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Weekend Wandering in The Waters

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I have a cute little neighborhood I want to share with you today.  If Serenbe and Seaside were sisters, The Waters would be their brother.  This planned community is located in Pike Road, Alabama – not too far from Montgomery. (Yes, Pike Road is the name of the town.)  And doesn’t that picket fence make you think of Seaside?  The Waters has sidewalks to encourage pedestrian travel, and just look at some of the gorgeous homes there…

(I love the tower rooms on top of these in this next photo!)

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Aren’t they all beautiful?  They look like they could be old houses in a small town, but they are actually new construction.  I have shown you some of the larger ones, but there is a great mix of sizes at The Waters.  (Square footage ranges from a little under 800 square feet up to 8,000 square ft.)  How about this cute cottage?

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And it is not just the architecture of the pretty houses that makes it a great place to live.  Wonderful parks and courtyards are sprinkled throughout the development.

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The street names are precious too….Ring Around the Road, Boardwalk, Bright Spot Street, Carriage House Lane.  Love that!

And like Serenbe and Seaside, The Waters has a few shops.

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And again just like Seaside and Serenbe, there are all sorts of fun events to take part in….hayrides, picnics, parades.

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I haven’t even told you the best part. The Waters is built around a 200 acre lake. Oh yes!   You get all the beauty of living in a small town plus all the amenities of waterfront lake living.

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They say the fishing there is really good, but I especially like their boathouse at Lake Cameron.

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Now, do you see that building there that looks like a church?

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That building is really their meeting house, and it is named Chapel Hill.  It is used for weddings, meetings, family reunions, and other special events.  If you happen to be in that area this fall on the weekend of October 19, you won’t want to miss the Chapel Hill Market.  Several bloggers (Miss Mustard Seed, Urban Farm Girl, the Lettered Cottage folks, and others) will be selling items there, and author, Mary Kay Andrews will be on hand to talk about her latest book.  You can read all about it here.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  I was looking online at VRBO for a place to stay if we happen to decide to stay for the night, and I found the sweetest little carriage house there in The Waters.

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It would have been perfect, but it was already rented for the weekend. Boohoo.   Then I happened to be reading Miss Mustard Seed’s blog post, and she posted that she is renting it for the weekend!  Now I know who beat me to it!

So are you ready to pack up and move to The Waters?  I think it looks like a precious place, and I hope that we do get to visit the Chapel Hill Market on that weekend in October. Who knows…we might even find a home there we would consider buying one day. 🙂  Afterall, how could anyone resist this view?

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Beautiful.

Enjoy your weekend wherever you may be. We’ll be celebrating my birthday and our 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday here at home. 🙂

until next time…

 

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Megan - August 9, 2013 - 7:58 am

Hi there (again) Kelly,

I am catching up on your posts after a week away. First off – you and my daughter share the same birthday:) Happy birthday!!!!! Second – Happy Anniversary! 28 years together is wonderful!!
Third – the Waters looks like a wonderful place to live or visit. I wish that we lived close enough to see it in person. It reminds me of the planned community where my in-laws moved recently. It is planned around a golf course, and I describe it as living at a resort, where you are always on vacation. Wouldn’t that be nice!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Paula B. - August 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

Happy (belated) Birthday, I’m glad there was lots of good food and cake. And, Happy Anniversary to you both! Love the town, I did have to look twice at a few pictures because some of those homes have much older twin versions here in Providence. That main avenue with shops and businesses looks charming, too. Now, I want to come and see MKA and Miss Mustard Seed, and shop/sightsee in October – I wonder if I could get a few girlfriends together for a road trip, how fun that would be. Hope the school year has started off well and everything is pretty well organized…. We are enjoying picture perfect weather here: warm days, no humidity, and cool nights, hope it lasts.
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Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes, Paula. It would make sense that The Waters would look like an older town since it seems so many planned community developers study old towns to find architectural details to copy (and layouts too.) A visit there in October would make a great girls’ roadtrip. School has started great…loving my new job! NOT loving the humidity here though. It is like a sauna!! Jealous of your weather.
Kelly

