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!



Over the past 10 years, we’ve been building the framework of what is now evolving into the Build Collective. It’s been an exciting ride to say the least! A ride that’s been built on the trust and camaraderie of our clients and friends and on the hard work of each member of our firm. And we’re just getting started!

To kick off the new year, we’re proud to announce that Build Cincinnati is now Build Collective!

As you can see, our new name and brand isn’t a huge departure from what we’ve been as you can see. In fact, it’s still all about you. Our logo will NEVER be the prominent thing you see. Our business has always and will always be about your property not us as the Realtors. 

So, why are we changing our name, you might ask?

Well, it’s less of a change and more of an evolution of our company. Given that each of us have specialized expertises in different areas, we wanted a name that would encompass that. 
Also, it’s not just about us. We work with incredible builders, developers, buyers,  sellers, home owners, engineers, architects, and municipalities everyday that each play a role in our success. 

Essentially, we are now, more than ever, a collective of individuals and companies that are as much partners as they are clients. We work together as a team to provide the best suite of services possible. We all know that each sale and transaction takes a village! 

At Build Collective, we are different things to different clients: We are Realtors. We are a Marketing Agency. We are Developers. We are Communicators. And, most important, we are advocates for you!
Collective was a word that described that best and didn’t limit us base on geography…Sorry Kentucky! 

And, another announcement…
Did we mention this new name needs a new office! At the end of January, we’ll be moving to the heart of Montgomery (not far from where we are now) to 9361 Montgomery Rd Suite D.

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Over the next several weeks, we’ll slowly be rolling out our new name on our website, signage, brochures, and other marketing materials. But, just as it’s been since out start, it won’t be all about us. It’s about you. 
So, as we set out to tackle the 2019 real estate market, we set out with a new name, new office and tremendous excitement, but the same mission: to provide unparalleled, specialized service for each of our clients!

Thanks as always for your support and cheers to 2019!
Mike Hines & the Build Collective Team
9361 Montgomery Rd Suite D, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242


Daley’s Incredible Mid Century Modern Makeover

Daley’s Incredible Mid Century Modern Makeover

Something special can happen when a builder has enough passion for design that they find inspiration when they’re not looking. This is the case for Graeme Daley of Daley Design + Build. Recently, he began designing a new lifestyle home that is inspired by Mid Century Modern living.

If you don’t know Graeme, he is the president and owner of Daley Design + Build, hence the name of course. The company is relatively new, but he’s not new to building game! He’s been involved in real estate, specifically design and building for the better part of a decade. Recently, he set out on his own with a company that focuses on what he feels like has been missing in custom home: Thoughtful Design.

Fast forward to Fall 2018. Graeme has spent the 1st half of this year working with his architects to design new plans that are truly inspired. They’re as much about as the look and feel as they are function. His most recent market home design is a take on the much loved Mid Century Modern. He’s spent hours trying to perfect the roof pitches and window placements to be sure that Carl Strauss would be happy. When you walk through the home, you’ll have angle ceilings with wide open spaces and light pouring in from the walls to ceilings.

Entrance of Orchard Trail

This specific plan is meant to be built on a lot in Orchard Trail, which is a lifestyle community just off Montgomery Rd near Weller. It’s designed to complement the existing craftsman style homes that have been built by using compatible materials, roof heights and presentations. We’re particularly excited to watch this home take shape and see Graeme carefully revive one of the past few centuries most cherished home designs.

Take a look at the Orchard Trail Web Page and let us know if you’d like to talk with Graeme about designing an incredible home in Orchard Trail or any of his other areas (Madeira, Montgomery or Indian Hill)!

Luxury Townhomes Coming to Oakley

Luxury Townhomes Coming to Oakley

Business Courier Article 9-6-18 by Tom Demeropolis.  Original Article found here

A new luxury townhome development is coming to the heart of Oakley.

PLK Communities LLC plans to build 19 townhomes at the corner of Madison Road and Taylor Avenue, just steps from Oakley Square. The project, known as the Allora on Madison, will have homes starting at $495,000.

Nick Lingenfelter, vice president of development with Sycamore Township-based PLK Communities, said the developer originally was looking at a larger-scale project for the property at 3133 Madison Road.

“After working with community and other partners in the area, it made sense to build residential,” Lingenfelter told me.

Allora on Madison will be built on property that was most recently a Fifth Third Bank branch location. PLK Communities purchased the two-thirds of an acre site from Fortus Group in July 2017 for $1.15 million. Fortus had planned an 82-unit apartment building, parking below grade and street-level commercial space.

Demolition of the former bank branch is expected to start in the next 30 days.

Each townhome will be 1,800 square feet, with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and framed for optional elevators. Other features will include three decks for each townhome, including a private rooftop deck, a two-car garage and yards for several units.

The homes will have high-end finishes throughout, including granite or quartz countertops, nice cabinetry, hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings on the main floor and 9-foot ceilings on the bedroom floor.

Allora on Madison will be LEED Silver. The project is part of PLK Communities’ Lifestyle Collection, which also includes the Broadway Brownstones in Loveland.

The development will include three buildings with eight units facing Madison Road, six units facing St. Cecilia Catholic Church and five units facing Taylor Avenue.

