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Q & A with O’Neal Village Homeowners

As an award-winning residential and mixed-use developer, The Randolph Group (TRG Communities) has earned a reputation in the Greater Greenville and Upstate region for creating communities that elevate the value of each home. TRG is a hands-on developer, quite selective with the builder network they employ, as well as overseeing and maintaining strict architectural guidelines throughout each community’s evolution. In addition to managing the homebuilding process, they strategically set aside designated areas in each community for amenities, retail shops, and green space. We recently sat down with a couple who are not only homeowners in O’Neal Village (a TRG Community), but business owners there as well.

Q & A with Guichard & Jessica Ulysse

Q. So tell us, what first attracted you to O’Neal Village?

A. (Jessica) The location. At the time we were working in Spartanburg, living in Greenville, and we wanted something convenient and accessible. O’Neal Village is in Greer, in-between the two and a quick, easy drive to both. The second thing was the fact they had plans for a daycare to be built, which was important to us. So that, along with the amenities and commercial aspect of the community, which included a coffee shop, an eyeglass studio, a church…all of those things factored into our decision. We liked the fact it was such a self-contained village.

Q. Speaking of the commercial component, I understand you guys opened a fine-dining restaurant at O’Neal Village.

A. (Guichard) Yes, that is true. It was a dream of ours to open a restaurant and it’s incredible how it all came together in the community in which we live. The restaurant is called House 509 Bistro & Wine Bar and it has been open since this past November.

Q: I understand it is quite popular already.

A: (Guichard) Yes, we are fortunate. It pretty much stays packed. I think we have a great concept—pairing exceptional cuisine with fine wines. We create a very intimate and sophisticated dining experience that people in the area gravitate to.

Q: That’s great. Tell us some things you like most about O’Neal Village.

A: (Jessica) It is a great community with lots of diversity. People are from all over—and all age groups: younger families and older, just-retired individuals and couples. So it’s a nice mix. And there are so many amenities and features that bring people together: a pool, a gym, a dog park, clubhouse to hold events, and lots of green space. All of this makes it a very open and communal experience for families.

A: (Guichard) Yes, the people are wonderful. And the fact that there was an actual thoughtful concept behind the community. It’s not just a bunch of cookie-cutter houses thrown together. There is distinctive architecture and a quite a variety of home options that all reflect quality. There are Charleston-designed houses like ours, as well as townhomes and single-family homes with multiple plan options. And then the commercial and social components mixed in. It’s all complementary—it fits together well in the overall concept.

Q: You mentioned a sense of real community here. Describe what you mean.

A: (Jessica) There’s always a lot going on and most people here are very active in the community events and seasonal get-togethers. The social programming is a group effort and we have a very active Social Media presence in which everyone is aware of what’s coming up each month.

A: (Guichard) Yes, the whole community plays a part and has bought into this concept. It’s great to see. Memorial Day, Labor Day, and holiday parties here are so much fun. It is a very easy community to meet people and make friends.

Q: What else would you say to people considering O’Neal Village?

A: (Jessica) This is a great value. And homes here are only going to increase in value. The desirable location, along with the overall design and concept, really make O’Neal Village unique. So on top of everything else, I feel this is a very good investment—and that includes our home and the restaurant.

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Building a House or Buying a Spec Home?

There are advantages to both of these possibilities. A spec home is built by a builder who buys a lot or land within a certain development to solicit interest by buyers who don’t want to take the time to build from the foundation up. The spec home promotes the builder’s assets and distinctions within a particular neighborhood. In a spec home, there are very few choices left for the homeowner to choose from. Much of the colors, textiles, appliances, paint, and flooring are already in place. Spec homes are different from model homes. These are usually the last homes to be sold in a neighborhood that is almost built out.

Building a home from the lot up is different in terms of aesthetics, amenities, colors, textures, and layout. You will wait longer to occupy a home built for you, but it will have everything you want. First, you must select a lot the builder owns and has plans to build upon. You have to agree upon the model choice or selection of the home that a particular builder provides. Once you’ve agreed on the lot and building plan you are ready to go. The builder will take on any risk involved because they have already purchased the lot with the idea of building one of their homes on that property.

Those considering a spec home have the advantage of a quick move-in and occupancy of the home. However, there may still be some customization you can request for the building in regard to carpet, flooring, sod, fencing, etc. What are the neighborhood HOA restrictions or limitations?

When selecting a spec home make sure you have toured multiple offerings of the home model the builder is providing. Review the attention to detail and the overall design, layout, and conveniences within the home. Imagine your furniture and living within such a layout. Is it conducive to your lifestyle? Are the entryways cumbersome or awkward? Do you feel safe in this home? Are the home amenities in keeping with your tastes and desires?

Drive through the neighborhood at different hours to see if there are distractions you would rather avoid. Is the street well lit for security purposes? Are people mingling or out in the evening or mornings on weekends? Inspect the drainage system of the home and determine if you think it can handle run-off water from heavy storms, etc.

Finally, ask yourself if this is a place you can live and imagine your family living? Is it safe? Are there issues I’m blind to because of my excitement for a new home? What is the builder’s reputation within the neighborhood? Do they follow up on warranty claims and foundational issues, or are they difficult to deal with?

Do your homework in regard to late-night distractions or police calls. Is this a place that you consider safe for your family in terms of traffic, crime, and night activity?

There are multiple considerations to make when building or purchasing a spec home. The final decision is up to the buyer which is why you need to do your homework and research.

Ask your realtor about neighborhood social events and seasonal gatherings. Are they scheduled, is there an HOA committee that is responsible for them? What do they offer? These are valid questions and developments worth their salt will be happy to provide answers. Asking these questions ahead of purchase/building will be lifesavers in the long run.

O’Neal Village is a “traditionally-designed” or “mixed-use” community on approximately 195 acres in Greer, South Carolina, O’Neal Village is what neighbors call the perfect balance of living, work, and play just minutes from the best of Greenville and the Upstate. Nestled among gently sloping hills, O’Neal Village features a variety of crafted, single-family homes, townhomes, retail, and creative distinct amenities.

O’Neal Village
25 Noble Street
Greer, SC 29652
A TRG Community