WHY IT WORKED: First-time buyers, move-ups, and retirees liked the central location of this infill development, which features wider-than-normal streets, sidewalks, and strict architectural controls—something nearby neighborhoods don't have.

  • Neighboring subdivisions with older homes also don't have the kinds of open plans that buyers want and that are featured at The Meadows. Buyers loved having a great room in the middle of the house.
  • Front porches, identical roof shingles, and a limited color palette for exterior siding and trim boost curb appeal and give the overall project a uniform look.
  • Developer Brydge & Lee has an established background in building custom homes; prospective buyers trusted the company to pull off a successful project.

    PROJECT CREDITSProject: The Meadows, New Bern, N.C.; Sales started: August 2004; Sales through July 2005: 58; Units planned: 66; Price: $140,000 to $185,000; Unit size: 1,350 to 1,750 square feet; Builder/Developer/Architect: Brydge & Lee, New Bern; Land planners: Brad Suitt & Associates, New Bern; Thomas Engineering, New Bern