New Construction For Sale Charleston SC | Charleston SC new Construction | New Developments. Search all Charleston SC new homes and new construction below. As agents, we realize not everyone wants to live in a previously lived in house. If building your home from ground up isn’t your thing, or it’s too much to get into well then buying a new home is just the way to go. National, regional, and local Charleston SC area home builders are building new construction spec homes all over the place. New construction in Charleston SC is booming so it may take as much as 6 to 8 months to get your new home built, so you need to contact an agent to help you negotiate the best deal, and see through the maze of tricks large tract home builders will try. There are plenty of new home communities to choose from and the large national home builders are losing inventory quickly. If you are a new home buyer or thinking about having a new home built here are some tips for new home owners. If having a home built by one of the large national tract home builders like Lennar, Mungo Homes, DR Horton, Pulte, or Centex, then you should read this article about dos and donts of building with large builders. View all proposed construction, contract build new developments, and semi-custom spec homes for sale around the Charleston tri-county area.
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Understanding New Construction Homes
Tract housing is a style of housing development in which multiple similar homes are built on a tract of land which is subdivided into individual small lots. Tract housing developments are typically found in North American suburbs that were modeled on the “Levittown” concept and sometimes encompass large areas of dozens of square miles.
These types of homes although new are usually of lesser quality than the first three options because the builders know exactly what it costs them to build each home as cheaply as possible because believe it or not their profit is in the land. Most of the national builders whose names you’d recognize such as: DR Horton, Beazer, Pulte, KB, and Centex, are considered tract builders. The expense and “control” is in the land (dirt). If you own the dirt or tract of land to build then you have the power because buyers have no other choice other than to buy your product if they want to live in certain areas. These home builders will buy large pieces of land all over the country and develop the dirt, but in order to compete with local builders will many times offer a semi-custom feature into their plans. Whereby, they will have usually offer 6, sometimes 8 floor plans to choose from, and offer a hand full of different finish options. Such as: 3 types of pre-finished hardwood flooring, 4 types of ceramic tile or vinyl, 3 styles of carpet (i.e. low builder grade or burbur), 3 different exterior wall coverings like brick, vinyl, or cement plank. etc
Spec homes are where a builder (national or local) will pre-build a newly constructed home, choose the floor plans, and the finishes, landscaping, etc. hoping that a prospective buyer will be interested in buying it as he or she designed it. They are “speculating” that there are enough interested buyers in the market, hence the name “spec home”. These homes are usually built in established neighborhoods often times in nicer communities consisting mostly of custom homes, but you can likely find spec homes in tract neighborhoods as well because the builder wants to keep “ready to move in” inventory available.
Custom Homes – Just as its name states, custom homes are as YOU want them. As the prospective home owner you would be expected to hire an architect whereby with regular meetings you, your architect, and home builder would design a home according to your direction, and vision. After you have signed off on the design of your home it then has to be stamped by a licensed engineer to make sure its design features are structurally sound. Beware of a fully custom home because they take much longer to build, and they require many many meetings with a plethora of different people all of which are there to make sure you get exactly what you want. Also, here in Charleston, South Carolina, downtown specifically there is an ARB (architectural review board) which oversees the construction of every building in historic Charleston. However, there is a good reason for this. Aside from the normal responsibilities of ensuring the safety of each property, it too is responsible for preserving the look and historic significance of one of the United States most respected and historically relevant cities in the country. If you are considering building in Mount Pleasant, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or surrounding areas there is less chance you have to be too concerned with having each phase of your design and construction signed off on from an aesthetic point at least. However, many newer suburban communities also have restrictions and rules that have to be adhered to there to preserve a consistent feel of the neighborhood.
SOME NOTEWORTHY NEW CONSTRUCTION COMMUNITIES
- Daniel Island Park
- Oyster Point
- The Oaks Marsh view
- Freeman’s Point
- Oak Bluff
- Sovereign Still
- Bentley Park
- Hamlin Plantation
- Dunes West
- Darrell Creek
- Carolina Park