Why to Live in Anderson

Anderson Township offers some of the best perks of suburban living right alongside the Ohio River’s eastern banks. Full of beautiful subdivisions, parks and great schools within the Forest Hills School District, Anderson is a great community to live in! Only 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, it offers easy access to metropolitan arts and entertainment, restaurants, sporting events and job opportunities—without being in the hustle and bustle of city limits.

Anderson Township residents have access to plenty of amenities right in the neighborhood. Shopping destinations along Beechmont Avenue include the mall at Anderson Towne Center or a variety of retailers at Cherry Grove. Multiple car dealerships line the way, and there’s no shortage of fast-casual or sit-down restaurants to choose from.

Anderson Township also hosts a wide selection of luxury hobby stops; like the Anderson Hills Swim and Tennis Club, the Coldstream Country Club, or the Vineyard Golf Course. You can also get a taste of nature by visiting one of the local parks.

The Enclave at Woodruff

Our newest community in Anderson is the Enclave at Woodruff, conveniently located just off of I-275 and 8 Mile Road. The Enclave at Woodruff is a beautiful community perfect for empty nesters looking for a custom-built patio or luxury ranch home. Starting in the mid-$300,000 range, the Enclave offers both walk out and woods-lined home lots.

Brookstone Homes offers several floor plans in this community; and all can be custom-tailored with full basements, hardwood floors, granite countertops, gas-burning fireplaces, ceramic tile bathroom floors and more! Available floor plans include the Reily, the Laurel, the Mead and the Norris.

Each home in the Enclave also gets year-round yard maintenance and snow removal!

How to Find out More

We’d love to help you discover if Anderson Township is the right place for you. Give us a call at 513-340-7200 and we’ll help you explore your custom-building options and opportunities!

Why People 55 and Older Should Still Buy

There’s a lot of attention being paid to downsizing homes for empty-nesters and those whose families are fully grown. Should you move? If so should you rent or buy? Here’s a look at some of the common questions, considerations, and issues you should make as you consider your set of living arrangements.

Income Stability

Will you or your spouse be on a controlled income in the near future? Renting might sound tempting, but you should take into consideration that a fixed mortgage might be more stable than renting a home or apartment. Unless you find yourself signing a rent-controlled lease, your housing costs might not be as predictable as you think. And even rent-controlled leases normally include an annual increase to keep pace with inflation.

Property Stability

Buying a home means it will always be yours. Unfortunately, with rental properties you don’t have this security. A landlord can decide to sell a property at any time (even with a revolving lease) and it might just leave you looking for a new place to live with no guarantees of security.

Maintenance

One of the most frequent arguments we hear about the benefits of renting is having maintenance be someone else’s problem. However, not all maintenance is covered by landlords, anyway. Many home renters are still responsible for lawn care, changing their own furnace filters, shoveling snow and more.

You can get many of the same benefits just by choosing a home community carefully. Brookstone Home’s maintenance-free communities offer year-round lawn care, mulching and snow removal through their HOA’s.

Flexibility

Only by owning can you get complete flexibility over your own home. There’s not a lease on the planet that will allow you to make property improvements, remodel, or even repaint without prior approval from your landlord. Owning your home is still the only way to have total control over your home environment.

Let’s Talk Cost

Mortgages are still cheaper than monthly rents in almost all markets across the U.S. Even with the economy rebounding, you’ll never get the same amount of space for the cost on a rental versus your mortgage. If you will be in a home even 10 years it still makes the most financial sense to buy.

The tax incentive is still a huge draw for homeowners as well. And lastly, owning makes most sense if you want to leave something of value to your children when you aren’t around anymore.

Brookstone Homes has a variety of ranch-style homes that could suit your needs during your Golden Years, and we’re one of the only builders around fully certified in Aging-in Place building. We can help you prepare for the next decade or more!

Why Valley Creek Farms is the Place to Be

Valley Creek Farms is a new Brookstone Homes’ community in Burlington, KY, featuring single-family and lifestyle-ranch living. Located in the Boone County school district, students will attend Stephens Elementary, Camp Ernst Middle School and Cooper High School.

Valley Creek Farms features LED lit and paved walking trails plus gathering parks with a fire pit and covered shelter with a fireplace. Sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts will love its easy proximity to fishing, Gunpowder Creek Nature Park, and the Boone Links Golf course. It’s also an easy jaunt to the grocery store, the Boone County Public Library and Florence Mall for shopping! For baseball fans, Florence also boasts its own Frontier League Team: the Florence Freedom!

