Carl M. Freeman communities welcomed a new addition to Sussex County on Sunday. Bayside’s model court opened on Route 54, several miles west of Fenwick Island, showcasing the five different home designs available and the Jack Nicklaus signature 18-hole golf course.
“We have been selling homes since a year ago, almost to the day, and the success has been overwhelming,” said Josh Freeman, CEO/president of Carl M. Freeman Companies.
Since last year, more than 400 homes have been sold in the community, a rate faster than in other communities by Freeman Companies. It took three years to sell that many homes at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes and six years at Sea Colony.
The homes will go to settlement starting early this fall.
Also in the fall, construction will begin on townhomes and a pool/tennis/fitness facility in the new development. All the home styles are named after towns in Delaware.
Also announced by Freeman this week was that a lease with a major grocer was expected to be signed soon for a location near Bayside. The grocery store would be located near Routes 54 and 20 and should be open in the spring of 2007.
Attendees at the opening were able to go through Bayside’s model homes and tour the golf course.
The course construction was completed in November of 2004, with Nicklaus inspecting it and approving final shaping of the holes, as well as sand traps, grassing and seeding. The legendary golfer will be on hand at the property again Aug. 8, to make the first ceremonial drive, play all 18 holes and offer final comments on the course.
Freeman said he played the course himself — albeit without holes — just to see what the approaching shots were like.
Bob Crowther, former head golf professional at Cripple Creek Country Club, will take over the same duties at Bayside.
Bayside offers miles of recreational trails; a private pier for sailing, canoeing and kayaking; a nature center; 287 acres of land protected by a conservation easement and a self-guided nature trail.
Freeman said what is different about the company’s communities is that the people who build them are also the ones who live, work and play in them. Many of the vice presidents of the Freeman Communities own homes at Bear Trap Dunes, and some have purchased homes in Bayside.
“I am humbled by the dedication of our employees and how committed they are to fill the trust Freeman Communities has,” Freeman said.