Your Guide to Building A Home In Mason

Your Guide to Building A Home In Mason

Mason is a Hot Spot For New Construction!

We Break Down the Top 3 Options for Custom Homes

The Mason area continues to be a hot spot for new construction, and for good reason! With a top rated school district, an abundance of recreational outlets nearby, a wide variety of shopping and dining, and close proximity to I-71 and I-75, new home buyers consistently add Mason to their top choice for a new home. As the 2109 selling season goes into full swing, we wanted to give you a brief outline of three of the most popular New Home Communities in Mason.


  • Site of Homearama 2019
  • Custom Homes from the $800s
  • Half Acre to One Acre Lots
  • Community Pool, Playground, and Gardens
  • Superb Location off of Fields Ertel Road

Vintage Oaks

  • Custom Homes from the $700s
  • Half Acre Home sites with Walkout Options
  • Water features throughout the Community
  • Mature trees & wooded views
  • Conveniently Location off of Duke Blvd

Long Cove

  • Prestigious Community
  • Custom Homes from the $800s
  • Elegant Clubhouse & Community Pool
  • Picturesque Waterways and Streetscape
  • Beautiful Entrances at Wilken and Snider

For more information, contact Mike Hines at 513.260.0424 or Jan Gerding at 513.608.3770 at Build Collective at Coldwell Banker West Shell. They can get you started on building your perfect home in 2019!

A Dummy’s Guide to Homearama in Cincinnati!

A Dummy’s Guide to Homearama in Cincinnati!

Homearama is days away and you should start getting excited because the homes are amazing! We know this first hand because we’ve been there over the past few months and have seen the home come together. We’re spending so much time there since we’re lucky enough to represent Sterling Homes with their #Woodburn show home.

So now that we’ve agreed that Homearama is worth the trip, there are a few things that you need to know to enjoy the show fully!

When is the show and what are the hours? Well, you’ll have no shortage of opportunity to get out there. The show runs from July 20th to August 5th and runs from 4-10pm Monday through Thursday and 12-10pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pro Tip: The best time to visit are the off hours when it’s the least busy. Typically, that’s around 4 pm on the weekdays or late afternoons or evenings on the weekends. 

Where is it? It’s up in Union Township…don’t know where that is? It’s basically where Mason meets Lebanon at Route 42 and Columbia Rd. For the best direction, CLICK HERE for the Google Map. It’ll get you right where you need to go!

Tickets: Buy Tickets before the show! We have access to tickets at a discounted rate if you come to us EARLY!! That means this week or early next so don’t dilly dally. If you want to save a few bucks, you can always go to Kroger or buy them on the website. Click here to buy tickets now or email us at [email protected] and we’ll get you set up!

What to look for? Besides coming to see me, the Build Cincinnati Team and of course, the Sterling Woodburn home, there are lots of cool things to see! Seriously though, the homes start at $1,100,000 purchase price and only go up so there are all kinds of incredible features you may only see on HGTV or at Homearama. Some of our favorite things that you’ll get to see are the tunnel between two homes, the comeback of brass, a multi-generation home (yes, that’s a real thing!) and mailboxes with fire coming out of them! Ok, that last one might be a stretch, but they do have a gas flame that’s an incredible touch to the community.

The Lebanon Train: Make a day out of Homearama by riding the Mason & Monroe Train. You can ride to the show and back with the kids as it’ll let you out just a couple hundred yards from the show. We’ll be taking our daughter on the train and to the show so we encourage you to join! For details, click here

The Entertainment: Come to the homes, but stay for the party. Almost every night there will be different types of entertainment! Click Here for a list of fun events going on at the show.

Next Year’s Homearama: Want to save some major money on your next custom home? Homearama is the place to do it with plenty of savings from vendors and suppliers. Reach out to Build Cincinnati today so we can share how to build in the new Kensington community on the edge of Mason and Symmes Township right near the Fields Ertel exit on I71.

Discover Kensington

Have you discovered the brand new KENSINGTON neighborhood in Deerfield Township? Now is time to take a look and pick the best home site before you miss out! You can also visit our webpage to learn more! Living Homes Walker Homes M3P

Posted by Build Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tiny Home: If you’re not in the market for a new Custom home, maybe the Tiny Home will be more up your alley. It’ll be a nice change of base from the other 10 homes!If none of these reasons do it for you, then how about just a day or night out! We all could use more of those. Come by and see us so you can see the incredible home that Sterling Homes has built as well as quite a few other custom homes that will leave a lasting memory!

