We recently sat down with Rick Harris and Rachelle Beveridge, KDA’s top two REALTORS®, to learn what homebuyers should know about Ashland’s newest townhome community at Phillips Corner.
Here’s what Rick and Rachelle had to say about this affordable community in Ashland, Oregon:
What can you tell me about the development of this project?
This was a unique project for KDA Homes—we partnered with a local family selling their homestead property who wanted a developer who could preserve the historic house and still meet Ashland’s need for higher density affordable housing. KDA specializes in this type of development, so after almost a year in planning, we arrived at a concept that delivered high-quality residential units and a fully refurbished and updated1909 Craftsman-style home. We partnered with Adroit Construction, an exceptional residential and commercial builder with over 33 years of local experience to build out Phillips Corner.
How many townhomes are there?
There are 26 townhomes all together–19 are two-story units with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths ranging from 1,148 square feet to 1,300 square feet. There is one 856 square foot, 2-bedroom walkup above its own double garage. There are also six 2-bedroom, 1-bath townhomes with a 1-bedroom 1-bath accessory dwelling above. You can live in one and rent out the other or rent them both. The 2-bedroom units are 698 square feet and the 1-bedroom units are 498 square feet.
Are there different floor plans to choose from?
Yes. The two-story townhomes offer a variety of different layouts: all have a bedroom on the ground floor, some have master bedrooms on the main level, some include vaulted ceilings and detached garages and others have master bedrooms upstairs, high ceilings and attached garages. The six townhomes with the accessory dwellings all have the same floorplan and include one-car garages and dedicated off-street parking.
What’s the neighborhood like?
This neighborhood is a tight-knit community with common open areas, shared play-spaces (including a playground on-site) and a neighborhood car-charging station, located just blocks from downtown Ashland, and close to schools (Phillips Corner is directly adjacent to Ashland High School), shopping, and bus lines.
What are the schools like?
What is crime like in the neighborhood?
Consumers should contact the Ashland Police Department for crime statistics about the Ashland marketplace. The Police Station is one block away from Phillips Corner.
What’s included when I buy?
Each home at Phillips Corner is part of a small homeowners association that helps pay for shared costs—common area maintenance, reserves for replacement of common elements, and some shared utility and insurance costs. Each individual home includes a gas range/oven, microwave, dishwasher, tankless gas water heater, and ductless “mini-split” heat and air conditioning system. Each townhome includes either a two-car garage or a one-car garage and one dedicated parking space.
What are similar homes selling for?
Phillips Corner is competitively priced and a somewhat unique product in Ashland. Similar new construction nearby that is the same general size and quality is listed for $30,000 to $50,000 more.
How much are the property taxes?
Jackson County has not assessed these yet, so we won’t know until next year. In general, property taxes on this new construction will be fully assessed in November 2020. Please contact the Jackson County Assessor for more information.
What sustainability and energy efficiency features are included?
Phillips Corner Townhomes are built to Earth Advantage Platinum standards, incorporating design elements, systems, and materials that create superior indoor air quality, use natural resources responsibly, protect land, and lower water usage. Energy-efficient systems include EnergyStar appliances, tank-less water heaters and ductless mini-split heat and air systems.
How much do utilities cost?
Since this is a newer development, the City of Ashland only has records for the last six months: Water, sewer, street fees and electric for a 1200+ townhome had a high bill of $178 (winter), and a lowest bill is $78. Avista Natural Gas ran between $11 and $14 a month.
Are there any major development plans for this neighborhood?
This neighborhood is a mix of Phillips Corner new construction along with the older homes in the area. Most land in this neighborhood has already been built out, though there may be small pockets of “in-fill” development of individual units added to existing homes in the area.
Why do you love Ashland?
Ashland is a vibrant and eclectic blend of entrepreneurs, artists, families of all types, retirees, hippies, university students, and professionals. Ashland is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, is a Bee City, Tree City, and on most “Top-Ten” lists for beautiful small livable cities. Most of all, Ashland as a community is “engaged”—people here care about their town and how best to preserve its unique charm and lovely environment.
Anything else we should know about the townhomes?
Phillips Corner is a beautiful, sustainable neighborhood close to the center of Ashland that is ideal for full or part-time living, designed for a comfortable lifestyle in one of Oregon’s most desirable communities.
Learn more about Phillips Corner townhomes currently for sale.
At KDA Homes, our mission is to be pioneers in smarter home design leading the way for sustainability in residential development and green building. If you’re interested in being a part of a sustainable community in Ashland, Oregon please contact us today to learn more about KDA Homes currently on the market.