Newland Communities’ new 700-acre site, FishHawk Ranch, which has experienced a few name changes over the past couple of years, has opened its doors to the public last month, ready to promote the community’s positive presence and reputation.

Officials said that the brand new welcome center, which serves as the builder’s home base, located near the entrance to the neighborhood, as well as 13 new models are now ready to be explored.

“FishHawk Ranch’s latest addition perpetuates the same high standard homebuyers have come to expect from us,” said Tom Panaseny, VP of operations for Newland Communities. “From our green principles and highly regarded local schools to diverse home selections, we’re committed to elevating the quality of life that our residents experience.”

The expansion and new models were announced after the recent success of other FishHawk Ranch neighborhoods, such as Starling and is part of a joint partnership between AMERICAN NEWLAND COMMUNITIES and NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH).

“The new welcome center was built as an ideal place for potential residents to relax and refuel while exploring the new model homes in FishHawk Ranch,” said Newland Communities Marketing Manager, Lynda McMorrow, adding that existing residents can also stop in and learn about FishHawk Ranch’s growth and amenities.

“Here, all visitors can grab a snack or a drink and feel free to use the WiFi while the touch screen map that includes surrounding neighborhood information helps visitors understand the entire community,” she said. “Additionally, community representatives are available to help guests find the model homes and amenities that best fit their lifestyle.”

The 13 model homes vary in design and size, with floor plans ranging from 1,900 to 3,889 sq. ft., featuring a number of builders from Ashton Woods to Beazer, Cardel, David Weekley, Homes by WestBay and Ryland, starting in the low $260,000s.

The new neighborhood brings additional amenities including the Lake House with fitness center and game room, new parks, as well as a heated swimming pool featuring lap lanes and a splash pool.

Many of the new homes also will be within walking distance of the A-rated Stowers Elementary and Barrington Middle schools.

Earlier in 2013, FishHawk Ranch was named the “Green Community of the Year” by the National Association of Homebuilders Southeast Building Conference. Newland officials said that FishHawk Ranch is especially proud of maintaining its firm commitment to green practices using sustainable building materials and continuing its walkable and bikeable community design, which they say “reduces road congestion.”

While promoting the community last year, Panaseny addressed the question of infrastructure and the concerns of many about the impact of the additional traffic the new community will have on nearby roadways, including FishHawk Blvd., which currently experiences major traffic-bottleneck congestion, just east of the Bell Shoals and Boyette Rd. intersection.

“Newland’s off-site roadway obligation is the widening of Bell Shoals Roadway from two lanes to four from FishHawk Blvd north to Bloomingdale,” Panaseny said last year.

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