Brian Dantin and Ross Bruce have purchased 60 acres of land near Prairieville to build Hidden Farms, a 142-lot development, in the spring.

DB Hidden Farms LLC, a corporation controlled by Dantin and Bruce, bought the 60-acre site on Brown Jr Road near Old Jefferson Highway in Prairieville. The deal closed Tuesday and DB Hidden Farms paid nearly $2.8 million for the land, according to Troy Collins and Steve Legendre of Sperry Van Ness | Graham, Langlois & Legendre, who brokered the sale. Collins said the land was assembled from seven separate tracts.

Hidden Farms will feature amenities such as lakes and parks. The pricing for homes in the development are still being worked through, but Bruce said Hidden Farms will be aimed at people buying their first or second home.

“We feel great about the location,” Bruce said. “Demand has been pretty consistent in Ascension, especially on the northern end of the parish.”

Plans are to have the first homes in Hidden Farms ready for the fall. The development will be built out in two phases of 71 lots each.

There’s a strong demand for housing in Ascension Parish, because of all the petrochemical plant expansions in the area. The parish has a significant shortage of housing for sale.

“The ongoing industrial expansion and quality school system continue to fuel the demand for quality residential development in Ascension Parish,” Collins said. “The location and physical characteristics of the site made it an obvious candidate for single-family development.”

Dantin and Bruce have built a number of developments in East Baton Rouge Parish, including The Offices at City Farm, a 60,000-square-foot office park under construction on Jefferson Highway; The 333 Lofts, a condominium complex outside the South Gates of LSU; The Magnolia Lakes development on Burbank Drive, between Staring Lane and Lee Drive; and the Goodwill store at Bluebonnet and Burbank.

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