We have a variety of home styles available to build in this community. Options include:

  • The Arrowhead features over 2,000 square feet in a beautiful two-story home with four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage and even a second-floor family activity center.
  • The Hampton houses over 2,700 square feet of living space with a covered front porch, a two-story great room and open kitchen, first floor master, four bedrooms and three and a half baths. The Hampton has an incredible option for a Guest or In-law suite as well!
  • The Kennedy is a wonderful two-story home that contains four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage and family-style mudroom with special options that even include a pet-zone shower! VISIT OUR DECORATED MODEL HOME!
  • The Jackson is a model that merges style with function. It offers a formal dining room, a first-floor study, second-floor laundry, and an oversized master sitting room.

These are just to name a few of our 2-story homes. Other available 2-story homes include the Madeira, the Nantucket, and the Tahoe, offering up to almost 5,000 square feet of living space.

We are also known as Northern Kentucky’s ranch style home builder. The Sycamore, the Shawnee, and the Wyoming are all open ranch floorplans with amazing options for finished lower levels as well.

Remember too, that lifestyle homes are always maintenance-free! (We handle the lawn care, mulching and snow removal on all of our lifestyle homes and have some of the lowest maintenance fees in the area.) These homes include the Mead, the Norris, the Reily, the Springfield and the Laurel. Lifestyle model home COMING SOON!

Visit our decorated Kennedy model home open daily from 12-5pm; or you can call to schedule an appointment at your convenience. We’d love to speak with you about building your new custom home with Brookstone Homes. Our homes are “built for living and designed just for you.”

Address: 6561 Cannondale Dr. Burlington, KY 41005

Community Contact: call 859-904-6001 or email sales@buildbrookstone.com.

6 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Ranch Home Living

Cliff May is normally credited for the modern-day ranch home as we know it. Ranch homes were popularized especially during the post-WWII “American Dream” phase of suburban sprawl. While ranch homes largely went out of style in the 1970s, we are seeing a huge resurgence in demand for these single-floor homes. When you stack up some of the ranch-home benefits, it’s not hard to see why they are coming back in style.

Simplicity

While of course it all comes down to square footage, ranch homes are offered in simpler sizes and shapes than their multiple-story counterparts. Because the floor plans are more open, they also require less duct work, plumbing and electrical lines to be installed. This means things are easier to repair and replace as the years go by.

Energy Efficiency

Since ranch homes are only one floor, there’s not a lot of fluctuation in temperature like those that happen when trying to heat and cool multiple levels. If the home is properly insulated and the windows are fit correctly, then a ranch home should be far more energy efficient than its multi-story counterparts.

Safe for Everyone

Ranch homes are perfect for families with members of different ages and abilities. Since there aren’t multiple levels, you won’t have a need for multiple staircases either. This makes the home extra safe from falls for families with young children, or for families with aging members who don’t want to take the stairs multiple times a day. Our builders are certified in Aging in Place Design, so our ranch homes will handle all the stages of your life.

Easier Maintenance

Ranch homes are much easier for the everyday handyman to maintain. Gutters are often reachable without an extendable ladder and roofs are easier to replace without hiring specialists. Your square footage is spread out over your whole lot rather than building skyward. This equals less grass and landscape to maintain. Because they are laid out flat, you often begin with a lot that’s been leveled out more fully, too.

Great for Entertaining

Most ranch homes are laid out in a more fluid, free-flowing floorplan than multi-story homes. They are far less likely to use individual walls to separate common areas of the home (like the kitchen, dining room and family room). Many ranch designs also incorporate windows and doors that flow into the backyard, too. This makes the ranch an obvious choice for backyard grillers and entertainers.

Less Interior Noise

Ditching the stairs means you will have noticeably less downstairs noise pollution from upstairs occupants—or as we like to say—ditching the angry herd of elephants.

Perks of Maintenance-Free Communities

So you’ve made the decision to start building the home of your dreams, but haven’t quite decided where you’d like to land? Make sure to think about your needs and priorities when planning the location of your next move. Maintenance-free communities have a lot to offer compared to the traditional suburban neighborhood—from shared community amenities to managed services, a Brookstone maintenance-free community might just be the perfect choice for you.

Lower Cost

The homes in our maintenance-free communities are always new. One advantage to building a new home in a maintenance-free community is that they cost less over time. New building materials, appliances, hardwood flooring, carpet and siding all mean it will be many years before repairs even become necessary. These items are often costly to replace in older homes.

Warranty

New home warranties are backed by insurance, and structural warranties are good for ten years. You can rest assured that if something goes wrong, it likely won’t have to be fixed out of pocket. Be sure to ask our sales representatives about our different warranty programs!

Free Time

Living in a maintenance free community will free up a ton of your personal time! Gone are the countless hours you used to spend mowing and edging your lawn, trimming hedges or working on garden upkeep. The Brookstone communities’ HOA features year-round yard lawn care, mulching and snow removal. You’ll never have to spend weekends working on your yard!

Picturesque Neighborhood

Our maintenance-free communities are as beautiful as they are easy to live in. The HOA managed landscaping and yard maintenance and the abundance of green space means your community will always have a pristine, resort feel to them. How lovely is it when home feels like a vacation?

