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The First Foster Homeowners Speak About the Windsong Build Experience

Heron Pond Homeowner Testimonial Foster Home Plan.

Bob Rittle and Doreen Marshall enjoy reading in their sunroom.

Doreen drove by Heron Pond when it was just a pile of dirt and was instantly intrigued with the “Active Adult” community going in at a perfect location for us. We have some friends that live in those larger, socially structured communities, but that didn’t feel like us. We enjoy exploring what God has created and getting out into nature. Heron Pond felt different because it seemed to truly be for “active” adults. We enjoy that we can lock up and leave for an adventure at the drop of a hat; that is a big priority for us. Having the lawn maintenance taken care of is a huge piece of this freedom.

We wanted to be in this area as Doreen’s granddaughters attend Kennesaw State University and we love heading north to go hiking. We routinely go on hiking adventures and have walked all over Georgia. Recently we did a 4-day/60-mile hiking and camping adventure in the Grand Canyon. Doreen still reminisces of a 65 mile “Walking History” vacation with her brother in England, where she is from. And I’m headed to Park City, Utah in a couple weeks for my family’s annual reunion ski trip. This home and community really supports our active lifestyle well.

I initially liked the Buckley plan, but needed more private space for my office – upstairs preferably. I run an investment management company and need to be able to close out the world, focus and even work at 3 AM when the European market opens. There wasn’t a plan at Heron Pond that fit our needs exactly but we really wanted to be here.

We ran into Steve Romeyn at a local restaurant and I told him of my dilemma. After a personal discussion, he told me about a plan that wasn’t fully developed but in the works that might be more of what I was looking for. I was impressed that Steve would choose to finalize this plan and even bring me into this project in order to refine the design based on our input and how we planned to live in the house. I have built 6 homes previously and while I am not an expert, I had some experience with this sort of project.

Since we were the first to build this new plan, we ran into little things here and there that needed all of us to collaborate. I really enjoyed how responsive and proactive the Windsong team was and we worked together to craft a home that really suits our needs. On several occasions, I would ask the build team for their input: What would you do if it were your home? They always offered thoughtful suggestions that we immediately adopted. I really appreciated that they were attentive during the build and would see something questionable and pull me in to discuss – then it could be modified before it became too difficult or costly to change. The whole build team was just a delight – collaborative and so easy to work with.

Even though Windsong is not a custom builder, this experience has given us a home that suits our lifestyle perfectly – and has created a new plan that others can enjoy. With the homesite we chose, there was enough room in the courtyard to enclose part of that into a sunroom and still have a nice relaxing outdoor area we look forward to enjoying when it warms up. This lot also afforded more length to the plan and we took advantage of an additional four and a half feet that really makes the owner’s suite feel huge.

We are delighted to be settling into our new Windsong home and have already made many wonderful new friends. So many neighbors are like us and travel a lot and we have many adventures to discuss when we regroup. I look forward to many more with Doreen, especially now with this easier lifestyle. At Heron Pond, we really live Where Life’s A Breeze!

Announcing the Heron Pond Clubhouse Groundbreaking

Andrew Coles, Builder, Mike Shina, Construction Manager, Steve Romeyn, Managing Partner, Kris Johnson, Sales Manager, and Holly Leggett, Sales Agent.Heron Pond homeowners and those under contract came out to celebrate with the Windsong’s Heron Pond construction and sales team for the official groundbreaking of the clubhouse on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Windsong’s flagship Carson model home where a sence of community was felt by all. It was nice to see new buyers meeting their neighbors for the first time! Windsong is working to make this community a special place to call home where you can live Where Life’s A Breeze!

Right: Andrew Coles, Builder, Mike Shina, Construction Manager, Steve Romeyn, Managing Partner, Kris Johnson, Sales Manager, and Holly Leggett, Sales Agent

Windsong Wants Your Home Search To Be Merry and Bright!

