HillCrest Happenings

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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