Community Lifestyle

Our maintenance-free communities offer some shared areas and walking paths that encourage neighbors to mingle and explore more than just your own home. Amenities vary by location, so be sure to ask your sales representative what community features your neighborhood has when you are planning your move.

Preparing to Age in Place

People are living longer than ever before. So how do we prepare for the difficulties that advancing age brings? Like most things, the answer is careful and considerate planning. A great age-in-place plan will cover anything that affects your quality of life, from living arrangements to finances to transportation and your sense of community. But this plan needs to be adaptable, as both your abilities and your situation can change over a time.

But one of the biggest pieces of the aging-in-place puzzle will undoubtedly be your home. Here are a few things to consider as you build a home that will allow you to live out your golden years in independence and comfort.

Choosing a Home You can Keep Forever

First things first, decide from the outset whether you want a multi-story home or a single-floor layout. Determining how you will get around as mobility issues affect you will be central to many of your decisions. If you need the extra space of a multi-level home, consider how you want to grow over time. A second-floor master suite may be fine in the early stages, but later in life you may need your primary living space to be on the first floor. If you are really cemented to the idea of keeping your master suite on the second floor, then you need to consider things like how to handle the stairs in years to come. Will you build a staircase that can later be converted to an elevator? If not, then make sure your staircase is wide enough to accommodate a stair lift, or other assisted device down the line. Choose handrails constructed from solid materials.

Retrofitting Your Home in Later Years

You should also consider making home design choices that can be updated later to keep up with the changes that happen in your life. How easy will it be to install modifications that assist you in your daily living? Can you easily install handrails and slip-resistant flooring in your bathrooms when they become necessary? What about grab rails for toilets and showers?

Another item to consider is your kitchen layout. Can you easily reach cabinets and appliances without the assistance of a step-ladder?

Door handles are something you might also want to choose carefully. Can you easily reach and open door handles? A good suggestion is lever-handled doorknobs that can be easily opened if factors like arthritis come into play.

Good lighting should be installed throughout the house, to prevent injuries as eyesight becomes an issue. And make sure you can reach your garage or parking area easily, and that there aren’t a lot of stairs or curbs involved.

Home Maintenance

Home maintenance is another topic that will need solid planning over time. Sturdy building materials that don’t require a lot of care or cleaning are also a good idea—like brick or vinyl exteriors. You should also plan for items like lawncare and landscaping. Choose plants or shrubs that don’t require a lot of upkeep. And if you can afford it, find a trusted service to handle those items for you.

A full age-in-place plan is holistic and covers all your bases—long before you need to use it. Brookstone Homes is fully certified in Aging-in-Place Design and can plan for details exclusive to this preparation—like zero-entry showers and bathtubs. We would love to be your trusted partner in building a home you can keep forever. Contact us today to find out how we can help!

Community Spotlight: The Views of Kenwood, Ohio

5 Benefits of Downsizing into a Patio Home

Tired of mowing and edging your lawn? Is your two-or-more story home getting to be too much to keep up with?  Here at Brookstone Homes, we offer a few floor plans perfect for people looking to downsize into something smaller. Here are just a few of the benefits of moving into a patio home community.

Lower Maintenance

Downsizing into a patio home will free up a lot of your time, since there is little to no exterior maintenance involved. The Brookstone communities’ HOA feature year-round yard maintenance and snow removal, so you never have to worry about shoveling snow, mowing or edging your lawn, hedge trimming or garden upkeep.

Sense of Community

Since patio homes aren’t divided up in quite the same way as a suburban community, and they sometimes have common outdoor areas to share, homeowners spend more time in proximity with their neighbors. Patio home communities are a great opportunity to make new friends and create bonds with your close neighbors.

Retain Land Ownership

Unlike condos or apartments, homeowners in a patio community usually retain ownership of the land their home sits on. While the lot size may be smaller than a suburban home, homeowners aren’t restricted by HOA rules the same way as a condominium when it comes to paint selections, fencing and other property boundaries and personalization.

Lower Price Point

The lower price point of a patio home makes it more affordable for residents looking for home ownership without the hassle of expensive home repairs and lawn maintenance. You also get to build equity with your lower price-point, unlike house rentals or apartments.

Limited Noise

Unlike apartments, townhouses or condominiums, patio homes are typically single-level. This means homeowners never have to deal with movement or music noise, banging or other types of noise pollution that come with having direct neighbors living above or below your space.

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Reily or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (513) 340-7200.

The Oasis Home at Views of Kenwood

The Oasis is now available at the Views of Kenwood! Located on a private street off Kenwood Road, the Oasis is the perfect floorplan for a growing family. Located within a quick drive from the highway, this community is less than 20 minutes from downtown. The city of Cincinnati even offers a tax abatement program to residents of the Views. It’s the perfect community for anyone looking to settle in a quiet but easily-accessible area. Enjoy a view of Cincinnati’s own Lunken Airport and more.

