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Townhome Owners Enjoy Unique Plans

01/17/2008, Cumming, Georgia

Jim and Coco Bailey moved from Ormond Beach, Fla., last November to be near their five grandchildren who live in the North Metro Atlanta area. They chose to purchase a villa, or townhome, in The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm in Forsyth County.

Jim Bailey, noting that they had never previously lived in anything but a single family home, said he and his wife are really pleased with the design of their new villa home, which is the builder’s Dogwood plan. This plan has an upstairs loft with a bathroom, and the Baileys use the space as a guest bedroom where visitors can stay. They also like the location of the community, which is only a mile and one-half from Exit 13 of Georgia 400. “This is a quiet community, and we have good neighbors,” said Jim Bailey.

The neighborhood is located east of Georgia 400 only about a mile from the upscale new Avenue shopping center at Hwy. 141 and Ronald Reagan Drive.

The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm, which has entrances off both Peachtree Parkway and Majors Road, is The Orchards Group’s largest and most unique active adult neighborhood thus far. The evelopment will ultimately have 218 homes in three separate villages, each with its own distinct product line. Each of the product lines is designed to be “adult friendly” with the master bedrooms and guest bedrooms on the main level.

There will be a total of 72 villas, which are from The Orchards Group’s newest product line, the Arbors Collection. Sales have already closed on four of these homes, and four more are under contract. With homes priced from the low $300,000s to the $350,000s, this village has three decorated model homes, The Elm, The Dogwood and The Birch, and five different floor plans are available, all with the master on the main but in an attached configuration. All contain a covered rear porch or optional sunroom, large master retreats with elegant baths, vaulted ceilings, and a two-car garage, and some plans have a secondary bedroom plus a den.

The village of 58 detached single family homes is an updated version of plans which The Orchards Group first featured at Muirfield at Windermere a few year ago. Homebuyers in this village can choose among five plans from The Orchards Group’s Gallery Collection, including The Hampton plan used for the model home. Offered are three ranch plans and two master on the main level plans, and the prices of these single family homes range from $290,000 tothe low $400,000s. With low maintenance living and landscaping upkeep in a traditional detached home format, these homes include many special features, with the list including covered porches, grand kitchens, formal dining areas, and spacious master retreats. Closings have already taken place on 16 single family homes.

The 88 ranch condominiums, 19 of which are already under contract, are from The Orchards Group’s Southern Heritage Collection. These are spacious two and three-bedroom plans, each with an activities suite having an optional full bath above the garage. There are two decorated condominium models, The Asheville and The Charleston, and three different floor plans are offered. The price range of these homes are from $260,000 to $316,000, and there are such features as vaulted ceilings, covered “rocking chair” porches, an abundance of windows, large master retreats, and attached two-car garages. Sunrooms can be added as an option.
Exterior materials used on the homes include brick, stacked stone and Hardiplank. The homes have tree-lined backdrops, and several basement lots are available in the Gallery single family and Arbors villas neighborhoods.

The neighborhood’s plans call for two swimming pools, one of which will be located next to the Grand Clubhouse, which will provide a fitness center, two card and games rooms, a hospitality den with a fireplace, a grand room with a fireplace, a large gourmet kitchen, a flat screen television with surround sound, restrooms, and a large covered rear verandah. The second swimming pool will have a cabana.

The neighborhood and its residents are served by an activities director who coordinates social events and planned activities inside and outside the neighborhood.
More information about The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm can be obtained by calling the on-site agents, Deborah Reahm and Roselle Page, at 678-513-8879.

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