REEDSVILLE — When Grant Newland, of Reedsville, bought a piece of property up the road from Eastern Local Schools, he knew he wanted to build a house for himself in the area.
And with 40 years of building houses under his belt, he knew he could do it.
After moving back from Cleveland, Newland wanted to build his own house, but knew he wanted to give back to the Reedsville community as well. So Newland decided to build four other houses on the same piece of property called East Pointe. There will be five total lots, with five separate houses built by Newland himself.
“The first reason (for building houses) was for me making a living, but at the same time I’m bringing a lot of other local people here instead of going out and hiring a lot of people, ” he said. So far the farthest place that Newland has had to go for materials is Parkersburg, W.Va.
Newland said all utilities, installed in March, are underground so that each property is visually pleasing, and said that each house has enough room between the other. While the properties all touch, Newland said that each piece of property is about 2 acres and extends far back into the woods behind each home. The house that is currently the most complete is a modified ranch-style home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a two-car garage and a laundry room. The home will have some amenities, including hardwood floor, ceramic tile, a master bath and a Jacuzzi drop-in tub. Newland said each home will be about 1,500- to 1,800-square-feet.
“Every house I’ve built I’ve lived in,” Newland said. He added that the houses are as nice a quality as he would want, and that he wants to keep (the houses) at an affordable reach for prospective buyers. His dream is becoming more of a reality, he says, thanks to help from Farmers Bank.
“With our help he’s made it possible,” Lori Miller, commercial lender at Farmer’s Bank, said. ” As a community bank, we are excited about helping businesses in our area.”
The house that is currently the most finished will be on the market soon, with another home in the works already captivating some interested buyers. Newland said he plans to start building his new home and a fourth home at the same time. He said that subdividing won’t be allowed on any property.
“I like the idea that he’s putting quality in (to each house), like he’s living in it (himself),” Miller said. “It’s not inexpensive. It’s how he would want to live.”
Newland said he didn’t want to be cheap, but didn’t want prices to be too extreme and unattainable, he said. He added that the properties are in close to Eastern Local Schools and surrounding towns, including Belpre and Marietta.
For any questions about the homes, call Newland at 740-516-9343.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-444-4303.