Residents begin moving in to Sunrise on the Monon development

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Sunrise on the Monon features homes and apartments. (Submitted photo)

Sunrise on the Monon features homes and apartments. (Submitted photo)

Justin Moffett’s Old Town Design Group isn’t just building homes anymore. It’s building neighborhoods.

The Carmel-based custom home builder is taking its signature cottage-style houses, often found in the Carmel Arts & Design District, and creating a subdivision called Sunrise on the Monon on the south end of the county at 9876 E. Westfield Blvd.

About 20 percent of the lots have been sold for the development, where the Sunrise Golf Course used to be. First move-ins are expected in September.

“We took the best part of Old Town designs and brought it here to a neighborhood,” Moffett said.

The development includes three sections. There’s the Woodlands, which has about 40 large lots, mature trees and creek views. Homes in that area range from $600,000 to more than $1 million. The Villages is more dense, with home prices from the mid-$400,000 to mid-$600,000 range. The Villages has about 100 lots, and some one-story ranch-style homes can be built there.

The third part of the development is apartment homes, which come in one-, two- and three-bedroom models in 30 buildings. J.C. Hart Company will manage the properties, which had its first move-ins in August.

Almost every unit has its own attached two-car garage with direct access to the unit. Every unit has outdoor living spaces, most being covered outdoor porches and balconies with anywhere from about 120 square feet of space to around 300 square feet.

All units will have granite countertops, rich wood cabinetry, nickel lighting, arched entries, walk-in closets and raised ceilings.

One-bedroom apartments are leased for approximately $1,000, two-bedrooms in the $1,400s and three-bedrooms from the $2,100s.

Moffett said the biggest difference between Sunrise on the Monon and other homes in the Arts District is that they have master-planned the entire area and know what will work well.

“The process is much more different,” he said. “It’s just more streamlined. We just know what we can do from the beginning of the process, unlike building in the Old Town area where we are always discovering limitations and constraints. It takes about half the time to build a home here.”

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