By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON HARBOR — Harbor Shores continued to grow Friday with the grand opening of its sixth neighborhood in six years.
The residential, golf, recreational and waterfront community in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor held a grand opening for what is being called the Enclave neighborhood.
Enclave is the newest residential neighborhood and will border the No. 6 fairway at Harbor Shores. Homes will start at $385,000, which places it between current neighborhoods Trailside and Hideaway.
One home was built and used as an example for visitors to see what the other five homes could look like.
Kerry Wright, director of real estate sales and marketing at Harbor Shores, said the single-family homes in Enclave are within walking-distance to the Jean Klock Park Beach, Benton Harbor’s Arts District and 12 miles of walking trails.
“From a location standpoint, it’s tough to beat,” Wright said. “We are 70 percent sold out of our current inventory, which is why new neighborhoods like the Enclave are welcome. We need homes to sell.”
The home people got a glimpse of Friday was 2,400 square feet, with four bedrooms and three and half bathrooms.
The proceedings continue Saturday and Sunday, an open house from noon to 3 p.m.
Wright said Harbor Shores has seen great gains since opening in 2010.
“When we set out in the beginning, we had always talked about the capacity of 500 homes,” Wright said. “The long-term vision has been to continue to grow this thing year to year. Did I think it would happen as quickly as it has? Maybe not. You’ve got to remember, in 2010 our economy was different.”
The Enclave homes will have three different basement models to choose from and are built by Greg Powell of Powell Construction.
Powell said they began building seven months ago. But the concept was in the works for six months before that.
“It was designed to fit in between the Hideaway and the Trailside (neighborhoods),” Powell said. “We developed and designed these for people with an active family lifestyle.”