Cousins creates a Blalock Lakes lifestyle; over 1,500 acres for hunting, fishing, horses

Tue, 08/08/2006 - 12:30pm
By: The Citizen

On nearly 3,000 wooded acres that has been in one family for decades, Georgia-based Cousins Real Estate Corporation is designing a unique multi-generational retreat of only 399 home sites with over half the land set aside for an array of recreational pleasures made possible by the great expanses of open space.

Located in the rolling hill country of Coweta County just 45 minutes south of downtown Atlanta, Blalock Lakes is a precedent-setting community combining comfortably elegant lakeside and lake view living, fine homes on wooded estate lots, and picturesque farmsteads, in a scenic natural environment where residents’ lifestyle options include hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.

Homes, farms and recreational preserves will be connected by winding two-lane County roads that allow residents to slow down and appreciate the remarkable beauty of their surroundings.
The centerpiece of the community is a network of three lakes totaling 180 acres where home owners and their guests can fish, enjoy the water in canoes, kayaks or electric powered watercraft, relax along the shoreline, or socialize at the Lake Club. Residents will have every opportunity to live a slower paced, natural lifestyle surrounded by family and friends and an array of recreational amenities.

In addition to the lakeside facilities, amenities at Blalock Lakes include a hunting preserve with a shooting clay course and Hunt Club, an equestrian center where residents can keep their horses, a vintage community post office and a traditional general store conveniently located near the gated and manned main entrance. Home sites will range from lakeside cottage lots, and larger lake view sites, up to 40-acre farms or estates.
All the homes at Blalock Lakes will have an elegantly natural look on the outside with materials and colors compatible with and respectful of the surrounding forests, lakes and rolling hills.

The lakeside and lake view homes – which will range in size from 1,800 to 3,200 square feet – will be among the first homes built in the community and will be constructed by Pine Mountain Builders under the strict specifications of EarthCraft House. EarthCraft House is a building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. The environmentally friendly homes will be complemented by high technology, which will be provided by Newnan Utilities.

A custom home may be built on the other sites by the landowner’s own builder who meets the Blalock Lakes design and construction standards, or by one of a team of builders recommended by Cousins.

Cousins will make every effort to preserve the natural habitat including working with a variety of consulting teams with expertise in hunting, fishing, equestrian sports and the natural environment. The area is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, fox, wild turkey, ducks and many species of nesting birds as well as native flora like dogwoods and native azaleas.
“We want to take what is already good about this property and make it even better for the homeowners and the habitat,” said Dan Camp, Senior Vice President of Development in the Land Division at Cousins, and the individual with day-to-day oversight of Blalock Lakes.

Just 30 minutes south of Downtown Atlanta, adjoining Fulton and Fayette counties, Coweta County has large tracts of undeveloped land coupled with a highly developed infrastructure. Newnan, the county seat, is a traditional southern town with a picturesque town square with a historic courthouse surrounded by lively shops and restaurants. Blalock Lakes is approximately 15 minutes from Hwy. 34 E., which offers access to major retail centers, restaurants, and theaters.

The county conducted a survey last year called “Be Something Different,” and 81 percent of the respondents said it was important to preserve the county’s pastoral character. Approximately 69 percent said they favor conservation subdivision zoning, in which homes are clustered in order to preserve large areas of green space. Blalock Lakes fits both those criteria says, County Commission Chairman Greg Tarbutton.
“This will be a quality place,” says Tarbutton. “It will add to the community and not take anything away.

“This will allow the area to maintain its rural character which is important to the people of Coweta County,” he said. “The ‘Be Something Different’ study proved that is what residents want.”

Preliminary construction at Blalock Lakes will begin this summer with construction on the first lakeside and lake view homes to begin later in the year.

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