Berry Forest was carved from land once part of the original Berry family estate, located between what is now Mt. Berry and Armuchee. Created through a partnership connecting Berry College and CTR Development Co. (Cash Construction, Toles, Temple & Wright, and Wayne Robinson Builders), Berry Forest holds the distinction of being one of the area’s first true golf course communities.
Brooke Temple, Edward Cash and Wayne Robinson first approached Berry College with a unique proposal to develop an elevated residential golf community at Stonebridge Golf Club. The decision-makers at the school liked what they saw, and the groundwork was laid for 62 lots across the more than 38 acres where TTW would serve as the exclusive listing agency. At the onset of the land’s development, Berry Forest was officially considered to be “phase 1” of Berry College’s plans for Stonebridge through its partnership with the City of Rome.
Berry Forest was so groundbreaking for the area in the late 1990s, that it was marketed as the opportunity of a lifetime to build a house there. It marked the first time Berry College had offered land for a planned residential development and potential homeowners took notice. A considerable amount of thought went into the development of the private neighborhood, which features a separate entrance inside the gates of Stonebridge. Cohesive architectural plans, building materials and color schemes offer continuity and a harmonious community design at Berry Forest.
Billed as a high-quality golf course community with excellent recreational opportunities and natural scenic beauty, the creative minds behind Berry Forest made sure to leverage the location’s unique features and attributes to their fullest potential. A championship, award-winning, Arthur Davis-designed course hugs the entire Berry Forest development. Surrounding Stonebridge itself are the 28,000 acres of protected land that belongs to Berry College. Because of the rolling terrain, many homes have views of all the development’s amenities, including the course, Stonebridge Lake and Lavender Mountain – the highest point in Floyd County.
Although the development is located adjacent to Armuchee just north of Rome’s city center, Berry Forest – together with all of Stonebridge – was officially rolled into the City of Rome following annexation. When the neighborhood initially opened, it was accessible solely by way of Old Summerville Road. The Stonebridge entrance on Martha Berry Highway was completed in 1998, not long after the subdivision’s first phase.
In the time since its debut in 1994, Stonebridge Golf Club has ultimately spurred the development of two upscale subdivisions with multiple phases – Berry Forest and the Fairways – that continue to generate tax revenue and positively impact the local area. The public golf course, which is owned by the City of Rome, has long been committed to protecting local wildlife and is certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International.
Berry Forest is a TTW Golden Heritage Development. Click here to learn more about the role of Toles, Temple & Wright in the real estate development of Rome and Floyd County.