What Makes This a Winner
Location, Location, Location The original block on Wharf Street was wasting prime real estate on empty lots and vacant buildings. Within sight of the May River, in a historic district with an exploding population, the corner of Wharf and Robertson streets could have been a cookie-cutter developer's dream come true. Instead, the town joined with architects and builders to create livable, stylish spaces in the city center.
Affordability + Sustainability "These houses offer a fresh take on colorful, low-cost living while keeping their Southern bones," says Elly Poston. However, the homes please not only the eye but also the earth: They were built in an eco-friendly way using prefabricated materials. Inside, each one has energy-saving elements. It's a winning combination for building sturdy homes that will hold their value over time.
Lasting Results With a grant from the state and the plan put in place by local officials, this is a case of a town recognizing and solving a problem. "It's heartwarming to see these families living in their new neighborhood," says councilman Fred Hamilton.