The crop of new houses completed last year drew some howls of protest from commenters in this recent post by Dr. Rehab. With the bulk of the homes constructed by private individuals on infill lots, they reflect the owner’s personal taste. Others, such as on School Street, are a little more daring. At Marrano’s latest phase of Colvin Estates, the designs are suburban floorplans on relatively narrow lots. Buffalo has only a few new subdivisions of detached homes. Near downtown Columbus, a home builder is proposing such a project that could be inspiring to Buffalo property owners and builders, The Homes at Grandview Yard.
Nationwide Realty Investors was given the go-ahead to develop Grandview Yard in 2009 in the city of Grandview Heights, two miles from downtown Columbus. The development covers 90 acres on the city’s east side and includes office, retail, hotel and residential uses. Nationwide Insurance anchors the development with offices for 3,000 employees.
On one of the last undeveloped portions of the Grandview Yard, M/I Homes is planning to build 79 multi-story homes that will range in size from 1,956 to 2,867 sq.ft. and feature front porches and detached two-car garages in the rear. The number of bedrooms will vary depending on the floor plan type while some of the homes will have an option for a finished basement. They are not cheap. Homes start in the $500’s.
The builder says the homes will “offer all natural exteriors, featuring 10 ft ceilings on the first floor, gourmet kitchens, spacious master suites and optional finished basements. These single-family detached homes, with beautiful front porches on tree-lined sidewalks, will also offer private rear living spaces with fencing, perfect for entertaining.”
Work is underway on the community’s model homes and the first homes will be ready for occupancy later this year.