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Subdivision work starts this spring

Lots already on sale

There aren’t any houses there yet, but at least four families will soon call Signal Mountain’s newest subdivision, being constructed along Shackleford Ridge, home.

Orders are being taken for the Boulder Point development, which should start to see construction in the spring.

“Signal’s kind of been waiting for something like this,” said the builder, Tracy Smith, of Blue Hammer Homes. “They’re [buyers] coming from everywhere.”

While some of the new neighborhood’s tenants are coming from elsewhere on the mountain, some hail from as far as Minnesota and Mississippi, he said. In all, 26 families will be able to take up residence in the high-end homes, which will start at around $385,000. Signal Mountain Prudential Realty’s Travis Close and Barry Hamilton are selling the properties.

“I’m determined it’s going to be a high-quality neighborhood,” said Smith, whose business and also family is based on Signal. “This is my home, my town, and it’s going to be done tastefully and it’s going to be done well. This is a big responsibility and I take it that way.”

Arguably the last subdivision in Signal Mountain to fall under the old subdivision regulations — new conservation-based guidelines are being finalized — lot sizes will be a minimum 1 acre. The houses that sit on this land will be reminiscent of homes from the earlier part of the century, as will the neighborhood itself.

Dogwood Grove, the last neighborhood to bill itself in a similar fashion, sits just up the road — and was recently bought at foreclosure. Five lots were originally sold in that subdivision.

“The Boulder Point neighborhood is going to be a very desirable community,” Smith said.

“There will be sidewalks on both sides of the road to encourage a lot of neighborhood interaction. There will be front porches. It will be the type of neighborhood reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s, when people sat on their porches and knew their neighbors,” he continued. “With that in mind, the neighborhood will look very classic and traditional.”

He named styles ranging from Craftsman to cottage to Southern traditional and Old World-inspired, but said he can tweak these prefab layouts to accommodate specific requests, or build a buyer’s custom floor plan.

“In terms of how we build, the words I like to use are it will be of enduring quality; soundly built, solid homes that will last for decades,” Smith said. “The materials used will be period-correct and of enduring quality.”

The homes will also be energy efficient. Blue Hammer is “one of the few green-certified builders in Chattanooga,” as determined by the National Association of Homebuilders. Co-owner Todd Smith’s background is in mechanical engineering, while his brother brings construction experience.

Both strive to make the customer’s experience top-notch, Tracy Smith said.

“The owners of the company are intimately involved in the building process, floor plan selections and customers’ needs and we’re on every job site every single day, so when someone deals with Blue Hammer, they’re dealing with the owners of the company,” he said.

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