When John Allen graduated from UGA, he moved back home to start his career. After a few months selling real estate, he decided to transition into the land development business. He found a property he liked, but the owner, Farmer Brown, was not interested in selling. The issue wasn’t money or even selling the land. Something was just missing for Farmer Brown.
John thought back to a book his father suggested, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. In the book, one businessman was trying to buy a railroad company from a retiring owner, but struggled to finalize the deal. After many different attempts, the buyer offered to rename the company after the gentleman that founded it. This was the missing piece to closing the deal.
So, John offered to name his proposed neighborhood “Brown Haven Heights” in appreciation of Farmer Brown – and his father who had recommended the book. Success! A deal was struck!
Though Brown Haven has evolved into one of the leading custom “On Your Lot” homebuilders in North Georgia and Western North Carolina, with plans to grow into Tennessee and South Carolina, we always remember Farmer Brown – and that building homes is about people not just the bottom line.
Brown Haven Homes was founded in the spring of 2005 as a land developer. Through the years, we built a thorough reputation for superior quality and customer service. Now one of North Georgia and Western North Carolina's leading design-build firms, Brown Haven Homes is transitioning from building high-end custom homes to building pre-priced homes within our existing home portfolio. The company is progressively growing as we expand into the surrounding areas of Asheville, NC; Chattanooga, TN; and Greenville, SC, becoming one of the Southeast’s leading scattered site homebuilders.
Brown Haven Homes has always been dedicated to making sure our clients receive the best home possible through our unique blend of knowledge, craftsmanship, integrity, and excellent customer service. As we grow and change, Brown Haven Homes will continue to specialize in creating quality homes, while providing a stress-free, enjoyable building process. Our team is made up of the highest skilled professionals around – combining for 200 years of experience. And we have invested in building an internal infrastructure that is streamlined and cost-effective. All of this is our way of making Brown Haven Homes the right choice for home building in the Southeast.
United Community Bank has worked with Brown Haven Homes for several years and has helped customers build over 100 homes. The quality of home that Brown Haven builds is bar none. As a lender when I learn my customer is working with Brown Haven, I always breathe a sigh of relief because I know my customer will be well taken care of.
Our Blairsville office has helped customers with at least 30 of the 100 homes and at the end of construction, I always ask my customers about their experience with the builder as well as the bank. We always get the same response about Brown Haven - Brown Haven is great and they love their home. Always! They are easy to work with and get the job done quickly - usually with a six to eight month timeframe. They have a top-notch showroom and design team to help with the decision making. They always follow up after construction with my customers to make sure all is well. I highly recommend Brown Haven Homes to anyone interested in building their dream home! They do a fantastic job!- Tammy Collins, United Community Bank