Frequently Asked Questions about Thistle Hill:
How do I get more information about Thistle Hill?
Thistle Hill has been completed. Please visit our neighborhoods page for current building areas. We at Sterling Homes are always happy to talk with you directly. Bart can be reached at Bart@sterlinghomesvt.com or 802-864-0600.
When will homes be available in Thistle Hill?
Thistle Hill West, the final phase of Thistle Hill, is nearly complete. Check out the “Current Activity” tab to see what is currently available.
Upon completion of construction Thistle Hill West will be comprised of 9 single family homes and 2 duplex units. New homes take about 120 days to build.
Do you build “green” homes in Thistle Hill?
All homes are built to the discerning standards of the National Green Building Standards and Energy Star. Each home is rated by an independent third party and scored for its construction. Completed homes in Thistle Hill have consistently achieved SILVER certification from NGBS and 5 Star + from Energy Star.
What will the Thistle Hill homes be like?
There are nine different styles of homes from which to choose. Styles range from traditional colonial to farmhouse to the increasingly popular one-floor living plan. Each style is designed to fit comfortably on the hillside terrain of Thistle Hill. Each home is named after one of the original settlers of the town of Hinesburg. As some home sites slope up from front-to-back, and others slope down from front-to-back, the homes are designed to work with the land. The plans range in initial size from 1348 square feet (Meech) to 2222 square feet (Tuttle) of finished floor space. Each plan has its unique features in living spaces, room layouts, number of bedrooms, and garages. Options for finishing of additional space and other features are available.
If our plans do not meet your needs, we can create a custom design for you.
Will I be able to make changes to the house plans?
Absolutely. We have many standard options available for each house, so that you can fit it to your lifestyle. Custom changes to current plans, or even creating an entirely custom design for you, are possible: let’s talk about your needs.
What is a Garden Home?
A Garden Home is a single-family home or duplex home, located on a small plot of land, situated within the larger common land shared by all homeowners. Each owner owns in “fee simple” their home and the plot of land on which it sits. Each Garden Home is surrounded by land owned and shared in common with other members of the Thistle Hill Homeowners Association. The yards and common areas are maintained by the Homeowners Association year-round, including the maintaining of lawns, shrubs, trees, snow removal and rubbish removal. The yard maintenance frees homeowners from outside chores and provides them more time for their favorite activities.
Each Garden Home is surrounded by a “Limited Site Area”, which in addition to the Home Site, is for the exclusive use of the home owners. The Limited Site Area augments the privacy and individual use of the land surrounding each home.
Who will be in the Home Owners Association?
Thistle Hill West Homeowners Association, comprised of home sites 26-36, will be its own association. This Association will own and maintain all of its common land and Lilac Lane. The Association has deeded rights to the use of the common land of the Thistle Hill Homeowners Association, including the 14.2 acres of wooded Open Space and walking trails.
The 21 single-family and the four duplex homes, home sites 1-25, are members of their own association, the Thistle Hill Homeowners Association. This Association owns and maintains all of the common land, the roads (until the Town takes over ownership of some of the roads) and the 14.2 acres of wooded Open Space with walking trails. In addition, the Homeowners Association will maintain the yard areas of the Garden Home sites.
Upon the completion of Thistle Hill West, the two HOA’s may be merged into one HOA.
What are the Homeowners Association fees?
The Association fee for Thistle Hill West is currently $165 per month, paid quarterly. This fee pays for the Association expenses, including insurance, maintenance of roads, trails, common land, homeowners yards (lawns, shrubs, trees, snow removal), and rubbish removal. The Association has the ability to add services or make changes as their Board of Directors deems necessary.
What home sites are available now?
Thistle Hill West, the third and final phase of Thistle Hill, is currently under construction. See the Current Activity map for the final available site.
How long does it take to get to town from Thistle Hill?
A Hinesburg “secret” is how close it is to so many places;
Many people not tuned into the ‘secret’ feel like Hinesburg is “out there”…
Here are some common destinations and comparisons from other known locations:
Thistle Hill to the University Mall 11.63 mi 17 min
Essex Center to the University Mall 9.34 mi 16 min
Richmond to University Mall 12.78 mi 15 min
Jericho to University Mall 12.74 mi 21 min
Milton to University Mall 15.81 mi 23 min
Thistle Hill to Taft Corners 8.47 mi 15 min
Essex Center to Taft Corners 6.42 mi 13 min
Thistle Hill to Church Street, Burlington 12.93 mi 20 min
Essex Center to Church Street, Burlington 9.93 mi 18 min
Jericho to Church Street, Burlington 13.39 mi 23 min
Richmond to Church Street, Burlington 14.29 mi 18 min
Milton to Church Street, Burlington 16.45 mi 25 min
Does Sterling Homes have any other homes available?
Sterling is the builder of the single-family homes for South Village in South Burlington. South Village, located off Spear Street, is a traditional new development (TND) being developed by South Village Communities. This unique designed neighborhood of housing is patterned to mimic historical housing, and is currently under construction. See http://www.southvillage.com/ for more information.
Is natural gas coming to Hinesburg?
Natural gas is here! The new Vermont Gas lines are up and operating. All homes in Thistle Hill are now connected to natural gas.
What is Energy Star?
ENERGY STAR is a national program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps people save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. There are ENERGY STAR programs for residential construction on new and existing homes. And the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 types of products including lighting, appliances, home electronics and heating and cooling equipment.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
To learn more about the ENERGY STAR programs, click here.
What benefits does an Energy Star home provide me, the owner?
When you live in an ENERGY STAR qualified home, you’ll have:
- 30% lower energy bills than homes built to minimum state energy code requirements.
- Lower maintenance costs – Your home will be more air-tight and better ventilated than an ordinary house. That means you’ll avoid moisture problems, like sweating windows, paint failure, mold growth, structural damage, and ice dams.
- Healthier indoor air. Proper ventilation means less risk of mold, mildew, dust mites, or back-drafting from combustion appliances.
- Greater comfort – You’ll eliminate drafts and have greater control of indoor temperature at lower energy costs.
- Assurance – Your home will be approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR qualified.
- Pride – You’ll be helping to protect the environment. By saving energy, you’ll reduce power generation air pollution.
- Greater resale value – For all of the above reasons.
Vermont ENERGY STAR Homes is a service of Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems.
What is the National Green Building Standard? What does it mean for my house?
The National Green Building Standard TM is a national Green building program that is ANSI approved. It requires 3rd party/independent verification of all components of the home. The program, like most green programs (i.e. LEED), looks at 6 main areas; Lot design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Owner Education. It awards points in the various categories and incentivizes green behavior. Collin Frisbie is a Certified Green Professional.
Thistle Hill homes are generally scoring in the SILVER category for overall efficiency. You can learn more about the National Green Building Standard at www.nahbgreen.org.
What other neighborhoods in Chittenden County has Sterling designed?
We have developed many neighborhoods through-out Chittenden County. Our previous neighborhood was RiverWood in Essex. Our other neighborhoods include Boulder Hill on Webster Road in Shelburne, Stonegate and Deer Run in Shelburne; Roger’s Forest, Nobb Hill and Homestead Farms at Kettle Creek in Jericho; Sunrise at French Hill, Turtle Crossing and Turtle Pond in Williston; as well as Pinewood Manor and Mansfield Avenue in Essex.
What is a Registered Vermont Builder/Remodeler?
Sterling Homes is one of the original members of Registered Vermont Builder/Remodeler, Inc. subscribing to a code of building ethics, sound professional practices and service to our clients. We are proud to build to high standards that clients expect and deserve.