Our house hunting began November, 2001 with the perfect house we found in
Ortega. We called the realtor and it was already sold. The sale went
through and we had no shot at the house.
We found a beautiful lot in Confederate Crossing in April 2002. It was
just over an acre of land and the neighbors we talked with were very nice.
The lake was pretty and was built with a small island. All the homes were full
brick and the homes were built by custom builders, so the neighborhood did not
look like track housing. The down-side was the power lines in two
directions, but this lot was far enough away from them. It was also near
I-10, which was a plus and a minus at the same time. Unfortunately, it was
still a little too early for us. We put money down and had to release the
We found a lot in Shindler Crossing September 2002. This was a beautiful two story Maronda home called a Fairmont. The floor plan downstairs was perfect and the upstairs was good. We found a nice lot with water and trees behind it. They could not build there yet because they start at one end and do not build early. While waiting for them to get to our lot, we researched and found that buying this lot was not a good idea. The aerial view showed it was directly across from the old Hipps Rd. dump. The web showed many problems with Maronda builders. The power lines were also closer than we'd like.
We found a lot in Lake View at Watermill November 2002 with the best
water/tree view in any track home. We found it long before the roads were
in, so we were able to choose our lot. Unfortunately, we did not like any
of the floor plans from the builder who owned the lot. We put a hold on
the lot because they told us they were developing new plans for the area.
They came back with two new plans, which in reality were existing plans with a
bonus room. They pushed for a decision, so we cancelled.
Our search ended January 2003. We found a home in a beautiful
neighborhood with old trees. The best part is the house is already built,
so we won't have to go through the stress of building a home.