Carolinas homebuilder Essex Homes will break ground in late summer 2016 on its first homes in McLean’s newest neighborhood, The Conservancy.

Essex Homes, active in more than 50 upscale neighborhoods in Charlotte and Columbia, will build cottage-style single-family homes in The Conservancy that are tailored to homebuyers seeking distinctive designs and lower maintenance.

The Conservancy is the second neighborhood to open in the 670-acre Mclean master-planned community in southern Belmont, NC. The Conservancy is located on New Hope Road next to the 280-acre Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the 77-acre Seven Oaks Preserve and nature trail on Lake Wylie.


Essex Homes offer great design flexibility

All Essex homes in the The Conservancy are one-story designs with optional/additional living space available on the second floor. This means that any home can be built as a 3BR/2BA ranch home, if desired, or with additional rooms on the second floor. This wide selection of space, materials and finishes will enable purchasers to personalize these homes consistent with their interests.

Exterior designs will offer various combinations of cement siding, brick and stone for these energy-efficient homes, and lawns will be cared for by the homeowners association. Essex will start construction on a model and several speculative homes for sale by late July.

Prices for Essex Homes’ two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in The Conservancy will range from the mid-$240s to the mid-$300s, depending on floor plans, options and finishes.


Unique setting plus numerous community amenities

McLean Master Plan including Essex HomesIn addition to the finely appointed homes, purchasers at The Conservancy will enjoy a rich array of amenities including an easy walk to the scenic trails of the Seven Oaks Preserve overlooking Lake Wylie and linking to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Community amenities also include a pool and clubhouse dedicated to The Conservancy and the extensive trail system and community gardens being created in McLean.

“This is an extremely attractive new offering for McLean, and we expect tremendous demand for Essex’s homes in The Conservancy,” said Steven Hinshaw of NW Lake Wylie LLC, McLean’s developer. “We have received hundreds of requests for this kind of product since opening our information center this past year,” Hinshaw said.


Learn more

For more details, contact Tina Mueller with Essex Homes at 704-609-2721 or; or visit