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New neighborhood called the 'crown jewel' of Harbor Shores

Rendering of the new Harbor Shores neighborhood. Ground was broken on the project Monday // WSBT 22

A new neighborhood is coming to St. Joseph, Michigan.

Located in the Harbor Shores area, this will be the seventh neighborhood in seven years.

The development will feature more than 70 new homes. It's the largest project that Harbor Shores has taken on.

The 11-acre property is being called the "crown jewel" of the entire Harbor Shores community.

Out of the 78 homes, 7 have already been sold.

Developers believe that trend will continue.

"St. Joe and Benton Harbor are still a best-kept secret,” said Kerry Wright, director of real estate, sales and marketing.

Known for its long stretch of beaches and fun summer options, the city of St. Joseph is adding 78 new homes just steps away from the water.

Harbor Shores executives broke ground Monday for the new community.

The neighborhood will be located at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Paw Paw rivers.

Wright says the neighborhood will have something for everyone.

"While most home sites out here offer direct views of the water, even some of the homes that look north out onto the Jack Nicklaus golf course will be reminded the water is nearby when they see the top of sail boats bobbing from their backyard,” Wright said.

The other six neighborhoods in the Harbor Shores area are 80 percent full. Wright says this is the perfect time to start construction on the seventh.

The new developments will include an 18-hole golf course and walking trails.

"The Paw Paw River has become quite valuable from a kayaking and canoeing perspective,” Wright said.

Construction on the neighborhood won't be complete for 8 to 10 years.

The models will feature alleyways to reduce the impact of cars within the community. A pedestrian bridge will also connect Harbor Village to the downtown Benton Harbor area.

The company is also offering six different models in the new neighborhood.

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