Guest Writer Caleb Leonard
They say, “Home is where the heart is,” while that may be true, selecting your perfect home site also requires some brain power. Your home’s location significantly impacts your quality of life and your wallet.
Discover why choosing the right homesite matters, how New Leaf can help you make your coastal North or South Carolina dreams come true, plus details you may have overlooked.
Location, Location, Location
The old real estate adage applies: The location of your home is paramount. After all, your location and surroundings shape your routine.
New Leaf offers gorgeous homes across South Carolina built to match your lifestyle. Enjoy coastal living in charming seaside destinations or soulful jazz among historic plantations.
Charleston delights visitors and residents with its historic cobblestone streets and proximity to pristine beaches. The city exudes warmth and hospitality with its rich tapestry of Gullah cuisine, moss-covered trees, antebellum plantations, and Southern jazz.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet community or a thriving, cutting-edge neighborhood, you can find your home in this beautiful, historic city.
Daniel’s Orchard Townhomes
If the hustle and bustle of a large city isn’t for you, you might prefer the quaint community of Daniel’s Orchard in downtown Summerville. Located just 40 minutes from Charleston, New Leaf’s luxury townhomes offer flexible floor plans to fit your lifestyle.
If you’re looking for upscale condominiums in the heart of Charleston’s historic Garden District, check out New Leaf’s condos in West Ashley at Shadowmoss Plantation. Middleborough offers maintenance-free condos, garages, and access to nature trails and a semi-private golf course.
Enjoy the feeling of home without the burden of yard work or HVAC maintenance. Middleborough is perfect for retirees and families alike, offering single-floor living and ample space without the HOA fees.
Social butterflies rejoice. New Leaf offers a Live-Work-Play community for families and homeowners looking to connect with their neighbors. The community-centric Domus Collection at Nexton features stunning, customized homes situated around a central courtyard. You can also extend your space with an outvilla, including a gazebo, shed, casita, swimming pool, and more.
Located on John’s Island, Hayes Park combines the slow pace of island living with the amenities of city life. The community offers dining, shopping, winding pathways, ancient oak trees, and boardwalks to explore. It’s the perfect place to sit with nature and build your community.
Get the best of both worlds with a relaxing riverfront lifestyle within driving distance of the crash of ocean waves. Historic charm blends seamlessly with modern vitality in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Nestled along the Cape Fear River, this coastal gem boasts a lively waterfront adorned with colorful historic buildings and a bustling riverwalk.
Wilmington’s classic Southern charm blends seamlessly with the ease of coastal living in Riverlights’ move-in-ready homes. The waterfront homes focus on natural light and open floor plans while the community offers shops, restaurants, a community swimming pool, parks, and nature trails.
The size of your homesite impacts your home’s functionality, maintenance requirements, and lifestyle. The ideal size of a home site is determined by your needs, preferences, budget, and the area’s real estate market.
With New Leaf’s Build On Your Lot Program, you can customize your dream home to your lot for maximum impact and functionality. Consider the following tips when designing your home:
Family Size and Composition
Start by considering the number of members in your family (and their ages). Families with children typically require more space, while couples and empty nesters may prefer smaller lots.
Think about your outdoor living preferences. A lot with a big yard may be desirable for homeowners who enjoy gardening and outdoor activities. In contrast, a smaller lot might be more appropriate for those with a busy lifestyle or low-maintenance needs.
New Leaf’s outvillas (part of the Domus Collection homes at Nexton) are perfect for customizing your outdoor space. Choose from a cozy guest casita, a fully furnished cabana, a potter’s shed, or a chic outdoor living space under a gazebo.
Your lot size can affect your privacy. Those who seek seclusion may benefit from a more considerable lot because it provides more distance from neighbors.
Larger home sites require more landscaping, lawn care, and general upkeep. Consider the maintenance involved before opting for a large lot.
The cost of a homesite is directly tied to its size. Larger lots are more expensive. Assess your budget carefully to determine what size lot you can afford without overextending yourself.
What are your long-term plans for the lot? If you anticipate adding to your home or creating additional structures, you’ll need a larger lot to accommodate these additions.
The shape of your lot is another factor to consider when selecting a homesite. Corner lots accommodate different lifestyles than homes in cul de sacs or tight-knit communities. Your home’s design, layout, and parking options are all affected by the shape of your lot.
New Leaf’s Build On Your Lot Program is a great resource for oddly shaped lots. Selecting the proper lot promotes a comfortable living environment, allows for creative home designs, and ensures efficient use of space. Your home site’s shape also influences natural light, privacy, outdoor space, and landscaping possibilities.
Home Sweet Homesite
Finding the perfect homesite can enhance your daily life. The New Leaf team will ensure that your homesite aligns with your needs, lifestyle, and long-term goals, making your house a proper home and a worthwhile investment.
Whether you’re looking to be near the beach, historic downtown, or dream of a riverfront boardwalk, New Leaf has a homesite for you.