Our Agent and
Here’s the overview of our trip down to Legacy,
at the end of September ’04, trying to get the process under way.
As you might remember, we had decided on Legacy
sight unseen, test untested. This
was very scary and more so since we had no fall back plan.
If Legacy turned out to be something we didn’t like, or we
couldn’t find a lot that suited, we were pretty well screwed for a
So we flew down with trepidation.
It was nice walking into the sales office and seeing our names on
the board. We met with our
sales agent, Betty Davis, and she went over all the advantages Pringle
homes have. We were
impressed, but still worried about finding a lot, particularly since the
model home we had chosen required a lot size they had very few of left.
So we drove out to the area, which wasn’t yet
platted (graded and recorded to the city) due to the storms that had hit
the area. The first lot we
looked at backed up into a pond and seemed reasonable, if rather small.
But when we got back to the office we found that a pool would not
fit onto it, so we went off looking again.
There were only two other lots that would work, and
the first one backed up onto the highway (well, not directly onto
the highway, as there were a row of trees behind it, but close enough
that we thought it wouldn’t be a good idea).
The second was very unusual, a lot that was nearly twice the size
of all the other lots in this category.
It was a corner lot, and had several other lots coming to it at
an odd angle, but it had tons of room for our pool and anything else we
It was also cheaper than other lots, probably
because it had neighbors behind (but not to one side due to it being on
the street). Since our
backyard “view” isn’t significant (we will have a birdcage
surrounding our pool and patio area) this seemed like a terrific deal
and became our lot, number 365. It
was a bonus but the area we are in is served by a power company whose
power to the homes never went out during all the storms there – at
least a generator will be something we don’t have to worry about!
There are actually three neighbors that touch the
lot -- one to the rear and side, and a third that has a sliver of a
corner that touches. However, there are two trees that shield the
rest of the property, which is even bigger than our own and so far back
we'll never see them.
So we had our lot, a considerably larger lot than
we ever would have thought we could afford there, and life was looking
good. But one more problem
Because Pringle was quoted up to 10 months for a
build, in order for us to complete our home by next September (we’re
in a rental that would have to be renewed for a year at that time) we
needed to get into the design studio as soon as possible.
The earliest appointment they had was December, which would have
pushed us out of luck. To
complicate matters we also needed to do the pool, which required even
more design studio time, as well as a custom fee.
They waved the fee, but studio time was a problem,
even after Betty’s boss called them to try and be persuasive.
Finally, after we signed the contracts she called one more time
and they agreed to try and work with us – I spoke with them personally
and got an appointment for the end of October for both the home and the
This should get us into the home by August,
but we have some wiggle room now (they are even saying June or July but
I’ll believe it when I see it).
We spent the night with our host couple, Al and
Sherry Meyer, who took us to Dead River Rick’s, a very atmospheric
restaurant. We learned a lot
more about Legacy and then they took us to their home, which was the
same model we’ll be building. Coincidentally
they even lived on a corner lot!
Once more we were impressed by how wonderful the Pringle homes
are built, and started getting even more excited.
The next day we met with a banker in Leesburg that
specialized in construction loans at Legacy.
She was terrific, and after filling out our papers she didn’t
see any problems with our financing, and locked us in at a great
interest rate, so I became much less worried about things.
While we still need to get final approval I’m pretty confident
of the process at this point. At
the bank we met someone who lives in Legacy and said she wouldn’t live
anywhere else, even after checking out
and the other communities.
The rest of the day we drove around the area,
stopping at a terrific little bakery a couple of miles from Legacy. Two
workers there both lived in Legacy, and once again, had high praise for
it. After tasting the delicious bread I realized I will weigh about 300
lbs once I retire, since I will visit the bakery at least once a week.
Back here I’ve visited the Legacy forums, a nice
little place where residents and future residents can share information.
After reading and contributing there I’m more convinced than
ever we made the right decision.
Does that mean I don’t have second thoughts?
Of course not. You
always wonder if perhaps you should have tried another place (within
Pringle it even occurs to me that
would have been a good choice). I
go back and forth on the lot – while it’s huge and something I
probably couldn’t have afforded elsewhere I also wonder if it will
bother me to have a neighbor at the rear
Next up: The Design Center