Million-dollar South Carolina-style spec homes rising at West Creek

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Scott Ruth, Josh Goldschmidt and Scott Shaheen, from left, in front of the first house built and another under construction at The Blufftons in West Creek. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

A touch of South Carolina’s Lowcountry has come to Goochland’s West Creek with the first of what’s planned to be dozens of million-dollar homes near the transforming business park’s southern entrance.

Eagle Construction of VA recently completed its first house at The Blufftons, a 29-home subdivision with half-acre lots that’s taking shape across West Creek Parkway from Performance Food Group’s headquarters, just north of Patterson Avenue.

Featuring home styles inspired by Palmetto Bluff, a community near Hilton Head Island, the houses will feature wraparound porches, light-colored facades and metal roofs with masonry chimneys for wood-burning fireplaces. The homes will range from three to five bedrooms and 2,800 to 4,400 square feet in size.

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A third house is under construction across the street.

Eagle is building the homes on spec, with prices ranging from $1.6 million to $1.8 million. The first house hit the market earlier this month at the higher end of that range. Two other homes are under construction.

Eagle is listing the homes with Scott Ruth and Scott Shaheen of Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate. Eagle President Josh Goldschmidt said the subdivision will build out in sets of threes, with sales dictating the start of the next trio of homes.

While they are spec homes, as opposed to custom-built homes designed with homebuyers’ input, Goldschmidt said The Blufftons homes can be personalized inside and out, with options to redesign interiors, bump out rooms and extend or shorten porches, among other modifications.

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Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, the homes include wood-burning fireplaces and wraparound porches. (Photo courtesy CVRMLS)

Goldschmidt said the approach was preferred to be able to manage which homes are built on which lots, and in light of the costs, time involved and challenges in securing materials that can come with customizing homes post-COVID.

“We think we’re going to offer something to people that want that experience but don’t want to go through the whole process,” he said.

Added Ruth: “We’re bridging some gaps between the consumers that really are looking for customization but also a quality builder that’s actually building specs and taking that risk. It’s very rare,” he said. “When you build a million-six to a million-eight spec, you’ve got financial backing and a standard.”

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Outdoor living areas include screened porches, outdoor fireplaces and covered grilling stations. (Photo courtesy CVRMLS)

Goldshmidt said Eagle has put between $7 million and $8 million into developing the site. Eagle purchased the land in 2021 for $4 million, having developed the concept with Thomas and Michael Pruitt, whose Pruitt Cos. own and operate West Creek with Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Group.

“When we undertook this project to begin with, the objective was to do something different but not too different for Richmond,” Goldschmidt said. “We looked around at a lot of stuff, worked with some architects on some things that we weren’t moving forward, and decided to look toward Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.

“Very simple format: It’s white houses with silver roofs,” he said. “We have four shades of silver and eight shades of white.”

The homes are designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. Designs include outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, covered grilling areas and connected screened porches, as well as first-floor primary suites, two-story wraparound porches and two-car garages.

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The subdivision is taking shape across West Creek Parkway from Performance Food Group.

Goldschmidt acknowledged a challenge in marketing million-dollar homes in a location originally planned to be an industrial park, but he said The Blufftons adds to the transformation of West Creek that’s been underway for a decade. He likens The Blufftons to Riverstone’s Tuckahoe Creek, a 47-home community with 1-acre lots north of Kinloch. SRMF also lists homes there.

“There’s two ways you can look at this site: It’s in the middle of an industrial park or, as we think about it, the entrance into West Creek is spectacular,” Goldschmidt said. “If you come out here on the weekends, you’re like, ‘Is this a parkway or a business park?’ The people that come first are going to be somewhat pioneering.”

Since listing the first home, 12442 Bluffton Ridge Court, Shaheen said three showings had been scheduled as of last week and events have been held for agents to drum up interest. One event featured food from local chef Mike Ledesma and art curated by Liza Pruitt.

The Blufftons is taking shape just east of a planned mixed-use development that the Pruitts are developing at the site of the former Oak Hill Golf Course, where Tennessee-based Bristol Development Group has built The Collective West Creek, a $75 million, 335-unit apartment complex.

Farther north in West Creek, Bristol previously built the 373-unit 2000 West Creek, which it developed for $53 million and in 2019 sold for $103 million. North of that is HHHunt’s 200-acre Mosaic at West Creek, and Eagle’s Readers Branch subdivision, consisting of 300-plus homes, is along Hockett Road in Manakin-Sabot.

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Scott Ruth, Josh Goldschmidt and Scott Shaheen, from left, in front of the first house built and another under construction at The Blufftons in West Creek. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

A touch of South Carolina’s Lowcountry has come to Goochland’s West Creek with the first of what’s planned to be dozens of million-dollar homes near the transforming business park’s southern entrance.

Eagle Construction of VA recently completed its first house at The Blufftons, a 29-home subdivision with half-acre lots that’s taking shape across West Creek Parkway from Performance Food Group’s headquarters, just north of Patterson Avenue.

Featuring home styles inspired by Palmetto Bluff, a community near Hilton Head Island, the houses will feature wraparound porches, light-colored facades and metal roofs with masonry chimneys for wood-burning fireplaces. The homes will range from three to five bedrooms and 2,800 to 4,400 square feet in size.

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A third house is under construction across the street.

