It may be hard to find a spacious bungalow within the city of Guelph right now, but nearby Centre Wellington continues to be a highly sought after option for home buyers.
The ground is broken and the foundation of the show home poured on Granite Homes’ Heritage Lane development in Fergus, the latest in the home builders many developments in Guelph, Wellington County and nearby communities.
There was a steady stream of people coming into the just-opened sales office on the site at 370 Belsyde Avenue, where 23 homes, priced in the upper $400,000 to upper $500,000 range will be built.
Buyers are able to personalize the homes by choosing the lot, plan and available interior features.
A limestone farmhouse at the location, built in 1873, will be fully restored and incorporated into the new enclave.
A ribbon cutting ceremony launching the development was held Saturday at noon.
“Our goal with the 23 units is to create a kind of private enclave of bungalows in two-storey products,” said Granite Homes president Josh Bellamy at the launch. “It picks up on some of the historic components of what Fergus is certainly known for, and you’ll see that through the designs, as well as through the interior and exterior features.”
Bellamy said there are a lot of heritage buildings and structures in Fergus along the Grand River, which have rich histories.
Granite Homes currently has projects underway in Guelph and Cambridge, as well as an upcoming development in Elora.
“Fergus has a great combination of both old and new,” he said, further describing the community as a place where new in-fill residential development blends quite seamlessly with the historic character of the place.
Bellamy grew up in Centre Wellington and went to high school in Fergus.
“I hope that some of the people that I know, or knew back then, become homeowners here,” he said.
Mike Taylor is Granite Homes’ vice-president of marketing. He said Heritage Lane has an exceptional location going for it, being close to schools, parks, and stores, and within easy walking distance of downtown Fergus. Anyone seeking a walkable community experience will like what it has to offer, he said.
The development is geared toward families, as well as empty-nesters, he added.
‘It’s hard to find a bungalow right now, in Guelph and other cities, that has a fair-sized lot,” he said. “That’s what we will have here.”
Bellamy said Granite Homes has built pockets of homes in Fergus, and it is fascinating to see how those neighbourhoods develop over time.
“It’s always really exciting to see how a small pocket of houses like these can thrive within an existing community,” he said.
Granite Homes has been building luxury homes in Guelph and area for 15 years.
Visit their website to learn more about Heritage Lane.