Lombardo Homes – New Home Construction

Carmel has long been known for neighborhoods that offer the very best in contemporary lifestyles. After all, it was voted the #1 best place to live in America in 2012 by CNN Money Magazine. With a wide range of prices and architecture, Carmel continues to expand its inventory of homes. In this issue we’ll meet a new builder coming into our market. Ed Hackett is Division President of Lombardo Homes and agreed to discuss his company’s plans for expansion. Can you give us a little history of Lombardo Homes?  Cosimo Lombardo and Antoinette Moceri founded Lombardo Homes in Michigan 50 years ago. It has since become one of the largest and most respected new homebuilders and developers in the Midwest. The second generation is now at the helm with Anthony Lombardo serving as CEO, and siblings Anna Lisa, Cathy and Sebastian, who oversee office operations, property management and the custom homes division respectively. As a service-focused operation dedicated to building quality homes and developing lifestyle neighborhoods, Lombardo expanded into St. Louis in 2011 and is moving to establish itself in Indianapolis and desirable areas such as Carmel.

Why did you choose our area for expansion?
Since the Indianapolis area has a similar demographic to both Southeastern Michigan and the St. Louis area, many of our proprietary designs and processes can be replicated here. It is also attractive because its strong employment base provides a stable housing environment combined with affordable prices and ample land. Just as importantly, we believe our company’s focus on quality, respect for customers and communities, and commitment to providing them with a customized, positive experience will resonate with Hoosiers.
Who is your target demographic?
Lombardo Homes is primarily interested in the “second home buyer” and “multi move-up buyer.” Our customers are typically families who have moved from starter to mid-priced homes, to upscale neighborhoods and are now ready for a high-end luxury home.
How would you define Lombardo Homes with regard to exterior elevations and interior layouts?
Our company is entering Central Indiana with its “Traditions Series” of home plans. There are nine plans in this series, each with multiple elevations that are stick-framed with heavy masonry, three-car side load garages, full basements with nine-foot ceilings, Pex plumbing system with manifold, and a landscape package.  Lombardo partners with well-known providers of high-end finishes for interiors rather than maintaining a centralized showroom of their own. This affords clients maximum flexibility to choose flooring, cabinets, counter tops and other finishes based on their preferences, not their builder.
Where will you build and when do you expect to be up and running?
Our first homes will open in Geist Woods Estates in August and Plainfield in September. We are also building in Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Fishers, Greenfield and Perry Township. Lombardo has identified a parcel in Carmel and hopes to be in construction there by this time next year. Currently there are five homes under construction and we plan to have 15 – 20 completed this year.
Are there locals on your management team?
A team of locals manages Lombardo Homes Indianapolis. I am from Indianapolis and graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor of Science degree. The same holds true for my director of construction operations; both of us have been in the Indianapolis building industry for 25 years. We plan to add additional local talent to our management team as we grow in this market.
Please include any other comments you’d like to make.
Since Carmel and the Indianapolis market are very competitive, we know that we need to differentiate ourselves out of the gate. Our high quality basics of vinyl-clad windows, walk-in pantries and heavy masonry immediately set us apart from the majority of builders. Lombardo’s Discovery Event™ is also unique and involves a deep dive into a customer’s current and future needs. This allows us to make the home as livable and relevant ten years from now as it is today. Many builders lead customers to what they want to sell. Through our Discovery Event™, Lombardo Homes will lead you to the home you want to buy.
Thanks to Ed Hackett
Division President, Lombardo Homes