SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 25, 2013

Phase IIA at Strongwater Crossing offers a great deal

Buy now and enjoy this spring in a thriving new community

By Robin Ellington
Correspondent

---- — 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 a planned neighborhood of 130 homes built on 160 acres of land with bike 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 a new model home in Phase IIA is complete and another home is well under way. “The foundation is poured, and this Derby home similar in design to our new model home could be complete by the beginning of May, perfect for families looking to move this spring and have a seamless transition from the sale of their departure residence,” Pace said. Listed at a valued price of $484,900, 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, 2.5 baths, a formal dining room, and 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 the last floor plan available in Phase IIA 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, a walk-in closet, and a tiled bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower.

“It’s important to note that this phase is almost complete. We are in the process of developing Phase IIB for presales, however, buyers can expect higher pricing and longer delivery times until construction is well under way. Just another reason why now is the time to call Strongwater Crossing home,” Pace said. “Listing for $499,900, this Hawthorne home has been the most popular floor plan this fall and is at a great price point 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 walk through our new model,” Pace said. “And, especially if they know the builder, they want to be in a DiBiase house again.” Phase I is complete and sold out, and only two home-sites remain for sale in Phase IIA. “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, a sun deck, a central vacuum, a 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.”

See the quality firsthand — attend the New Model unveil this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community offers weekly open houses 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 more information.

AT A GLANCE Strongwater Crossing 19 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 $484,900 LISTED BY Beth Farrenkopf, PrimeTime Communities 888-231-9001 Saturday-Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.StrongwaterCrossing.com