Eagle is building the homes on spec, with prices ranging from $1.6 million to $1.8 million. The first house hit the market earlier this month at the higher end of that range. Two other homes are under construction.

Eagle is listing the homes with Scott Ruth and Scott Shaheen of Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate. Eagle President Josh Goldschmidt said the subdivision will build out in sets of threes, with sales dictating the start of the next trio of homes.

While they are spec homes, as opposed to custom-built homes designed with homebuyers’ input, Goldschmidt said The Blufftons homes can be personalized inside and out, with options to redesign interiors, bump out rooms and extend or shorten porches, among other modifications.

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Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, the homes include wood-burning fireplaces and wraparound porches. (Photo courtesy CVRMLS)

Goldschmidt said the approach was preferred to be able to manage which homes are built on which lots, and in light of the costs, time involved and challenges in securing materials that can come with customizing homes post-COVID.

“We think we’re going to offer something to people that want that experience but don’t want to go through the whole process,” he said.

Added Ruth: “We’re bridging some gaps between the consumers that really are looking for customization but also a quality builder that’s actually building specs and taking that risk. It’s very rare,” he said. “When you build a million-six to a million-eight spec, you’ve got financial backing and a standard.”

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Outdoor living areas include screened porches, outdoor fireplaces and covered grilling stations. (Photo courtesy CVRMLS)

Goldshmidt said Eagle has put between $7 million and $8 million into developing the site. Eagle purchased the land in 2021 for $4 million, having developed the concept with Thomas and Michael Pruitt, whose Pruitt Cos. own and operate West Creek with Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Group.

“When we undertook this project to begin with, the objective was to do something different but not too different for Richmond,” Goldschmidt said. “We looked around at a lot of stuff, worked with some architects on some things that we weren’t moving forward, and decided to look toward Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.

“Very simple format: It’s white houses with silver roofs,” he said. “We have four shades of silver and eight shades of white.”

The homes are designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. Designs include outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, covered grilling areas and connected screened porches, as well as first-floor primary suites, two-story wraparound porches and two-car garages.

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The subdivision is taking shape across West Creek Parkway from Performance Food Group.

Goldschmidt acknowledged a challenge in marketing million-dollar homes in a location originally planned to be an industrial park, but he said The Blufftons adds to the transformation of West Creek that’s been underway for a decade. He likens The Blufftons to Riverstone’s Tuckahoe Creek, a 47-home community with 1-acre lots north of Kinloch. SRMF also lists homes there.

“There’s two ways you can look at this site: It’s in the middle of an industrial park or, as we think about it, the entrance into West Creek is spectacular,” Goldschmidt said. “If you come out here on the weekends, you’re like, ‘Is this a parkway or a business park?’ The people that come first are going to be somewhat pioneering.”

Since listing the first home, 12442 Bluffton Ridge Court, Shaheen said three showings had been scheduled as of last week and events have been held for agents to drum up interest. One event featured food from local chef Mike Ledesma and art curated by Liza Pruitt.

The Blufftons is taking shape just east of a planned mixed-use development that the Pruitts are developing at the site of the former Oak Hill Golf Course, where Tennessee-based Bristol Development Group has built The Collective West Creek, a $75 million, 335-unit apartment complex.

Farther north in West Creek, Bristol previously built the 373-unit 2000 West Creek, which it developed for $53 million and in 2019 sold for $103 million. North of that is HHHunt’s 200-acre Mosaic at West Creek, and Eagle’s Readers Branch subdivision, consisting of 300-plus homes, is along Hockett Road in Manakin-Sabot.

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Brett Themore
Brett Themore
9 months ago

The Blufftons… that’s what they went with? This is totally an article from the Onion right?

Dr. Abe Gomez
Dr. Abe Gomez
9 months ago
Reply to  Brett Themore

If you drop the “L” and convert the “T” to an “O”, you get “Buffoons”

Patricia Ray Barton
Patricia Ray Barton
9 months ago

Eagle is an incredilbe builder! The location is really nice for this community. I’m hopeful to have a buyer for one of these beautiful well-built homes!!

Betsy Gardner
Betsy Gardner
9 months ago

Nice to see houses going up that aren’t the cookie cutter styles we have typically been getting. I wish some of the in-city developers would take notice.

David Smith
David Smith
9 months ago

We were interested in this neighborhood and joined their VIP list over a year ago (when we thought the price was going to be in the LOW million dollar range, not where they landed). We waited and waited and waited some more, occasionally enticed by a teaser email. We finally committed to a different Goochland house. With 29 to build and zero contracts, anyone purchasing here is taking a GIANT leap of faith that Eagle will ever finish their project. In addition, who wants to spend this kind of money knowing they are likely going to be surrounded by building… Read more »

Lynne Lewis
Lynne Lewis
8 months ago
Reply to  David Smith

They did the very same thing with Mosaic. I was on a list for years and it was a tease. Nothing happened over there for the longest time!! By the time they started, the prices were nowhere in line with what they had said they were going to be.

Brian Ezzelle
Brian Ezzelle
9 months ago

“My neighborhood is just past the empty office building, the brewery, and the soccer field complex that looks abandoned”

Ryan wood
Ryan wood
9 months ago

The architecture isn’t very Virginia. They’re pretty but they’re called “low country” architecture for a reason and Virginia isn’t that. Could have brought some classy architecture to this area and what is relevant to this area of the country. Curious to see how this community goes with that price tag as well.