Martha - August 5, 2013 - 9:02 pm

What a lovely place! I was glad to see a previous poster said it reminded her a bit of The Stepford Wives because I thought it looked like the cute town in Jim Carrey’s The Truman Show,that was actually filmed in the planned community of Seaside FL. As much as I like the wholesome quality of The Waters, it is a little too perfect…..every town needs the “crazy old lady house” or the “why don’t they mow their lawn? house”……or maybe I don’t want someone dictating to me how my house and yard should look. I guess that is why we live back off the road on 7 acres with only the hungry deer to challenge my gardening efforts.
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I really think it is the photography that is giving it that air of eerie perfectionism. We need some people, cars, and unkept yards to give it a dose of reality! I wonder what the residents of Seaside thought of The Truman Show.
Kelly

Kerry@homecrush - August 5, 2013 - 5:42 pm

I just found your blog via The Inspired Room and had so much fun visiting! Love your house so much, and it was fun to see this beautiful Alabama area!
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Well I am so glad you came over from Melissa’s site! Welcome Kerry! I am glad you liked the house. Please come to visit again anytime you want. 🙂
Kelly

Lynn McKinley - August 5, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Oh my goodness, I was in Montgomery this weekend visiting my brother and sister-in-law! I have been to The Waters and it is absolutely beautiful! They have friends who live there. It would be so much fun to live there….not a care in the world. Right? There are also some really beautiful homes in Montgomery. If you have never ventured off of the interstate, be sure to do so!
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What a small world Lynn! We do wander off the interstate in Montgomery because we have relatives there, but I have never been to that little “town.” I know it must be a very pretty place.
Kelly

Jayne - August 4, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Happy Birthday and anniversary!!! You do not look old enough to have been married 28 years!!! That is a beautiful community! Thank you for sharing!!!
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Thank you Jayne! I am definitely old enough to be married that long. I would have married him 10 years sooner if he had just asked! 🙂 Glad you liked seeing a little of The Waters.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 4, 2013 - 8:02 pm

What a charming little town. I love the row of houses that look out on a green down the center of the block. There are some homes in Newport Beach that were built to have that community space and I love them.
What a pretty area…wish I lived closer so I could check vrbo for a place to stay while I explore the area.
xo,
Karen
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I thought that row of houses with the grassy courtyard looked great, too Karen. I wonder who mows that grass! 🙂 I would think that would be a great place for children to play.
Kelly

Theresa LH - August 4, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversry! I loooove Pike Road! My Dad’s family is from Alabama and I always have loved the area! Thanks for the great post and pics.
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How wonderful that you have relatives in that area! You should have been able to recognize places in the photos then. Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes, Theresa!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - August 4, 2013 - 10:28 am

Happy Birthday and anniversary!
This community is so cute, and from reading Layla’s blog, I recognized the Chapel, which I understand has never been a church.
We have a community that is similar here, called Newtown. It was developed on former farmland, and was very controversial before being developed. The area is in a close proximity to floodplain, and as such, it had a rough start,but is now doing well. I so wanted to move in, but hubby thought it too pricy and kind of controlling in it’s restrictions. Oh well, can’t always get what you want!
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Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes Marianne. No a floodplain would not be good…and flood insurance is an added cost. I have often thought planned communities often price many people out of the market, but lately there have been quite a few homes in them available for MUCH less due to foreclosure. It never hurts to look! They would have architectural controls, but if you buy a house that is already built you don’t have to deal with that. I am not sure about other restrictions…we do enjoy our freedom out here in the country!
Kelly

Lisa - August 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Happy birthday and happy anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our 28th anniversary, too! ;). I think The Waters is absolutely dreamy! I love seeing Layla and Kevin’s photos around their neighborhood. I wonder how I could find neighborhoods similar to those you have featured recently in other parts of Florida. Do you have any suggestions? Would they be called “planned communities?” Thanks, Kelly!
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Thank you Lisa, and congratulations to you, too! Planned communities would be a place to start..or perhaps look up the names of developers from other planned communities to see what else they have developed. Celebration is a really nice one near Disney World.
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - August 3, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

I wish I lived closer to attend the Chapel market. It sounds like fun.
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I don’t suppose that Alabama is a quick hop and jump from Virginia, is it? Wish you were closer too. Thank you for the sweet wishes for the day!
Kelly

