Nestled in the hills looking out over Marquette and Lake Superior lays what is quickly becoming one of Marquette's most popular neighborhoods, Harlow Farms Conservation Community. Harlow Farms is experiencing more growth, in this, its sixth year of development, with the opening of a new phase at its single family neighborhood, Horizons, with 20 more home sites. There are currently more than 150 people living in the Harlow Farms community in five different neighborhoods, with two more neighborhoods planned as future phases.
The five current neighborhoods include Mill Creek, a 38-suite assisted living center for senior citizens. Mill Creek also has a licensed Memory Care wing which was completed in 2010. Mill Creek offers a full range of services and care for its residents, along with many coordinated activities for seniors. Mill Creek Commons, the newest neighborhood in the seniors housing corner of Harlow Farms, has just broken ground on the new 14- unit independent living neighborhood. This new option for senior living will begin to be available for lease in the late fall of 2013.
The second neighborhood, Daybreak, a 12-unit condominium neighborhood next to an 18-hole golf course, was started in 2007 and is completed and entirely sold out.
Pictured is a full map of the 105-acre Harlow Farms Conservation Community and its seven neighborhoods.
The third neighborhood, Brookstone, is the newest condominium neighborhood. Jennifer Cosco, the Sales and Marketing Manager at Sunrise Builders said 25 out of a planned 31 have been constructed and sold. "There are only six homes remaining now. The Brookstone neighborhood has been very popular, in part because all outdoor maintenance is taken care of for our residents, but it still has that neighborhood feel with single family, stand-alone homes."
Thirteen homes have been built and three more are currently in progress in the fourth neighborhood, Horizons. This is a more traditional neighborhood where Sunrise builds custom homes for interested buyers. Horizons will be home to 20 new home sites which will be open to the public mid-July.
Lynn Swadley, President of Sunrise Builders Inc., said that this is the second phase in the planned Horizon neighborhood. "These 20 new home sites will give our clients even more choices and will offer open, wooded, sloped, or flat home sites with beautiful views of the natural space at Harlow Farms."
The fifth neighborhood is North Creek Townhomes, where executive homes are rented to residents on long and short term leases. Cosco stated that this has filled a niche particularly with professionals that are living in Marquette temporarily. "We are 100 percent occupied at the townhomes."
Swadley said the Harlow Farms development aims to be a multi-generational community, serving the needs of young home-buyers, active adults and senior citizens.
Swadley said the development was designed to protect natural features and enhance the public's access to the outdoors, with more than 25 acres on the site dedicated to conservation space. The developer partnered with the Noquemanon Trail Network to help build and maintain the development's beautiful trail network, which has become a major recreational trail for the public, whether hiking or mountain biking.
"It is not uncommon to see our residents out walking their dogs, biking the trails, enjoying the children's park or the pergola," Swadley said. "That was the intent of the community design."
Two more residential neighborhoods, the Windstone and North Creek custom home neighborhoods, are planned for the development which, when finished, is planned to have about 200 to 250 living units. Swadley stated that the overall economic impact that Harlow Farms will generate during its development will be $65 million to $70 million for our area, with over $27 million in economic impact already created. He estimated that the project has created and sustained well over 100 jobs through development and housing.
"To be honest, my job here is easy," said Cosco. "The amazing community and the quality of the homes sells itself. There are coordinated community events that bring the residents together: barbeques, wine tastings, book clubs, etc. People here know their neighbors by name and truly enjoy their neighborhood. In fact, if you were to stop any resident you see at Harlow Farms, I feel confident that they would tell you just how happy they are here. In a sense, they are my extended sales force, our residents."
Simone Vaijda, a Harlow Farms resident had this to say: "I really enjoy living in the city of Marquette. Having access to the wooded trails, the ability to walk/bike into town is convenient and fun. We were renting a house at Harlow Farms and the neighbors were so welcoming and friendly that we decided to stay and build our new home in the Horizons neighborhood with a view of Lake Superior and we haven't regretted it since."
Harlow Farms is located off of Wilson St. which runs from behind Econo Foods to Wendy's and the Holiday Inn. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may also contact Jennifer Cosco at 906-631-7094 to schedule a tour of the neighborhood and model homes by appointment.
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