Beautiful, architecturally distinct homes. A neighborhood community center with recreation space and programs. Streets, trails, and parks so well designed that they could only be part of a master plan.
Stonemill Farms is notable for a number of reasons. But one stands before all others: “It’s a community within a community,” explains Bethany Fine, marketing manager for Stonemill Farms—one where neighbors are friends, where people stop to chat on each other’s front porches.
“Old farmhouse front porch living is very important to us, where everyone knows their neighbors,” Fine says.
Stonemill Farms, in eastern Woodbury, has close to 400 homes. The neighborhood will be home to 900 families by the time it is completed, with a mix of single-family homes and future townhomes. Homes start in the high $300,000s and range to more than $1,000,000. Before building begins, the plans for each home are submitted to a design review committee to ensure it has a front porch and yet is distinct from neighboring homes.
“The design review committee is important to maintain the integrity of Stonemill Farms,” Fine says.
Stonemill Farms is rich in amenities. The neighborhood enjoys a park-like setting, with tree-lined streets and medians with trees and flowers. Seventy acres of the nearly 700-acre development are open space, greenways, parks and trails. The paths connect homes with an on-site elementary school, daycare, Rolly Pollies kids’ programs, parks and baseball and softball fields and tennis and basketball courts.
The Stonemill Farms community center is a hub of activity. Here, residents may rent a gathering room for parties that has a kitchen, double-sided fireplace, or reserve a 33-seat movie theater. The community center’s fitness room is open nearly around the clock. Outside are a Junior-Olympic-sized pool and a skating rink that hosts wheels in the summertime or ice skates in the winter.
The community center is complete with programs for neighborhood residents.
“We have a great staff at the community center that’s constantly planning book clubs, mom’s clubs, arts and crafts for the kids to go to,” Fine says. Other activities include neighborhood concerts and parties.
Association fees are $80 a month and include access these amenities, sanitation, and maintenance of the common areas. All residents are part of one homeowners’ association.
The association also maintains an intranet and a community website just for residents.
“It works as a big, ever-evolving newsletter for the community,” Fine says.
Stonemill Farms’ Woodbury locale puts it near excellent dining and shopping, less than 10 minutes from the recreation possibilities of the St. Croix River valley, and conveniently near I-94, I-494, and I-694. The neighborhood is also entirely within the prestigious South Washington County School District.
“With front porch living and the sidewalks, it takes you back to the way things used to be, with a community feel, where you know your neighbors,” Fine says.