Willow Branch Partners home builders has built its reputation on quality homes in communities it has developed, stretching from Nashville to Tim’s Ford Lake.
“It has been our goal from the outset, more than a decade ago, to have happy homeowners who make their community happy places to live,” said Bucky Ingram Willow Branch Partners founder.
Ingram started the company in Canterbury, a then small community of about 20 homes in Thompson’s Station. In the beginning he owned land and sold lots to other builders. The allure of home building drew him; he built three homes in that neighborhood and never looked back.
Today, Canterbury is a sprawling community of 700 homes, with another 400 on the horizon. Willow Branch across its many communities builds 100 homes a year. Canterbury remains the crown jewel of Ingram’s holdings. He has grown where he was planted, expanding land ownership, development and new homes.
He says he is the largest developer landowner in Thompson’s Station.
“From the beginning, we concentrated on quality homes designed for an ever-changing market of buyers,” he said. “Affordability has always been a cornerstone. We want to build the best homes possible in a timely manner which leads us to one of our founding principles … happy homeowners in a happy community.”
Company-wide, Willow Branch builds homes priced from the high $200,000’s to $750,000. Prices in Canterbury range from $290,000 to the low $500,000’s. The community is made up of single-family homes and townhomes. A range of floorplans and exterior elevations accommodate this multi-generational community.
Home designs feature French Colonial, Craftsman, Victorian and Farmhouse. A design center allows homebuyers to select everything from the exterior to bathroom tiles.
The community is social, has a fantastic amenity package, complete with a pool, open spaces, and is conveniently located. With easy access to 840, Canterbury is 12 to 15 minutes from Cool Springs as well as downtown Franklin. It’s a community within the community of Thompson’s Station.
“We have a rural setting that is so peaceful, yet we’re so convenient,” said Ingram. “Whether you work at home or commute within Williamson, even Nashville, we have a lifestyle that’s uniquely welcoming and peaceful.”
A long-time ally, Jennifer Bickerstaff of Parks Realty, markets his homes in Canterbury as well other communities, including one where she lives, Ralston Row, near downtown Franklin.
“Parks and Willow Branch has always worked well together,” she said. “While Bucky has his own real estate company as part of his total business, we still work together. I’m one of his happy homeowners in a happy community. Ralston Row is terrific; it’s a pocket neighborhood of 13 single family homes. We have only one spec house and two lots left in this community.”
Ingram says Bickerstaff knows his company, his processes and works well with home buyers in the new construction arena.
“It takes special qualities, abilities and the personality to work well with clients who are building, maybe even for the first time. She’s a seasoned professional,” said Ingram.
The Realtor says Canterbury is a premier community in Williamson.
“It has three entrances, lots that back up to tree lines, open space and a real sense of community. It’s a beautiful neighborhood. People who choose it have seen their property values increase. Resales are strong. Bucky is a top builder who values his clients; he builds with integrity,” she said.
Amy Tarter and Cliff O’Sullivan are the Realtors who man the model home in the community.
Paul Winegar, executive vice president of Willow Branch, says prospective Canterbury buyers can expect a high level of standards, more intricate floorplan options and exterior elevations than other communities.
“I’ve never heard a homebuyer in Canterbury say they didn’t like the community or their home,” he said. “We work hard to create homes that please. It’s a process, of course, to go from a blank lot to a finished home. We make that process as easy as possible.”
From contract signing to finished home is an eight to nine-month process. From groundbreaking to finished home takes five to six months. Floorplans accommodate different needs of residents, from an efficient home office to a home built for family living and entertaining. Town homes have a master bedroom downstairs option that caters to empty nesters. Lot sizes on single family homes are about a quarter acre. Square footage within the community varies from the upper 1,600’s to 4,000 square feet.
Company-wide, Willow Branch Partners has developed communities in the Wedgewood Houston area of Nashville, Ralston Row near downtown Franklin, River Bluff, Vineyard Valley in College Grove, a new development at Tims Ford Lake and an upcoming community in Murfreesboro. All that is in addition to the wildly successful Canterbury.
Ingram says building the company has been a process.
“We’ve grown, diversified, added departments and functions while keeping the core of quality affordable homebuilding at the forefront,” said Ingram. “We take great pride in our communities and our homes.”
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A model home is open in Canterbury at 2234 Chaucer Park Lane, Thompson’s Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. Ingram invites you to come let him build your dream.