VALDOSTA -- Walden Woods is a place to come home to.

So says the motto of the new subdivision by Lloyd H. Johnson Construction Company, on Mount Zion Church Road. Walden Woods will be a two-phase, 91 lot subdivision, on about 50 acres. Johnson said the first phase is already under way, with 34 lots. So far, Johnson said the interest is high for the new development, as 31 lots are already under contract.

"I wanted a place that would be home friendly, a place that you look forward to coming home to every day," Johnson said. "This is that kind of place. And people are responding to that. You can already tell, by the way people are calling."

Johnson said the subdivision, approved by the Valdosta City Council and the Lowndes County Commissioners in 2003, would be under protective covenants, and have a Homeowner's Association to enforce rules and to maintain the look of the subdivision.

"I find that Homeowner's Associations are a great asset, because they keep a neighborhood from getting run down and keep the neighborhood looking its best," he said. "As people look at the subdivision, they will want to know that they will be in a place that will stay beautiful. The protective covenants will insure quality development."

Each home must be a minimum of 1,700 square feet, including a porch and garage, and must have at least 100 square feet of brick or stone to accent the home. Light colors are acceptable for the rest of the outer home. Four builders will be contributing to the subdivision -- Homes by Bailey, L and M Construction, Alliance Construction and Chrismill Homes. Lot prices began at $29,000, and home prices will begin at about $159,000.

Another feature of the subdivision is the amount of greenspace that will be available. About nine acres will be set aside as a common area, for a fishpond and a picnic area. Johnson said the common area will be deeded to the Homeowner's Association, who will be in charge of what goes in the space and maintains the area.

"It isn't going to be a swim-tennis kind of thing," he said. "It is going to be a more rustic place, where kids can run and fish, and where people can get together for Sunday picnics and such."

Johnson also said beautiful treed lots, quiet streets and approximity to Sallas-Mahone Elementary School, make the subdivision ideal for families and for people wanting to get away.

Johnson said he has been working on this subdivision for about 18 months, and hopes to break ground Feb. 1.

"It is in a convenient location, only minutes from city amenities, shopping and primary medical facilities," he said. "Don't choose a homesite, choose a lifestyle. It's all the pleasures of the country with the convenience of town."

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