When Colin Woods of Diamond Builders began constructing homes on a 16.6-acre infill site off of Davenport's Jersey Ridge Road in December, he thought he might have the area built out in three or four years.
Now he thinks the entire subdivision called the Villas at Pheasant Creek might be finished a year from now. "It's been absolutely nuts," Woods said of the rapid pace of building and selling.
The subdivision north of 46th and south of 53rd streets was vacant land formerly was owned by Legacy Baptist Church.
As approved by the Davenport City Council, the planned unit development called for building of up to 66 owner-occupied attached and detached homes. But as it has turned out, buyers want detached homes — that, is free-standing structures, not duplexes — and so current plans call for 58 detached homes, Woods said.
Already, 23 lots in the first of two phases of construction have been sold and homes are either finished or under construction.
One of the finished homes will be open for tours from 1-5 p.m. today as part of the Fall Parade of Homes sponsored by the Quad-City Builders and Remodelers Association.
This year's parade includes 26 homes in the Iowa Quad-Cities and one in Illinois. In addition to today, open houses will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 1-5 p.m. next weekend, Oct. 21-22.
Fall parade homes are furnished; State Street Interiors and Interiors by the Sewing Room, both Bettendorf businesses owned by designer Michelle Blunk, furnished and accessorized today's home.
The floor plan is one Diamond Builders developed about 10 years ago and has been tweaking every since, Woods said. At the core, it is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch with an open design that includes a kitchen, dining room and family room. The second bedroom also could be used as an office or hobby room.
Add-on options include a sunroom, which the parade home has, and a finished basement with a rec room and third bedroom with bath, which the parade home does not have. The basement is framed in, though, so that parade-goers can better visualize what could be built, Woods said.
Most of Woods' buyers have been retired, empty-nesters wanting to downsize from a larger home and maintenance responsibilities, although a few have been single, professional people who want to freedom that living in an association that handles maintenance affords he said.
Because the parade home is a 1,621-square-foot model, Woods said he hasn't assigned it an asking price. But other homes in the subdivision begin at $259,000 and approach $400,000 as options such as walkouts, a third garage and larger decks are added, he said.
As for the rapid pace of development, Woods said that on one recent day, he counted 110 people working in the area. "How cool is that?" he said. "That there's that many people. It's a team effort."