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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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The Hartwell – by Essex Homes

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, Essex Homes in Columbia SC, New Homes in Charlotte, New Product, News | Posted: February 20, 2014 | No Comments »

The Hartwell is one of our newest award-winning plans. It features a two-story foyer, enormous owner’s suite with private sitting room, and vaulted ceilings in every bedroom.

The Hartwell

Click the link to see our INTERACTIVE HOME DESIGNER.

2,650 – 2,769+/- sf
3-5 Bedrooms
2½-3½ Bathrooms

Please visit our website at for more information, or contact one of our on-site agents to learn more.

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Karl Haslinger Named 2014 Builder Member of the Year

Categories: Essex Homes in Columbia SC, Events, News | Posted: January 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Karl-BOTYCOLUMBIA, SC – January 17, 2014 – Each year the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia (HBAGC) holds its annual Holiday Ball in Columbia.  It’s an evening of fun and celebration, and recognition of those who have helped the home building industry throughout the year.

Prior to the Holiday Ball, the HBAGC membership votes for their choice of nominees for the Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year and the Associate Member of the Year Award.

The Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year is Karl Haslinger, owner and CEO of Essex Homes with corporate headquarters in Lexington, S.C.. Karl Haslinger founded Essex Homes Southeast, Inc. in 1993.  The company initially began with Karl as the builder, the accountant, the architect, and the punch guy.  After a few months, he added a secretary and one assistant.  As time has progressed, Essex Homes has grown to a multi-million dollar corporation, building and closing over 500 homes last year between the Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC markets.

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PRESS RELEASE – Essex Homes, Inc. Announces Columbia Division President

Categories: Agent News, Essex Homes in Columbia SC, Events, News | Posted: December 17, 2013 | No Comments »


Columbia, SC – December 2013: Essex Homes, Inc. announces the addition of Laurence P. Wisdom, as President of the Columbia Division. Mr. Wisdom is relocating from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has served as President of Keystone Homes, Inc., since January 2007.

Mr. Wisdom joined Keystone as the first non-owner President in its’ history and managed to stabilize and expand their growth during the economic recession. Keystone built over 2000 homes during this time period and was recognized as a Top 100 Builder. Keystone is ranked as the #1 homebuilder and has been the regional marketplace leader for seven years in a row (2007-2013) by the CP Business Journal.
Prior to Keystone, he served as the Key Strategic and Operations leader for Neumann Homes. During his time with Neumann, the company doubled in size, and expanded to four states.

Throughout his career in the homebuilding industry, he has contributed to and improved gross margin and net profitability, reduction in hard cost, design options simplification, increased sales and closings, improved customer satisfaction, successful land acquisitions and improved production cycles.

Mr. Wisdom has worked in the homebuilding industry since attending Aurora University and Marmion Military Academy. From Field Laborer to Customer Care Manager to Construction Superintendent, Larry has experienced homebuilding in the trenches. He has also worked as a New Homes Salesman and Sales Manager. His work history has allowed him to experience all aspects of the building process from behind the scenes to the front lines. He looks forward to becoming a part of Greater Columbia and promoting its’ growth and success through Essex Homes.

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New Lexington Community Coming Soon…

Categories: Essex Homes in Columbia SC, New Communities, New Homes in Lexington, News | Posted: August 26, 2013 | No Comments »

larkin woodsEssex Homes is building another new eBuilt community! The community, Larkin Woods, will be located in Lexington, SC.

Larkin Woods will be located on Mineral Springs Road with quick access to I-20. Conveniently placed just minutes from shopping, dining, and entertainment in downtown Lexington and zoned for the new River Bluff High School, it is a great location, especially for families! Homes will start in the low $200′s and will be 4-sided brick.

Contact or call (803) 237-8305 for more information on this great opportunity.

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Gorgeous New Model Home in Millbridge Community in Waxhaw, NC!

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, News | Posted: August 26, 2013 | No Comments »


Our newest model home is on display in the Millbridge Community in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Go ahead, take a peak and see some of the luxurious features and beautiful architecture featured in this gorgeous Essex home.


living room

The living area has a very open and welcoming feel with multiple arched openings leading to the sunroom and breakfast bay. The detailed coffered ceiling adds a touch of elegance and interest while the two-way stone fireplace acts as the heart of the room, connecting the living area and the sunroom.



With the fireplace on one side and the window filled wall on the other, the sunroom is filled with energy. The view overlooks a beautifully wooded area, bringing the wonders of nature right to your back door. The vaulted ceiling and dark, rich exposed beams add architectural interest.



Like the sunroom, there’s no lack of light in the formal dining room. Dark hardwoods boldly contrasting with white chair rail molding and detailed crown molding add a classic, elegant look to this room.



This classic kitchen, overlooking the living area with a half wall, features beautiful, ivory cabinetry and granite countertops. Being open to the breakfast bay and living area gives it a roomy feel. The raised bar creates a subtle divide between the work zone and the dining areas while maintaining the openness of the room.


master bath

With beautiful granite countertops complimented by dark cabinetry, the master bath in no way lacks luxury. A tiled shower and whirlpool tub occupy one wall, while wall to wall counters and cabinet space take up the other. Knee space along the counter adds a cozy touch.


master bedroom

This owner’s suite offers owner’s an ample amount of room for bedside tables or cabinets, a large dresser, and area for a chair and ottoman with plenty left over. The octagonal tray ceiling is another wonderful architectural accent that makes this room unique and tasteful.


Come see the rest of the model home in person or check out some of the other available homes in the Millbridge community.

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