Essex Homes as it is today was a long time in the making.


1985 - Aiken, SC
: Karl Haslinger, owner and CEO, began building custom homes in this beautiful Southern town, one by one. He decided that homebuilding was indeed the path his life was meant to follow.

1993 - Columbia, SC: Karl founded Essex Homes Southeast, Inc., in Columbia, building approximately 25 homes per year.

2009 - Charlotte, NC: Started construction for the first home in the Charlotte, NC market.

2016 - Greenville/Spartanburg, SC: Acquired extensive land for growth into the upstate of South Carolina with construction beginning in 2017.

2017 - Brunswick County, NC: Expanded into the North Carolina coastal market, purchasing and building their first homes this year.

Present: Essex Homes will be welcoming over 650 families into the Essex family this year between all markets. Essex will continue ourgrowth and market expansion while maintaining much of our custom heritage as seen in the large number of original designs and the professional manner in which our new homes are built.

The corporate office, located in Lexington, South Carolina, houses many departments from drafting to accounting. The Columbia division office now houses the new Essex Homes Design Studio featuring our many selections and offerings. The central location and the vast array of choices offer convenience and customization to our homebuyers. Our Charlotte office is conveniently located off Carowinds Boulevard and has doubled the number of employees in the past two years. We are excited to announce that the new Design Studio for Charlotte is open! The studio is modern, fresh and offers the highest in technology and personal selections.

Repeat occurrences in Fast Track of Builder Magazine and numerous awards such as Builder of the Year have proven that Essex Homes is a leader in the new homebuilding industry. Maintaining high customer service satisfaction has been one of Karl's and Essex Homes' greatest achievements thus far. Perseverance, strategic planning and an abundance of faith have created a successful business, lifetime trade partners and friends for Karl and his family.