Large lots, mature hardwoods and 2,700 square feet of living space starting at $440,729 – that’s what you’ll find at Scarlet Oak, a new home neighborhood just 10 minutes south of Chapel Hill in Chatham County.
Scarlet Oak Lane is off of Polks Landing Road, the main road of Polks Landing, an established neighborhood that now features shops and office space fronting on 15-501 South. Scarlet Oak Lane is less than seven miles from UNC Memorial Hospital.
Scarlet Oak is being developed by Drees Homes, a national building company with an 85-year-history. Headquartered in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Drees Homes is ranked as the 22nd largest national home builder by BUILDER Magazine. In addition to Kentucky, Drees has home building operations in Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Texas and Washington, D.C.
Scarlet Oak will feature seven home sites spread over 15 acres of beautifully wooded, rolling land. Each house will be set on about an acre-and-a-half and have its own septic field and well water.
Drees Homes builds to its own Green Homes Standard, Dreesmart, a set of copy-righted specifications. Dreesmart features can be reviewed on the DreesHomes Website, www.dreeshomes.com (go to Raleigh region and click on DreesSmart).
“I can say that Drees Homes is able to get to the National Green Building Standard Bronze Level at Briar Chapel without making any major changes to the way Drees builds their homes,” Ron Mikesh said. “And Drees Homes latest local HERS scores have fallen below 60.”
Mikesh is the on-site Drees Homes representative at Scarlet Oak. He says that he is excited about a feature that Drees Homes is offering at Scarlet Oak: a Drees Homes’ outdoor living incentive.
The outdoor living incentive is approximately $12,000 in construction costs for outdoor living spaces customized for each home plan, Mikesh said. Since the incentive is linked to the particular home plan, interested home buyers would have to talk with Mikesh to get the particulars for the home plan in which they are interested.
A rustic, nature trail connects Scarlet Oak and Polks Landing to Briar Chapel where there are miles of walking and jogging trails. Briar Chapel, the 1,600-acre, new-home neighborhood just 2.8 miles down 15-501 from Scarlet Oak has 900 acres of conserved space with 24 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails.
HOA dues for Scarlet Oak are being estimated now, Mikesh said, and would be “on the low side” and due semi-annually to pay only for upkeep of Scarlet Oak Lane and the stone entry sign at the front of the neighborhood.
The home going up in Scarlet Oak now is the Buchanan D, a four-bedroom, three-bath home of more than 3,000 square feet that, when completed in August, will feature a gourmet chef’s kitchen with granite counters, double ovens and stainless steel appliances. The open floor plan allows the cook in the kitchen to be part of the fun in the family room. The house will have a side-entry, three-car garage, first-floor guest suite with full bath, and a master suite with large, walk-in closet and spacious master bath with split vanities. This plan offers a private study and a screened-in porch off of the breakfast area. Most of the floors in this home will be hardwood. It is priced in the mid-$465,000-range with a $12,000 Outdoor Living Option that can be used to enhance the outdoor living space for the Buhcanan D plan, according to Mikesh.
The next home in Scarlet Oak will be the Wyngate plan of 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and a side-entry, three-car garage. The Wyngate being built now should be ready in December, and will also come with an outdoor living incentive and access to Briar Chapel trails. This 2,975-square-foot home features a two-story family room, chef’s kitchen, screened deck, breakfast room, formal dining room and first floor master bedroom suite. Like the Buchanan D, the Wyngate crawl space is sealed and conditioned for energy efficiency. The Wyngate has a large loft and adjacent full bath that could fairly easily be turned into a second-floor master bedroom suite, Mikesh said.
The one-and-a-half-story Wyngate at Site 3 in Scarlet Oak does not have a basement, but several home sites on Scarlet Oak Lane would allow a walk-out basement. An unfinished basement would add about $40,000 to the prices of the four floor plans being offered at Scarlet Oak, according to Mikesh.
The Wyngate, currently priced in the $450,000-range, has an exterior of stone, fiber cement siding, and a shingle roof with 30-year warranty. The master bedroom suite is 17.5 x 13 feet. The second-floor office/study is 13 x 10.9 feet. The entry hall is 10 x 12 feet. The spacious living room is 6.5 x 8.9 feet on the main floor.
The Wyngate kitchen is almost 13- x 14-feet and opens to the two-story family room. A 12- x 13-foot breakfast area opens to a back deck. The formal dining room is 11 x 12 feet. The second-floor, finished bonus room is 11 x 21 feet.
Children living on Scarlet Oak Lane would attend Chatham County Schools: Perry Harrison Elementary School, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School and Northwood High School. For more information about Scarlet Oak or a private showing, email RMikesh@dreeshomes.com or call Ron Mikesh at 919-291-5517.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story that ran in the Sunday, June 8, 2014 Real Estate section stated that people who bought homes in Scarlet Oak could buy memberships to Briar Chapel swim club this summer and renew them into the future. That is not correct. The Chapel Hill News regrets the error.