When Owen and Priscilla Ricketts began house hunting in early 2018, they had a wish list of features. They were looking for a neighborhood that offered a short commute to work, with easy access to highways and major roads. And they wanted the neighborhood to have nearby shops and restaurants, as well as a strong school district.

Plus, they wanted to move to a neighborhood that had large homesites and a lot of families living there.

“These were very important factors to us as we began our family in a neighborhood we wanted to be in for awhile,” Priscilla Ricketts said.

They soon focused their search on Cambria Cove, a community under construction near the intersection of Otterdale and Genito roads in Chesterfield County.

The development, which is next to the Swift Creek Reservoir, offered all the features they wanted, and at a good price point, Ricketts said. So the couple bought a homesite in February 2018, and they began working with Henrico County-based StyleCraft Homes on the 2,800-square-foot home’s design.

StyleCraft Homes is one of two homebuilders active in the community.

This was the Rickettses’ second experience buying a home, but it was their first with new construction.

“We were able to work with StyleCraft’s design center and choose features and finishes that we wanted in our home,” Ricketts said.

The couple moved into their new house in August last year, a week before their daughter was born.

“We love our neighborhood,” Ricketts said. “All of our neighbors are very friendly, and we’re looking forward to enjoying our neighborhood for many years to come.”

The Rickettses are among a large number of homebuyers who have bought homes in Cambria Cove in the last year, marking the continued resurgence of a community that broke ground a dozen years ago. And construction is set to expand. StyleCraft Homes and Ryan Homes, the second homebuilder active in the community, recently opened new homesites to buyers.

“Since opening our anticipated new section a few weeks ago, we’ve already helped multiple families call Cambria Cove home,” said Emily Tuteral, marketing manager for StyleCraft Homes.

Home stats and sales

Work in Cambria Cove began back in 2007, with Dallas-based Centex Homes developing the approximately 228-acre community and acting as its sole builder. At the time, Centex was one of the largest builders in the United States, and it was active in several communities in Greater Richmond.

Then a housing downturn sparked the Great Recession.

Work on many new developments slowed down or stopped during the economic downturn, and Cambria Cove was among them. After a fallow period, Don Balzer and Alex Massie took over developing Cambria Cove in 2014.

“We developed a joint-venture agreement with the landowners,” Balzer said. “They get paid for the land as we sell the lots.”

Balzer and Massie will develop 170 lots in Cambria Cove, bringing the total number of homes to approximately 220 when it’s completed. The developers are also adding amenities, including a pavilion and a splash pad with a tot lot, this summer.

StyleCraft, which began building homes in Cambria Cove in 2014, has closed on 45 homes in the community, and it has another four under construction now. It has 18 lots for sale in the new section.

Architectural styles for StyleCraft’s homes in Cambria Cove include Craftsman, English Country and Farmhouse, among others.

Base sizes range from 2,266 to more than 3,124 square feet.

“Base prices range from $339,990 to $374,990, with the final price of homes averaging around $425,000, which includes additional structural options or design selections,” Tuteral said.

Ryan Homes began construction in Cambria Cove in January 2017, and it has built 39 homes there so far. It plans to build 110 homes by the time the community is finished.

The houses Ryan Homes is building are in the Craftsman style, with sizes ranging from 1,796 to more than 3,656 square feet. Base prices range from $340,000 to $399,000.

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

In addition to building homes for new homebuyers in Cambria Cove, StyleCraft Homes is building a 3,625-square-foot home there for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. StyleCraft donated labor and materials, and the community’s developers donated their portion of the homesite.

Proceeds from the giveaway, which is part of a nationwide fundraising program, benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Raffle tickets cost $100.

The house, which has an estimated value of $480,000, will be open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from May 4 to June 9. It’s located at 15901 Cambria Cove Blvd.

The drawing for the home giveaway will take place on June 13.

This is the second St. Jude Dream Home that StyleCraft Homes has built.

“With help from our trade partners, employees, volunteers, and the greater Richmond community, we’re proud to have raised over $860,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2018,” Tuteral said.

For more info, visit stjude.org/give/dream-home/richmond.html.


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