Sometimes finding the right home is as much a matter of perfect timing as anything else. In the case of Terrie Whitaker and her husband, David, that synchronicity led to their moving into Park Village, a Piedmont Residential community of 148 homes in Canton.

The couple, both retired, was ready to move on from their big house on three acres. Just where to go next was the question. In their research, they had seen Park Village, but it was during a down time when construction had slowed.

“Frankly, the first time we saw it, we said no, there’s nothing happening there,” said Whitaker. “But we did like the location, being farther out of town but close to the hospitals, shopping, restaurants and the interstate.”

The couple also considered age-restricted neighborhoods, but since Whitaker is not yet 55, those communities weren’t a good match. But they put their house on the market and kept searching.

“And we had a contract very fast on our house,” said Whitaker. “So we stepped up our efforts and wound up back at Park Village.”

That time, construction was underway on new homes, and one of the ranch plans was precisely what Whitaker wanted.

“We liked the homes, but we particularly loved the design with the solarium,” she said. “That sold us. Then we met some of the people in the neighborhood, and we really liked them, too.”

Before making the final decision the couple drove to another Piedmont property in Dallas to see the finished plan with a solarium. That sealed the deal, and their own home in Canton was soon underway, with the couple upgrading many of the standard features to customize their space.

Park Village’s Craftsman-style, 1- and 2-story designs feature 2-car garages and brick, stone and siding accents. Interiors have between 1,600 to 2,500 square feet with three or four bedrooms. Many are laid out with open floor plans that flow from living and dining areas to the kitchens and outdoor spaces. Foyers are finished with oak floors and crown molding; living areas boast 8- and 9-foot ceilings. Baths and kitchens come with maple cabinetry. The master bedrooms, some with separate sitting areas, have tray ceilings and spa tubs.

“They built ours pretty fast,” said Whitaker. “Since our house had sold, we were living in our motor home. They did everything possible to get us in quickly.”

And in another case of good timing, she and her husband moved in two days before Christmas. “It was chaotic!” she said. “But it was also exciting to finally be in our new home.”

Park Village

Location: Canton, Cherokee County

Price range: from the low $160,000s

Number of homes when completed: 148

Styles: Craftsman-style ranch and traditional

Square footage: 1,600 to 2,500 square feet

Lot sizes: 1/4 acre

Amenities: swimming pool, clubhouse, playground

Schools: Hasty Elementary, Teasley Middle, Cherokee High

Getting there: From downtown Atlanta, take I-75 north to I-575 north to exit 20; turn left on Fate Conn Road; left on Stoney Hollow Road.

Contacts: Agent Marie Eggleston, 770-365-7120;

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