By Robin Ellington
---- — Bike rides around the neighborhood, daily runs on nature paths and hiking in your own backyard are activities that are planned for future phases at Strongwater Crossing in Salem.
This planned community offers homebuyers a new attitude for living, outdoors and in.
Five unique home designs are being constructed by DiBiase Corporation with quality standards, finishes and amenities such as underground utilities and intuitive climate-control systems.
“In addition, more than 90 acres of natural open space have been preserved to provide you and your family the enjoyment of living here, with magnificent, amazing views,” said Ericka Pace, portfolio manager for Strongwater Crossing. “Run, bike and hike the rich reward of proposed trails, paths and places to discover, all in your own backyard.”
Strongwater Crossing is planned to be a neighborhood of 130 homes built on 160 acres of land with natural trails and bubbling brooks.
“We consider this community unique, far from the average development,” Pace said. “One, you can’t find this quality of construction anywhere else on North Shore; and, two, enjoy the natural out-of-doors, it’s right there in your backyard. Those two attributes really set Strongwater Crossing apart.”
Now the move to Strongwater Crossing is even easier as the infrastructure for Phase IIB is well underway. “This Phase of Strongwater Crossing offers premier home-sites and an ideal time frame for families looking to move in early 2014 and have a seamless transition from the sale of their departure residence to a newly constructed home incorporating their design tastes,” said Pace. Listed at a valued price of $498,900 on Lot 9, the Derby Design is compact, yet popular and functional with an approximate floor space of 2,150 square feet, not including additional space that can be finished in the walk-up attic and lower level. The Derby offers three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a formal dining room, an open kitchen and living area. Pace added, “By choosing to buy now, a buyer can incorporate their tastes by selecting finishing design touches to make this home their own.”
In addition to the Derby, the Hawthorne is a desirable floor plan available in Phase IIB before it is sold out. The Hawthorne, a single-family home with 2,260 square feet, has an open layout flowing from the kitchen through the dining area and into the family room, anchored by a gas fireplace. The second floor holds four bedrooms, one of them the master bedroom suite with a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet and a tiled bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower.
“It’s important to note that this phase is almost complete with limited availability for each home style. We are in the process of developing Phase IIIA for pre-sales; however, buyers can expect higher pricing and longer delivery times until construction is well underway. Just another reason why now is the time to call Strongwater Crossing home,” Pace said. “The Hawthorne has been a popular floor plan this year; we currently have one home-site remaining that can accommodate this plan, priced at a competitive $512,900 for those looking for more space and wanting to grow with their home.”
Every home comes with high-end features and finishes such as granite, hardwood floors and tile.
“Everyone comments on the quality of construction when they see a Strongwater Crossing home,” Pace said. “And, especially if they know the builder, they want to be in a DiBiase house again.
“Strongwater Crossing is drawing commuters from Boston, families and first-time homebuyers,” she continued. “We have seen local hospital employees among our many interested buyers. The community is ideal for anyone, but it has proven to be a huge draw for Salem Hospital. People who are looking for more are coming here.”
Amenities include two-car garages with electronic door openers, first-floor laundry hookups, sun deck, central vac, security system, central air and gas heat. Granite kitchens have maple cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and attached breakfast areas.
“Strongwater Crossing offers an unprecedented, low-price point for new construction on the North Shore, and we find ourselves outpacing the single-family home market,” Pace said. “The community is an affordable choice that provides quality of construction and 90 acres of open space, a combination for people who are looking for more.”
Experience the neighborhood firsthand and preview a New Essex-style model home now through the month of October. The Strongwater Crossing Sales Center is open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.strongwatercrossing.com for directions to the 71 Marlborough Road entrance in Salem, more photos, a virtual tour and information.
AT A GLANCE Strongwater Crossing Sales Center Amanda Way, Salem 3 to 4 bedrooms 2 to 2.5 baths 1,700 to 2,260 square feet New construction single-family homes starting at $498,900 LISTED BY Beth Farrenkopf, PrimeTime Communities 888-231-9001 Saturday to Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.StrongwaterCrossing.com