Custom home builder Reeves Spainhour is going to miss Heritage.
He’s spent five years building homes in the massive development in Wake Forest and Rolesville that broke ground 14 years ago and has racked up top sales numbers and master planning awards ever since.
But Heritage is edging toward completion. The Ammons Development Group last week sold to builders the second to last batch of lots in the community’s final neighborhood, Heritage Enclave. In turn, the builders will sell to homebuyers.
Spainhour, of C.R. Spainhour Custom Homes Inc., has four lots underway in the Enclave, a neighborhood of 61 homes in Rolesville. Once he finishes there, he will work outside of Heritage for the first time in years.
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“This has been one of the greatest subdivisions,” he said.
Andy Ammons, president of the development group, said he expects the last of the lots in the Enclave to be purchased by the first quarter of 2015 and occupied fully by the end of 2015.
Of the new Enclave homes that were under construction in mid-August, half had been sold. The custom-built homes are billed on the Heritage website as occupying some of the most private lots in the community, with prices from the $500,000s.
Ammons never expected Heritage to be as big as it is.
The original plan called for 900 homes on 900 acres. It ended up as 2,600 homes in 37 neighborhoods on 2,500 acres as the development group was able to buy additional parcels of land.
Public schools and shopping centers have been named after the development, which also includes thousands of apartment units.
But all good things must come to end, Ammons said.
“The thought of Heritage continuing forever couldn’t last. We made it though the good times and the bad times,” he said. “At some point you can’t continue to create that magic forever.”
Ammons said attention to the smallest details and a commitment to building neighborhoods where residents feel connected to each other and their homes have been key to Heritage’s success.
“Every community has its own feeling, its own being, its own karma,” he said.
Throughout Heritage, Ammons said about another 15 lots remain scattered among the neighborhoods.