REAL ESTATE: SPECIAL SECTION by Stacey Wiseman

A quiet, lakeside community with the personality of a progressive estate. Tucked behind a beautiful brick wall and lush landscaping, a neat little neighborhood is cropping up. It’s called Preston Park, and it’s getting a lot of attention lately. No, it doesn’t have million dollar homes or a revolutionary retail space. It’s just a quiet street off Choto Road with what will be a total of 21 homes. What makes Preston Park so unique has to do with the details. Unlike other neighborhoods where the only way to distinguish your house from the neighbors’ is by the cars parked in the driveway, Preston Park has nothing but all-original floor plans. These Mountain Craftsman Style homes were specially designed by local architect Jonathan Miller. The floorplans vary between 3000-3500 square feet, almost all of them have a master on the main level, and they were each designed to be truly “liveable” homes. Of course, the handful of lake access lots and plans for a neighborhood walking trail, pier and gazebo overlooking Ft. Loudon Lake are also making a big splash with potential homeowners. Let’s be honest, when you are looking at new homes, it’s easy to let the heart take over. Most of us don’t think about a garage door being too short for a SUV or being able to hear every word your mother-in-law says about you in the next room—or worse yet, vice versa. And you probably won’t even consider how you’ll manage to get sheets of plywood up in the attic so you can use it for storage. These are all things typically discovered after closing. The...