Twelve years after the project began, the Brendan Woods community developed by Habitat for Humanity is fully built.
The last house in the 62-unit development, off Pin Oak Street near Old Town Bluffton, was dedicated Wednesday at a ceremony attended by volunteers, neighbors and the board of Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity. The event featured cake and cookies and a blessing from Steve Scudder of Crosspoint Church.
Like all Habitat projects, the roughly 1,040-square-foot, three-bedroom house on Quinn Court was built almost entirely by volunteers. Anita Fox, who now owns the house, also was involved in its construction.
"I helped with the framework. I installed windows. I put up walls. I painted. I laid down sod," she said in a phone interview Wednesday. "I was pretty much there every day I could be."
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Fox, 37, said she expects to move in next week with her two children, 7-year-old Ethan and 16-year-old Sierra. It will be the first home she's ever owned.
"It's very overwhelming," said Fox, who works at Sport Clips in Bluffton. "If you work hard and you get stuff in return, it's a very good feeling."
Rick Caporale, spokesman for Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, said work on the development began in 2000. Each home is similar in design and between 900 and 1,200 square feet. Home prices never surpass $70,000, he said.
To qualify, applicants must meet income requirements and commit between 300 and 400 volunteer hours to Habitat-related causes, he said. That can include working on their own house, other homes under construction or in the organization's ReStore.
Habitat holds the 30-year, no-interest mortgage for each property, Caporale said.
Fox's home is on a corner and has a "really big yard." She hopes to install a fence and maybe a sunroom.
"That's further down the road," she said. "Right now, I am just excited I am getting a house."