Preserve Communities

Alpharetta, Georgia–based developer Preserve Communities has launched a new home building arm, Preserve Homes & Neighborhoods. The newest venture aims to craft quality homes for the discerning buyer within Preserve Communities’ current and planned developments.

The company will begin its efforts at Preserve Communities’ Bay Creek property located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where demand has surged in recent months. Subsequent expansions are planned to take place on a rolling basis from early 2021 through 2022 at Albemarle Plantation in Hertford, North Carolina, New Hampstead in Savannah, Georgia, and East Argent and West Argent in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“Now more than ever, open space, scenic views, and quality of living have become a larger priority to homeowners,” says Jeff Coggin, president and CEO of Preserve Home Building & Neighborhoods. “The formation of our new building company will enable Preserve Communities to meet this market demand by applying our thoughtful community development approach to home building while making the process as stress-free as possible for our buyers.”

While the building company is new, its leadership team brings over 100 years of collective experience in building homes and developing lifestyle communities.

  • Coggin, formerly the vice president of master developer communities for Preserve Communities, brings executive experience from several industries, including resort and residential real estate development, home building, golf operations, business consulting, and management services.
  • Dave Durham, previously the president of John Wieland Homes, joined Preserve Homes & Neighborhoods as its division manager for South Carolina and Georgia.
  • Kevin Popson was formerly a division president of John Wieland Homes and joined Preserve Homes & Neighborhoods as its division manager for Virginia and North Carolina. He will oversee operations at the Bay Creek and Albemarle Plantation developments.
  • Kenny Schmidt, formerly a project manager with Stanley Martin Homes, will serve as the project manager for the Bay Creek and Albemarle Plantation developments. He has also worked previously at Front Door Communities and John Wieland Homes.

To learn more about current Preserve Homes & Neighborhoods projects, visit