Multi-generation family enjoying holiday dinner. Main focus on boy (7 years), grandfather (60s) and father (40s).The holidays are a time for family – and that most likely entails travel, shopping, crowds, lines and STRESS! But you can change all that if you live closer to your kids and grandkids in a Windsong community, Where Life’s A Breeze!

Why not create family memories and start new traditions in your beautiful, low maintenance home this holiday – all the while looking forward to NO yard work next year! A reason to celebrate, indeed! For the active adult who is searching or tired of all the maintenance that comes with homeownership, now is a great time to buy!

Why? Many people are too busy preparing for the upcoming festivities to think about shopping for a new home. Plus, they might not want to brave the cold. But come to a Windsong community and skip the crowds in December. You’ll be welcomed by warm, friendly new home specialists, excited to help you usher in an easier lifestyle. Tour beautiful decorated model homes in a comfortable climate and if your hands are still cold, we’ll warm them up with a hot tea, coffee or cocoa.

Another great reason to purchase a new home during the holidays is the tax deduction. According to Realtor.com, you will have a good chance to subtract the interest component of the mortgage payment from the year’s taxable income. To see if you qualify, talk with your tax advisor.

Additionally, when shopping for a home, you want to be able to move in and settle down quickly. Well, during the “most wonderful time of the year,” closings on homes are faster than usual because there are fewer transactions. That means you’ll be celebrating in no time.

Windsong Properties also makes your home search merry and bright because of its variety of luxurious active adult communities that offer varying lifestyles. With just four more opportunities remaining in Dallas, choose a majestic creekside home at Windsong at Seven Hills where you will experience private, mountain living without the seclusion. Walk the three homes already started and check out the view of the creek. While in Seven Hills, drive two miles down the boulevard to Windsong Manor and discover elegant ranch homes and a decorated model. In West Cobb, enjoy country living at its finest at Bel-Aire with single level courtyard homes, a large community park and a gorgeous clubhouse. Lastly, be closer to family in the Woodstock, Roswell and East Cobb areas at the fast selling Heron Pond, a gated community of luxurious courtyard homes. Are you ready for some easy living?

Windsong Properties Opens Phase Two at Heron Pond

Family_Looking2Kitchen_FMLSSince opening last spring, Heron Pond in Woodstock has been one of Windsong Properties’ most popular active adult communities. With its beautiful, easy living homes, courtyard retreats and amenities, it’s no wonder that the metro Atlanta builder has already sold out of phase one and opened phase two.

By Dec. 23, 2014, 21 homeowners will be moved into their new homes at Heron Pond, just in time to celebrate the holidays! “Everyone has been thrilled with their new homes and the developing community,” said Kris Johnson, onsite sales agent at Heron Pond. “Residents are looking forward to meeting their neighbors at upcoming social activities.”

With construction expected to begin soon, phase two has proven to be just as popular as phase one at Heron Pond with 16 out of 26 homes already reserved with lot deposits.

Priced from the $300,000s, each home at Heron Pond features a distinctive floor plan with gorgeous interior appointments. Designer kitchens are open to the eating and living areas and feature elegant hardwood floors, granite countertops and tile backsplashes – all within steps of the private outdoor courtyards, perfect for al’ fresco dining or enjoying a glass of vino with friends around a fire pit. Spacious great rooms showcase fireplaces with a marble surround that are perfect for cooler temperatures this winter. Other features include nine foot ceilings, optional sunrooms, luxurious owner’s baths with tile showers and built-in seats and step-free access with wide doorways for easy movement. These homes are great for entertaining and everyday life.

Residents have access to many amenities including the beautifully landscaped park leading to the clubhouse that overlooks Heron Pond. Active adults can also enjoy walking along the pond or reading a good book under a tree in the park. Sidewalks and additional parking are provided throughout the community as well.
Nestled between Woodstock and Roswell, residents have a many entertainment options available. Just minutes from their front doors, downtown Woodstock offers unique shops, restaurants and events while The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta features a variety of shopping. Additionally, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell Park, specialty groceries and more are just eight miles away in Historic Roswell.

For more information about Heron Pond, CLICK HERE!

