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Newton Builder To Construct Three Spec Homes In Bentley

Posted 1/26/2017

By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—The Bentley Land Bank is moving forward with plans to have spec homes built on three lots in the Castle Estates edition, with the first to be completed sometime this spring.

Last Thursday, Land Bank members met with two real estate agents, Stephanie Mayes and Amy Guhr, both RE/MAX associates from Newton. Mayes and Guhr will list these three previously unlisted lots as “coming soon” and have found a builder who has agreed to the project.

The three lots in question are the two on the north end of Oxford Street on the east side and one on North Devinshire Avenue just north of the lot with a private swimming pool. The lots are ready for digging, as they already have city services of water, sewer and electricity ready for hookups.

Dan Harder with Heritage Home Works out of Newton will build the spec homes with a value not exceeding $210,000.

“He does custom work; he’s not a true spec home, cookie-cutter-neighborhood builder, so he’s kind of going out on a little adventure for Bentley to get you a product,” Mayes said.

Mayes said there’s always risks involved for builders to commit to spec homes, so the fact that Harder has agreed means he sees good possibilities in Bentley.

Having spec homes to showcase will provide a more concrete way to attract new residents rather than just grassy lots. Mayes said that not many people are able to envision their family home when driving by an empty lot.

“It’s hard to sell a dream with crabgrass,” she said.

Land Bank member James Roberts offered the realtors the land bank’s assistance in whatever was needed, saying they were “ready to get something in motion.”

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