Hartness development revealed as site of newest iHome

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The iHome is back this year after a seven-year hiatus, and this time the luxury, state-of-the-art home is located in the under-construction Hartness Traditional Neighborhood Development located off of Highway 14.

The iHome, the Inspiration Home Brand created by Milestone Custom Homes in 2009, is part charity fundraiser and part showcase of elite building methods and innovative products at the forefront of the home building industry.

photo by Will Crooks / Upstate Business Journal

When it opens to the public on April 25, guests will be able to tour the 5,125-square-foot, four bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Colonial Revival home to view the combination of building materials, technology, and efficiency that could be used to produce a home that enhances their lifestyle, regardless of home size. Additionally, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit A Child’s Haven.

Past iHomes were an 8,000-square-foot home in Cobblestone in Simpsonville in 2009 and the more than 11,000-square-foot residence in Hollingsworth Park, Verdae. The result of those tours is increased exposure for the charities, the builders, and companies providing fixtures and appliances.

The newest iHome sits near the front of the development, just behind the welcome center, also constructed by Milestone Custom Homes, and the home’s courtyard opens onto the centrally located grand lawn.

photo by Will Crooks / Upstate Business Journal

The home features Kohler Konnect smart home technology that allows control of sinks, showers, and bathtubs via mobile devices; high-end lighting fixtures have been provided by Capital Lighting; kitchen and bathrooms feature Cambria quartz countertops; and Sub-Zero is Milestone’s appliance partner.

Mario Brown of Milestone Custom Homes says instead of full smart-home technology that was popular several years ago, systems using Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant technology are integrated into the home.

The iHome, which is currently under construction, will feature peacock tile from the front porch, extending through the entry and out to the side covered patio. The interior floors are a combination of engineered hard wood, tile, and carpet upstairs.

photo by Will Crooks / Upstate Business Journal

The entry opens into the combined living/entertaining/kitchen area. A first-floor master gives way to the master bath with features such as a ceiling mounted bath filler and rain shower head, all controlled via the Kohler Konnect system. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms and baths and a large bonus room that during the tour dates of the home will feature artwork from Greenville County Schools students and works from Artisphere artists.

Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness Real Estate who grew up on the 444-acre property, says model homes from other preferred builders will be open to the public during the iHome tour, allowing a more complete view of the development that will ultimately include 700 homes. So far, 50 have been sold, he says.

“It’s very rewarding for us as a family to see where the project is,” he says.

Milestone Custom Homes is one of six featured builders in the walkable Hartness community. The crafting of each home design is carefully overseen by residential architect Lew Oliver, with an array of architectural styles featured, including Federal, Italianate, Greek Revival, and Colonial Revival. Each detail of every home built in Hartness goes through extensive review.

“It’s all worth it when you see the final product,” Brown says.

photo by Will Crooks / Upstate Business Journal

The Hartness development will include 180 acres of permanently preserved green space, including 15 miles of trails connecting neighbors to woodlands, lakes, streams, wildlife, and shared recreational areas. The homes on the property will range from the $400,000s to more than $1 million.

Hartness plans also call for a Village Center, comprised of five or six buildings, which will have ground-level retail, restaurant, and office opportunities, as well as 15 180-200-square-foot, second-floor executive offices with short-term leases and conference rooms. Additionally, the Hartness family home will be renovated into a 70-room inn with spa component.


Visit ihomesc.com for tickets to tour the home when it opens to the public April 25.

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