CalAtlantic Homes has commenced construction of the first homes at Brightwalk, a 98-acre urban neighborhood one mile north of Uptown Charlotte.
Brightwalk is part of an evolving plan for re-development of Historic Double Oaks, a community addressed as part of the “applied innovation corridor” in the Center City 2020 Vision Plan . The re-development plan includes more than 1,000 homes and apartments, parks and greenways. Restaurants, shops, and offices are envisioned for future phases of the development.
“We are excited about the homes that we are building at Brightwalk,” said Elliot Mann, Charlotte division president for CalAtlantic Homes. Layouts and finishes for the homes were specially designed for Brightwalk and include materials that are enduring, practical and highly energy efficient. CalAtlantic’s Homes at Brightwalk will meet requirements for the latest 3.0 Energy Star standards enabling homeowners to save on heating and cooling costs compared to existing homes.
Single family homes will start in the low $160s and will include high-quality materials and finishes including nine-foot ceilings on the main level, granite countertops, and James Hardie color plus siding. Townhomes will have similar materials and options as the single family homes and will range in price from the $120s to $150s initially. Single family home models will be completed by early April, and townhomes will follow approximately six weeks behind the single family homes.
“Brightwalk’s designs reflect the demands of in-town buyers for homes that are open, versatile, and efficiently maintained,” said Emma Littlejohn, a marketing consultant who has worked with CalAtlantic on the offerings. “The homes at Brightwalk will appeal to an active segment of homebuyers that wants to be close to work and close to recreational and entertainment options,” added Littlejohn.
The Brightwalk community is lined by numerous park and recreational amenities including Anita Stroud Park, Double Oaks Park, and an aquatic center that the county plans to re-develop. Extensive walking, running, and cycling trails, pocket parks, a newly built child development center and public art will complement the homes of Brightwalk.
Much of the Brightwalk site qualifies as a brownfield. Therefore most of Brightwalk’s homebuyers will receive property tax credits. Previous building materials including foundations, concrete sidewalks and asphalt are being used for site preparation rather than being taken to landfills.