Category Archives: New Homes

Parasol Park: Sterling Collection Review

Parasol Park recently unveiled two more home collections. Sterling is a community of attached townhomes with four models, along with variations on two of them. Built by TRI Pointe Homes, each building has six units comprising 96 homes. The neighborhood is the first to open on the west side of Ridge Valley, also bordered by Cadence, Harringay, and Magnet. The models range from 1,385 – 2,336 square feet. They have 2-4 bedroom and 2.5-3 bathrooms. Each building has one of each floor plan, plus the 1X and 2X variations. The 1, 1X, 2, and 2X are three-story, center units set farther back from the street. Residences 3 and 4 are always end units, have optional third floors, and are set close to the street. Each home has an attached, two-car garage. Elevations include Irving Gill (southern California modern), Art Deco, and Schindler (mid-century Los Angeles).

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Eastwood Village: Delano Collection Review

Eastwood Village recently opened its newest set of homes. Delano is a community of attached townhomes with three unique models. Built by Brookfield Residential, there will be a total of 69 homes, each set in three-unit buildings. The neighborhood has a long, narrow layout that stretches along Parkwood from Trailhead to Alpine. Half the homes face Parkwood and will have views of Eucalyptus Park, Eastwood Elementary School, Grand Trellis Park, and/or Mosaic Park. The other half will run behind them (along Henson) and will face homes from the Petaluma or Marin neighborhoods. The three models range 1,544 – 1,918 square feet. They have 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. Each building has one of each floor plan, with Residence 1 always set in the middle and all of its living areas on the second floor. Each home has an attached, two-car garage and shares a motor court with several buildings. Though all homes share walls, noise should be kept to a minimum, as all shared walls are actually two separate walls with a small space between them. Elevations include Early California, Santa Barbara, Formal Spanish, and Spanish Monterey.

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Stonegate – Chelsea X (Auburn Collection) Review

Last September, I posted a review of the Auburn Collection in the village of Stonegate (you can view that review here). At the time, their largest model hadn’t opened. Chelsea X finally reopened about a month ago, and I was able to visit it this week. This is the largest home in the collection, measuring approximately 5,250 square feet, which includes a full basement. Auburn, built by Richmond American Homes, is in the northern section of Stonegate and will have approximately 75 homes. One model (Cherie) is already sold out and there are only four Chelsea X homes still available. The other two models, Seabrook and Seneca are still selling.

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Orchard Hills – The Vistas Overview

In January, Orchard Hills held a grand opening for The Vistas, their newest enclave. Built by Toll Brothers, Bella Vista and Alta Vista are high-end luxury residences located in the hills high above the existing Orchard Hills homes.  While some homes will have views of the surrounding avocado orchards, others will have views that stretch all the way to Catalina, which was even visible on the hazy day when I visited. Residents will be part of the Orchard Hills Neighborhood Association, with full access to all of its amenities.

The back of the future Bella Vista models, as seen from the community lawn below:

The Vistas are part of the Tustin Unified School District. Students in grades K – 4 will attend Hicks Canyon Elementary School, located approximately three miles from the neighborhood. Students in grades 5 – 8 will attend Orchard Hills School, located at the entrance to Orchard Hills, approximately one mile below the Vistas. Eventually, Orchard Hills School should accommodate grades K – 8, though I don’t believe there is a timeline set for the expansion. Beckman High School will serve students in grades 9 – 12.

There are two home collections in the Vistas, both featuring very large homes and generous lots. Although the homes are already selling, construction on the models won’t be complete until this summer. Potential homeowners can visit the sales offices for more information and to schedule a hard hat tour of the framework. Once the models open this summer, I will review them in detail.

Collection Square Feet Beds Baths Garages Base Price
Bella Vista 4,698 – 5,508 5 – 6 5.5 – 6.5 2 – 4 cars Low 2,000,000s
Alta Vista 4,558 – 7,197 4 – 9 4.5 – 9.5 3 – 4 cars Mid 2,000,000s

 

Bella Vista Overview
Bella Vista will have five unique floorplans, but only three will have models.  The first several phases of homes will have views of the avocado orchards, giving them a very private and secluded feeling. Future phases will have city views, with Catalina visible in the distance. Those phases are expected to be built in about four years and will have lot premiums estimated around $1,000,000. By then, the base price will likely have risen as well. Homeowners dues is $280 per month. The current tax rate is approximately 1.4% including Mello Roos.

