The Home Company builders just broke ground on a townhouse community they say brings a new concept to the Omaha metro area. They expect it to catch on with millennials as well as those looking to shed maintenance duties.

The new-construction, for-sale homes come attached in clusters of three or four. They’ll have two-car garages, open floor plans — and range in price from $180,000 to $220,000.

The first batch of 92 homes is being built on 10 acres in Fremont’s Gallery 23 area, and some of those are expected to be ready to buy late this year.

But Dave Vogtman of the Home Company said the development team plans to launch similar ventures soon in up to four Omaha-area neighborhoods.

Next up, Vogtman said, is an 83-townhouse project expected to start later this year in the Bellevue area. Another 120 homes are planned on still-to-be-announced sites in northwest and southwest Omaha.

Vogtman said it’s the relatively lower first-time homeowner price range, the design and “close-knit community” vibe that set the townhouses apart from other housing.

The metro area, Vogtman added, has been hungry for affordable homeownership options.

“These will fill a niche that has been kind of abandoned in the past seven or eight years,” he said.

Vogtman expects the two-story homes, of 1,500 to 1,700 square feet each, to appeal to young professionals as well as active baby boomers who want to downsize. Common outdoor walkways and gathering areas are intended to foster a sense of community.

The Home Company, as builder, is working with Omaha-based Boyer Young land developer. Both recently were acquired by Hubbell Realty of West Des Moines, which was seeking to expand into the Omaha area.

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Cindy covers housing and commercial real estate for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @cgonzalez_owh. Phone: 402-444-1224.

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