Builder’s Story, Killearn Homes

Killearn Homes

J.T. Williams founded Killearn Properties in 1964 with a simple idea: to build homes of exceptional quality and distinction that would exceed homeowners’ expectations in every way.

Over forty years later, J.T.’s vision has become a reality for over 10,000 families and counting.  Killearn’s commitment to excellence has made it the standard-setter of the industry.


Killearn first began in 1964 with the development of two world-class country club communities in Tallahassee, Florida.  Both quietly elegant, yet full of life and character, Killearn Estates and Killearn Lakes Plantation are communities that will stand the test of time.

In 1985, Killearn expanded into Georgia, quickly establishing itself as an industry leader with its innovative floor plans and high-quality construction.  Henry County is home to the renowned Eagles Landing and Eagle’s Brook County Club, with a magnificent 51,000 square foot plantation-style clubhouse and an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio.  Then there’s the beautiful Durham Lakes Country Club in south Fulton County, with its sweeping vistas and peaceful lake views.  For those who prefer mountain views, look to Killearn’s two communities in North Georgia: Waterfall Country Club, with its breathtaking views of the mountains on Lake Burton, and Kingwood Resort, where you’ll enjoy the natural splendor of a mountain retreat enhanced by all of the elegance and amenities a world-class builder can provide.

The Killearn Difference

What makes Killearn different from the rest?

First of all, it’s our distinctive vision.  From the very start, Killearn Homes has rejected the “mass-development” attitude that so many other builders have, and has instead created master-planned communities that flawlessly integrate the natural beauty of the land with homes of lasting value and character.

Furthermore, our innovative home designs combine impressive architectural features and unique details with layouts that maximize comfort and convenience.  The home building industry has taken notice, awarding Killearn Best Floor Plan, Best Exterior, Best Overall and the coveted Builder of the Year award.

Another important difference is that Killearn is a family-owned and -operated business.  David Williams, who joined his father at Killearn over 25 years ago, has continued the tradition of leadership and commitment to excellence established by J.T.  Today, three generations of the Williams family work together as a team, taking pride in the quality of  Killearn’s homebuilding and customer service like no other company in Georgia.

Creating Communities and Beyond

At Killearn, we strongly believe in community involvement.  J.T. Williams has been honored with numerous appointments and awards, including Chairmanships of the Atlanta Regional Business Coalition, the Georgia Board of Education, Projects and Planning for GRTA, and the Chamber of Commerce.  He is a Trustee of both Mercer University and of the Florida State University Foundation, and is the recipient of the Herman Tallmadge Visionary Award by the Chamber of Commerce and the Patrick Henry Award from the Henry Council for Quality Growth.  It’s all part of J.T.’s larger vision: to create, sustain and nurture communities.

Today, Killearn continues to hold true to the principles and passion for quality that have guided it since its inception over forty years ago.  The result?  Uncompromising quality.  Exceptional value.  Come see the difference and experience the peace of mind that comes from being a part of the Killearn Family.