HAHIRA — Another family-friendly community is springing up in this picturesque small town. Franks Creek Landing, a single family subdivision, is rising from a former grazing pasture just off Exit 29 west of I-75 on Morven Road.

The 84-lot subdivision is being developed by Don Miles of Valdosta and Donnie Quick of Adel. It features a 6-acre lake stocked with bass and catfish and a rural setting that provides the perfect setting for raising a family, said Tony Barker of Barker Realty and Auction Co.

Barker, who lives in Hahira on Val Del Road, is the Realtor handling the home sales for the developers. He’s been the top producing residential Realtor for the Valdosta Board of Realtors for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, according to the subdivision’s Web site at www.frankscreeklanding.com.

“It’s definitely family oriented,” Barker said. “This is former pasture land on a total of 38 acres. Franks Creek runs along the western boundary of the subdivision. A 6-acre lake that was man-made when I-75 was constructed many decades ago is located on the eastern side. This is a great place to bring your kids.”

Barker said he and his wife and two sons often ride out to the subdivision after church on Sundays to ride bikes, play ball, walk around the loop, or play in the sand pile. A new gazebo on the lake provides a dock for fishing or feeding the fish. “It’s the kids’ reward for being good in church,” Barker said.

It’s also a great place for those who want to work in Valdosta but live outside, or for those who serve at Moody Air Force Base. The Valdosta Mall and Moody AFB are both just 15 minutes away, Barker said.

Barker invited the public to come see the new neighborhood during an Open House scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today (Sunday, March 30). Sister’s Pizza will provide the eats. If they can’t attend the Open House, folks can get a virtual tour of the subdivision at the Web site, as well as other information on the brand new community, Barker said.

Despite the dismal national news on the real estate market, Barker says Lowndes County’s market remains strong.

“The National Association of Realtors announced this week that February home sales were up 2.9 percent,” a prepared statement composed by Barker states. “Even though our local market has remained strong, this report indicates that our market should get even stronger. Historically low (interest) rates and flexible financing options make this the most opportune time to buy.

“Hahira stays strong,” Barker said of the current market. “This (subdivision) should do real well.”

The three and four bedroom homes range from $163,900 to $199,900. Services include county water and sewer, underground utilities, cable TV and high speed Internet. Deed restrictions protect the aesthetics and quality of life here, as well.

The homes have vinyl siding, vaulted ceilings, architectural shingles, automatic garage door openers in two car garages with attics supported by pull down ladders, roof vents for improved climate control and extended roof life, and more. Some homes have in-ground irrigation systems and security systems, Barker said.

“Different homes have different amenities,” he said.

A tour of a lakeside home that offers 1,750 square feet and four bedrooms for $199,000 turned up several features, like hardwood floors in the foyer, a ceramic tiled kitchen and hallway, frieze carpet in bedrooms, stained wood kitchen cabinets, flat top stove, a large trey ceiling in the great room, a screened porch on the back lakeside of the home, and a split floor plan that puts the master suite on one side and three other bedrooms on the other side of the home.

The master bathroom has a soaking tub, walk-in shower stall, dual vanities, walk-in closet and private commode. The indoor laundry room is near the exit door to the garage.

Construction at Franks Creek Landing started last year. Some 10 homes have been built and two residents have moved in so far.

“We have one resident who moved away from here and then came back,” Barker said. “Another resident is from Moody Air Force Base.”

Georgia Power provides electricity to the development; Lowndes County, water; Mediacom, cable TV; Windstream Communication, local telephone and high speed Internet. For more information, visit the subdivision’s Web site or call Barker at 560-3691.

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