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Essex Homes Charlotte Neighborhood Announcements!!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 6, 2014 | Comments Off

Exciting Things are Happening at Essex Homes Communities!  Stop by any new Essex Homes Neighborhood and learn about our new Model Homes, Special Design Center Options, New Home Sites Available and the great selection of Move-In Ready Homes and Inventory Homes Now under Construction!

Handsmill – New Home sites are just released in Aqua Point!  This community includes a waterfront amenity center with pool, clubhouse, workout facility and playground!

MillBridge – October Special – 1/2 Off Design Center Options up to $20,000!  Move In Ready Homes are Available Now!  Walking distance to the Resort Style Amenities!

Shinville Ridge – Coming Soon!  Large homesites conveniently located on Shinville Road featuring large 4 sided brick homes with an impressive list of included standard features!

Summerwood - Beautiful Model Home Now Open!!  New wooded home sites backing up to private, common space just released!

Tullamore – New Decorated Wakefield Model Home Open Daily!!  Inventory homes are under construction and a New Phase of Home Sites Just Released!

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Community of the week “Foxchase”

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 4, 2014 | Comments Off
Foxchase a beautiful NEW all brick community with 31 estate size home sites. Featuring semi-custom designer homes from the mid 220’s to the 300’s. Homebuyers will find the homes offer stunning open designs, the owner’s suite on the main level, bonus rooms and gourmet kitchens. All of the homes will include side entry two car garages with plenty of space to add a 3rd or a detached two car garage. Homes will offer 3 and 5 bedrooms plans ranging in square footage from 2400 to over 4000. The floorplans offered in Foxchase are the Ballentine, Huntington, Katherine, Keith, Lexington, Mathis, Remmington, Summerlin, and the Windsor giving homebuyers many options on the style that best fits them. Along with a variety of floorplans Foxchase offers spacious lots that give homeowners plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the country style living with all the conveniences of the city only a few miles away.
Foxchase offers a great location that is tucked away yet convenient for enjoying all that Lake Murray has to offer while only being minutes from Lexington S.C. shopping and dining. If you are a lake enthusiast then you will love the public boat ramp only minutes from the Foxchase, you get the convenience of boating, swimming and fishing in one of South Carolinas largest man made lakes.
Foxchase is also located in the award winning Lexington 1 school district. The schools Foxchase attend are Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert Middle and Gilbert High. For more information visit
Come visit Foxchase and let Dana Jones show you around and what Foxchase has to offer. Dana Jones 803.513.4488 or

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Plan of the week “The Brentwood”

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, Essex Homes in Columbia SC, Green Building, New Homes in Chapin, New Homes in Charlotte, New Homes in Irmo, New Homes in Lexington, New Homes in NE Columbia, New Homes in SE Columbia, New Homes in West Columbia | Posted: August 14, 2014 | Comments Off

” The Brentwood”




The Brentwood, one of Essex Homes more spacious designed plans that has been constructed in many Columbia and Charlotte communities. The Brentwood has been a very popular plan with many of the homeowners mostly because of the open floorplan design, offering a sitting room at the foyer with a formal dining that flows into the spacious great room. The kitchen and breakfast area in the Brentwood gives you a wide open feel as it blends into the living area of this plan. As you head to the 2nd level of the Brentwood you will arrive at the owners suite. The owners suite of the Brentwood gives you a huge living space with a sitting area. Once you enter the owners bath you will have a separate stand up shower and garden tub, double vanity and water closet. The walk in closet off the owners bath is sure to meet all your storage needs. One of the great features of the Brentwood is the laundry being located on the 2nd level making the job of washing clothes easier by not having to go up and down the stairs with a load of clothes.




The elevation of the Brentwood is available in A,B,C and D. 4 side vinyl is featured with options including vinyl shakes, full front porch or a 2 story porch with traditional style roofline a clipped roof and hip roofline options. Which design fits your style? With the array of design options and styles Essex Homes offers you are sure to find what you want in your new home. Visit and view this great plan and contact one of our new home advisers to preview the Brentwood.

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100 Ready Now Homes

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 7, 2014 | Comments Off

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100 New ready now homes, what does that mean for today’s home buyer?  Do I have a choice in my new homes options? Do I have a large selection of floor plans? The answer is YES. With over 30 communities in the Columbia area and 20+ communities in the Charlotte area Essex Homes offers a large amount of inventory homes that are sure to fit what you are looking for in your new home. Essex offers an award winning design team that carefully chooses the features in all of our inventory homes paired with our experienced sales staff that gives valuable information on the trends that homeowners are looking for in their new home.

In today’s ever changing real estate market buyers that are looking for more choices in their new home will appreciate the diversity Essex Homes offers in their communities, Essex Homes strives to keep the variety of floor plans and stay away from repeating the same plan over and over so the buyer has a variety of plans in the area they want to live in. Another challenge for certain buyers is the scenario where a buyer has sold their home and time is of the essence in getting in a new home, this tends to be the biggest benefit for that buyer that they can close on their current home and move immediately into their new Essex home without skipping a beat.

