March 2021 As one drives around the city of Carmel and the surrounding communities in Hamilton County, one would be hard-pressed not to see some of the definitive influences that the Estridge family has made on several of the area\u2019s neighborhood developments. As the area\u2019s \u201cHometown Builder\u201d of more than 50 years, Estridge companies have built 8,000-plus homes and developed more than 30 neighborhoods in central Indiana\u2014including Harmony and Serenade. A recent announcement from Estridge Homes LLC details the passing of the reigns of the Carmel-based homebuilding company from Paul Estridge Jr. to his leadership team. Estridge will remain an owner and emphasized that he is not \u201cretiring\u201d but will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of Carmel-based Estridge Homes LLC. He will continue to assist the leadership team with strategic planning on current and future projects. Estridge, 63, received a single-lung transplant earlier this year to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and looks at his experience like an \u201cextension of life.\u201d \u201cI\u2019m going to live a very active life, and I\u2019m not retiring\u2014I\u2019m rewiring,\u201d Estridge expressed. \u201cI\u2019m stepping back out of the day-to-day operations, and that\u2019s going to enable me to focus on my health and fitness, and there\u2019s some other things that I\u2019d like to do.\u201d Clint Mitchell and Paul Estridge Jr. Stepping up as CEO is Carmel resident Clint Mitchell. Mitchell joined Estridge Homes in 2015, and Westfield resident and COO Rob McGraw has been with the company since 1995. Homebuilding\u2014It\u2019s a Family Affair Estridge Jr. shared that he was only a kid\u201410 years old\u2014when his late father, Paul Estridge Sr., established Paul E. Estridge Homes. \u201cIn the early days, I was 10 years old when Dad decided to open up his own homebuilding company,\u201d Estridge shared. \u201cI started with him holding the tape measure, sweeping and scrapping out drywall. It is difficult working for your parents\u2014my mother was every bit as involved with bookkeeping and design, but it was what it was. There was a family work ethic\u2014you worked when you weren\u2019t doing something else you had to do.\u201d Estridge recalled the endless hours in which he would sit listening to his father\u2019s phone conversations and meetings and sitting in homes on the weekends holding open houses, trying to emulate what his father did when he greeted and spoke with potential clients. Estridge shared that his father was the first homebuilder to introduce zero-lot-line products and communities to the Indianapolis area. Paul Estridge Sr. and Paul Estridge Jr. In 1983, Estridge started his own company, The Estridge Group, and he bought out his father\u2019s business in 1992. \u201cBuilding whole neighborhoods of homes became our passion and what we really focused on over the years,\u201d Estridge said. \u201cWhat we find when we build the entire neighborhood is that we\u2019re able to create an experience and lifestyle for people that goes beyond just the house. Otherwise, we\u2019d just be building a subdivision with houses.\u201d Looking Into the Future of Estridge Homes When asked how much Mitchell and McGraw will be relying on the sage wisdom and experience of Estridge, Mitchell replied, \u201cVery much\u2014Paul certainly has a lot of wisdom and knows this area as well as anyone and has much experience as a builder in the Indianapolis market. As we look at growth, we\u2019re looking for Paul\u2019s insight. We\u2019d like to look outside of the Carmel and Westfield areas where we can make some pretty big investments with a community and create the kind of neighborhood design that brings in the home design to complement the neighborhood layouts, amenities and landscaping.\u201d Mitchell added that in many of their communities, they appeal to multiple demographics and often to multigenerational buyers. \u201cWe look at who our buyer is, and we look at multiple demographics,\u201d Mitchell said. \u201cWe are not just focusing on one type of buyer and have different price points and different sizes of homes within the same neighborhood. For example, within Harmony, we have young couples, singles, families and empty nesters and sometimes within the same family. We have people with parents and kids living in the same community, and it\u2019s pretty cool.\u201d Mitchell shared that by the end of this year, Estridge Homes expects to begin construction of a new 550-home development in Westfield\u2014name to be announced\u2014and the company\u2019s first luxury townhome developments, Park West in Westfield and 16 Gateway in downtown Indianapolis, will be additional projects with the new CEO and COO at the helm. Announcing Monterey Coastal Cuisine! Estridge shared that he had always been interested in the restaurant industry but that it was never the right time or fit for him. \u201cI had never had time for it, nor did I have what I thought was the knowledge and expertise to get involved in it,\u201d Estridge stated. \u201cThen the moons aligned about a year and half ago when I approached Chris Thomas, who was the general manager at Kona Grill. He had approached me about doing something together about 15 years ago, but when we spoke again a year and a half ago, it seemed like an interesting time to do it. He\u2019s a tremendous operator, and I wouldn\u2019t be doing this without him.\u201d Estridge added, \u201cWhat is true of everything that I\u2019ve ever started is that it\u2019s always been about getting the right people together and the right team of people.\u201d Monterey Coastal Cuisine, co-owned by Estridge and Thomas, is expected to open on April 3 and will feature a selection of sushi, seafood and steaks in a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere at 110 West Main Street, just east of the Monon Greenway. Visit montereycuisine.com for updates and more information. Most Impactful Project When asked out of all the projects and businesses that Estridge has built and had interest in, which one has meant the most to him and had the biggest impact on his career, he replied, \u201cFor sure it\u2019s Centennial. And Harmony is a very close second. All the things we learned with Centennial, we\u2019ve built them into Harmony. We were able to do some really big ideas like the sledding hill. I think it\u2019s the most used sledding hill in the county. People send me pictures of the kids when it snows, and there\u2019s like 100 kids on top of that hill.\u201d In addition to his favorite project, Estridge was gracious enough to share a favored moment related to Centennial. \u201cAs far as special moments, I love the wintertime\u2014driving into Centennial,\u201d Estridge expressed. \u201cSeeing the church lit up and the trees along the street all lit up\u2014if I could be buried there, that\u2019s where I would be buried.\u201d Estridge believes that one of the responsibilities of builders is to create spaces for people to connect and to build memories. \u201cWe\u2019re designing homes that emphasize more of the front porch, where people can live and sit out there, waving at their neighbors, as opposed to everybody being in the backyard,\u201d Estridge said. \u201cIt\u2019s those little things that really have an impact on people\u2019s connectivity with their neighbors and how well they know them.\u201d For more information on Estridge Homes and its communities, visit estridge.com.