Location? Yes. The Builder Is Important In A House, Too

Posted: August 31, 1997

Ridings of Warrington Hunt, Warrington Township, Bucks County What are the three most important things to consider when buying real estate? If you said location, location, location, you would be only one-third correct.

The builder's reputation and an attractive floor plan are the other parts of the answer for many home buyers. Just ask John O'Sullivan and his wife, Barbara, who recently purchased a home at the Ridings of Warrington Hunt in Bucks County.

``Part of the reason we chose [the Ridings] was that we knew David Cutler's reputation. Everyone we spoke to said his service is good and he builds a quality product,'' said John O'Sullivan, a business manager.

``Also, we liked the floor plan of the Chadbourne Elite [model]. We actually bought off plans. The sample wasn't built yet. The biggest thing was that my wife liked the layout of the kitchen.''

As far as the location goes, O'Sullivan said that he and his wife, a district manager for an information-resources service, were on their way to Doylestown to look at another house when they spotted the Ridings. ``We stopped in and we liked what we saw. The next thing we knew, we were buying a house!''

Cutler's reputation and his home designs lured the Bradleys from another builder, as well. ``We'd heard nothing but good reports about Cutler. We were lured from another developer because of Cutler's quality and professionalism,'' said Jeanne Bradley, a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

She and her husband, Joseph, a senior insurance underwriter for Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, were the first to move into the Warrington Township development in July. They also chose the Chadbourne design. ``It has a large kitchen and a large basement,'' Jeanne Bradley said. ``Also, the master suite is private, set off from the rest of the house.''

The Chadbourne is one of five designs offered at the Ridings of Warrington Hunt, and it's one of two sample homes on-site. Its spacious kitchen is adjacent to the family room, and includes a breakfast nook in a large, windowed bay. A first-floor den is in the front of the house. Many extra-cost options are shown in this sample, including hardwood floors, fireplace, center-island kitchen counter, cathedral ceilings with skylights, and decorative wood trim.

Also shown on-site is a sample of the Barrymore, a center-hall home with a step-down family room off the kitchen, and sliding glass patio doors in the breakfast nook.

A two-story family room and first-floor study are featured in the Edgewood, a home with a central stairwell, and an open living room and dining room delineated from the center hall by columns. A second stairway is an extra-cost option in this design.

A cathedral ceiling is in the master bedroom of the Danbridge. Optional is a master sitting room, which is a fourth bedroom in the standard Danbridge. The Ashbury has a second-floor laundry.

The standard designs at the Ridings have 2,056 square feet to 2,732 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, full basement and two-car garage. The homes range in price from $213,950 to $237,950, and each design has a choice of three exterior elevations.

Some lots are wooded, larger than the standard one-third acre, back to open space, located on a cul-de-sac, and/or include a walk-out basement (with rear deck and sliding glass doors from the basement). These lots cost $1,500 to $6,500 more.

As the first buyer at the Ridings, the Bradleys had their pick of the premium sites. ``We have one of the largest lots in the development, and it's a really private setting at the back of a cul-de-sac,'' Jeanne Bradley said. ``We love our house! We found it to be just as we had anticipated. [During the building process] the builder's representative was extremely helpful to us, and very professional.''

The O'Sullivans, too, were not disappointed with their new home when they moved in at the beginning of this month.

``It's everything I expected it to be,'' John O'Sullivan said. ``We've been in for a short time, but the few adjustments that had to be made were done in a pretty timely manner.''

In addition to the 140 single homes of the Ridings, 140 townhouses are under construction on the 120-acre Warrington Hunt site, at the Chase, which is adjacent to the Ridings.

THE DETAILS Name: Ridings of Warrington Hunt.

Type of housing: Single-family houses.

Builder: David Cutler Group.

Phone: 215-491-3130.

Number of units: 140.

Standard price range: $213,950 to $237,950.

Bedrooms: 4.

Baths: 2 1/2.

Construction: Frame on poured-concrete foundation; basement; vinyl siding.

Heating: Gas, hot-air.

Air conditioning: Standard.

Fireplace: Optional.

Garage: Two-car.

School district: Central Bucks.

Estimated taxes: $3,300 to $3,800.

Insulation: R-16 to R-19 walls; R-30 ceilings. (Recommended insulation standards for this area are: R-19 walls and R-30 ceiling. The higher the R factor, the better the insulation.)

Floors: Wall-to-wall carpet in living areas; vinyl in foyer, kitchen, powder room and main bath; ceramic tile in master bath.

Shopping: Food market, five-minute drive; Montgomeryville Mall, five-minute drive.

Public transportation: Chalfont, Warminster and Ambler train stations, 10-minute drive; SEPTA bus, five-minute drive.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Directions: Take Route 309 north to the end of the expressway, then bear right at Route 63. This will put you onto Lower State Road. Cross Welsh Road at the light and continue on Lower State Road to the dead end (about 3.3 miles). Turn right onto County Line Road and go to the entrance of Ridings of Warrington Hunt about a block up on the left.

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