Ocean Colony's New Luxury Home Development Officially on the Market

Last weekend's first open house attracted hundreds of curious visitors and serious buyers alike.

The first open house tour for the planned 32 home community in Ocean Colony was met last weekend with more than 650 people, who turned out to see firsthand what this luxury development is all about.

Named Carnoustie — after a town in eastern Scotland known for golfing — the new development is situated on eight acres beside the 15th fairway of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links near the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

It’s the final approved addition in Ocean Colony with nine houses built so far and the total project of 32 homes released in phases.  

The builder is Kenmark, known for its prior semi-custom, luxury homes in the Spyglass and Turnberry at Ocean Colony developments.

Phase one of the new development officially went on the market the week of May 14. 

“This is a guess, but it is very likely a two-and-a-half to three year project until completion,” said realtor Philip Watson with Coldwell Banker, the listing agency. “Kenmark is a semi-custom builder and due to high construction standards, their homes take a bit longer to complete.”

Prices for these homes start in the mid-$1.4 millions. 

The first day open, which was a soft opening for brokers, a purchaser came through and bought one of the golf course homes. On Saturday, another purchaser made an offer on the model home but “that offer is under consideration at this time,” said Watson. “Additionally, there is strong interest in two other homes. In short, the interest has been outstanding.”

The architectural styles of the Carnoustie homes range from New England Coastal and English Cottage to French Normandy and offer up to 3,400 square feet of living space on large lots offering views of the ocean and nearby golf course. Distinctive architectural elements include turrets, window bays and ironwork detailing. Carriage style garage doors, decks, trellises, arbors and planter boxes will add to the charm.  

For buyers looking for a brand new house, Carnoustie homes are “the last opportunity to purchase a new home in this upscale community,” said Watson. “These will be beautiful homes with tremendous amenities and access to some of the finest facilities in the Half Moon Bay area. Kenmark took particular care to combine the natural attractions of Carnoustie’s rural locale with the conveniences of a luxury resort — and the result is sure to be spectacular.” 

Ocean Colony residents say that long term there is definitely a benefit from the new property taxes, but little effect on the Ocean Colony Association when it comes to increased assessments and costs.

Still, “it’s projects like these that impact lots of economic sectors in our community,” said Allan Alifano, Half Moon Bay mayor and Ocean Colony resident.

“I’m very happy to see the Carnoustie development up and running.  I know Kenmark was waiting till they felt the economy was ready for these new homes, so I see this as a good sign that things are finally ticking up. Seeing Carnoustie moving forward will hopefully be a signal to other builders that the time is right for Half Moon Bay.”

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