With today’s buyer having all the tools to help in their home search (internet, agent, virtual tours, etc.) they know exactly the home they are looking for and where they want to be, and in many cases these homes are still under construction which offers them the chance to select the options they are looking for in their home while affording them a quicker build time.

To preview any of the Essex Homes “Ready Now Homes” visit Move in Ready page or visit us at and contact one of our new home advisers to set an appointment.




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Essex Homes – Community of the Week

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, Essex Homes in Columbia SC | Posted: July 24, 2014 | Comments Off


MillBridge by Essex Homes is a master-planned community is set on 920 picturesque acres in historic Waxhaw in Union County, North Carolina. Charlotte regions only covered bridge crosses Twelve Mile Creek into this community that benefits from a pedestrian-friendly layout with double sidewalks, parks, common squares and green way systems, and over 250 acres of planned green space and trails. MillBridge also provides its residents with one of the most comprehensive amenity centers in the state. This centerpiece, the Community House, is a multimillion dollar center designed as an inclusive, vibrant, state-of-the-art facility for fun, recreation and special events.                               024 (1024x682)                                   Millbridge_Snapseed2 (1024x683)





A overview of the amenities offered at Millbridge:

• Junior Olympic lap pool

• Water slide with zero-entry splash pool

• Aquatic playground

• Lazy river floating pool

• Fitness classes for indoors or out include yoga, Pilates, dance and other group exercise classes

• Airnasium offering full covered basketball court

• Outdoor fireplace

• Open air Mill House for small special events

• The 60-acre Town of Waxhaw community park with soccer fields, baseball fields and playground and picnic areas.

Essex Homes offers many of our most popular plans in the Millbridge community. The Arlington, Lexington, Ballentine just to name a few. The square footage ranges on these homes range from 1,922 to 4,110 giving the customer many options when it comes to living space that helps make their new home fit their style. The starting investment range starts in the mid to high $200′s and is sure to fit any budget looking for relaxed style living that the Millbridge community offers. Don’t hesitate on setting an appointment to view the Essex Homes model today. Contact Jill Hiers at 704.369.1693 or to set up a showing today.


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Essex Homes – Ready Now Homes…….

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, Essex Homes in Columbia SC | Posted: July 16, 2014 | Comments Off

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As the housing market changes monthly the demand for move in ready homes is steadily on the rise. Essex Homes has positioned many of their communities to be able to offer the home buyers looking for that perfect home that can be ready in 30-45 days. The benefits of a move in ready home for the future homeowner is the timeline of closing of the home which is crucial when a home buyer is in the transition of closing their former home and wanting to avoid the construction time of building a new home. Other benefits are the variety of options Essex Homes installs in their inventory homes making each home unique. Each Essex home offers many different features like sun rooms, variety of granite colors, hardwood floors that fit many styles and the most important being the difference in floor plan layouts that fits many lifestyles. With over 50 communities in North and South Carolina Essex Homes is sure to have the perfect home in the area you want to live that gives the home buyer the options to decide on schools, shopping, dining and other factors when purchasing their dream home.

Essex Homes offers our eBuilt building process that is included in every home we build which is one of the most efficient high performance home building process in the southeast region of the country. Essex eBuilt process includes more insulation, advanced framing techniques, tankless water heater, and radiant barrier sheathing to name a few. What does this mean to the homeowner? more money in your pocket monthly on energy savings.

Come visit any of our communities in SC or NC to see our collection of move in ready homes and see which one fits your style or visit us at for more information about these beautiful homes.


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Essex Homes – Plan of the week “The Ballentine”

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 10, 2014 | Comments Off



The Ballentine

Over the years the Ballentine has become one of our most popular plans at Essex Homes and has been featured in many of our North and South Carolina communities. The open design of the Ballentine has been the largest compliment this plan has received over the years with the living/study on the front to the formal dining area off the large kitchen all the way to the huge family room to the massive owners suite. The Ballentines kitchen is one of the most spacious in the Essex plan lineup with a breakfast area and large arched openings to the family room for that big open feel. One of the most popular features is bedroom #2 on the main level with a full bath which is perfect as a guest room or mother in law suite. On the second level of the Ballentine you will find a large media/playroom with arched entry, this room presents the opportunity to have a space for the kids or to have that home theater you have always wanted. The owners suite is situated in the corner of the 2nd level and offers a large living space  with trey ceilings, there is also a large owners bath with dual vanities, separate shower and garden tub with a water closet, the gigantic walk in closet gives tons of space for the clothes, shoes, luggage and so on and so on. The Ballentine is a plan we are sure you will want to experience so contact one of our new home advisers to set up an appointment to see one of Essex Homes most desirable plans.


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The eBuilt difference……

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 1, 2014 | Comments Off


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eBuilt?…. What is eBuilt?

eBuilt is Essex Homes building process where we are working harder to make your life better, healthier and more economical. eBuilt homes are designed and constructed to reach 3 goals.

