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New Town’s Newest Community: Shirley Park
Posted on December 1, 2021 9:05 AM by Patti Vaticano
Categories: Life in New Town
There is a great hubbub of activity in Shirley Park! 22 residents of New Town‘s newest neighborhood have moved into their homes and many are out in their sneakers walking the sidewalks and trails. “New Town is invitingly walkable,” says Mike Youngblood of Twiddy Realty. “In our new urban community, sidewalks connect people and places. Groceries, restaurants, movies, medical, stores, businesses, and parks, are just a walk away, and Shirley Park is so connected.”   

For 2022, Atlantic Homes and Twiddy Realty are teaming up to accommodate nineteen new owners with homes currently under construction, and the soon-to-be homeowners are enthusiastically anticipating their move to Shirley Park of New Town.

Very soon, ABVA Development will release twenty townhome sites and twenty new cottage homesites for sale. Eighteen people have already posted reservations for the option to select a new home and join the Shirley Park community.

What is it like to live in Shirley Park?  Resident, Susan Barnett, says she could not be happier.  Susan moved into the community in May 2020 and has been more than pleased with her home’s construction and its setting.  She loves the park-like setting of the neighborhood and particularly enjoys the woodened trail that connects the park via a foot bridge to the community pool. “It’s like a nature conservancy. Quiet and beautiful.”
Homes currently constructed are one and two stories and roughly, 2,000-2,400 square feet.  Susan is very happy with the floor plan she and her husband chose and feel the custom choices accommodate the gracious lifestyle she was hoping to enjoy. The composition of the neighborhood, as well, is much to her liking, a combination of families with children, retirees, and the semi-retired. 
Sarah Bright Yaneza moved into Shirley Park in December 2019, after renting in Charlotte Park while her home was being constructed. “When we first moved in, only the single-family homes were under construction. I believe we were the fourth family to move in, so it was really isolated and dark. The street lights were not installed, and we did not have internet for several months.  It really felt like we were on an island!  It has gotten busier as more homes have been completed. Now the townhomes and other cottage homes are popping up – sometimes it seems like they pop up overnight.” Sarah homeschooled her children for 18 months during the height of the pandemic, and the children enjoyed the activity of the trucks and bulldozers leveling the ground to prepare for foundations. “They’ve had many a fun afternoon climbing up and down those mounds.”
And Sarah echoes Susan’s sentiments about the community’s residents. “We have the most wonderful neighbors and have enjoyed living amidst the retirees along with the young families we have met. And like many of our neighbors, we enjoy being able to bike and walk to restaurants, the movie theater, stores, and to friends and family. We are incredibly lucky to have my parents in Charlotte Park. The children sing “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go,” as we walk the wooden bridge from Shirley Park to Charlotte Park.” 
Trails and pathways connect all the communities of New Town. So, welcome new neighbors! For the rest of New Town, walk on over to see the growth of our last neighborhood. Things are happening in Shirley Park!
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