As a reporter covering the current iteration of Charlotte, I spend a decent amount of time looking at luxury apartment communities.
So when I got an email touting a single-family home development winning award after award for its amenities and community feel, I was intrigued.
How would a subdivision stack up against South End’s millennial playgrounds?
I made the 35-minute drive from Uptown to Waxhaw earlier this week to check out MillBridge — and I was blown away by both the size and scope of the neighborhood and how they’ve designed it with neat little features around every corner.
There is a wide range of homes here — with prices in the $270,000s all the way to $600,000s.
Four builders have their own little pockets of MillBridge, with a fifth about to begin construction. Each has its niche, from smaller single-story houses drawing first-time homebuyers and empty nesters to significantly larger, estate-style homes.
About 60 percent of the homes are built spec, with the remaining percentage custom-built.
The neighborhood centers around the community house.
This place is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and functions something like a living room for MillBridge.
There’s a barista on-hand to mix up fancy coffee drinks that run between $1 and $2.
There’s plenty of candy and games for kids.
There’s also a fulltime “lifestyle coordinator” on staff who plans and executes events. One time they chartered a bus for a South End brewery tour, and another time they shuttled residents to and from a Zac Brown Band concert.
There’s also fitness classes just about every day, regular movie showings and other things like that.
Then outside, there’s an aquatic complex with three pools.
There’s a lap pool, a kid-friendly pool and a huge slide with a lazy river.
Next door, there’s a fitness center that rivals any luxury apartment community and a covered half-court basketball facility.
A series of trails lead each section of MillBridge toward the community house.
You’ll see people zipping by on golf carts quite a bit.
Then within each builder’s area, there are pocket parks, ponds and more trails.
Each cul-de-sac has a large central courtyard.
The HOA dues that pay for this run $61/month. About 750 homes are built right now, but MillBridge will eventually have around 1,900.
Developer Landeavor (which created the MillBridge brand in 2012) owns vasts expanses of property on the backside of the neighborhood for future phases. It will take several years, at least, for full build-out.
The next phase will include a second amenity center, including pool.
Somehow I don’t feel like they’ll have any trouble selling out.
And yes, there is an actual bridge.