Pat in Georgia - August 3, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Happy Birthday Kelly, had I known, I could have scheduled a perfectly made birthday cake. Happy Anniversary too! Are both occasions on the same day; how special is that? What a wonderful birthday present to marry the man of your dremas on your birthday!!! The market in October sounds like so much fun and should be perfectly cool. I can imagine the leaves turning and the air being crisp at night. Have fun this weekend!!!!
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Oh Pat, I know your cake would have been delicious! But glory have we eaten today…bakery treats for breakfast, a bakery cake I requested like last year, my mom’s homemade tiramisu cake, and we ate lunch out today too….I am FULL! It was a wonderful birthday present to marry him on my birthday – especially after chasing him for 10 years. 🙂 The funny thing was, with the morning wedding on our wedding day, I did not even remember it was my birthday until about halfway through that day! I guess the wedding kind of made me forget on that day.
Enjoy your weekend!
Kelly

Susan - August 3, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Another wonderful tour – thanks, Kelly! Enjoy your celebrations~
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Thank you Susan! We are eating our way through the weekend!
Kelly

Sherry - August 3, 2013 - 11:51 am

Hi Kelly,
Happy birthday Kelly and happy anniversary. I also teach and you have my design taste to the letter. I love your home tour and was so happy to feature it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Sherry
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Sherry that was such a delight to find our home tour featured over on your blog this morning! What a nice surprise on my birthday! I hope you have a great school year. Thank you again!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - August 3, 2013 - 10:50 am

Lovely! And a very, very Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to you!!
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Thank you Barbara! I hope your new book is moving right along on schedule for you.
Kelly

Dawn - August 3, 2013 - 10:37 am

Kelly,
Happy birthday and Anniversary! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! We are hoping to get out that way on October 19. I would love to meet Kevin and Kayla from The Lettered Cottage and have Mary Kay Andrews sign my books. How fun it would be to meet you too!
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Great! If we get to go, I do hope we get to meet. Mary Kay Andrews should be a hoot! Glad you mentioned taking your books to be signed. Good idea!
Kelly

House Crazy Sarah - August 3, 2013 - 10:35 am

This is just gorgeous Kelly – this is the type of development I like to see!
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I love to see them too Sarah, and if we were to live in a neighborhood (instead of out here in the country) I would want to live in one…especially one with shops close enough to walk to. In fact, I have mentioned to my husband that I would love to live above a shop when all our children are gone from home. It reminds me of the bookstore in Jan Karon’s Mitford books.
Kelly

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - August 3, 2013 - 10:02 am

Looks like a wonderful place to live! I have one question: I didn’t see any garages. Are they in an alley in the back, by any chance? Just wondering.
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I don’t know Pinky. That’s a great question! Usually in those kind of communities they do put them in the back. They don’t outlaw driving there, so there HAS to be a garage for folks somewhere.
Kelly

Scribbler - August 3, 2013 - 9:49 am

We are planning to go to the market, but I didn’t know anything about this development around the chapel. Thanks for enlightening me! This is similar to a couple of planned communities here in Birmingham, too.
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I hope you get to go! I will have to do some research on Birmingham communities, too. I loved the article about the city in the latest issue of Southern Living, and I understand you have some great restaurants there.
Kelly

Nancy - August 3, 2013 - 9:23 am

What a beautiful community! Having said that… 😉 I saw the picture of the homes with the church looking commumity building on The Lettered Cottage and, now seeing these pictures, it just reinforces the creepiness factor for me. lol I don’t know why but these planned communities of late remind me of a Twilight Zone show I saw once. Or maybe it was the movie The Stepford Wives. Or Children of the Corn? lol Anyhoo, I am pretty sure I’m the only weirdo like that. Guess I just like my surroundings more random and less “planned all on one sheet of paper”. Have a great weekend! 😀
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Nancy, I do see a Stepford Wives kind of vibe in the photo of the church…especially since few of these photos have people in them. Perhaps if the church had not been up on the hill it would give it less of that look? There is a good article about the design of this particular community here: http://www.tndtownpaper.com/Volume10/water_world.htm Apparently the “control” in the planning of The Waters is a little looser than what you find in others. Might make for good reading. And by the way, you are not the only one to think that. My mom said the same thing! I think of it more as the “Disney” effect..where everything is made to look pretty, and less Stepford Wives. 🙂
Kelly