When designing Allora on Madison, Lingenfelter said he learned a number of lessons from previous projects: Buyers are interested in prime locations, contemporary designs on the interior and exterior and the ability to have a monthly payment all-in under $3,000 with only 10 percent down. Having LEED Silver certification will reduce the taxable value of the townhomes by $400,000 for 15 years, as the city of Cincinnati offers a residential tax abatement.

Lingenfelter said the all-in monthly payment for a townhome at Allora on Madison will be about the same as the monthly payment on an existing $325,000 home in Oakley.

Denis Back & Associates Architects is the architect for Allora on Madison. A contractor is expected to be selected in the coming weeks. PLK Communities selected Build Cincinnati of Coldwell Banker West Shell to list Allora on Madison.

Mike Hines, co-founder of Build Cincinnati, said the location in Oakley gives buyers a walkable neighborhood with suburban conveniences nearby.

“There’s not a single urban neighborhood that has as much to offer as Oakley does,” Hines told me.

The development’s name comes from the Italian word for “then,” or “next.” Allora on Madison is the next project for PLK Communities in Oakley, following its townhome project 2940 @ the Square.

While homes will start at $495,000, pricing is still being finalized on the townhomes. Lingenfelter and Hines expect to have final pricing in the next 30 to 60 days. They also are finalizing interior designs of the townhomes, which will have three distinct options for the finishes.

Allora on Madison is expected to deliver townhomes in early summer 2019.

Broadway Brownstones – Active Living with ZERO Maintenance in Loveland!

Broadway Brownstones – Active Living with ZERO Maintenance in Loveland!

Have you been to Downtown Loveland lately? Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy a home, you need to get down there. It’s incredibly vibrant and keeps getting better each and every day! Even with so many vibrant city centers in the Greater Cincinnati area, Loveland stands on it’s own as one of the best with quaint shops and bustling restaurants…even in the winter time!

Now, we know that most of you know historic Downtown Loveland for the Little Miami Bike trail, which is of course, amazing! The scene trail stretches 78 miles up and down some of Ohio’s most beautiful terrain with restaurants and shops along the way.

But, the Little Miami Trail is just one small part of the why people love Loveland. (pun intended)  Below are a few of our favorites in Loveland that keep pulling us back (regardless of the great community we have listed right in the heart of downtown!)…

Can you image living next to all of that? Well, at Broadway Brownstones you can! Broadway Brownstones has so much to offer, and with with low maintenance living, you can focus on being active where it counts and when you want to! Here are 5 reasons to call Broadway home:

  • No Maintenance Living – Enjoy biking through Loveland, not cutting your grass
  • Loveland Bike Trail – 78 Miles… need we say more?
  • Historic Downtown Loveland – Picturesque and bustling!
  • Rooftop Decks – Views of the River and Downtown. Perfect for Entertaining!
  • Luxury Finishes – On rainy days, enjoy the the fine details throughout your new home.

What are you waiting for? Call Bob Hines, Build Collective at Coldwell Banker West Shell (513-260-0424) today to set up a showing at one of our units.

OR Visit the Broadway Brownstones Website to see each space and you could be out on the trail before you know it!

Ready and Waiting in Oakley! (LEED & LOCATION!)

Ready and Waiting in Oakley! (LEED & LOCATION!)

How hard is it to find a new or renovated home in Oakley or Hyde Park?! We know it isn’t easy! But every once in a while a great brand new home hits the market and makes a few waves!

The property we’re talking about is 3874 Isabella Ave by Mike Brown Construction. It was literally JUST finished  and is waiting for you!

Rather than bore you with all sorts of details, we’re going to cut right to the chase and share 5 reasons you should be considering this home!…

The Tax Abatement: This house is LEED Gold Certified. What the heck does that mean? Well, you’re saving a heck of a lot of money! LEED Gold means you can be have up to $562,000 abated and since you’ll be able to utilize almost that entire amount, you’ll save anywhere from $10-12,000 PER YEAR!! Oh and did we forget to mention that LEED means it comes with energy efficient EVERYTHING: HVAC, water heater, faucets, insulation…the list goes on.

The Location: Do you want to live less than ten homes from Downtown Oakley? Here’s your chance. You can stop down to OPG or MadTree for a beer and be back within an hour. No reason to stop at one though since you can walk on home.

Light and Bright Inside: Don’t let the sleek, urban exterior deceive you: light pours in from every angle in the living spaces. With the windows strategically placed to allow plenty of light and privacy, you’ll immediately feel at home on the couch. Oh yeah and it’s a walkout with a finished basement so you get plenty of light in the basement as well!



Size and Value: With 4 bedrooms (3 upstairs and 1 in the basement) and 3.5 baths, you’ll never grow out this home. The well allocated square footage allows for perfectly sized rooms so the home fits you like a glove.

Backyard, Front Porch and Private Decks: This house has a little bit of everything. The backyard is downright massive. Perfect for a fire pit, playground, corn hole, and whatever else you’re looking for. Not to mention, you have two trex decks (a huge deck on the front of the home and another for entertaining on the rear of the home just off the kitchen). Get ready to invite your friends over for a BBQ and then hit up the local watering hole to keep the night going.

AND…with comparable new homes in the 600s and 700s within a stones throw, the $599,900 price tag is a tremendous value for this part of town!

We could go on all day long, but I think we made out point! Get over to see us for an open house or set up a showing at 686-7676.