New Home Value, By The Numbers

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 19, 2019


When looking for a new home builder, many things can seem confusing or complicated. Looking for a deal can quickly become an undertaking, especially since home buying is a rare occurence. Here at Legacy Homes, we want our customers and potential customers to be savvy about buying their new homes and the details that go along with that. Today, we’re going to break down how you can tell how much home you’re getting for the money and highlight why you should build a new home with Legacy.


What if I asked you the simple question, “How do you quantify value in a house?” The first thing that may come to your mind is price per square foot. Price per square foot is a simple and common way to compare similarly equipped homes to each other. While price per square foot is not everything, it can help those who are not in the real estate industry to get a basic idea of what they are getting for their money. For example, let’s say that someone is in the market to buy a new house and they are shopping around between different builders. There are a few houses that are similar, more or less, with the same number of rooms, bathrooms, and the same features such as an island in the kitchen or a spa-style master bathroom. If the most expensive of these is $135/sf and the least expensive is $118/sf, buyers can get essentially the same features and setup for a lot less, in the long run.


Price per square foot is also helpful when comparing homes that are not as similar. If a buyer is looking at a house and sees that it is being sold for $98/sf and compares it to another house that is being sold for $147/sf but has a lot more features, they can get a sense of just how much more expensive all of those extra features are on paper.


At Legacy Homes, we strive to give our home buyers the most value for their dollar. This includes a set of home features that come at a competitive price per square foot. Square feet size is great, but consider a more important question, “What do you get IN the house?”


Legacy Homes’ Lifestyle Triangle is a concept that we’ve created to give our customers maximum usable space in the parts of their homes that they spend the most time in. By combining rooms such as the Cafe, Great Room, and Kitchen into a larger common area, our homes dedicate important functional space to areas in which you spend at least 80% of your time. With this feature in your new home, you can take advantage of every square foot of space that you pay for!

At Legacy Homes, energy efficiency is always a priority. When it comes to a home’s financial efficiency, energy efficiency is often at the top of the list. The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) of a home is an indication of how energy efficient it is, lower is better. To show just how energy efficient Legacy Homes are, the average HERS rating of an existing, not-new house is about 130. The average newly built home in the United States is around 100. Now, what about all new homes built by Legacy Homes? Every new home built by us comes in at a HERS rating of only 66. That’s 200% more efficient than an existing home on the market today. As a matter of fact, when compared to these existing homes, buying a new homes from us carries an approximate yearly energy savings of $1,257! The same features that save you energy and money also help push your home’s cost per square foot down the longer you own your home and the more energy and money that you save.

Speaking of maximizing usability, Legacy Homes’ Direct Connect Laundry feature is a way for new home owners to be able to quickly access their laundry area from the master bedroom. We implement this by connecting the master bedroom’s walk-in closet to the laundry area directly. This way, you can quickly and easily wash clothes without having to carry dirty clothes around the common areas of your home.


When it comes to getting to most house for your dollar, price per square foot is a great indicator of value. Other factors come into play, however, such as energy efficiency and usability features which only further increase the value of your new home. When you are interested in building your next home, we would love to talk to you more.



Summer Fun Near Your Legacy Homes Community

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 11, 2019

Summer is finally here! It’s a time when you can get outside and enjoy activities that truly make memories, like having a cookout for your friends and family, teaching your kids how to swim, or enjoying outdoor concerts and festivities. These are the times that really matter, and it’s much easier to enjoy them when you can conveniently get to and from these places. At Legacy Homes, the selectiveness that goes into choosing the locations of our communities is just as important as the careful attention to quality that goes into the design of our homes. Here are some summer hot spots that are conveniently accessible to our various community locations in north Alabama.


Huntsville, Meridianville, Monrovia

Communities: Trailhead, The Lakes at Aldridge (Coming Soon), Colonial Pointe, Cedar Brook

Hot Spots Nearby: Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Aldridge Creek Greenway, Brahan Springs Park, Monte Sano Park, Big Spring Park


Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Trailhead:  8.2 miles | The Lakes at Aldridge:  Coming Soon | Colonial Pointe: 14.1 miles | Cedar Brook: 7.4 miles

Huntsville Botanical Gardens is a great place to go and be surrounded by beauty, especially in the summer! While it’s open all year round, summertime brings out the beauty in the wide variety of both local and non-local plants and fauna. Memberships are also available if you’re an avid outdoors lover.