  • Reduce the amount of energy required to operate your new home
  • Reduce the impact on the environment during and after construction
  • Help keep more money in your pocket

Essex Homes is proud that eBuilt homes use 25% to 35% less energy than a typical new home. Essex Homes gathers statistics from a 3rd party inspection process. What does this mean to you? Every Essex Home we build are tested and meet the eBuilt standard which at the end of the day saves you more money on your electric bill every month. Just a sample of some of the testing process are:

  • Air barrier and sealing
  • High performance windows
  • Advanced framing techniques
  • On-Demand water heaters
  • Improved insulation

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As we all know the world is living on limited resources and those must be used wisely. Everything we do now and moving forward will have a direct impact on us and those around us. Using only what we need is a way for us to preserve the future for others. The Essex Homes eBuilt process uses material and methods that reduce the amount of materials needed to constructing homes at a greater efficiency.  Conserving water is among our highest priorities when we build our homes through low flow plumbing fixtures while providing the same performance you are accustomed to with every Essex Home. Our storm water pollution prevention plan reduces erosion and pollutants from water run off.

The largest benefit of an eBuilt home is the money saving features which is what we all look for in a high performance home. Savings we have seen are from $1,000 to $1,300 a year which equals out to be $83-$108 a month over a typical resale home and $500 to $800/year or $42 to $67/month over most new construction homes.

For more information concerning the eBuilt process visit and visit the eBuilt information page.


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Essex Homes Plan of the Week – “The Arlington”

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 18, 2014 | Comments Off

The Arlington


The Arlington one of Essex Homes award winning plans offered in many of our communities in North and South Carolina. The Arlington offers 6 different elevations from all vinyl fronts to 4 side brick with stone accents whichever the community you are building in offers. The square foot range for the Arlington ranges from 2,700 -2,893 and a 2 car garage giving you a lot of space for the money and a large amount of storage space.


Starting from the front covered porch of The Arlington you will enter the front door and be introduced to the large foyer area, as you continue you will have the formal dining to your right that is perfect for that monthly dinner party to the large holiday gatherings. As you continue into the huge family room that offers plenty of space for relaxing after a long day. Progressing into the kitchen area you will notice the large 42″ cabinets and granite counter tops with a open raised counter that opens to the family room for that large open feel. Off the kitchen you will have the eat in area for those nightly family dinners. From the kitchen you have a office/study/bedroom that gives you space for the work from home professional or the area for the kids to study and also a possible 4th bedroom. As you head upstairs you will enter into the large loft area at the top of the stairs which is a great space for a media room for family time or a playroom for the kids. Just off the loft you have a full laundry room keeping allowing the noise from the washer and dryer not to interfere with your daily activities and no up and down the stairs with loads of clothes. As you leave the loft area you will have the owner’s suite on your left giving you a huge living space with many options to choose like tray ceiling or boxed ceilings, as you enter the owner’s bath you will enjoy the double vanity, directly across from the vanity you have a separate shower and garden tub also offering a water closet with door. The owner’s bath of the Arlington has a great feature in the walk in closet, which gives you tons of space for any wardrobe. The 2nd and 3rd bedroom gives the kids lots of space to grow with a full bath great for them to share. Overall the Arlington is a wonderful plan that you will surely accommodate your growing families needs. Visit the Essex Homes website at and tour the Arlington plan and browse all the plans. While you are checking out the Essex Homes website take a minute to view the eBuilt section of the site and learn of how the eBuilt building process is one of the most energy efficient building process in the region.




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Essex Homes community of the week “The Preserve at Rolling Creek”

Categories: Essex Homes in Columbia SC, New Homes in Irmo | Posted: June 11, 2014 | Comments Off

Rolling Creek

The Preserve at Rolling Creek is one of Essex Homes premier communities located in Irmo S.C. offering convenient living at a great price. The Preserve at Rolling Creek is located minutes from I-26 and only a few minutes from Harbison shopping and dining, quick access to downtown Columbia offers a short drive to work and gives you a large variety of outlets for a night out with the family. If you are a fan of the water you are close to Lake Murray which has many marinas offering boat storage for a day on the lake. The Preserve at Rolling Creek is zoned for the award winning Lexington/Richland 5 school district, Lake Murray Elementary, Chapin Middle and Chapin High School.


The Preserve at Rolling Creek amenities are second to none offering its residents Pool and Cabana with over 1 mile of green space, there is also the Harbison neighborhood trail offering over 12 miles of walking trails. With home sites starting in the low $200′s  with square feet starting at 2400 sq.ft. to 4300 sq.ft. there is sure to be a plan that will fit your lifestyle. Some of the included features Granite counter tops, Ceramic tile back splash, Hardwood flooring, 42″, direct vent gas fireplace, brick front elevations, automatic irrigation system and many more exciting features. Come visit Curtis Jones at The Preserve at Rolling Creek to see the available home sites and ask Curtis about Essex Homes eBuilt program which is one of the best building process’s in South and North Carolina.


Contact Curtis Jones at 803.917.6199 or

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