LENOX — Tailor made to your specifications for luxurious comfort, but built for longevity and safety — that's the appeal of Lenox Landings, a nine-home condominium development in the Western Massachusetts town of Lenox.
The development expands an upscale neighborhood. The property sits across the street from Wyndhurst Manor and Club, formerly Cranwell. Purchase of a home comes with a year's membership to Wyndhurst and access to its golf course, tennis courts, pool, spa and restaurant, according to Mike Levesque, general manager of Hawkeye Development and Builders, which is building Lenox Landings.
On Wyndhurst's 380 acres sits Miraval Berkshires, a high-end spa resort dedicated to restoring life balance. It opened earlier this year. Both Wyndhurst and Miraval are Hyatt Corp. properties.
Lenox Landings is located conveniently close to area shops and restaurants. Downtown Lenox is just a 10-minute walk, Levesque said, and larger stores are readily accessible in neighboring Lee.
Thoughtful design and energy-efficient construction
A model home displays the craftsmanship and possibilities Lenox Landing offers. Levesque said Hawkeye has built about 300 homes, and that depth of experience shows. Two levels encompass five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a great room, laundry room, modern kitchen and a connected screened porch and rear deck, plus an oversize two-car attached garage. Banks of generous windows let in plenty of natural light, and the open floor plan and 9-foot-high ceilings contribute to the spacious feel. High-end finishes and appliances gleam brightly.
From the covered front porch, an entryway opens into a hallway, along which stairs lead down to the lower level. Off the hallway, the kitchen features a large island, an ample number of cabinets and a wide side-by-side refrigerator. A stainless-steel hood rises from above the stove to the ceiling. The dining area of the great room easily accommodates a long table, and its windows look out on to the deck through a set of double doors. The master bath contains a glass-faced shower with tile walls and a double-sink vanity. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet.
The essentials — the great room with its 11-foot ceiling — all are on the first floor. The lower level opens out to the backyard. There is an option to leave the lower level unfinished, for a savings of $60,000 from the starting price of $799,000 for these homes, but Levesque said he doubted most customers would be interested. It would be more costly to finish it later, he said. Besides, most customers aren't interested in cutting corners — they want quality.
At the model home, customers can peruse a design center, showcasing hardwood flooring, carpeting and tile selections, as well as cabinet styles and choices of granite or quartz countertops. High-efficiency appliances are standard, those with smart controls are available, and there's the option of using gas or electricity. Each home will have a below-ground 500-gallon propane tank.
Heating and cooling is central forced air. The homes also have a hybrid water heater and heat pump. An air exchanger uses outgoing warm air to raise the temperature of incoming cold air, thereby saving energy and lowering winter heating bills. Levesque said his company's dedication to energy efficiency even applies to venting bathrooms, from which air is typically blown by fans directly outside.
For warmer months, the homes have three zones of central air conditioning, with a separate zone for the master suite.
The development connects to town water and sewer.
Durability and safety
As sumptuous as the home is, it's also fabricated from exceptionally durable materials.
The floor of the deck and screened-in porch is made with Trex composite decking. Unlike wood, Trex never needs to be painted or stained, and won't rot, splinter or warp. Handrails are also composite material.
The exterior trim isn't wood, but PVC. No rot there, either. And the siding is a type of cement board, which holds the extra benefit of being flame retardant.
It's prepainted, and available in five colors, designed so the homes complement each other. "It looks like cedar," Levesque said.
The roof is covered with black 30-year architectural shingles, for a clean, uniform look.
The house is prewired for a security system, as will be the eight other homes to be built.
"That ends up giving you a nice reduction in homeowner's insurance," Levesque said.
The homes will be situated on their lots to protect privacy. Views will be either of forest on one side of the road, and fields on another.
"You don't look at another house, you look into the woods," Levesque said.
Improvements to make residents' lives easier continue to be made. Though the model home has three steps up to enter from the garage, the remaining homes will have just one step, making bringing in the groceries a simpler task.
Stop by to discover low-maintenance living
Each of the homes will contain from three to five bedrooms and two to five baths, and range in size from 2,000 to 3,600 square feet.
Condo ownership means an association board will be responsible for maintenance for everything outside the footprint of each home. Individual owners won't have to shovel snow, rake leaves or mow the yard, but they will retain responsibility for the upkeep of their own homes.
Hawkeye's other luxury developments in the Berkshires include Ashmere Landings in Hinsdale; Silver Maple Farms, in Dalton; The Pines at Bousquet, in Pittsfield; Devon Meadow, in Lee; and The Estates at Barrington Brook, in Great Barrington. Buyers in those locations have often been from far-flung cities, and looking to buy a second home or vacation home.
Now, the trend seems to be primary home buyers.
"Now we're seeing people move right in," Levesque said.
Visitors can drop by the model home at Lenox Landings, which is open seven days a week, or schedule an appointment to speak with the builders.
Levesque estimated a home's construction would take six to nine months after purchase.