Act fast to claim a spot in this superb neighborhood. We have only five lots left!

Nearby Amenities

Less than 10 minutes from I-71, the Views of Kenwood provides you with easy access to greater Cincinnati in one of the most sought-after communities! Maximize your shopping by taking trips to the nearby Kenwood Towne Center, home to Cincinnati’s only Apple store, as well as a Nordstrom, and many other premium stores unique to this Cincinnati mall. It truly offers the best in up-scale shopping that Cincinnati has to offer. Residents can also explore the city’s many public parks, enjoy dining and entertainment in surrounding communities like Madeira, Indian Hill and Montgomery, or journey downtown to find a spot to enjoy a beautiful view of the Ohio River. Great schools, a nearby office park community and several city parks are also within easy distance of this fantastic community.

About the Oasis Home

The Oasis offers over 1,800 square feet of luxury, including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a roomy 2-car garage. This award-winning home features a covered porch, an open family/great room and kitchen (with pantry) and a spacious master suite with a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Have further questions? Give us a call. We’re happy to discuss other ways to make you a truly custom home!

We’d love to show you the Views of Kenwood community. Book an appointment with a Brookstone home expert and see if the Oasis could be the perfect home for you! Call us today at (513) 340-7200.

Community Spotlight: The Villas at Valley Creek

The Villas at Valley Creek is a beautiful new Brookstone Homes community located in Burlington, Kentucky, featuring maintenance-free living (that includes both lawn care and snow removal). The Villas at Valley Creek features patio-style ranch homes in a variety of model styles. There are even two new model homes available to view by appointment.

This exclusive community is located within the Boone County school district. Children will attend the highly-ranked Stephens Elementary School, Camp Ernst Middle School, and Cooper High School.

Nearby Amenities

The Villas at Valley Creek features walking trails, gathering parks, local fishing and much more. Its proximity to Florence, Kentucky places you within easy distance of shopping, food, entertainment and much more.

Boone County is host to many public parks. Residents can also enjoy the World of Golf, where you can learn to play, practice and hone your golf skills. The Florence Family Aquatic Center is located off Ewing Boulevard and is home to a lazy river, two spray grounds, slides, sunbathing and a zero-depth pool. You will also have easy access to a professional baseball team—the Florence Freedom.

Brookstone Homes at Valley Creek

We offer five of our high-value floor plans at the Villas at Valley Creek. Choose from the Laurel, the Springfield, the Reily, the Mead, or the Norris and start your new home adventure. Our floorplans offer custom specifications, additions, and exterior design options. Start with your favorite home plan and ask us about how you can make it your own.

Whether you are looking for an easy way to downsize, or just starting out in your first family home, the Villas at Valley Creek’s single-family and lifestyle ranch living allow you to realize your dreams and spend your time where it’s most valuable.

Here at Brookstone Homes, we’ve been building quality communities for over five generations. We understand the emotion that goes into building the home of your dreams and can’t wait to help you on your journey!

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Norris or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (859) 904-6001.

Featured Home Design: The Mead

Spanning over 1,700 square feet, The Mead is a spacious 3-bedroom home with an incredible design that offers a luxurious Master bedroom and private bathroom, open kitchen and dining room, a central family room and a separate laundry and mud room leading out from the covered garage.

Customizing your Brookstone Home

Many features of the Mead home design can be tailored to your satisfaction. Cathedral ceilings are just one ornate detail that can be added to the Master bedroom, the back porch or the family room. An optional tray ceiling can be added to the dining room for a flawless look. For the Master bathroom, decide if a shower with a bench, or a separate shower and deluxe bathtub are right for you. The garage can also be tailored with either one or two garage doors. There’s no shortage of ways to make the Mead entirely your own. Our home designers are easily accessible and ready to help you with your home plan.

Interior Features

While we list the Mead as a 3-bedroom home, that’s optional too. We can convert one of the three upstairs bedrooms into a beautiful study or home office. Or, if you need the study but don’t want to sacrifice a bedroom, think about finishing the lower level of your Mead home. The basement can be customized to add an extra bedroom, bathroom, hobby room, game room, entertainment room and a bar.

The Mead also features a beautiful open kitchen design with a walk-in pantry, kitchen island that looks onto the spacious family room, and extra bar seating.

About Us

Brookstone Homes offers a full range of customizable homes with a variety of amazing options that can be changed according to lot elevation and your unique needs and desires. Our designs are award-winning and always elegant. With five generations of experience building homes, we are certain we can build you a home you will love for years to come. We know choosing a builder you can trust is an important part of the customer journey, and we can’t wait to help you on your path!

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Mead or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (513) 340-7200.