Photograph courtesy Camela Milyard with Invision
David Sehlhorst spent his childhood playing soccer and baseball on the fields near the late George Ritter’s farm, where he and his brothers picked out pumpkins every October. “My family has always considered Sayler Park our home,” he says. In 2009, his parents purchased just over 26 acres off Hillside Avenue, and Sehlhorst, now a developer with his family’s Sehlhorst Equipment Services, knew he could turn that parcel into something that would give his old neighborhood a boost. “My two brothers and I wanted to build a community that would showcase all the great things it has to offer that you can’t find anywhere else on the west side,” he says. “Green space and sidewalks, farmers’ markets, the small town feel, attractive homes—that is what Sayler Park is in our eyes.”
Selhorst’s development, Winding Walks of Sayler Park, will eventually contain about 70 homes, built in four phases. According to Maryann and Steve Ries of the Ries Team of Keller Williams, the hope is to bring people together with gathering spaces, walking trails, and proximity to the redeveloping Sayler Park business district. All houses will be eligible for a 15 year city tax abatement, and builders will apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Prospective buyers can get a feel for the neighborhood at 506 Barnside Lane. Built by JNB Custom Homes, the three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath ranch features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an open floor plan, and an unfinished walk-out basement for $389,000. Buyers can build a custom home or choose from plans offered by JNB, Roell Building and Remodeling, and CW Custom Homes.
Phase one lots come with the opportunity to back up to green space, the nearby playground, or a wooded lot. With 12 properties already sold, phase two will begin after four more have been purchased. “We have so many great memories [of Sayler Park],” Selhorst says. “We wanted everyone to have a chance to experience that. Now they can.”