Neighborhood Design
& Planning

2003 Builder’s Choice Grand Award
Single Family Detached Community

2003 Georgia ASLA
Merit Award



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Land Plus faced some unique topographic and environmental challenges when they were retained to provide land planning and landscape architecture for Bellewood,

Developed by Bill Grant Homes, the project is a higher density, move-down community for empty-nesters and professionals, located in an area of existing lower-density neighborhoods and flanked by a major traffic corridor.   According to Alec Michaelides, “Our goal for the project was to create a pedestrian-friendly cluster community that would be densely packed but still offer green spaces for its residents. “

Bellewood required a 40-foot perimeter buffer to minimize the impact on the surrounding lower-density developments.  And its location near a major traffic artery called for a gated entry, fencing and extensive landscaping to create a sense of separation from the sights and sounds of the road.

Land Plus created the land plan and architectural footprints simultaneously in order to determine the best layout for the density requirements.  Given the existing tree cover, the lot shape, streetscape and connection to the neighborhood, they developed an individualized approach for each of the 3500 to 3750 square foot lots.

“Because of the density, we gave the houses 'courtyard-style' backyards,” said Land Plus’ Michaelides and in addition, the firm used traditional wood fences, walls and gates to provide interesting visual details for each home and to allow for separation.  Custom designed mailboxes and brick walkways front tree-lined streets leading through the neighborhood to a series of three parks, which are the focal point of the green space for the community.

Other unique features include a combination of driveways and private alleys for each, providing additional opportunities for plantings and allows for an uninterrupted streetscape that serves as an extension of the neighborhood entrance.