05 Jun The Manors at Mattie Rose: Gated Community Inspired by Historic Estate
(June 5, 2018) “We tried to blend the old with the new. The house is not a purist of anything, just a blend of what we like,” Linda Litaker, nestled beside her husband Dan, explained to the Charlotte Observer in a 1978 interview. The young couple’s newly built custom home, situated on 9-acres in South Charlotte, was chosen to be a part of the Magnolia Home Tour. At the time, Dan was an insurance professional and Linda was a homemaker. The couple’s three children, Dan Jr., Archie, and Lucy, ranged in age from 10 to 15. The entire family beamed with pride as they spoke of the design for their estate home, which was inspired by the various travels – from London, England to Williamsburg, Virginia. “We do a lot of living in this house,” Linda added, “it could never be a museum.”
Fast forward forty years, Dan and Linda are facing a lifestyle change like many baby boomers. Their children are now professionals with children of their own and the couple does not require as much space. Dan and Linda were motivated to speak with developers, recognizing that the value of the property was predominately in the 9-acres of land. To their dismay, most of the developers sought to teardown the original homestead. Their oldest son, Dan Litaker Jr., reached out to Grandfather Homes. He admired Grandfather Homes’ recent work in Foxcroft and felt the company’s values lined up with his family’s vision. Matt Ewers, Charlotte native and owner of Grandfather Homes, was captivated by the Litakers’ story and was confident that another growing family would be honored to call “The Litaker Manor” home.
From standing on the original estate’s front porch, Grandfather Homes envisioned a gated community featuring 8 manor architecture-inspired homes spanning across the 9-acre property in South Charlotte. “The entire development is designed to pay homage to the original home. We are putting a considerable amount of planning on the front-end of this project to ensure this rare opportunity is executed to its highest and best potential. I feel there is a heartwarming story in the evolving life cycle of this property and we intend to implement the gracious, comfortable, and aspiring estate design into our new homes,” Matt Ewers explains.
The Manors at Mattie Rose will be a 9-acre gated enclave community, featuring eight homesites off Alexander Road (located 20 minutes south of uptown Charlotte). Seven new custom estates will be built surrounding The Litaker Manor. Each considerable homesite will average 1+ acre with custom European-inspired design. Bryan Mermans, who has studied traditional manor home architecture dating back to the 1400s, will be the resident architect. Chicago-based Soucie Horner will facilitate the interior design in their first North Carolina neighborhood. Luxury features include solid surface counters, custom cabinetry, smart home technology, and outdoor living packages. A $150k outdoor living allowance will be granted to introductory buyers. Pricing starts at $1.6M.