It's secluded and private, but you are still convenient to most of what people like to do in East Tennessee.
Union Grove, AL (PRWEB) November 21, 2005
Knoxville Tennessee's latest upscale golf community offers awesome amenities.
Just as the name implies, River Islands Plantation offers the perfect combination of lush land and water front living.
Further enhancing that image is its idyllic placement between a premier golf course and a 450-acre nature preserve, while also fronting the French Broad River.
The brainchild of developer Greg Layman, River Island Plantation was named in conjunction with the neighboring River Islands Golf Club -- rated one of the top public courses in Tennessee -- and Seven Islands Nature Preserve, the largest wildlife refuge in the state.
"When you're on the Lakefront property, you have the feeling that you're back in nature," Layman says. "It's secluded and private, but you are still convenient to most of what people like to do in East Tennessee."
River Islands Plantation is only 15 minutes from downtown and about 30 minutes from the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. The golf course and river are at the development's backdoor, so those options for activities are close by, too.
Community amenities planned include a green space, common parking, a picnic pavilion and grills, a sand volleyball court, a playground and an interconnecting walking trail that links the development with the nature preserve.
Layman divided the neighborhood, comprising 185 choice acres, into more than 200 lots that are being sold in three phases to various builders. Phase 1 is still selling, and Layman has plans to open Phase 2 later this year.
Lots, ranging from 0.6 acre to a little more than one acre, begin in the mid-$40,000 price range. While various builders are welcome, restrictions are in place, says Layman.
"Houses must be at least 2,000 square feet," he says. Other requirements include an exterior constructed of at least 85 percent brick and the review and approval of all plans by an architectural review committee.
Homes in River Islands Plantation are expected to begin around $300,000, Layman predicts.
Homes by Scott Hodges began construction August 2005 and will bring the total to four homes under construction, three homes are currently under construction by various builders within River Islands Plantation.
Hodges says this home plan was chosen especially for its lot in order to maximize the view of the river.
One of its key features is a riverfront view, and another is a backyard that borders a portion of the neighborhood's planned four-acre green space.
Inside, the 2,413-square-foot house offers such details as 11-foot ceilings in the entry hall, 13-foot ceilings in the great room and French doors leading to a 25-foot covered deck. The kitchen has a river view via custom bay windows and a 90-foot wraparound porch.
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