Finding a dream home often takes a considerable amount of searching and consulting with real estate agents and builders. But when the pieces finally fall into place, it’s an extraordinary thrill. Janice Davis knew that feeling when she bought her last house in Marietta, but when her husband passed away and she was ready to downsize, she feared finding another dream home would be almost impossible.

    After a lengthy search and one particularly grueling day of looking at 12 properties, Davis got that thrill when she drove into Whitefield Parc, a Smyrna community with 76 Craftsman-style, single-family homes being built by The Providence Group.

    “This was the thirteenth place I saw that day, and there wasn’t even a house – it was just a lot,” said Davis. “I wasn’t even sure I was looking for a brand new house. But the minute I saw it, I told my realtor, ‘Stop right here and put a contract on this lot right now.’ “

    Though she was immediately taken with the location and the charm of the community, Davis, a postal carrier, then got her second thrill when she saw Whitefield Parc’s prices that range from the high $280,000s into the mid-$300,000s.

    “At first, I didn’t even think I could afford it,” she said. “But when I saw the prices, I felt as lucky as – I don’t know what!”

    By building from the ground up, Davis had the chance to put her personal style on the finished home. She started by opting for a 2-story plan with three bedrooms, then working with experts at the Providence Group’s design center to select every feature, from flooring to paint colors.

    “It was great experience to have that much input into everything,” said Davis. “They were great about helping me modify the plan and make adjustments, like adding a bathroom downstairs. It was even interesting to have to pick out details like the grout.”

    Before the home was finished in January, Davis dropped by the site every day after her rounds. “What was really great was if I saw something I wanted changed or touched up, they thanked me for the suggestion, and it was done by the next day,” she said.

    Whitefield Parc’s convenient location is making it a dream for other buyers who want the proximity of the city while still being in Cobb County and close to i-75 and the Perimeter. It’s also within walking distance of the Smyrna Community Center with its walking track, two gymnasiums, racquetball courts, fitness area and organized activities for all ages.

    The location was a key factor in Kevin Herrick’s choice of Whitefield Parc for his first home with partner Zach Greene. The United Airlines pilot moved in last fall after discovering the community during a drive through the area.

    “The Smyrna area was important because it’s so easy to get to the airport from there,” he said. “But the great price was also important. We looked a long time before we could find something this affordable. And I liked that we got to pick our own selections and make changes. For instance, we had the option to have an open main floor or a formal dining room, and we opted for the wall to make that formal space.”

    The community offers buyers 2- and 3-story homes, ranging from 2,300 to 2,800 square feet. Three- or 4-bedroom designs are available, as are optional third-level retreats that can convert to an additional bedroom, home office or media room. Loft areas, private courtyards and kitchens outfitted with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops are also part of the plans.

    In addition to the interior amenities, Whitfield Parc offers a low-maintenance lifestyle, with lawn care provided through homeowners association dues. The manageable lots and charming designs earned a Gold OBIE award in the Zero Lot Line $225,000 to $299,999 category.

    Davis noted that the community’s sale staff, design experts and the builders made building and creating her new home easy. “Now,” she said, “I feel that this is my second dream house.”

    Whitefield Parc

    Price range: $289,000s – $350,000s

    Number of homes when completed: 76

    Styles: Two- and three-story Craftsman plans

    Square footage: 2,300 to 2,800

    Schools: Smyrna Elementary, Campbell Middle, Campbell High

    Getting there: From downtown Atlanta, take I-285 to the Paces Ferry exit and go north. Turn right onto South Atlanta Road. Cross over Concord Road, take the next right onto Spring Street and take an immediate left onto Roswell Street. Continue onto Roswell Street, veering right at the next stop sign. Turn right into Whitfield Parc.

    Contacts: 770-480-9993, www.theprovidencegroup.com/whitfield-parc

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