Patterson Glen Townhouses

Patterson Glen Madison exterior

by Jay on December 1, 2010

Craftsman style townhomes

At least a half dozen times a week for the last several years a regular commute takes me from Chapel Hill Road north on Southwest Durham Blvd to the Patterson Place commercial development near 15-501. Some nice apartment buildings and an orthopedic practice have gone up along this route to the shopping area that includes a Home Depot and other big box retailers.  There is also the townhouse community of Patterson Glen that has continued to build even during the last couple of grim real estate years. I have been curious about them but hadn’t taken the time to satisfy that curiosity until a client asked me to help him purchase one.

This was something of a surprise because my client had been primarily looking for something in a more urban environment.  It wasn’t much of a surprise though because every buyer agent knows that clients can easily fall in love with something they hadn’t even considered if it is presented well and the planets line up correctly and the moon is full.

On the other hand Patterson Glen has been something of a surprise since they broke ground.  Slightly out of focus these townhomes remind me of the neighborhoods in my hometown of Richmond collectively known as the Fan consisting of long streets of townhouses like Grove Avenue that fan out from the center of the city.  “Why here?” has been my question. Patterson Glen does not have the charm of being walkable like the Fan…at least not yet. When I was finally shown builder Britney Wallace’s two and three bedroom units by on-site agent Randi Edmiston I began to understand why these townhouses have sold well at a premium price per square foot even in difficult times.

The primary design influence is craftsman. Randi also describes what is called a “jewelbox” approach which means that you can get very nice features (how about a pot-filler over the high end gas range) without buying much more space than you need. The two bedroom units are a little over 1600 square feet and the three bedrooms just more than 2100 square feet. If you make your deposit early enough in the construction process, as my client did, you can choose cabinet and granite colors in the kitchen as well as paint colors throughout. Some models have central vacuum systems and tankless water heaters. All the units are wired for a digital world.  The hardwoods are real, the counter tops are granite, the appliances are stainless steel and there are lots of details that will surprise you in homes this size and price.   Another reminder of the Fan in Richmond is that day-to-day living in Patterson Glen is oriented towards the back of the homes. What we would have called at one time an alley provides access to the detached garages and  back porches.

One of the cool features about living in urban areas are the unique restaurants they seem to attract. In the Fan in Richmond there seemed to be one on every corner. That is certainly not the case with Patterson Glen but there are numerous options nearby for a quick meal in Patterson Place and right across 15-501. And, of course, you really aren’t but a few minutes away from all that is going on in Downtown Durham or the eateries on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Unlike many more urban areas, Patterson Glen is a long walk or a short drive from a very decent food store, a Kroger, in Patterson Place. It’s also a hop and a skip from a Starbucks, a Barnes and Noble, a Home Depot, a couple of good delicatessens, a Total Wine and I-40. Want a swimming pool? It’s available right across Chapel Hill Road in the Five Oaks community.

I like these homes. From a marketing point of view, the developer has found a nice little product niche that works extremely well for young professionals or downsizing baby boomers. The execution is good and as they build out the community and additional development continues to occur in the neighborhood they will become even more desirable and should appreciate nicely, IMHO.

More pictures are on the Patterson Glen website.

- Main Marker

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