City report shows 70% of homes built last year were on west side

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

A city report shows most of the homes constructed in Eau Claire in 2012 were built on the west side.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "Coming into a neighborhood where most of the people in the neighborhood are new also helps, then everybody is reaching out, meeting neighbors," said Erica Anderson.

She and her family have found a new place to call home. In May, they moved into a house on Eau Claire's west side.

And they are not the only ones choosing that part of town to call home. According to numbers from the city, of the 53 news homes that went up last year, 37 were on the west side, many among two developments.

There were 13 new homes on the north side, one on the south side, and two on the east side.

"I think the available single family lots are available especially on the west side, although on the south side of town it’s very limited," said Darryl Tufte, Eau Claire's Community Planning Director.

Richard and Penny Erickson are also new to the neighborhood, choosing to move to the west side last year.

"It had a variety in the style of homes and some of the lots were wooded," Penny Erickson said.

And everywhere you go in the neighborhood, there are still new homes popping up.

Later this year, the Ericksons will have new neighbors when the house next door is finished.

Richard Erickson says he has seen many of the homes in the neighborhood go up in as little as 90 days.

As for the prices, the average house city-wide in Eau Claire went for a little more than $153,000 last year. That is a drop from $167,000 in 2011 and $178,000 in 2010.

All of it just perfect for Richard and Penny Erickson. They are still moving out the old and making room for the new as they held their garage sale on Thursday.

They are looking forward to the years to come in their new home in one of Eau Claire's newest neighborhoods.

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