(Spring Lake, N.C.)
May 7, 2012 – It has been nearly a decade since the first homes went up in the Anderson Creek Club community off Ray Road in southwestern Harnett County. Since that time, economic history has been made with more than 1,000 homes in what is now a residential community with its own identity and way of life that is still growing.
Anderson Creek Club is now nearing the completion of its northern section with 1,267 homes now finished. People from throughout the country and world now live there. Some names on the most recent purchase list come from places like Kansas, Italy, Germany, Texas and New York.
The homes now stand in individual neighborhoods within the community's gates. They are surrounded by a large variety of amenities including one of the best golf courses in the region designed by Davis Love III, play areas, picnic tables and swimming pools, among others.
An additional lake will soon take shape, large enough to host a small boat sailing school.
The project evolved from one man's single idea. Nationally known developer David Levinson, then living in Delaware, discovered Anderson Creek on the way home from a trip to view another project in Myrtle Beach. He said he knew he had found a potential gold mine.
"I saw virgin territory right next to a military base and there was nowhere nice to live,” Mr. Levinson said. "When I got here there was nothing but trailers and trees. It was also an opportunity to serve the Country because I provide housing for our military.”
Currently, more than 70 percent of the people who live in Anderson Creek have ties to the military. Many of those are retired ranking officers who moved to the area as part of the Base Realignment and Closure legislation that brought more troops to Fort Bragg.
Even with its impressive streets, buildings, homes and gathering spots what is known as Anderson Creek Club is still in the formative stages. There are 1,000 acres of land, which will be called Anderson Creek South, that is still in the early planning stages. When the total project is complete, it will be valued at more than $1.2 billion, with more than 4,000 single-family homes.
It will house more people than anywhere in the county. Its developer said within one year there will be more people living in Anderson Creek than in Lillington. Within several years it could be as large as the City of Dunn.
Commercial growth will eventually be part of the project. There is 59 acres of land now reserved for commercial growth. Mr. Levinson said that could include medical facilities, high-end businesses and other uses that fit with the development plan of the area.
Residents pay only $195 a month in property owner's association dues to enjoy everything in the community. That bill includes high speed Internet and cable television.
Mr. Levinson said even he is impressed with his own success.
"It is almost too much to absorb," he said. "I can’t imagine wanting to live anywhere other than Anderson Creek."
He is proud of the fact that his 13,000-square-foot home is part of the community. The home features things most homeowners can't even dream of. That includes a glass elevator running between three floors, with beautiful artwork lining the elevator shaft to enjoy going up and down.
A9-foot tall chandelier hangs in a center room. The home is also equipped with a library, work areas for the owners, living quarters for family members and numerous other amenities.
'My personal home shows that I have made a commitment to be here," Mr. Levinson said. "I am one of the only developers in the country who lives in his own community. The only time they are going to get me out of here is when they take me out in a pine box!”
Many large communities become a burden to taxpayers throughout the county but in Anderson Creek the property owner’s association handles much of the expense. The roads are all privately maintained. Much of the security is handled by staff members, with a little help from residents.
"Most of the people here are military, and they have guns," Mr. Levinson said. 'No one wants to break in a house here."
Since homes began appearing in Anderson Creek there has not been a single report of a breaking and entering.
Mr. Levinson said he has complete confidence that the nearby Anderson Creek Fire and Emergency Departments can meet those needs.
With all that is seen in Anderson Creek, there is one thing missing - for sale signs. More than 90 percent of the homes are now occupied with thousands of people expressing interest at different times in becoming residents. A recent newsletter asked residents to introduce themselves to 34 new families who have moved to the area since November of last year.
"Once people get here they don’t want to leave,” Mr. Levinson said.
He hopes a new approach to education will also keep residents interested in staying. Though there are limited number of children in Anderson Creek, Mr. Levinson said he still wants to help.
He is in the process of planning a charter school for his community. Initially the project will take approximately 100 students out of the local elementary system. The school will be open to students from anywhere through a lottery process. It is illegal for charter schools to charge tuition fees.
If state permits are obtained the school will be open by the end of next year. The building will he adjacent to the existing preschool child care center.
The U.S. Army is now trying to get in the charter school business. They are proposing a charter high school in the Linden Oaks community. Mr. Levinson said he is working on the charter school as part of a simple philosophy he applies to all his work.
"We meet people's needs, that is why we are successful," Mr. Levinson said 'We meet every amenity you can think of and some you can’t think of. Our goal is to have everything here."
Written by TOM WOERNER
For The Record
Anderson Creek Club
Located amongst 1,700 rolling acres of pine forest in the Carolina Sandhills, Anderson Creek Club is a private gated community featuring an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Davis Love III, rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. Other amenities include a full service clubhouse, 26 stocked ponds, tennis courts, and a pool and spa. Convenient to Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Raleigh and the North Carolina Triangle. Lots priced from $69,900; Carriage Homes from $229,900; Condos from $139,900; Townhomes from $229,900; Homes from $249,900.
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