The first homeowners at The Orchards, a new subdivision in East Lyme, have been welcomed by the town and by Prudential Connecticut Realty. From left are builder and developer Jeff Doynow, East Lyme First Selectman Beth Hogan, homeowners Brian and Amy Manning and Prudential listing agent Leslie Timmons.

East Lyme First Selectman Beth Hogan and Prudential Connecticut Realty welcomed the first residents, Brian and Amy Manning, to The Orchards, a 160-lot community, on June 8. The celebration took place at the site of the development, once a working apple orchard, which is located just beyond Main Street in East Lyme.

Many longtime residents of East Lyme have said they are impressed by the significant improvement that The Orchards subdivision has made to their neighborhood with the addition of public water and sewers that were fully paid for by the developer and noted builder, Jeffrey S. Doynow of Prestige East Lyme Development.

“Our reputation is based on quality, honesty and integrity,” Doynow said. “We are proud that our best referrals for new homes are those from our own customers and homeowners in the communities we have built.”

The Orchards is being architecturally designed by the Office of Carol JW Kurth. The Orchards offers five models and numerous customization choices with flexible floor plans, old-world interior workmanship, high ceilings, wood floors and custom tile.

“The design of the community was created as a cohesive design theme,” Kurth said. “From the entry approach, to the architecture of the clubhouse and the individual homes, a commonality of design elements, a thread of details and a cohesive color scheme are hallmarks of The Orchards,” she added.

The Orchards is comprised of mews scattered among the East Lyme hills. The clubhouse, located at the top of the main drive, is complete with an exercise facility, large gathering room and private conference area with full kitchen. A tennis court enhances the recreation and social atmosphere. Fully furnished models are open to preview with five homes ready for occupancy and four more homes under construction. Base prices range from $624,900 to $727,900.

Prudential Connecticut Realty is the exclusive real estate brokerage firm managing the sales and marketing process of the community.

Weichert Enjoys Banner Year

The Weichert Family of Companies recorded another banner year in 2005, as year-end results hit a new all-time high, according to a recent company statement.

James M. Weichert, president and founder, announced that total company dollar volume grew to an unprecedented $74 billion, topping the record $61.5 billion posted last year. Weichert said that the robust performance was “across the board,” encompassing every company business, including residential and commercial real estate, relocation management and financial services.

Other key accomplishments included welcoming more than 1.2 million prospective buyers to Weichert open houses, a new company record; hosting more visitors than ever before on the Web site – more than 1 million visits per month – and, through Weichert’s award-winning contact center, helping visitors become homeowners at a rate five times the industry average; being honored by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World for outstanding achievement in relocation referrals; opening 16 new company-owned offices and continuing to expand nationally through franchising as Weichert Real Estate Affiliates signed its 200th franchise office, held its first national convention in Orlando, Fla., and was recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the Top 10 new franchises for 2005; seeing Weichert Financial Services continue as one of the top lenders in the country and among the first to offer 40-year mortgages through Fannie Mae; and contributing more than $1.3 million to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief, holding the 27th annual Weichert Toy Drive and applauding a Weichert sales associate on receiving the prestigious national Good Neighbor Award from Realtor Magazine.

The local franchised offices of Weichert Realtors are Regional Properties in Orange, Shoreline Properties in Branford and Quinnipiac Properties in Wallingford.