FELLOW GEORGIA BUILDERS TEAM UP AT EMERGING FREEMAN’S POINT COMMUNITY ON JAMES ISLAND

BY: Jim Parker

They’re both from Atlanta and already build in metro Charleston. Moreover, the place they want to join forces – alongside a pristine creek – can’t be beat.

That’s why FrontDoor Communities and Ashton Woods Homes say they’re partnering to craft dwellings in the new Freeman’s Point village, promising signature style houses priced in the low $300,000s.

Ashton Woods Homes this year opened a model in Watermark, one of its other neighborhoods in the Charleston area (Photo by Michelle Snyder).
Enlarge Ashton Woods Homes this year opened a model in Watermark, one of its other neighborhoods in the Charleston area (Photo by Michelle Snyder).
FrontDoor Communities last fall launched its plans for the new neighborhood, to consist of 130 homes on or near Seaside Creek on lower James Island. Ashton Woods Homes, described as an “award-winning” national privately owned builder, said late last month that it will be the second house framer in the neighborhood.

According to the two companies, FrontDoor and Ashton Woods are established homebuilders in a variety of places across the Charleston area. Their top managers took turns complimenting each other on the decision to work side-by-side.

“Partnering with Ashton Woods aligns with FrontDoor’s mission to deliver better homes through quality design,” says Terry Russell, chief executive.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to team up with FrontDoor Communities and provide buyers with homes of unmatched quality and craftsmanship all with their own personalized touch,” notes Ryan Lewis, division president for the Carolinas at Ashton Woods Homes.

Freeman’s Point, which broke ground last fall, sits on the banks of Seaside Creek less than 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the builders say. It’s the third neighborhood in the Charleston area for FrontDoor Communities, which also builds in Watermark near Rifle Range Road and Tributary, in the Rivertowne community.

FrontDoor Communities rolled out the upscale Tributary community at the entrance to Rivertowne in Mount Pleasant last year (Provided).
Enlarge FrontDoor Communities rolled out the upscale Tributary community at the entrance to Rivertowne in Mount Pleasant last year (Provided).
Ashton Woods Homes, recognized as the Most Trusted Homebuilder in America for the second year in a row by Lifestory Research, unveils award-winning designs that provide buyers with numerous chances to personalize their homes, the company says.

“Ashton Woods is one of the most respected homebuilders in the country,” Russell says, “and we’re confident the partnership at Freeman’s Point will produce an exceptional community that enhances the lives of its residents.”

Says Lewis, “Freeman’s Point is a stunning property and will provide residents with unmatched water views and an opportunity to vacation at home.”

The builders tout Freeman’s Point as a 40-acre private oasis retreat featuring an elegant waterfront park available to all homeowners.

Residential attractions include a pool pavilion, miles of adjoining walking trails, “serene” views of the water and access to a community waterfront dock. Sales will begin this fall, the companies say.

The new neighborhood should build momentum for FrontDoor Communities, which has one home remaining in Watermark and is just releasing its final construction phase at Tributary. Both communities are in Mount Pleasant. According to its website, FrontDoor also counts Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant as one if its local communities.

The company builds in 11 subdivisions in Atlanta, southwest Florida and in metro Charleston. FrontDoor Communities says its executives are a core team of leaders with a clear vision of opportunities available in the marketplace. The company focuses on urban and suburban infill, community development and home construction.

Ashton Woods Homes builds locally in Watermark and Darrell Creek east of the Cooper and in the posh Daniel Island Park neighborhood north of Interstate 526.

It lists U.S. operations in Atlanta; Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen/Ft. Hood and San Antonio in Texas; Phoenix; Raleigh; Orlando, Sarasota and Tampa in Florida; and in Charleston. The company headquarters are in Roswell, Ga., outside Atlanta.

The company says it’s the only builder to nationally employ the Environments for Living Platinum Program to certify homes as energy efficient.

For more information, visit www.FreemansPoint.com, www.frontdoorcommunities.com or www.AshtonWoods.com.

The article originally appeared in the September 13, 2014 issue of The Post and Courier.