Each spring I take a hard look at new construction neighborhoods in and around my own Auburn, Washington home. Over the last year or so, this Auburn, WA area has had a shortage of resale properties, other than short sales and bank-owned properties which, when competitively priced, have been snatched up by investors for use as rental properties.
Enter new construction!
The Auburn Washington area sits south of Seattle … and north of Tacoma … making it an ideal area for commuting. We’re also a logical and affordable choice for folks commuting into the eastside (think the Bellevue and Redmond corridor), along with those who are active or retired military and wish to be within driving distance of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).
Quadrant Homes just opened their newest neighborhood: Sonata Hill, on the Lea Hill of east Auburn within walking distance of Green River Community College. Featuring 72 homesites, Quadrant is rolling out several model homes and plans designed to bring out the best in our lovely area, while including expected features such as granite slab counters, stainless appliances, and mudrooms.
Years ago, Quadrant Homes was known, at least in our area, for building BIG rectangular homes on teeny lots with vinyl siding and short driveways. I’ve resold a few homes in these neighborhoods and, while buyers are always impressed with interior spaces, they’ve pushed back a bit on the overall home similarity and neighborhood appearance.
Truly, if you’ve not seen a newer Quadrant Homes residence, you need to do so. Their neighborhoods feature diverse facades and the newest plans are really quite beautiful. Within their base price, upgraded features such as stainless appliances (including a gas range/cooktop and convection oven), granite and marble slabs, and undermount sinks in the baths, are standard and not always included by other builders.
I recently toured the two model homes at Sonata Hill and was impressed with the finishes and layout of the homes. I’m a shoe-in for big kitchen islands and walk-in pantries. Sonata Hill’s floor plans also include a gas 5-burner cooktop (neat!). Quadrant’s newer tag line of “Built Your Way,” is pretty impressive as well. The site agent let me know that, should a design not quite fit a Buyer’s needs, the Buyer can actually sit down with the Quadrant architect and, if at all possible, modify a floor plan to exactly their requirements. (And all this time I thought you just got to pick from the stated alternative layouts!)
Finally, if you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that I’m sometimes a bit critical of builders and their approach to working with buyers and Brokers. The folks at Quadrant pledge to willingly work with buyers and their brokers.
That said, be absolutely certain — whether you’re touring a Quadrant neighborhood or touring new construction in general — to register with your own agent/broker on the first visit! Almost every builder in our area will assign you to work with one of their own site agents or designated buyer brokers as soon as you put your name in their registration book. Remember that you want to be independently represented and by an agent/broker that understands new construction, knows the questions to ask, and who will be there for you at every walk through from start to closing.
|Location||31229 120th Place SE
Auburn, WA 98092
|Home Sizes||2032 sq ft – 2640 sq ft|
If at any time you’d like to tour new construction in south King County and Pierce County areas and want to be sure you’re independently represented, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be delighted to be of service!