Curious about new homes? Here’s what’s being built in the Pittsburgh area

AAs spring struggles to materialize in this last breath of winter, Hot Property is taking a break from its bargain hunt to check out what’s happening in the world of new construction. Here’s what’s available at different prices.

What $700,000+ Will Get You

The first standing Infinity Custom Homes puts the finishing touches on its latest model in the Laurel Pointe community of Cranberry. The luxury homebuilder has reinvented one of its most popular models, the Cambridge, into a French Tudor-style showcase that includes many of its most sought-after design elements under one roof.

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The model features six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a four-car garage, and over 8,351 square feet of living space. Infinity has also reconfigured its Inspirations Design Gallery by expanding its on-site vendor options with a space where buyers can assemble their own design panels for paint, cabinetry, hardware and flooring, making it the one of the most comprehensive one-stop design stores.

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Some of the special features of the model include two office spaces and a master suite with its own sitting area, as well as other privacy spaces, even in the walk-in closet. Technology also plays an important role in the construction of new homes. Infinity uses Neopod for lighting control and Guardian for controlling garage and indoor climates. There are standard base packages and upgrades available for the buyer who wants to do an entire home.

“Customers are looking to be able to customize their homes to suit their tastes and needs,” says Jodi Brennan, Infinity’s sales and marketing manager. “In our new design center, they can see our model home, see everything in person, and create their own space.”

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Brennan says she sees many different types of homebuyers entering their neighborhoods, including anyone who comes from young families who are just starting to empty their nests who still want a big house where their families can gather.

With that in mind, one of Infinity’s new offerings, a low-maintenance section at Laurel Pointe, was a success.

“[It’s] for those who want to downsize but aren’t ready for an apartment or townhouse,” says Brennan. “They still have the largest single-family home, single-story living, and maintenance is taken care of.”

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The Scottsdale is the smallest of these models at 2,300 square feet, plus the option to build the lower level. It includes three to four bedrooms, a master suite on the first floor, and 2½ to 4½ bathrooms depending on the chosen interior floor plan.

Prices start in the $700,000 range.

There are other models to visit in the Infinity world. Brennan praised in-house design consultant Jill Pearsall for creating a cozy family feeling in each. And like many buyers, Brennan already knows her favorite space in new models.

“Be sure to check out the owner’s suite and bathroom; the seating area is amazing,” she says. “And the closet?” You never want to leave.

Model location: 318 Spruce Lane, Cranberry, buildinfinityhomes.com

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What $345,000+ Will Get You

Dan Ryan Builders has several communities under construction in the area. Rolling Hills, his new townhouse community in Moon, will be ready for occupancy later this summer.

Home prices start around $347,000.

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The Whitaker II model features three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms and an open floor plan. Amenities available include quartz countertops, upgraded cabinetry, and a master suite with double sinks, according to Dan Ryan’s website.

The plan is located near major highways including Interstate 79, shopping, and Settlers Cabin Park. The builder also has new communities under construction in New Stanton, Beaver and Greensburg.

Model location: 100 Sweetwater Drive, Moon, danryanbuilders.com

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What $350,000 to $450,000+ will get you

Ryan Homes has been busy building Sewickley Crossing near the Mt. Nebo exit in Ohio Township. The low-maintenance community features sidewalks, a walking path to Ohio Township Community Park, and easy access to Mt. Nebo Pointe for shopping.

Rosecliff’s ornate townhouse model features three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms and a two-car garage on 1,740 square feet of living space, with many upgrades available.

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Pricing starts at $349,990.

The company is launching a sister neighborhood for seniors 55 and older near the intersection of highways 279 and 79. Pricing for patio homes, which feature lovely porches and plenty of windows to let in natural light, starts at $450,000. There are also many customization options.

Model location: 137 Dana Drive, Ohio Township, ryanhomes.com

Next week, Hot Property will take a look at what else is happening with custom home builders, including local builders rocking neighborhoods.

Hot Property offers an inside look at unique and historic homes on the market. Each week, Hot Property goes behind the For Sale sign to share the story of a special Pittsburgh-area home. And four times a year, Hot Property provides an in-depth look at the area’s real estate market in Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, tracking home prices and sales and detailing where hot properties are. Rosa can be reached at [email protected].

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