Real Estate: Sure Shot

Cousins’ latest community targets outdoor lovers

It seems sporting clays are the
new putting greens. Blalock Lakes, one of metro Atlanta’s few new gated
subdivisions, has been designed not around a golf course but around a
shooting club. Other planned amenities include fishing lakes, hiking
trails, campsites, a bird-hunting course, stables, and, of course, swim
and tennis. “It’s all about the outdoors,” says project manager Jeff
Quinn, a senior vice president with developer Cousins Properties. “We
felt the best way to showcase the environment was to leave it more in
its natural setting.”

The 3,000-acre community, located near Newnan, has only 399 homesites on
lots as large as forty acres. Quinn says early interest indicates a mix
of primary and weekend residents. Lots start in the low $100s and
houses in the mid $500s. Blalock Lakes has offered some recent pricing
incentives, but Quinn believes the anemic economy makes people even more
appreciative of a community centered on family time. “After enjoying
the club’s outdoor activities, the response of first-time visitors is
often a kind of ‘aha’ moment,” Quinn says. “They often say, ‘Boy, we
need to do more things like this.’” See

copyright Jay Thomas, 2007