Mickey - August 3, 2013 - 8:52 am

Thank you for sharing those beautiful homes. I will look at them over and over. I have been reading about the Chapel Hill Market, it sounds like a great time. I am currently reading Mary Kay Andrews new book, “Ladies Night” and I can’t put it down, she is one of my favorite authors. Hope you had a good beginning for the school year, I was in my preschool classroom yesterday doing some painting. I don’t start until the end of August….a few more days! My husband and I celebrate our 39th anniversary today (Aug. 3rd), we are going to shop for new running shoes, attend the coop electric picnic, and get a special treat to enjoy! Happy Anniversary and Happy birthday! Mickey
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Mickey, I need to catch up on some of the MKA books. Love them! How neat that we share the same anniversary! It sounds like you have wonderful plans for the weekend. I think we have eaten all day long. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!
Kelly

Kayleigh Harkins - August 3, 2013 - 8:41 am

Happy Wedding Anniversary!
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Thanks Kayleigh! We miss you!!!! I hope your year will be a great one at your new school. I thought of you as we were chowing down on Robin’s chocolate pound cake this week. 🙂
Kelly

Louvina - August 3, 2013 - 8:35 am

Another great “tour”! Thank you for these refreshing mini-trips! I think people are seeking a sense of community and wanting to go back to a time where family and friends can get together for what is important to all of us– simple, basic pleasures. Love the Chapel and meeting place! Hope you have a wonderful birthday/anniversary weekend before “full steam ahead” back to school/work schedules begin. I’m off to “destination” unknown with my youngest– she works and I get to enjoy luxury resort time!! My, this retirement schedule is not so bad after all! 🙂
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It sounds like you have a very good system going on there, Louvina! Retirement is looking better and better. We are enjoying the weekend here, and yes it will be full steam ahead for the next 10 months.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - August 3, 2013 - 8:29 am

Kelly, one of my best friends daughter lives in that community! In fact, she lives near the church/meeting house. I did not know about festivities for Oct 19th….thanks for sharing.
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What a small world Arlene! You should go to the Market this fall. I know it will be a good one.
Kelly

Karen - August 3, 2013 - 8:27 am

I have seen pictures of that before and it is just lovely! It is a place I would love to visit someday..thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary. Enjoy your weekend 🙂
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Glad you like the place Karen. Thank you for the wishes for my birthday and our anniversary, and we are enjoying the weekend here (lots of cake!)
Kelly

Cheri - August 3, 2013 - 8:23 am

Happy Birthday Kelly and Happy Anniversary!

Oh my goodness…I want to live there. I love coming to your blog and checking out all these fantastic places you find and you have some of the best pictures (too). I would love to go to Chapel Hill Market, my problem is hunting season (hubby not me). Maybe I’ll see you there (fingers crossed).
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Thank you Cheri! I am glad you specified who had the hunting season going on.:) I think the Market will be lots of fun – not only the shopping, but the meeting new people too.
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - August 3, 2013 - 8:18 am

How beautiful! I love new homes that are made to look old! They have that charm but with all the modern conveniences! Such a lovely place! Happy Birthday and anniversary!
-Shelley
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Such a good point, Shelley. The combination of “old looks” with modern conveniences can’t be beat! Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes.
Kelly

Judy - August 3, 2013 - 6:19 am

OMG Kelly! That’s right here in my hometown. Last Saturday evening after eating out my husband and I decided to ride out to The Waters as we haven’t been there in a few years. A friend of ours brother was the original developer and she was decorating the model home and asked us to help…what fun that was! I couldn’t believe how it had grown and I told my husband that I very rarely get house fever but those homes make me want to move right in! I’m planning on going to the Market in October but that is my daughter’s birthday weekend so not sure if there are any plans for that or not. Let me know if you plan on being there! And yes, that place really does remind me of Seaside.
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How fun you got to help with the model home! I’m jealous! If we get to go, I will definitely let you know and then we can finally meet up. 🙂
Kelly

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