Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sterling Custom Homes Warns to Carefully Choose Your Austin Real Estate Builder

For more than 22 years, Sterling Custom Homes has helped Austin luxury real estate buyers create cutting-edge custom home designs to suit individual needs. However, the luxury home builder warns that not all Texas home builders are created equal. In fact, many consumers are not aware that the state of Texas does not license and regulate home builders. For this reason, buyers must carefully look past marketing techniques to discover a builder’s true qualifications.

“There’s a saying in my industry, ‘When the housing market is good, everyone with a cell phone and a pickup truck calls himself a builder’,” said Duke McDowell, president of Sterling Custom Homes. “It’s a sad reality and it waters down the quality and professionalism within the industry that we and other quality home builders in Texas have worked so hard to achieve.”

Sterling Custom Homes has built its career and reputation on building the highest quality custom homes while developing streamlined systems that make the homebuilding experience enjoyable for all parties involved.

The Austin builder constructs new homes in many of the Austin area’s premier custom home, private gated and resort golf communities. Buyers can find Sterling’s custom creations in a variety of communities including Lakeway, Village of the Hills, Rough Hollow, Caslano, Seven Oaks, Barton Creek, Mirador Drive, River Place, Spanish Oaks and The Reserve at Lake Travis.

For more information about Sterling Custom Homes or the communities in which buyers can find the builder’s new homes, visit

About Sterling Custom Homes:

Sterling Custom Homes,, builds quality custom homes in many of Austin’s premier custom home communities, private gated communities and resort golf communities. From Lakeway, all up and down Lake Travis and into Westlake, Sterling is known as one of Austin’s premier custom home builders, with a reputation for exceptional quality, integrity and service.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Biltmore Floor Plan Nearing Completion at The Trails of Dawson Creek

To keep up with current market demands, Gerstad Builders recently introduced The Biltmore floor plan; a smaller, more affordable ranch-style home at The Trails of Dawson Creek. The Biltmore is now nearing completion at the community of new Poplar Grove homes and is slated to open Sept. 30.

“The Biltmore is the perfect home for both first-time buyers and empty-nesters,” said Roger Gerstad, president of Gerstad Builders. “It is efficiently designed, lending plenty of room for a family without unnecessary space, and its single-floor design eliminates the need to climb stairs.”

Priced at $167,990, the home boasts 1,382 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. From inside, out the floor plan offers buyers a low-maintenance lifestyle with exterior features that include vinyl siding, aluminum fascia and soffit and vinyl windows and interior finishes such as a large great room and spacious eat-in kitchen.

The home also includes some of today’s new energy-saving standards including R-38 ceiling insulation, 90+ furnace, house wrap, low-e windows and a fully-insulated basement.

In addition to The Biltmore, The Trails of Dawson Creek offers a bevy of single-family homes including ranch, two-story and tri-level floor plans. Homes boast two to five bedrooms, up to three baths and partial basements. Standard features include GE appliances, Colonist doors and trim and furniture quality cabinetry. Ranging in size from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet, the homes are priced from $156,490 to $258,990.

Located in Central Boone County, The Trails of Dawson Creek is convenient to I-39, I-90 and Metra. Families residing at The Trails of Dawson Creek enjoy a summer Farmers Market hosted by the Village of Poplar Grove. Children are served by North Boone School District 200.

Currently, The Trails of Dawson Creek is featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Festival of Homes, The feature offers information about real estate news and showcases new construction from the Chicagoland area’s top builders. In addition to the website, buyers can find the Festival of Homes feature in the Chicago Tribune every Friday from Sept. 16 to Oct. 21.

In addition to the affordable homes at The Trails of Dawson Creek, Gerstad Builders constructs Williams Bay new homes at Bailey Estates, McHenry new homes at Liberty Trails and Richmond new homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge with huge buyers’ incentives: the first 10 buyers who close on a new house at any Gerstad Builders community in 2011 will receive 10 percent off the cost of their homes.

The Trails of Dawson Creek sales office is located at 112 Dawson Creek Trail in Poplar Grove. For more information about The Trails of Dawson Creek, visit or call 815-547-0800.

Gerstad Builders is one of the largest homebuilders in McHenry County and was voted the No. 1 builder in McHenry County in 2003, 2004 & 2009. In 2008 the company received from Professional Builder Magazine the AVID Diamond & AVID Cup Awards for Best Customer Experience in the United States and North America. Gerstad Builders is currently building houses in Richmond, McHenry, Poplar Grove, Ill. and Williams Bay, Wis.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stonecrest Homes Atlanta, Inc. Reduces Prices on Townhomes in Cobb County

Stonecrest Homes Atlanta, Inc. has only seven move-in ready townhomes available in Palladian Manor in Smyrna. Plus, the builder has just reduced pricing. Homes are now priced from the $250,000s, making Palladian Manor one of the best values in the Smyrna-Vinings area.

