Nearly 12 years after the initial site planning meeting, the 7.66-acre subdivision now known as Woodland Park at Cleveland Forest in Greenville has released the first six of 22 lots. The subdivision is bordered by Southland Avenue, Woodland Way, and Newman Street.
The first three home sites, which range from 0.254-0.351 acres and start at $375,000, are under contract. Lots seven to 22 will be released late summer in the second phase as soon as neighborhood infrastructure is complete.
The land at the heart of Cleveland Park and steps from the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail has belonged to the Beattie family for more than 60 years. Brothers Bill and Pace Beattie have been working nearly full-time since 2015 to bring the project to this point, Pace said.
The 150 or so interested buyers who contacted the Beatties before the sites were released were given first priority, but now sales are open to the public. Tom Marchant of Marchant Company is the broker.
“It’s really hard to find a lot to build on in the city,” Marchant said. “It’s exciting to have something like this.”
Fairview Builders has been selected as a preferred builder, though it is not an exclusive deal. They and other approved builders will work alongside Marchant to customize each home for each specific client based on design guidelines developed by architect Thomas Croft.
Restrictive covenants are in place to maintain the design aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhoods and protect buyers’ investments, Marchant said.
“We could’ve done higher density with townhomes and had 60 home sites, but we chose not to do that,” Bill Beattie said.
The neighborhood will be bordered by a stone and iron wall along Southland Avenue and Woodland Way with stone pillars at the entrance on Woodland similar to but smaller than those at McDaniel Avenue. New sidewalks outside of the neighborhood will follow the wall along the streets. Just behind the wall, sites one through six will be fronted by a grass alleyway engineered specifically to bear the weight of cars. The grass alleyway will allow homeowners to access the front of their properties and front-facing driveways. A paved alleyway allows access to the rear of the properties.
To further maintain the aesthetics of the neighborhood, an underground stormwater retention system is installed at the front corner of the subdivision with open green space above rather than the typical and often unsightly fenced-in retention pond. Each home also will have its own stormwater retention system to cut down on the size of the neighborhood system.
A small creek borders the green space on the northwest side where the Beatties’ mother, Catherine H. Beattie, maintained a wildflower garden for many years that attracted sightseers. To honor her, a new garden designed by Robert Miller will be planted in the same location.