New family-friendly neighborhood coming to northeast area
Eric Perry with Epic Homes is the exclusive builder of a new housing development in the northeast area, Thunder Valley, which is off of F 1/2 Road, just east of Thunder Mountain Elementary School. When it’s complete, the neighborhood will have a total of 84 homes on a 23-acre parcel of land.

Home construction is being done in phases, and there are 26 total homes in this first phase of construction. Right now, there are four homes under construction, with three that are vertical and visible, while one is still in foundation stages.

“I’m hoping to get eight more foundations done before winter,” said Perry, who added that many other builders are also trying to get foundations in and homes started before the cold weather slows progress, and concrete subcontractors are extremely busy.

Right now, Perry has four home plans that he’s using, although all the plans have multiple elevation options and exterior differences, so the homes won’t look identical from the outside, even if they have the same floor plan inside. He’s working with an interior designer on color palettes and finishes and has both contemporary and traditional packages, which will add more diversity to the neighborhood.

As he continues to build and opens the other filings, he’ll add more home plans to the mix. There are 16 lots in the second filing, and there will be 42 lots in the third filing. Infrastructure is complete only for the first filing, but Perry is hoping to do infrastructure for the second filing in 2020, and for the third filing in 2021.

Lot sizes are generous at Thunder Valley, ranging from 7,000 to 14,000 square feet. Homes will be 1,950 to 2,100 square feet, with three-car garages. All the lots will have RV parking, which is an unusual, but highly desirable feature in a new subdivision. Lots also have pressurized irrigation water, and front yard landscaping is included in the purchase price of the homes.

The neighborhood borders Thunder Mountain Elementary School on the west side, and there is a sidewalk from the main street in the neighborhood, Thunder Ridge Drive, that leads directly to the school, so children won’t have to walk out onto F 1/2 Road to get to the neighborhood school.

The first home in the neighborhood should be done sometime in November, and the other three already under construction should follow every few weeks. Once the first eight homes are closer to completion and closing, Perry is planning to build a model home on the lot that’s closest to F 1/2 Road. The model home will have all the available finishes and choices, which will allow buyers who commit early in the process to pick some of the finishes in their homes.

All of the homes have open floor plans, and most of them have four bedrooms, or three bedrooms and an office/den/flex room. Ceilings are 10 feet in the common areas, which gives a spacious feel to the homes. Kitchens will have granite or quartz countertops. Common areas will have luxury vinyl tile flooring, and bathrooms will have tile in the showers and tub areas.

The walls are all 2X6 construction, which allows greater insulation, and the exterior stucco also adds another insulating layer. Homes will have exterior brick and stone accents, in addition to the stucco. Homes will have forced air heat and central air-conditioning.

Lewis Wash borders part of the development on the west side, and that area is owned by the city, so it will most likely remain an open space area, with trees and other natural landscaping. The neighborhood can be accessed from F 1/2 Road, east of 30 1/2 Road.

Prices for the completed homes will start in the mid-300s, and Harry Perry and other Bray real estate agents will be the listing agents for the development.