The Dunwallis floor plan at Downing Forge by the Brandywine is creating hefty profits for Southdown Homes in Chester County, Pa. One of five plans offered, it also serves as the project's sales center. "Buyers are spending twice as much on options than we initially projected," says Wendy Ney Manley, director of sales and marketing. "Buyers are just in awe when they enter and gaze upon the architectural detail, and they tend to purchase the options displayed." Some of the options include a third bedroom and full bath, a loft, a sunroom, and a two-car garage.

The active adult community sits on 52 acres and includes 112 single-family detached homes grouped in cul-de-sac fashion, creating a sense of privacy and quiet. Resort-quality amenities comprise of a clubhouse with fitness center, kitchen, multi-purpose room, outdoor pool, tennis court, and walking trails. Homeowner's association fees are $128 per month and include landscaping, snow removal, and some exterior maintenance, as well as liability insurance for the community buildings and open space.

Project Credits

Project: Downing Forge by the Brandywine, Downingtown, Pa.; Sales started: March 2000; Sales through May 2001: 36; Units released through May 2001: 50; Units planned: 112; Price: $219,000 to $299,000; Unit size: 1,680 to 2,200 square feet; Builder/Developer: Southdown Homes, Downingtown; Architect: Cheryl O'Brien Architects, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Interior designer: Crane Marketing, Blue Bell, Pa.; Landscape architect: Gordon Eadie & Coventry Property Services, Pottstown, Pa.; Ad agency: Rhoads Creative, Exton, Pa.

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