WHY IT WORKED: Rice Hope fills a niche in Savannah's real estate market, offering affordable, neotraditional-style homes in a mixed-use neighborhood that, at buildout, will boast 4,500 homes plus a 21-acre amenities center.

  • Market research showed that neotraditional, mixed-use neighborhoods were underrepresented in the Savannah market and that interest in such a product would be quite strong.
  • High-tech features include Wi-Fi technology in all common areas and bundled fiber-optic service (high-speed Internet, cable, telephone, etc.) to every home.
  • The best-selling Beaumont plan offers a flexible, family-friendly layout with plenty of space for living and entertaining. Double porches are a plus, too.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: Rice Hope, Savannah, Ga.; Sales started: December 2005; Sales through April 2006: 22; Units planned: 4,500; Price: $158,900 to $354,990; Unit size: 1,200 to 2,780 square feet; Builder: Sivica Homes, Savannah; Developer/Architect: Sivica Communities, Alpharetta, Ga.; Land planner: Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., Savannah; Landscape architect: Atlantic International Design Studio, Hilton Head, S.C.

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