If none of these reasons do it for you, then how about just a day or night out! We all could use more of those. Come by and see us so you can see the incredible home that Sterling Homes has built as well as quite a few other custom homes that will leave a lasting memory!

By the way, here’s a fun video playlist where you can watch Sterling Homes’ WoodBurn Home take shape and the inspiration behind each of the features!

The Inspiration & Design Behind Homearama 2018

The Inspiration & Design Behind Homearama 2018

Home Highlights:
Price: $1,500,000
Size: 7000 Ft. (includes basement and guest suite)
Lot #: 35
Lot Size: 1.30 Acres

With only a few months until Homearama 2018, the team behind Sterling Homes’ Modern
Farmhouse is excited for the droves of people to descend on their newest home and their
fellow builder’s homes! This home promises to be one of those special properties that you’ll be
talking about long after you leave. You might have heard that before, but after we share with
you the inspiration, design and homes features, you’ll be ready to move to Heritage at Highland
Now, if you haven’t heard about the show this year, Homearama is July 7-22nd at Heritage at
Highland Hills in Mason, Ohio. It’s on the north portion of Columbia Rd before Route 42 in a
community that’s nearing completion as a development! That means very little construction
going forward!

This years show features 10 homes by 6 different builders each priced over $1M. Our favorite
(no bias, of course) is Sterling Homes’ Modern Farm Home. The Dream Team of Sterling Homes,
Mary Cassanelli Architect, Design’s on Madison and Build Cincinnati have come together to
design a home that’s exquisite in every way. Here’s just a few things that you should start to get
excited for:


1. Exterior Design: A powerful and well-crafted exterior is all about the details! The
designers of this home focused on each element to create a modern farmhouse that
rivals the best on Houzz! With timber posts, white board & batton, slate stone as the
accent features and a metal roof, this timeless design will be a quick favorite!
2. Letting the Indoors In! Imagine walking into your expansive living area with the ability
to let the outside elements in! With a wall of windows and doors that stretch over 40’ ft
along the back of the house. If you’re into entertaining, this is the space for you. On a
beautiful Summer Day, open the doors and let the fresh air and fun inside! Or invite 30
of your favorite friends for a grill out and fire out in the back!

3. Guest Suite: Whether you love your in-laws or can’t escape them, you can become the
son or daughter of the year by offering your Guest Suite. This separate suite with it’s
own entrance is perfect for the sporadic guest or the long term family members! And
don’t worry, they’ll have their own kitchenette and full bathroom for plenty of privacy!
4. The Little Big Touches: One of our favorite parts of the homes are the accent elements!
The rustic beams that span the great room allow the warmth to sneak in, while the
interior brick along the back walls creates a vintage farm house feel. The combination
of elements creates a cozy, inviting element for the entire family.
5. Incredible Foyer: Welcome your friends in with towering 20’ foyer ceilings. The
impactful entry combined with the gorgeous craftsman, wood doors will be sure to
impress your closets friends and family!

Sound like a home you could move in to? We thought so!

As usual, Homearama will be full of incredible, sometimes over the top, design trends and
features that make for an excellent show. However, if you’re ready for some soft and warm
elegance with a timeless design and longevity, this Sterling Home will hits the bullseye.
Come by and See us at the Show!

2017 Was A Great Year to Build in Mason… 2018 Will Be Even Better!

2017 Was A Great Year to Build in Mason… 2018 Will Be Even Better!

What an exciting year for new construction in the Mason area! The Cincinnati MLS shows over 80 new homes sold in the Mason area in 2017- from lifestyle homes selling in the high $300,000s to high end luxury homes selling over $1,700,000. New rooftops have gone up in all areas of Mason with these being some of the hottest 2017 communities:
Roberts Park/ Hudson Hills
Vintage Oaks
Long Cove
Preserve at Crooked Tree
The price range may vary in the above communities but one thing they all have in common are amenities for the homeowners to enjoy. Community pools, water features and walking paths are the most popular in these 2017 communities.
With the housing inventory low this year, many buyers opted to buy or design a new home and finally move into their dream home. They may have selected a builders plan or designed their new home with the builder and architect. Then they were able to customize their home from brick color down to paint colors and type of flooring.
Mason is in high demand and there are great opportunities for home buyers wanting the Mason lifestyle and Mason Schools to buy a new home. There are a couple new communities planned to open in Mason in 2018 and we are excited to work with new construction buyers in 2018.
We are pleased to represent builders in three of the most sought after new home communities in Mason:
Vintage Oaks featuring custom homes by Shonave Homes
Long Cove featuring custom homes by Classic Living Homes
Kensington featuring custom homes by Walker Builders & Classic Living Homes (opening Spring)

Call Mike Hines at 513.260.0424 or Jan Gerding at 513.608.3770, Coldwell Banker West Shell, for information on building in any of these developments in 2018!

