Local builder starts construction in Goochland subdivision

The subdivision sits on 128 acres, 3 miles east of Goochland High School. (Main Street Homes)

The subdivision sits on 128 acres, 3 miles east of Goochland High School. (Main Street Homes)

With a homebuilder on board, a neighborhood in the works for more than two years is beginning to take shape in rural Goochland County.

Main Street Homes has finished its model house for Lanes End, a 29-lot subdivision on a 128-acre tract about three miles east of Goochland High School.

The furnished model, at 1988 Lanes End Drive, opened over the weekend.

The former farm property is between Fairground and Parkers Hill roads and adjacent to the larger, 650-acre Breeze Hill community, likewise developed by Earl Thompson.

Thompson secured a rezoning for Lanes End in early 2015. The zoning designation, called rural preservation, requires lots to be a minimum of 2 acres and half of the development to be open space. The zoning was the first such request to be approved in Goochland since Breeze Hill was zoned in 2007.

Main Street Homes president Vernon McClure said his company signed on for Lanes End about a year ago. Sales got underway at the start of this year.

McClure said at least six of the 29 lots have sold thus far. He said Main Street Homes is under contract to purchase all of the lots, which are currently owned by Lanes End LLC.

The homes at Lanes End will start in the low $400,000s and average about 3,000 square feet in size. McClure said the homes will feature hardieplank siding and first-floor master bedrooms, similar to the product Main Street’s building in its Aston community in Powhatan County.

The furnished model home at 1988 Lanes End Drive. (Main Street Homes)

The furnished model home at 1988 Lanes End Drive. (Main Street Homes)

McClure said Lanes End’s proximity to Aston made the project appealing in that they could sell both communities’ homes together.

“We are in Powhatan just south of there – our Aston property on Route 711 is about six miles away, and it’s been really selling well over the last year,” McClure said. “We thought being 15 minutes or so out from Short Pump would probably be a good thing, to have some larger lots, because there’s just not that much available closer in.”

With the adjoining 60-plus acres of open space in Lanes End, McClure said the homes will end up having as much as five acres each. He said Fairground Road was recently widened and paved, improving access to the community.

McClure said sales overall have been up this year for his company , which has homes in 30 communities in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan counties. He said the company has sold 180 homes in the last seven months, nearly the 186 total it sold in all of 2016.

“We’ll probably be closer to 250 this year,” he said. “It’s been a very good year.”

Elsewhere in Goochland, another larger-lot subdivision is in the works near Kinloch. Riverstone Properties, the real estate arm of Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Group, is developing the 47-home Tuckahoe Creek community on 73 acres along Tuckahoe Creek Parkway.

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Richmond is blessed with many fine builders, including Main Street Homes, which makes it difficult for the national builders to thrive here. Vernon McClure built his home building business by the seat of pants, typical of most of the local guys, and its good to see him north of the river.