Windsong Properties and Partner Herbert Construction Company Win Project of Year Award

Doug Herbert presented the award to Mark Carruth, co-founder of Windsong Properties.

Doug Herbert, president of Herbert Construction Company, presented the award to Mark Carruth, co-founder of Windsong Properties.

Windsong Properties has the privilege of partnering with a variety of distinguished vendors throughout the year to accomplish many of its projects. This collaboration produces quality built and sought after active adult communities, such as Windsong at Seven Hills in the breezy mountain setting of Dallas, Georgia.

Recently, one of Windsong Properties’ partners, Herbert Construction Company, was honored with the Project of the Year Award for single-family residences by the Concrete Foundations Association of North America (CFA), an organization made up of concrete foundation contractors throughout the United States, at a conference in Sandusky, Ohio for its work at the active adult community. The company, who has partnered with Windsong Properties since 2011, received the award for its foundation/basement walls installed at Windsong at Seven Hills. This project was even featured on a worldwide magazine cover, Concrete International.

“I am really proud of the way our company performed the work on this technical project with challenging site conditions,” explained Doug Herbert, president of Herbert Construction Company. “Even though the project was complicated enough to win a national award, our employees handled it with the speed and accuracy of our typical basement foundations. They’ve become very good at making the difficult job look easy.”

With just four low maintenance, private creekside retreats remaining, Windsong at Seven Hills has been widely popular since opening. Priced from the high $300,000s, the community’s open ranch floor plans include the builder’s signature accessibility features such as step-free entrances, wide doorways and lever handles, flexible space and professional landscaping/maintenance included. Additionally, the community provides full access to an exclusive active adult clubhouse and the Seven Hills Park with amenities that include a large water park, zero-entry saline pool, tennis and pickle ball courts, miles of walking paths and more.

For more information about Windsong at Seven Hills and other communities built by Windsong Properties, visit www.windsonglife.com.

Windsong Properties Participates in Run at Work Day

RunAtWork_91414_LowResToday, September 19, the Windsong Properties team laced up their sneakers and pinned on race numbers to gear up for Run at Work Day. Promoted by the Road Runners Club of America, this nationwide effort was established to encourage daily exercise.

Once Becky Knight, purchasing assistant at Windsong Properties and avid runner, heard about the event, she knew she had to get her colleagues involved. “I have been running for about two years,” explained Becky. “It has been instrumental in helping me lose over 150 pounds. So anytime I can promote being healthy and active, I do.”

11 team members joined Becky, and they ran/walked from Windsong Properties’ corporate office in Woodstock to the nearby active adult community, Heron Pond, and back. Approximately 0.9 miles each way for a total of 1.8 miles, the team encouraged each other along the way and had fun too.

While at Heron Pond, the participants were able to see (if only for a quick second or two) one of their latest projects. Priced from the low $300,000s, Heron Pond offers 75 low maintenance, ranch homes that feature new floor plans, courtyard retreats and a great location. Amenities include a private clubhouse for socializing, a beautifully landscaped linear park and a pond-side walking trail. Knowing they had worked hard to provide a community that improves the quality of life for empty nesters, gave them the momentum they needed to finish the run together.

Back at the office’s finish line, other employees were waiting to congratulate the runners for accomplishing their goal.
For more information on Run at Work Day, click here. To learn more about Windsong Properties’s active adult community, Heron Pond, click here!

The First Buckley is Built at Heron Pond – Request a Private Tour!

The Buckley on homesite 58 is the first of its kind and ready for your private tour! This showcase home is being shown by appointment only. Almost finished, select your kitchen’s tile backsplash and move-in quickly! Curious or contemplating building a Buckley? Request a personal tour today via email or call 770-516-3678.

Luxurious single level living offers a thoughtful plan featuring a great room for easy living and entertaining, a sunroom for more bright living space, designer finishes and a private courtyard retreat. This plan offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a study that can act as a third bedroom with elegant hardwood floors. Priced at $382,494, this home has 2,115 SF of finished living space.

