Warner Robins Cottages under construction
Designed to attract young professionals, empty nests and people transitioning to Warner Robins who are looking to rent rather than buy, a low-density, multi-family development is under construction at Warner Robins.
The Cottages at Warner Robins will offer a mix of lofts, single-story and two-story cottages located on 28 acres along the west side of South Houston Lake Road, just south of Southside Baptist Church.
Birmingham-based Capstone Communities, a commercial real estate company specializing in the development, management and construction of student and multi-family housing, has built a similar cottage-style development in Huntsville, Alabama, with further work underway.
The Cottages at Warner Robins is a build-to-let, new style of town planning development that comprises 251 units and includes sidewalks, pocket parks and open green spaces.
“We want The Cottages to provide residents with a sense of community that is different from the traditional apartment setting,” Amanda Wallis, executive vice president of development for Capstone Communities, said in a press release.
Build-to-let developments are one of the fastest growing trends in multifamily real estate, offering the feel of city living but without mortgages or maintenance responsibilities. Around 120,000 rental housing starts are expected this year alone, according to industry expert Brad Hunter of Hunter Housing Economics.
A few highlights
The Warner Robins Cottages were designed by Birmingham-based Nequette Architecture & Design. Here are some highlights:
- The chalets are a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that include outdoor courtyards and private patios.
- The chalets feature nine to 12 foot ceilings, faux wood floors, and built-in washers and dryers.
- They also include a suite of smart home technologies, 24/7 on-call maintenance and optional garage parking.
- Other facilities include courtyards with pavilions and grilling stations, a clubhouse with a resort-style pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a dog park, and valet trash cans.
Just five miles southwest of Robins Air Force Base, The Cottages at Warner Robins already warmly welcome military personnel. The chalets offer an alternative to basic housing while providing a community-like setting, according to the statement.
“We are thrilled to provide the local and military community with an additional housing option where they can call home and create lasting memories,” said Shep Nolen, president of CBI Construction Services. “The Cottages’ central location will allow residents easy access to what they need – whether it’s getting to work, getting groceries or enjoying area attractions – all by offering unparalleled amenities throughout the property.”
CBI is Capstone’s in-house construction entity and serves as the general contractor for the development.
Berkadia JV Equity & Capstone Properties, Capstone’s in-house management division, will begin pre-letting in fall 2022. The first units are expected to be delivered in January 2023, with development expected to be fully completed by July 2023.
A discordant voice
While everything might look good on paper, not everyone is happy with the development, noted Robert Everly.
Everly lives on Kathryn Ryals Road, which runs along another side of the development, in a house he built in 1987. Ryals said he and other neighbors hated to see the woods that once adorned the back of their properties destroyed .
“I had six deer in my yard,” Ryals said.
Capstone has other cottage style developments in the south east.
The Cottages at Old Monrovia in Huntsville, Alabama are open. Monthly rental ranges from $1,255 to $2,285, according to apartments.com.
Similar developments in the works are located in Daytona Beach, Florida; Summerville, SC; Wilmington, North Carolina; Port St. Lucie, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.