your single-level living leader
Band Teacher By Day, Band Leader By Night.
The driving force behind Encore Developments is Jared Dawson. As a general contractor with Encore Developments and a realtor with Leland Realty, he specializes in working with new empty nesters and long-time retirees looking to transition to a single-level home. Happy clients have worked with him to construct approximately 60 single-level homes over the last 20+ years. All while keeping up with his other career, teaching band at Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea. The Encore Developments name is dually inspired by his love of music and for helping people make the absolute most out of their retirement years.
It all started when Jared took a teaching job in Glenville-Emmons back in 1995. In the small school district enrollment was always an issue partially due to lack of available homes for families with school age children. In 2000, he decided to build a single-level duplex as an option for retired seniors who didn’t want to leave Emmons, which in turn opened up their existing homes to new families. A win-win for seniors and for the community. Fast forward 20 years and Encore Developments is known as the go-to for finding or building single-level homes.
Outside the Developments.
In his little spare time left after teaching and helping empty nesters find or build their dream home, Jared likes to be involved in our community. One of his favorite traditions is putting up the Christmas lighting for the Summer Dale development. Another new adventure was growing sunflower fields for the community to enjoy. His family has enjoyed sharing their musical talents with the community at various community events. Hence the name, Encore Developments.
The Home Team.
Jared and his wife Shanna and their four children reside just east of Manchester. Shanna teaches at Sibley Elementary along with directing music at Crossroads Evangelical Free Church here in Albert Lea. They have four children, Drake is in his second year of college, Grace is a junior in high school, Evie is an 8th grader at Albert Lea High School and Alec is in 5th grade at Lakeview Elementary.
In the Community.
Happy Homes, Happy Clients.
We really enjoy visiting with past clients who purchased or built their home with us and it is perfectly fulfilling their needs years later. It brings us joy knowing our single-level living options allow them to remain in their home for many more years than a traditional home would have.