Best Deal In Mason!

Best Deal In Mason!

We can’t tell you how often we are told, “I’m looking for a deal on a home”. And, as you might guess, it’s VERY difficult to find a “deal” with inventory as low as it currently is!

BUT, every once in a while, we find a deal that’s not only incredible, but worth sharing with all of our clients! So, we’ll get right to it and not tease you…

5988 Capeview Place
Mason, Ohio 45040
Area: Deerfield Township
Community: Long Cove (off Snider Rd)
Price: $829,000
School: Mason City Schools
Listed Cost Per Square Foot: $106.14
Builder: Classic Living Homes
To rebuild this home: OVER $1,000,000!!

Why is it a great deal? This home is Classic Living Homes’ Model Home. They’ve been operating their office out of this home for the past 2 years and have decided to sell it BELOW their COST! Why? Well, they’re in the process of designing their new model home so they NEED to move this home. No point in beating around the bush, they want and need to move this home!

If you’ve heard of Long Cove, you know it’s one of the most prestigious communities in Mason/Deerfield Township, if not the region. It has some of the most stunning amenities in any community, including an incredible club house and pool complex, a beautiful network of waterways, and expansive stone bridges connecting the community.

Of course, you have to be interested in Mason Schools and Deerfield Township, but if you check those boxes, you owe it to your self to take a look at this home!

Best of all this home is OPEN THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, FROM 12-1PM. Call Mike Hines of Build Cincinnati at 513.260.0424 or Jan Gerding at 513.608.3770 for a private showing today.

P.S. We’ll have it off the market for late December and January, but we’re happy to take you through!

Introducing Kensington in Deerfield Twp

Introducing Kensington in Deerfield Twp

Key Takeaways:

 Kensington is located  between Snider Rd and Wilkens Blvd in Deerfield Twp and Mason School District.

 The developer is inspired by Kensington in London and will feature a full pool facility, sidewalks and spectacular grand entrance.

 There will be 4 custom home builders in the community, including Walker Homes & Classic Living Homes, with prices starting 750,000+ range for half to 1 acre lots.

It’s the development you didn’t know you were waiting for… KENSINGTON in Deerfield Township!  You might be thinking, “oh, another Mason community”, but we promise you, this one is distinctly different with its incredibly convenient location, London inspired grand entrance motif, and masterfully designed lot settings.

You might need a little vision to see what it will become this Fall, but you won’t have to wait too long. So, lets jump in to what separates Kensington from the rest!

First off, the concept of Kensington came from, where else, Kensington Gardens, which is an affluent district in West London. Even though this Kensington isn’t exactly in Hyde Park, it will carry the same elegance in design with an entrance way fit for a King (or Queen). There will even be subtle nuances of the old city in the landscaping and amenities throughout.

Yes, I said amenities. Not only will you have sidewalks and a grand entrance, but you’ll also have access to a pool and playground specifically for the residence. The developers have also thrown in a few fun family yard games! Every amenity is designed to create a community feel that it’s resident’s would be proud of!

Now, let’s talk location. Kensington is about as convenient as it gets. It’s located off Fields Ertel Rd between Snider Rd and Wilken’s Boulevard. This puts you seconds from I-71 and just a couple of minutes from I-275 and I-75. Since you’re in Deerfield Twp and Mason Schools, you have the trifecta: location, highly rated school district, and a township tax base.

If all that’s not enough, the home sites will seal the deal. Upon entering the community, you’ll see that there are lots of all shapes and sizes for every buyer: walkout lots, wooded lots, and flat lots. Most of the home sites are priced between $180-$240,000 which makes the full home package (lot & house) at around $750,000+.







All in all there will be about 40 Custom Home lots in the community. That offers quite a large selection for you to choose from! If the lot size and price tag is a little steep for you, there is another option. In the back sections of the community, Fischer Homes will be building their Designer Homes on 85-90’ wide lots between $550-675,000 and lifestyle homes on 60’ wide lots in the mid $500,000’s. Either way, you’ll have plenty to choose from!!

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to stay on top of all that is happening in Kensington.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out more information on the community, including exclusive offers from our builders. You just have to be a part of our email list!!

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