"We're priced right and the area is
great," said Steck. who starting selling
the houses in late October and already has
one and a half out of five sections sold.Steck
attributes the quick sales to the price
of the Country Estate homes.
in the new development Country Estates at
Commack are selling much faster than anticipated?
according to Wayne Steck, one of three partners
in the 129 home venture located two miles north
of Jericho Turnpike."There are no new homes
in Western Suffolk or Nassau in that price range,"
he One of the reasons the homes can be sold at
a price lower than others in the area is that
the land was purchased at a reasonable price.
"We bought the land after prices already
came down," Steck said, noting that the property
was purchased in 1992. Many builders are currently
constructing homes on property that was bought
in the late 1980s when prices were high. Working
on a low profit margin also helps keep the
price down.Pre-construction of the homes also
began in October in the development that has been
two years in the making and will take another
two years to complete.
"All the homes are traditional exterior
and contemporary on the inside," said
Steck. Included in the price of the homes are
two zone central air conditioning and heating
and a full basement. All of the models come with
two and a half bathrooms with the smaller ones
featuring three bedrooms and the larger, four.
There are six Country Estate models to choose
from with variations including porches. Among
the options that are not included in the price
are fireplaces and sky lights, Steck said. "We're
still under the market. We're giving people
more than the next guy," said Michael Giglio,
another of the three partners.
The 129 home development consists of five sections
with two cul de sacs per section. Belgian block
curbing, sidewalks and traditional street
lamps will line the streets of the new community.
The development sits on 80 acres of land which
is being clustered into one third to one half
acre lots with natural buffers. The original plan
was to construct on all half acre lots but the
developer and the Town of Smithtown, where the
property is located, preferred the clustering.
The homes are in the Commack School District.
Steck, Giglio and George Heinlein, the third partner,
are combining their building experience for a
nice mix. "We all have different backgrounds,"
said Steck who for about eight years has been
constructing high end residential homes in
Nassau County with prices ranging from $800,000
to $2.5-million. "I don't know how we
got together, I guess fate," Steck said.Giglio,
the owner of Structural Technology Inc. in Shirley
has been building houses in Shirley, Manorville
and Wading River ranging from $140,000 to $199,000
and Heinlein builds affordable housing on
the South Shore priced between $100,000 and $119,000.
"It's still unclear how we ended up here,"