hem relax, entertain and most of all organize their lives.”

These designs include “drop-zones” adjacent to an attached garage for mail, coats and boots. Pantries with lots of space and island eating bars, where kids can grab an after-school snack and do homework. Second-floor laundry rooms with lots of storage space and soaking tubs for de-stressing are also popular.
These home trends are popular with young families as well as Baby Boomers, Carroll says.

“Homebuyers are focused on price, value and the amenities that make their lives easier and less stressful,” Carroll says.

Other home features that have not only retained their popularity with buyers but have become more popular each year include high ceilings, open floor plans, hardwood floors, mud rooms, kitchen islands with barstools, large walk-in showers in master baths, as well as porches, decks, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Carroll says.

Exciting news—Phase 2 Development in Progress

September 21, 2015 / 0 comments

The Hillcrest Community is delighted to announce the commencement of our second phase of development!

The new choices include the Langdon, a 1,562 square foot ranch with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a vaulted great room, and a loft option that increases the square footage to 2,127; the Mansfield, a 2,154 square foot home with a first floor master and up to three bedrooms on the second floor; the Newbury, a 1,750 square foot, 3 bedroom ranch, and the Kingsley, a 1,887 square foot, three-bedroom colonial with our lowest opening price, $369,900.

A NEW classic neighborhood with modern living in the heart of CT

September 21, 2015 / 0 comments

Imagine an old fashioned neighborhood wit street lanterns lighting the way, sidewalks for strolling and welcoming front porches. Sounds like a scene straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, but this quaint New England village is actually soon to be a neighborhood right here in Southington, called Hillcrest Village!
The beautifully designed traditional and craftsman style homes are currently under construction by two local and respected home building families, lannini Development and Verna Builders; and what they re bringing to Southington is at the forefront of community neighborhood planning. “Many homeowners today want ideal sized lots, with minimal maintenance so that they can simplify their lives and spend more time doing the things they like to do.” said Liz Verna, Builder at Hillcrest Village.      sm1
The Hillcrest Village community 1s conveniently
located on route 322, minutes from 1-691, 1-84 and everything that downtown Southington has o offer. Te builders are constructing 98 well- crafted single-family homes on individual lots, with public utilities and natural gas. The home styles appeal to today’s diverse buyers, and include first floor masters,classic colonials and ranches, prices starting at $379,900. . .
“We want to provide our buyers with an easy buying experience. We work hard to make our building process effortless and guarantee our buyers that their home will be ready in 100 days or less.” stated John lannini, builder at Hillcrest Village.
Dorothy Karska-Piech and Mary “Mj” Lombardi from Calcagni Real Estate, have joined the Hillcrest team as New Home Sales Consultants to offer their unique perspective and experience with new construction sales. “Our clients encompass all demographics, move down buyers, move up buyers, as well as new homebuyers. They are seeking the comfortable relaxed lifestyle that

Hillcrest offers them.” said MJ Lombardi. “Furthermore, we make great efforts in designing our homes for the way buyers want to live today -flexible open floor plans that can be modified, convenient drop zones and command centers and spectacular outdoor living spaces.” elaborated Dorothy Karska-Piech.
“Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth
straight month and reached their highest level in nine years,” according to the National Association o.f Real ors. “Led by the Northeast and Midwest, all four maJor regions saw increases in April.”
With the improving economy and low interest rates, lookers and renters are turning into home buyers, young families need more space and are upsizing; and the mature buyers want to “right” size their homes to eliminate the expense and maintenance of their oversized home. Furthermore, buying a new home makes good financial sense, less maintenance and energy efficiency are two important main factors that buyers contemplate when choosing a new home over a resale. Not to mention the ability to customize!
This modern single family village in Southington has all the makings of a wonderful community; for those who choose to own at Hillcrest Village, it will become a lifestyle. Whether you’re just starting out or simply beginning a new chapter, the timeless appeal of Hillcrest Village will be more than a home, it will become your personal haven.

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Southington home construction at Hillcrest could begin in two weeks

August 21, 2015 / 0 comments

By Jesse Buchanan Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — Construction of nearly 100 houses at Hillcrest Village off Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike could begin in a few weeks, according to developers.

Development for the land between the turnpike and Interstate 84 has been in the works for more than a decade.

The property is owned by John Iannini, a West Hartford developer, and Elizabeth Verna, a Wallingford resident and an owner of Verna Builders. Verna said work’s been completed on two model homes and that they’ll be ready to sign contracts and begin work on houses in two weeks.

Houses range from 1,700 to 2,500 square feet in size. Prices start at $380,000 for the smaller homes and run up to $450,000 for the largest.
The homes include granite countertops, hardwood floors and outdoor living areas, “all the standard features the market is asking for,” Verna said. She’s designed the homes to appeal to a number of demographics including first-time home buyers, families and empty-nesters. Styles include ranches, two-story houses with master bedrooms on the first floor and traditional two-story houses.

The Hillcrest project has been through a number of iterations in the past decade ranging from 30 houses on large lots to more than 200 townhouses.

In 2006, the town approved developers’ plans for 30 houses of between 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. The approval came with stipulations that cut two houses from the plan but developers said the loss of two buildings would eliminate their profits. The homes were to be priced around $550,000.

Iannini proposed a radically different plan in 2007 that called for more than 200 townhouses on 32 acres. More than a quarter of those housing units would be affordable housing. Due to state law the inclusion of affordable housing in a development makes it very difficult for towns to deny the applications. Southington’s commission did deny the plan in 2007 and did so again that same year after developers modified the plan.
Iannini sued the town and won based on state law concerning developments with affordable housing. A court said in 2009 that the project could only be denied as a means to protect public health or safety or if the application poses a risk of harm greater than the need for affordable housing. It ordered the commission to approve Iannini’s plans, which it did that same year.

In 2014, the plan was again modified after discussions between the town and the developers and approved by the commission a year ago. The townhouses were scrapped in favor of 100 single-family homes on lots ranging from 0.15 to 0.33 acres. Ten of those homes will be affordable housing.

Town Attorney Mark Sciota said the new plan was agreed upon by the town, developers and the courts.
Town planners had objected to the proposal for townhouses since it would create a population density much higher than the surrounding area.
Building single family homes is a “much better plan,” Sciota said.

Townhouses were popular 10 years ago when the plan was first developed, Verna said, but since that time buyers have shifted to individual homes. The plan was changed to reflect that desire, as well as the town’s wishes for a lower-density project.
Townhouses were “not welcomed by the neighborhood,” Verna said.

“I think the neighbors are happier. I think the people of the town are happier. It’s a great product,” she said of the new plan.

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