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Ground has been broken for Turtle Creek, a $5.2 million planned residential community in nearby Washington bordering the Green Springs golf course.

Developer of the 35-home complex is Prowswood Management Inc., based in Salt Lake City.The new 11-acre complex will adjoin the 11th fairway of Green Springs and is bordered on two sides by permanent open space, a commodity that project manager Scot C. Safford describes as "an amenity that is rapidly becoming a luxury" in rapidly growing Washington County.

The area is a protected wetlands frequented by birds and wildlife. The community will also be landscaped and maintained by the development's homeowners' association.

"Being surrounded by open space and spectacular mountain views will make Turtle Creek a sought-after address by anyone who values the beauty of the St. George area," said Safford.

"And living next to a challenging golf course is a bonus for the recreation-minded. The layout of this project means that all of the houses, not just some, will be located within a pitching wedge shot of the golf course."

He said other amenities planned for the project include a tile-capped stucco fence along the road and a semiprivate fence bordering the golf course.

The homes will have stucco exteriors, the material of choice in St. George, along with tile roofs and two-car garages.

Interiors will include vaulted ceilings, jetted-tub/shower combinations, fireplaces, breakfast nooks, chef's islands in the kitchens, walk-in closets and "great rooms" or family rooms facing the golf course.

Safford said six floor plans will be available to buyers, ranging from a 1,290-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath configuration to a 2,545-square-foot layout.

Prices will start at $129,900 for the smaller units, and all homes will be priced under $200,000, he said.

Proswood is co-developing Turtle Creek with Tandem Development Co., Network Architects and Watts Construction. Safford said real estate sales have slowed somewhat in the St. George area, but he expects the project to be sold out in 18-24 months.

A final plat on the project is expected by mid-December. For further information call Holiday Resort Realty in St. George at 673-6172 and speak with Jeff Morby, Dic Crabtree or Allison Morgan.

Prowswood has developed some of Utah's earliest and largest planned residential communities. It manages nearly $500 million in real estate, which Safford said makes it the largest property management firm in the Mountain West.