Aldridge Creek Greenway

Trailhead: 17.8 miles | The Lakes at Aldridge:  Coming Soon | Colonial Pointe: 20.4 miles | Cedar Brook: 20.6 miles

This is a paved trail that was built alongside Aldridge Creek in Huntsville. Various wildlife can be enjoyed close by and the concrete trail is great for those who want to avoid dirty or muddy trails.



Monte Sano Park

Trailhead: 6.9 miles| The Lakes at Aldridge:  Coming Soon | Colonial Pointe: 14.3 miles |Cedar Brook: 12.8 miles

Monte Sano Mountain is one of the Huntsville area’s most popular places for its hiking trails, scenic outdoor views, events, and historic significance. In the old days, the mountain was a place for those afflicted with various illnesses to go and recover their health. Thus, the name Monte Sano or “the healthy mountain”. Today, it is a focal point in Huntsville’s skyline and community.


Big Spring Park

Trailhead: 4.9 miles | The Lakes at Aldridge:  Coming Soon | Colonial Pointe: 11.7 miles |Cedar Brook: 8.6 miles

Big Spring Park is at the heart of Huntsville’s downtown area. It surrounds a large pond and takes the form of a walking loop. The red bridge and cherry trees nearby were donated by Japanese General Mikio Kimata as a sign of friendship between the United States and Japan. Many events are held here throughout the year, including the arts festival Panoply, food truck gatherings, festivals, etc. During the summer, there are also outdoor concerts outside of the Huntsville Museum of Art.



Communities: Boardwalk (Coming Soon)

Hot Spots Nearby: Athens Saturday Market, The Richard Martin Trail, Athens-Limestone County Nature and Heritage Trails, LawLers Barbecue


Athens Saturday Market

Boardwalk:  Coming Soon

A state-certified farmers market, the Athens Saturday Market is a great place to go if you like delicious, organic, locally-raised produce. It’s also a great way to get to know others in the community. You can enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, music, art, and crafts at the Green Street pavilion each Saturday morning June-August from 8AM to noon.

The Richard Martin Trail

Boardwalk:  Coming Soon

The Richard Martin Trail, also know as the Limestone Rail Trail is a trail in Limestone County that is a little over 10 miles in total length. If you are a hiker who loves a challenge, this is definitely one for you. If you’d rather take it easy, there are plenty of breaks and exit points throughout the trail.

LawLers Barbecue

Boardwalk:  Coming Soon

LawLers barbecue is an old favorite in Athens, with decades of history and great barbecue. If you’d rather pickup the barbecue than fire up the smoker, LawLers has a great menu, reasonable prices, and friendly service.


Owens Cross Roads

Communities: Overton, Bristol Creek

Hot Spots Nearby: Hampton Cove Gold Course, Roller Coaster’s Skate Center, Harmony Park Safari

Hampton Cove Golf Course

Overton: 5.2 miles | Bristol Creek: 7.6 miles

If golf is more your thing, the Hampton Cove Golf Course is a 54-hole facility with highly-varying difficulty from one hole to the next. It has several different courses available to play and offers memberships to those who like to golf frequently.


Harmony Park Safari

Overton: 8.2 miles| Bristol Creek: 4.5 miles

At Harmony Park Safari, you can drive through acres of land and see tons of animals that “aren’t exactly native” to north Alabama. Why go to another area for the zoo when you can see an abundance of the same animals right in your own back yard?



Communities: Burwell Gardens, Burwell Gardens – Liberty Series

Hot Spots Nearby: Land Trust of North Alabama: Harvest Square Nature Preserve


Land Trust of North Alabama: Harvest Square Nature Preserve

Burwell Gardens: 2.1 miles | Burwell Gardens – Liberty Series: 2.1 miles

Harvest Square Nature Preserve is a 69-acre public property that was donated to the Land Trust of North Alabama by Aronov Realty Management in 2009. The area has walking trails, ponds, and a pavilion for gatherings.


New Market

Communities: Bellview, Pennington

Hot Spots Nearby: Sharon Johnston Park (Coming Soon)


Sharon Johnston Park

Bellview: 1.4 miles| Pennington: Coming Soon

Sharon Johnston park is a popular park in New Market, AL. There are walking trails, a large fishing pond, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and shooting range among other campground facilities. It is one of the largest outdoor hot spots on our list and has a lot to offer.


When it comes to buying a new home in north Alabama, there’s a lot more to it beyond the home. With communities close to some of north Alabama’s best summer hot spots, Legacy Homes is a great home builder to choose for your new home building needs.