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Anybody live in a Toll Brothers house?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Philip Hamm, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Well-Known Member

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    Anyone live in a Toll Brothers house or community? My wife and I are thinking of buying a Toll Brothers house and would like to hear any experiences.
     
  2. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Well-Known Member

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    From what I've read on the http://www.hadd.com/ website and in the Boston Globe I don't think we'll be considering a Toll Brothers home after all. [​IMG] Stick with NV I think.
     
  3. Nathan*W

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    No I don't live in a Toll Brothers house, I live in a Tollhouse, brother!
     
  4. Craig Robertson

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    i do like the cookies, tho.
     
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    They have a nice golf course community here in Raleigh called Brier Creek. An acquaintence of mine through another friend bought a house there and has been pretty happy with it.
     
  6. Andrew W

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    Lee,

    Have they ever compare their actual measurements to the floorplan in the sales brochure. That seems to be Toll's biggest offense. The brochure shows a room as 327 sq ft. The real blueprint filed with the building inspector shows it as only 285. Then they just claim it was an "honest mistake" when they are busted.
     
  7. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Well-Known Member

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    Andrew,

    That's just the tip of the Iceberg. The Boston Globe has a great expose article about Toll Brothers and there are a LOT of complaints.
     
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    So I guess their houses are kind of "crumby". [​IMG]
     
  9. Philip Hamm

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    It's no joke to the poor people involved who find they have a $400K house that needs $400K of work to fix!
     
  10. ken thompson

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    Never heard of 'em. Is that the name of a construction company?
     
  11. Ricardo C

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    I checked their website out. They seem to be a design/construction firm. The houses look quite nice, but the negative reports at HADD turned me off.
     
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    I hate when I come to these threads and someone else has preempted my cookie jokes[​IMG]
     
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    Damn, now I'm really hungry.

    On topic: it sounds like some of the tract companies out here in CA. They are more concerned with getting em up as quickly as possible and less about the quality and workmanship. Lawsiuts pending.
     
  14. Jim_C

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    Stay away from Toll Brothers, Philip. I'm up in Boston and I remember that story. IIRC there was also a TV segment on the local news about this developer. As an architect I tend to follow these stories and let me tell you, I would NEVER buy a house from them. Shoddy construction seems to be the hallmark of Toll Brothers.
     
  15. Philip Hamm

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    Oh, believe me I'm not considering a TB home after reading that damning Boston Globe article. I'm sticking a known quantity: the builder of my beautiful 10 year old townhome, NV Homes.
     
  16. Scott Dautel

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    My hometown is overwhelmed by Toll Brothers neighborhoods. After my house was built (by another builder), Toll took over my neighborhood & completed it (approx 100 toll homes). The houses on either side of me are Toll Brothers.

    My parents have been in a Toll Brothers home since ~1988.

    Our conclusion ... they're not terrible, but I would NOT buy one. Rather cheap construction standards and you'll generally pay a fortune in upgrades just to get what you want.

    Most of the Toll homes near us are brick front & vinyl siding on the 3 other sides. After framing, the outside walls are covered in construction grade foil-lined cardboard (rather than plywood); siding goes over the cardboard. Think about this ... you could cut youself a door in the side of a Toll home with a decent carpet knife!

    Inside, everything seems to be the minimum. My parents have dealt with shifting, rotting doorframes, leaky shower, & frequent basic plumbing problems.

    Toll Brothers model homes are great showplaces, but, like I said ... you can do yourself much better.

    Scott
     
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    Philip, do you have the link to that Toll Brothers expose? I've searched the Globe's website and don't seem to find it.

    Thanks, Patrick
     
  18. Ricardo C

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    Ricardo, thanks buddy.

    Patrick
     
  20. Tim Fennell

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    They are big and impressive looking but when you look closely they are not well constructed. I read the Globe article (I live near Hopkinton MA where the article was written)
    and was amazed at the shortcuts taken by TB...
    Right now they are listing for $600K-800K. [​IMG]
    No thanks
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