Homes have 3,025 square feet of space with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Open layouts are perfect for entertaining. Standard features include grand entry foyers, large open kitchens with bar seating areas, separate keeping or family rooms, formal living and dining rooms, fully finished terrace levels with media rooms or dens, spacious master suites with oversized walk-in closets and rear decks.

In addition, all homes have Home Price Protection™ through EquityLock Solutions. This gives homeowners a financial return if their local House Price Index, as reported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is lower at the time of sale than when the contract was purchased by Stonecrest.

Palladian Manor is conveniently located near shopping, parks, hospitals and other recreational opportunities. Residents can enjoy attractions such as Cumberland Mall, Vinings Jubilee and the Chattahoochee Trail Park.

Students residing in Palladian Manor attend Nickajack Elementary School, Campbell Middle School and Campbell High School.

For more information on Palladian Manor, contact Stonecrest at 678-310-5304 or

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sterling Custom Homes Designs Austin Luxury Real Estate for a View

Texas custom home builder carefully considers home design before construction

For more than 22 years, Sterling Custom Homes has designed and built new homes for its Austin luxury real estate clients. The Austin builder uses this experience to help buyers carefully layout the footprint of their new homes to augment the surrounding landscapes’ natural beauty.

“At Sterling Custom Homes, we love to be involved with our clients from the very start,” said Duke McDowell, president of Sterling Custom Homes. “We understand the impact important design decisions have on our clients’ overall satisfaction with the finished product and work hard to guide buyers to the layout that best fits within their budgetary and aesthetic goals.”

To maximize a particular view corridor, Sterling Custom Homes takes several factors into consideration including sun orientation, slab heights, trees and access. Once these variables are discussed, Sterling Custom Homes and its client assess which views are most important to highlight in each room.

Sterling Custom Homes is one of the leading home builders in Texas with new homes that boast cutting-edge custom designs and unique floor plans in many of the Austin area’s premier custom home, private gated and resort golf communities.

The Austin builder designs and constructs new homes in a variety of custom communities including Lakeway, Village of the Hills, Rough Hollow, Caslano, Seven Oaks, Barton Creek, Mirador Drive, River Place, Spanish Oaks and The Reserve at Lake Travis.

For more information about Sterling Custom Homes, the communities in which the builder constructs or to schedule a consultation, visit

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Great Lifestyle and Amenities at Millstone at Little River in Cherokee County

Want to live in Woodstock? Now, you can own a new craftsman style home on a large lot in the beautiful swim and tennis community, Millstone at Little River! This Woodstock community, built by Edward Andrews Homes, offers homes from the high $300,000s. Plus, Millstone at Little River offers amenities such as a cabana, pool, fishing pond, tennis court, playground and nature trails--perfect for everyone in the family!

The craftsman styled homes at Millstone have hardwood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, oil rubbed bronze lighting, plumbing and door hardware, professional landscape packages with zoned irrigation and brick, cedar and stone accents.

One of the three available showcase homes, the Orchid “H” plan, has 3,173 square feet of space and five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Priced at just $399,900, the home includes a three-car garage with side entry, mudroom, media room and basement.

The Camellia “G” plan has 3,747 square feet of space with a price of $429,600. The home features four bedrooms and three baths, a butler’s pantry in the kitchen, media room, bowed wall of windows and a three-car garage with side entry.

Another home, the Jasmine “G” plan, sits on a cul-de-sac lot and has 3,020 square feet of space with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The home includes a three-car garage with side entry, hardwood flooring and granite countertops and is only $336,800.

Millstone at Little River has easy access to Lake Allatoona, Town Center Mall, Cobblestone Golf Course and downtown Woodstock which offers a selection of quaint shops and eateries.

Students at Millstone attend Arnold Mill Elementary, Mill Creek Middle School and River Ridge/Sequoyah High School.

To visit the community, take I-575 N to exit 8, Towne Lake Parkway. Turn right, and go through downtown Woodstock and over the railroad tracks where the road becomes Arnold Mill Road. Go six miles. Millstone at Little River will be immediately past Arnold Mill Elementary on the right.

For more information, contact Kristy Corrigan at or Judy Dougherty at Also, visit