We all know the expression that it takes a village to raise a child. But in our 21st century hustle-and-bustle world, finding that homey, lifetime neighborhood isn’t easy. Thanks to Rob Rice Homes, their only Pierce County neighborhood, the Villages at South Hill community, is nearly finished and already brimming with new friends and neighbors just waiting to be met.
In 2018, more than 5,300,000 homes were sold nationwide. Estimates show that an increase in available properties means 2019 could easily match those strong numbers. Families move when they grow and put down roots or downsize to a more comfortable empty nest. Today’s new properties are greener, built to last, and often feature plenty of welcoming amenities, all things buyers are looking for regardless of their reason for moving.
The Villages at South Hill has 228 stunning Craftsman-styled homes in nearby Puyallup. Units are available in 7 different floorplans from the luxurious 2,900 square foot, 2-story Quincy to the 2500 +/- sq ft Spruce with 1-1/2 stories. To date, there are only 9 more available homes to purchase.
Helena Rice, co-owner explains the popularity of this neighborhood. “Our homebuyers in the Villages of South Hill truly treasure the open space, off-leash dog park and quality construction that we offer. Our plan library is extensive, giving our buyers a full range of plans to choose from.”
“Some neighborhood amenities include a play area, dog park, and basketball court,” says Heather Keating, REALTOR representing Rob Rice Homes. “It’s an ideal location for commuters, just minutes from major thoroughfares, transit centers and the Sounder train. Also only minutes to downtown Puyallup and Sumner.”
Inside, the homes include granite or quartz kitchen counters, expansive hardwood flooring, interior wood wrapped windows, decorative art niches and rounded corners. Buyers enjoy stainless steel appliances, white millwork, and more. The exterior of the homes include paint schemes with stone accents, extensive siding detail, fully landscaped front and backyard with the backyard fully fenced for privacy.
Homes come standard with features like walkable, well-lit, tree lined streets, cedar privacy fencing, high efficiency furnaces, 8- and 9-foot-tall ceilings, tankless water heaters, a gas fireplace, and upgraded stainless steel appliances.
If—like many of us—you’re addicted to TV shows about buying and selling or property renovation, the details above sound like every superfan’s ultimate wish list. But at the Villages, it’s just how things are done. Their three decade commitment to quality is recognized near and far. It’s no surprise that they’ve topped the Best of South Sound builder list for six years in a row, receiving the South Sound vote for the Best of the South Sound- New Construction Contractor.
But don’t wait too long or you’ll miss out completely. Amidst excited first time homebuyers and seasoned shoppers are repeat buyers like the Seria family. “They purchased a cottage home in our first phase and recently bought their second Rob Rice Homes home in our second phase,” says Keating. “They love the location, quality construction, and the flexible floorplan for their multigenerational family.”
With nearly 4,000 built and sold homes under his belt, Rob Rice knows how to craft ideally located properties blended with quality designed and constructed new homes. He and Helena live and work in Thurston County and support charities and organizations throughout the region.
Interested in touring this vibrant community? They host an open house each Friday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Contact Heather Keating at 425-442-5538 or fill out the online form for details. While you’re waiting, try a virtual tour to view color schemes and explore the development or visit their Facebook page for events and activities.
Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and has been voted the Best of South Sound for the last five years. He has built more than 3000 homes in 43 different new home communities over more than 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia, WA with their two sons, Alex and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.