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POULSBO — Although there aren’t many homes dotting the ridge overlooking Liberty Bay along Viking Avenue, that doesn’t mean sales for Quadrant Homes’ Stendahl Ridge development aren’t going well.

“We’re already more than half sold out,” said Quadrant Homes vice president of marketing William Boucher. “We’re closer to 60 percent.”

The first residences in the 185-unit development will be ready for occupancy in late September, and more are on the way, Boucher said. The homes start in the $250,000s.

“We don’t build them until they’re sold to the homebuyer,” Boucher said. Unlike some developers who build homes and then wait for buyers to purchase them, Quadrant Homes takes a slightly different tack. “We build to their exact specifications.”

Potential owners can select their home site and choose from one of up to three layouts, he said.

Once that is completed, buyers visit Quadrant’s Bellevue home showcase and pick their interior furnishings, he said. They also get to select a landscaping plan for their new home.

“We have a lot of people from the area purchasing our homes. There are lot of people wanting to move into the area,” Boucher said.

Because of its affordability, Stendahl Ridge has also seen many former renters purchasing homes as well, he said.

“A lot of folks buying homes for the first time end up buying Quadrant homes,” he said. “We try to make them as affordable as possible for the average wage-earner.”

As for the possibility of another Quadrant Home development in Poulsbo, Boucher said he is unaware of any such plans, but he didn’t entirely rule it out either.

For Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade, having developers such as Quadrant Homes and Chaffey Homes along with the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority’s self-help program in the city makes a positive impact on the city’s need for affordable housing.

“The main thing is having as many housing options as possible,” Quade said. “We are doing everything we can to increase our inventory of affordable housing.”

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