Lebanon new market for maintenance-free ‘paired home’ concept

The Lebanon City Council is one step away from approving a 32-home, $6 million planned development where yard maintenance and snow removal are to be included in the package.

Sixteen duplexes, built with minimal setbacks on 6.5 acres on Southline Road, would comprise Monroe Meadows.

Lot lines down the middle of each building would set the limits of ownership of housing typically associated with rentals or condominiums.

Ron Sweeney, managing partner of the Dayton area's Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate, said he was unfamiliar with what Ryan Homes is marketing as "paired homes."

“I have not seen that before. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a hot item,” Sweeney said Friday.

The concept could fill a niche for new homes between higher-end houses and apartments and senior living communities, according to Sweeney.

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“We need more units out there,” Sweeney said. “That is extremely encouraging.”

Fischer Homes said it was building the project, near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Monroe Road in Lebanon, as a result of response to a similar development in Northern Kentucky.

“With demand for low-maintenance ranch homes increasing among buyers, Fischer Homes will be offering its Paired Patio homes, which include yard maintenance and snow removal,” Brian Johnson, Cincinnati Market President at Fischer Homes, said in a press release.

Each dwelling would include 1,200 square feet of living space, with an optional second-floor loft.

West Chester-based Dwell Development is the developer.

Located behind a new UDF gas station-convenience store, the development would lead to existing neighborhoods on Southline and Deas drives, but not Monroe Road. The Warren County Metropolitan Housing Authority and Lebanon are also neighbors.

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“The streets are private as one of the conditions,” City Manager Scott Brunka said during a council work session on June 4.

The developer, and later owners, would be responsible for repaving.

The city council is scheduled to vote on the project June 25.

Site-development work is to begin this summer, with home construction in September.

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