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The kitchen is beautifully appointed; enjoy a functional island with pendant lights above, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry and oil rubbed bronze fixtures. You select your tile backsplash! The spacious owner’s suite features an oversized walk-in closet and a luxurious bath with dual vanities and a tile shower with built-in seat. Check out the floorplan below!

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Downsizing without Sacrificing Quality is Essential to Active Adults

From the perspective of homeowners, Larry and Teresa Etherton

HP_Ethertons_400SQWe lived just 22 miles from Heron Pond in Kennesaw/West Cobb area in a 5,600 square foot, three level house. About two years ago our oldest daughter, who lives in Woodstock, talked to us about moving closer. We started looking around but everything was too far away. Then she told us about Windsong building on 92 at Heron Pond last year.

I remember when she told us that there was a “50+ community” going in on 92… I heard “50+ community” and felt sad. I am NOT old and certainly NOT ready for a “retirement home!” But we really wanted to be closer to her and our two granddaughters – and low maintenance, single level living sounded really good. We also didn’t want to live in a typical neighborhood anymore – the lots and homes are bigger, the traffic is heavier and there is just more to maintain.

We met Steve Romeyn initially, then Andrew the builder and then Kris at Bel-Aire. We were impressed with everyone; we also had a positive referral for Mark Carruth from our former builder, so we knew we were in good hands with Windsong.

Our home was really customized and very elegant; we loved it! We wanted to downsize, but we were not willing to sacrifice quality and personal touches. The Windsong team was great, responsive and accommodating. We incorporated the courtyard patio into the main living area and that gave us enough space to keep a game room that fits our pool table perfectly. We still have enough room in our courtyard to have a nice outdoor living area and we’ll have a fire pit, pavers and a water feature complete in about a week. We love how open and livable the Carson is especially since we brought the house into the courtyard.

We had to part with a lot of stuff when we went from 5,600 to 3,100 square feet, but it really felt good to let go of stuff we had been holding onto. My biggest concern was how to get our life into a smaller home, but it hasn’t been as awkward as I feared. We love this place and how spacious this plan is.

Larry is a great cook and we enjoy entertaining. It’s easy with our beautiful kitchen across from the billiards room; the courtyard and dry bar are steps away and you can be in the kitchen and socialize with everyone in the main living area.

From April to November we spend about two weeks a month in our RV resort in Virginia; we really like that you can comfortably lock up and leave here without worrying. We set the alarm and go – with yard maintenance taken care of and a no-maintenance courtyard, we are free to travel and have an adventure. Here, we are an hour closer to our Virginia place and three quarters of a mile from our daughter – so mission accomplished.

Selecting Windsong was the right choice for us. Throughout the process of building this home, there will always be issues and imperfections – because humans build homes. The question is, Will the builder step up and address issues in a timely manner and complete the job? We have been impressed with everyone on the Windsong team and they have been great about addressing our concerns every step of the way. Emma our English Lab is also really happy with this home and we are excited to see how this community is coming together. We finally live Where Life’s A Breeze!

Windsong Showcase Home of the Week: The Walcott at Heron Pond

HP50_Dining2Kitchen_webWindsong Properties’ sought after community of Heron Pond in Woodstock has been attracting the attention of many active adult buyers since the beginning of its construction. Now, one lucky customer will be able to live in one of the most popular floor plans the builder has to offer, The Walcott. This Showcase Home of the Week sits next to the park on home site 50 and is priced at $419,989. With three bedrooms, two baths and plenty of upgrades, this home won’t last long!

HP50_FlexRoom1_webThe home’s conversation-starting front porch leads to the welcoming foyer. Two guest bedrooms and a bath flank the foyer followed by a convenient laundry room and a main level retreat. This space can be used as a craft room, office or even play room for the grandchildren.

