The Arcadia community, a new housing development in Alexandria, Ky., has been in the works for roughly seven years. Fischer Homes and Drees Homes partnered to create Arcadia and progress is under way as construction workers build the foundations, sidewalks and grand new homes.

“We chose it because it’s the first neighborhood of its kind in Campbell County, and it complements the natural features of the land with open spaces and plentiful trees,” says Carrie Rogiers, marketing manager for Fischer Homes.

The Clay, Fischer’s first model home in Arcadia, just had a refreshing redesign along with nearly 30 additional Fischer Homes designs. Fischer collaborated with Dominick Tringali, an internationally known architect, to refresh the Masterpiece Collection, which includes the Clay.

The Clay is like a split-level home—if the home had a five-level plan—and its design was influenced by homes on the East Coast. With more than 3,000 square feet (not including the basement), it has four bedrooms (including a master suite with its own floor), two and a half baths, a two-car garage, mudroom and a bonus room just down a small flight of stairs from the two-story family room.

“It’s not custom, but it’s not a starter home either,” says Rogiers.

Starting in the $300,000s, the Clay’s open floor plan on the main floor is great for entertaining. Homeowners can even choose a stone patio with a hearth just off the kitchen nook, also known as the “morning room.”

Homebuyers can choose countertop upgrades, such as granite or quartz, in the kitchen in lieu of Formica. Stainless steel appliances come standard and the cabinets are stacked for visual interest.

On the first upstairs level, the master suite has huge walk-in closets, a private bath and options to include a tray ceiling and a double-door entrance. The second floor’s laundry room makes laundry day a breeze.

“It’s great not running up and down the steps,” adds Rogiers, who owns a Fischer home.

And in the bathrooms, upgrades include all the finishing touches such as light fixtures, the shower door and granite countertops. Natura—a tile that looks like real wood—also is an option instead of standard tile flooring.

“It has a great look and it’s easy to clean,” says Rogiers, who has Natura in her home as well.

The Clay has a variety of additional upgrade choices: a wet bar in the bonus room, various types of hardwood flooring, an optional fireplace and an optional third full bath.

Upon completion, the Arcadia community will have around 400 home sites including condominiums, single-family homes, patio homes, a clubhouse, pool and an exercise facility.

Arcadia, although surrounded by trees, hills and wildlife, is right off Alexandria Pike near Alexandria Village Green, a shopping center that includes a Wal-Mart and County Market.

“And it’s just 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati,” adds Rogiers.