This over-55 community offers the best in an all-around package for empty-nesters who are ready to make the move. Millbury is closer than you realize and, simply put, the homes here offer the best bang for your buck in quality and value.Teri Borseti/Correspondent
Whenever John Burns walks the streets of the Brierly Pond II neighborhood in Millbury, he ends up spending a good chunk of his time chatting with residents. He’s often invited in for coffee and muffins. They really like him and the feeling is mutual. In fact, residents think of this developer as the man responsible for their marvelous new, affordable lifestyle.
Brierly Pond II is one of very few active over-55 communities that consistently sells homes despite the economy. Burns believes it’s because his product is priced right and his buyers get a lot of value for their money.
While many have moved into the development from the Worcester area, Burns wants people in MetroWest and even the Boston suburbs to know that Millbury isn’t out in the middle of nowhere. The community is just two miles from the Mass Pike and 45 minutes to Boston. “We want to let people in MetroWest know that this address is just 20 minutes from Natick and by going 20 minutes further, buyers can save $75,000 by buying here,” Burns said. In addition, the Grafton commuter rail station is just 15 minutes away, putting Boston within an easy commute.
When people see that they can buy a home here for $279,000, many think the price is a typo. And those who visit the model are always pleasantly surprised when they learn that everything they see is standard. “We don’t have allowances here, everything is included. What you see is what you get,” said Burns about the model unit at 21 Ashton Lane.
Just a few of the features that come with The Brierly and The Ashton floor plans include soaring, 22-foot cathedral ceilings in the foyer and dining room, a staircase with wainscoting, hardwood floors, decks, custom crown molding and, in the kitchen, granite counters (including a center island), cherry cabinets and stainless appliances. The best part is that the units can be completely ready to move in to in 30 days.
Ericka Pace, portfolio manager for PrimeTime Communities, said that at Brierly Pond II, sales director Robin Kelley and the development coordinator, Stephanie Burns, work tirelessly to make sure that buyers will make a smooth transition from selling their family house to moving into the sophisticated, brand-new digs. “John (Burns) has a very good relationship with Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick and his people walk buyers through every phase of the sale. They even offer a 60-day contingency plan that guarantees them their money back if their house doesn’t sell as quickly as they hope. The crew moves ahead finishing the unit regardless.”
Brierly Pond’s Home Sale Contingency program, whereby prospective buyers can put down a $500 refundable deposit on an existing Brierly Pond home and have 60 days to sell their existing home, gives homeowners peace of mind in this tough economy.
“Utilizing the Home Sale Contingency Program was critical to our move at Brierly Pond II,” said Robert Shaw, one of the homeowners. “Having a difficult challenge of needing to sell not just one but two homes, this 60-day, no-risk program gave us the security we needed to feel comfortable downsizing and the ability to enjoy a new maintenance-free lifestyle. Throughout the process and our time here at Brierly Pond II, the team has been so professional and easy to work with. My wife and I love living here.”
To date, 138 Brierly Pond units have been completed in phase I and 61 units in phase II (33 of which will be located on a soon to be developed street). Twenty of the current 61 units in phase II have already been sold. Because demand has been so high, an additional phase will follow consisting of 33 additional residences to be built on a new road that will include ranch homes for one-level living.
“One of the things people like about dealing with John (Burns) is his reputation,” said Pace. “He’s a solid, stable builder who has very little debt. He actually enjoys matching buyers with homes on a one-on-one basis and that’s part of why his development has outpaced the market,” Pace said.
While there are many over-55 communities all over MetroWest and in the Worcester area, most are priced at $300,000 and go up to over $500,000. “One of the things people tell us they like is the fact that we’re a ‘no pressure’ sales team. Our prices are set so there’s no reason for us to push. They just continue to sell,” Burns said.
The Ashton model unit offers 1,825 square feet of living space on two floors. There’s a first-floor master bedroom, and a second master option upstairs, two and a half baths, a laundry station off the first-floor master bedroom and a bright loft space that could serve as an office or den. The dining area is spacious and each unit has a basement and attic for storage. All have two-car garages.
The newest section of the community is at the top of a hill, past the first phases where it neighbors woods. Grounds are well manicured and there are sidewalks and hiking trails. The condo fees are $180 to $200 per month and allow buyers to say goodbye to maintenance, landscaping and snow removal forever. “Many empty nesters can sell the family house, buy here with cash and still have a nest egg in the bank,” Burns said.
The model home is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, contact Brierly Pond II sales director Robin Kelley at 508-245-0036 or visit the Brierly Pond II website at www.BrierlyPond2.com.
Home size: 1,825 or 2,025 square feet
Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Lot size: Entire community, 120 acres
Year built: 2011
Monthly condo fee: $180-$200
Annual taxes: Approx. $4,000-$4,300
Asking price: $279,900-$299,900
Open house: Model home open Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Contact Robin Kelley, sales director, at 508-245-0036.
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