HP50_Living_webThe gourmet kitchen is a chef’s delight with large work island and plenty of cooking space. Open to the dining room and great room with fireplace, this main living area is an entertainer’s dream. The great room has easy access to the rear screened porch, perfect for morning coffee or evening dessert. Past the main living area is the luxurious owners’ suite with two walk-in closets and a private bath with walk-in shower and dual vanities.

The Walcott impresses further with its private courtyard for easy outdoor living. Just enough room for a garden or outdoor kitchen, the courtyard can become an oasis for enjoying the upcoming fall weather.

HP50_MstrBed3_webAdditional highlights of the home include a drop zone from the garage with privacy for everyday items, additional attic storage, accessible by a permanent staircase, and lots of large windows for natural light to shine through. The Walcott also offers easy living features and is A Livable Lifestyle (ALL) certified. This means that it is designed for active living and life’s changing situations with accessibility features such as wider doors and hallways, lever handles and step-less entry.

Like the other homes at Heron Pond, the Walcott provides a low maintenance lifestyle. That way, residents can enjoy the community’s pond-side walking trail, park and private clubhouse with gathering place for activities and fitness room. Check out the Floorplan for this home!

Heron Pond is also just minutes from all that the area has to offer. Residents can easily venture to Downtown Woodstock’s unique shops and restaurants, The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta and historic Roswell, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, specialty groceries and more.

To make this Showcase Home of the Week your home before it’s too late, contact Kris Johnson, the on-site agent, today at 770-516-3678. Click for more information on Heron Pond!

Pioneering Potres are the First Homeowners at Heron Pond

The Potres are the first homeowners at Heron Pond in WoodstockBeing the first homeowners at a community can be a scary thing with thoughts of, Will the builder finish what they started? and all the construction that still needs to happen around the house. But pioneers, Sandy and Bruce Potre were fearless when they learned about Windsong Properties. Below is their story, directly from them.

“We started our search about a year and a half ago but didn’t want to go way out to Canton or Gainesville. Powder Springs and Dallas was too far also, but when we saw the Windsong homes out there, we were impressed and very interested. We lived for 29 years in a large multi-level home with miles of stairs. After cleaning up piles of leaves and pulling weeds for all those years, we were done!

Our friend Bill told us about Windsong’s new community starting up on Highway 92 and we were immediately excited to build here; the location was a great fit for us. We liked the Carson plan best and could envision ourselves living in this open, single level home. As it were, Bill just closed on his home right behind us!

We met Kris, the sales agent, when we visited Bel-Aire; we loved the homes and her kind helpfulness. We were delighted to find that she was the sales agent here at Heron Pond. We signed up for the community email updates, attended the first VIP Preview in February and entered the lottery. By early march we were under contract and excited about our future in The Carson. At that time, there wasn’t a model to view, but after seeing the other Windsong communities, we were confident with the quality, the team and our decision.

We lived in East Cobb and really were not interested in changing our habits, but definitely wanted to downsize and enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle. Our biggest priority was to stay close to our grandchildren; we have 4 that visit us often and this plan has a private suite for them, with a separate powder room for guests – I really liked that!

Windsong worked with us to change our courtyard patio into an airy sunroom, expanding our indoor living area. We plan to add pavers, cozy fire pit seating and some plantings to our private courtyard this Fall.

Bruce’s favorite feature is the hot water recirculator that provides warm water out of the faucet immediately and hot water much faster. Actually it’s a draw; he loves the wonderfully large dual owner’s suite closets!

My favorite feature is the people! Windsong’s team was delightful; we have been impressed with all of them throughout this process and they really feel like part of the community. Also we have several friends that we have run into here already, a couple of friends from our bridge group, a couple of our tennis and golfing friends and Bill, of course. It’s nice to see some familiar faces and we have already told our friends about Heron Pond, trying to get them to move here with us.

We are so grateful to everyone at Windsong that worked hard to make this home and this community a reality. We can’t wait for the clubhouse to be built, but until then, this house will handle our 12 member bridge team just fine. We are also enjoying exploring the Woodstock area and its shopping and restaurants. This experience has been delightful and we love this home. Life really is a breeze at Heron Pond!