Changing seasons can leave us restless. Emerging from winter’s funk to a world of sunshine, yard work and chores, we’d rather spend free time grilling, exploring, or just relaxing with friends and family. If the low-key, low-maintenance lifestyle beckons, consider moving to a perfectly crafted Craftsman rambler at Olympia’s The Village at Mill Pond.

Whether buying your first home after years of apartment living or downsizing when the kids go to college, Mill Pond’s three rambler models are elegant, efficient and selling fast. The Cherry, Elm and Cypress one-story designs range from 1,700 to 1,900 square feet and typically contain 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms without sacrificing any of the green build quality or stellar locations that makes them unique.

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These custom, Craftsman-style homes include gorgeous finishes in a convenient location full of parks, trails, and green spaces. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

Paul McLain, RE/MAX Parkside broker and one of the driving forces behind this budding live/work/play community, explains that “of our eleven starts now, seven are ramblers.” He sees their popularity, especially among retirees hoping to age in place or those who used to love “the family home with acreage but now want to just lock the door and travel.” But even young families love the stair- and balcony-free open concept safety for when little ones start to move…and move fast!

As with any Mill Pond build, the floor plan is adaptable to your individual needs. These layouts come standard with a two-car garage, open floor plan, laundry room and ample porch space. And unlike other customizable jobs, luxurious options like hardwood floors, granite counter tops, convection ovens, soft-close drawers and nine-foot ceilings come standard at no extra cost.

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The newest one-story rambler design is selling fast, thanks to its green footprint and low-maintenance design. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

In the 15 months since the project began, The Village at Mill Pond has progressed solidly. “We feel like we have really gotten off the ground,” says McLain. In April 2017 alone, they sold eight homes in a two-week period. Part of the growth can be attributed to the responsiveness of the Mill Pond team to feedback from buyers. Ramblers were something they heard time and again and they listened.

The addition of the new Cherry and Elm rambler designs to the original Cypress floorplan came directly from visitor feedback and overall popularity. Adding more rambler options and square footage choices adds variety and appeal to the already existing Mill Pond plans. And these plans are just two of five new models available to view at their sales office seven days a week.

Because of expansive growth, not all floor plans and renderings are available online. McLain hopes interested families will simply visit them in person. “Stop by!” he invites. “We have fully built examples of all three ramblers, but they’re so new they’re not on the website yet.”

He and his team can show visitors furnished model homes and the layout of all five planned phases within the development, complete with parks, trails, ponds and the community center. They’re also experts in the regional property market and will gladly handle the sale of your current home and purchase of a new Mill Pond site if needed.

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The Village at Mill Pond’s live/work/play community includes custom Craftsman homes for every taste and budget. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

Many families are already calling Mill Pond home and loving their experience. With Olympia ranking on the Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers and employment and population growth underway, now is the perfect time to snap up your dream house.

Drop by The Village at Mill Pond’s 2400 Lilly Road NE location, just off the Pacific Avenue or Sleater-Kinney exits of I-5 between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. seven days a week or by appointment. Call McLain’s team at 360-972-8623 with questions or to schedule a tour.

You can also follow them on Facebook where you’ll read about local events, take virtual tours and find reviews from visitors and shoppers alike.

With build times as short as 120 days from issuance of permit to completion, your family could be in their new home before the next school year begins or it’s time to pack the RV away for winter.

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