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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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Annual Home Value Appreciation Expected to Rise

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, Essex Homes in Columbia SC, News | Posted: August 23, 2013 | No Comments »

home appreciationThe housing market appears to still be on the upswing, and that means good news for homeowners! Experts predict annual home value appreciation to continue to rise.

According to the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, real estate and economic experts are expecting 2013 home values to surpass 2012 values by 6.7 percent. They also expect median U.S. home values to reach $167,490 by the end of 2013. The median home value was $156,900 at the end of 2012 and is currently $161,100.

Read more about the housing market here.

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Only One Available Home Remains in Orchard Pointe!

Categories: Essex Homes in Columbia SC, New Homes in Lexington | Posted: August 23, 2013 | No Comments »

orchard pointeLocated in the heart of Lexington SC, right off Mineral Springs Road, is the Essex Homes community of Orchard Pointe . It’s a community you don’t want to pass up.

This beautifully landscaped neighborhood offers it’s residents a place to play as well as relax. Just a short walk down the street from nearby homes will lead you to a swimming pool and cabana. You’ll also appreciate the convenience of being minutes from downtown Lexington, shopping, dining, and major roads (Highways 1 and 378 and I-20). A beautiful 3,540 square foot, traditionally styled home is now available in this wonderfully located community so give Essex a visit or call today!

View the model home for Orchard Pointe here!;

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The 19th Annual Home Improvement Show is Here!

Categories: Essex Homes in Columbia SC, Events, News | Posted: August 16, 2013 | No Comments »

Looking to remodel or improve your home? The 19th Annual Home Improvement Show is coming August 16-18. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, the show will feature exhibitors in home improvement, remodeling, construction and related industries as well as seminars throughout the week. There will also be door prizes every 20 minutes and much more!

The Home Improvement Show will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia August 16-18, 2013. Find more information about the 2013 Home Improvement Show here.

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Fallbrook in SW Charlotte…Where Convenience & Recreation Meet

Categories: Essex Homes in Charlotte NC, New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: August 16, 2013 | No Comments »

fallbrook community poolIdeally situated where lower living expenses meet convenience and recreation, Fallbrook is a great place to start looking for your next home.

Located in Fort Mill, SC, the Fallbrook community is only minutes from I-77 and Uptown Charlotte with 4-sided brick homes starting in the $240′s. You can have the convenience of Charlotte along with the benefit of lower property taxes and nationally recognized public schools. Nearby recreational opportunities include lake access, golf, Knights Baseball, and the Carowinds Amusement Park. You can even find recreation and relaxation right out your own front door with a quick trip to the neighborhood clubhouse, featuring two sparkling pools and playscape. Give Essex a call or visit today to learn more about this spectacular community!

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Welcome to the new site!

Categories: News | Posted: August 14, 2013 | Comments Off

Essex Homes is proud to announce our new website and hope it helps you in finding your new home in Columbia, SC. Take a look around and let us know what you think!

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