Wilmington, N.C.- The latest development to be built on the former Echo Farms Golf Course will have its grand opening in February.
The Woodlands at Echo Farms is a single family neighborhood. It is being developed by McKee Homes. When complete the community will consist of 51 single family homes ranging in size from 2,200 -3,400 square feet. Most floor plans offer four bedrooms with three bathrooms, but there are also five and three bedroom options.
Echo Farms was a semi-public 18-hole golf course in Wilmington’s midtown area. The course closed down in controversy after its owners sold the land to developers. Residents of the original portion of the subdivision, including owners of properties that overlooked the course, filed a lawsuit in 2017 and reached an out of court settlement that same year. As part of the settlement developers promised to get feedback from residents about their upcoming planned communities.
“We realized that the owners of the golf course had every right to sell the property and to develop it,” said John Kay, president of Save Echo Farms in a published interview last year. “So what we decided to do was form an alliance with the developers. We worked very closely with those groups to bring about the best possible outcome for the development of each of the tracts.”
The Woodlands will be the fifth new development built on the former course.
The Villas at Echo Farms, and Woodlands Grove, two other single family home communities, hit the market in 2018. An apartment complex called Hawthorne at the Point, opened the following year. A community of townhomes called Muirfield was in existence before the golf course closed, but expanded, nearly tripling in size, on what used to be the course’s back nine fairways.
Another townhome community called Riverwood is still in the developmental stage with plans for 86 townhomes and 120 garden-style apartment units.
The Woodlands at Echo Farms will have a grand opening of its model homes on February 16th. The move comes with 15 lots being placed on the market while another 25 lots will be released to buyers some time in the second quarter. The neighborhood will not include amenities, but after the golf course closed, the city of Wilmington did purchase the country club’s pool and tennis courts which are now open to the public.
Homes at the Woodlands at Echo Farms will start in the lows $400’s with some plans being priced in the low $600’s.