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Posted on Oct 5, 2018

New homes development emphasizes lifestyle

A new homes development in southwest Quincy is about to unveil a model home with a grand opening, providing an opportunity for people looking for a special home or just curious about the gated community to see what it is all about.
Willow Springs will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The first phase of the development consists of 40 homes, and 73 in all are expected to be built. Currently, there are three homes sold, plus one on hold, according to Deb Adams, the broker handling the marketing, and there are four buildings up.
Quincy residents’ curiosity might have grown over the summer as the development began on the southwest edge of town. The entrance is on 10th Avenue SW.

Willow Springs in Quincy will hold a grand opening this weekend. At right, Joanie Schwint (left) and Deb Adams show the model home, with its quartz-topped island.
Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register

In a private preview of the development and the model home, the appeal is immediate: less maintenance and more comfortable and personalized living, appealing to people with busy lifestyles. There is evidence of thoughtful design and choices throughout, from the triple-pane casement windows to the soft-touch, quiet cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. Both freestanding homes and twin homes are offered.
The concept started in 2007, Adams recounted. Don Grebb and others went with Adams down to a development in Pasco, where Justin Carroll of Devoted Builders was building homes. They liked what they saw and thought a similar development would be possible in Quincy.
The idea was put on hold, though, as the U.S. housing market went into a historic crisis in 2008. Then, two years ago, they decided to move ahead. Teaming up with Carroll, they put together a group, including an interior designer, Katie Christensen, of Interiors Redefined. Carroll is also working with local contractors on the project.
There is a long list of standard features and more than a dozen upgrades to choose from to personalize these semi-custom homes. The builder is “very particular” but also creative and willing to work with buyers’ ideas and dreams, Adams said.
The development is not restricted to age 55 and over. But with small yards, the yard work and snow removal provided by the association and no steps to trudge up and down, homebuyers in the second half of life are likely to be drawn to the neighborhood.
“It is a way of life,” Adams said. “People are busy more and more … having the yard work and the snow removal taken care of will appeal to a lot of people.”
The gated community concept is a new thing in Quincy, Adams said, and she is finding that it is also not common in the region, as she has received interest from outside Quincy because of the gated feature.
Adams, who has been in real estate for 31 years, said she hopes everyone will come to the grand opening. She planned to bring refreshments. People are invited to come and find out about the neighborhood, even if they are not sure they are in the market for a new home.
After the grand opening the model will be open and an agent on-site to help visitors Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. Adams added that people can call anytime for appointments.
Joanie Schwint, a representative of the Grebb family on Willow Springs, said she is very pleased with how it is shaping up.
“I like the idea of it – not having any yard work, having it gated,” Schwint said, “and the idea of bringing a new thing to the community, a new option.”
Speaking of the Grebb family, Adams said Willow Springs is “a gift to the community, a beautiful gift.” She said she is proud of the quality, “from the fences to the homes to the landscaping … and everything very tastefully done.”
“I think it’s a lifestyle that people are going to embrace,” Adams said.

By Dave Burgess,