published Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

The Preserves carves out North Chattanooga niche

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    These houses for sale on Notting Hill are part of the Preserves a Dallas Park, a series of new homes and lots along this street, East Dallas Rd. and Knickerbocker Ave. in North Chattanooga.
    Staff photo by John Rawlston

• Name: The Preserves at Dallas Park

• Location: The development is situated on East Dallas Road and Knickerbocker Avenue, easily accessible from Hixson Pike in North Chattanooga. Children may attend Normal Park Elementary, Normal Park Upper and Red Bank High. The development is a mile from the central downtown commercial district, which takes about five minutes by bike.

• Status: There are 46 total lots, of which seven are occupied. There is one home under construction, leaving 38 lots available.

• Price: Homes in the neighborhood run from $400,000 to $600,000. The smallest house measures about 2,400 square feet, while the largest is about 4,000 square feet. Each home contains roughly three to four bedrooms, with three baths. Two-car garages come standard.

• Features: Homes are all custom cottage-style with upper-middl-class professionals in mind, according to developer Geoffrey Singer. As a result, features like granite countertops, crown molding, security features and green construction methods all are standard. Construction materials are limited to brick, stone or Hardie board, and all homes must meet minimum size requirements. Lots must be left with trees in the rear for privacy, and sidewalks are built as the homes go in. Homes "have to fit into the neighborhood a bit," Singer said.

• Amenities: The neighborhood is very close to surrounding schools, including the Bright School, and is just a 20-minute walk to the North Shore. Homes are located in a secluded, wooded area with a view of the city lights. From the top of the hill, neighbors can see the river in wintertime.

• Fees: There currently are no fees.

• Developers: Geoffrey Singer, Singer Properties 423-838-2627

• Builders: Jack Edwards, Edwards Construction 423-827-3761

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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