Plan Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garages Base Price Modeled/Similar To:
Altura 4,698 5 – 6 5.5 – 6.5 2 – 3 $2,029,995 Modeled
Similar to Redondo at Capri (Hidden Canyon)
Bellino 4,849 5 5.5 3 (tandem) $2,099,995 N/A
Cielo 5,038 5 5.5 3 (tandem) $2,109,995 – $2,229,995 Modeled
Similar to Capri at Capri (Hidden Canyon)
Lusso 5,282 5 – 6 5.5 – 6.5 4 $2,264,995 – $2,334,995 Modeled
Similar to Cassis at Marbella (Hidden Canyon)
Tacara 5.508 5 5.5 4 $2,359,995 Similar to Santa Monica at Marbella
(Hidden Canyon)

Additional features include huge master bedrooms (some with retreats), outdoor living rooms, high ceilings, expansive kitchens, and a separate casita in the backyard of Bellino homes. Lot sizes in the first few phases of Bella Vista range from 7,235 – 15,270 square feet.

Alta Vista Overview
Alta Vista will have six different floorplans, though again, only three will have models, which are projected to open in late June. These homes are carved into the hills, stretching above and around the Bella Vista homes. As in Bella Vista, the HOA dues will be $280 per month and the current tax rate is approximately 1.4% including Mello Roos.

Plan Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garages Base Price Modeled/Similar To:
Lucido
(single story)
4,558 – 5,824 4 – 6 4.5 – 6.5 4 $2,414,995 – $2,434,995 Modeled
Similar to La Morra (Masters at Moorpark)
Acacia 5,578 – 7,134 5 – 7 5.5 – 7.5 3 $2,459,995 – $2,669,995 N/A
Castello 5,795 – 6,813 5 – 6 5.5 – 6.5 4 $2,759,995 Similar to Cassero (Enclave at Yorba Linda)
Savona 5,939 – 7,129 5 – 7 5.5 – 7.5 4 $2,664,995 Modeled
Similar to Santa Rosa (Enclave at Yorba Linda)
Collina 5,883 – 6,901 5 – 7 5.5 – 7.5 4 $2,584,995 – $2,594,995 Similar to Capistrano (Enclave at Yorba Linda)
Oceano 6,213 – 7,197 5 – 9 55 – 9.5 4 $2,679,995 Modeled
Similar to Santa Barbara (Masters at Moorpark)

There will be a total of 168 homes in Alta Vista with an average lot size of 11,400 square feet.  Like Bella Vista, these homes have bonus rooms on the second floor, large bedrooms, expansive kitchens, and high ceilings. Some plans also include offices on the first floor and/or a private a casita.

Meadow at the Groves

In addition to the existing amenities in Orchard Hills, there is a new resort at the base of the Vistas.  Meadow at the Groves features a lap pool, spa, fireplace terrace, community lawn, view terrace, shade structures, tot lot, barbecues, and picnic areas.

The entrance to the pool area has a patio and drought-friendly landscaping. Inside, palm trees and numerous umbrellas offer shade. There is also a shade structure running the length of one side with tables and barbecues underneath. One end of the pool deck has a large fireplace with chairs and small tables for socializing, as well as picnic tables for bigger groups. The opposite end has the spa, with a fountain flowing into it.

    

The community lawn is huge and would be a great spot for community events.

 

The playground has two sand areas, each with diggers.  The play structures are made of wood, so they blend in nicely with the surrounding hills and don’t stand out like the brightly colored structures found at many other parks. There are two sets of climbing blocks with varying heights.

The larger play structure has monkey bars a few different ladders and climbing walls and one twisty slide coming down. A map on the side highlights Orange County’s former ranches and key landmarks.

The smaller structure also has various ways to climb up and a single, slightly curved slide coming down.

There is a swing set with two bucket swings and four regular swings.

Throughout the park, there are signs showing silhouettes and footprints of different animals that live (or lived) in the foothills.

Finally, there is a shade structure with two picnic tables and four small barbecues. While this area is shaded, the play areas and surrounding benches are not.

The Vistas is an exclusive community for homeowners seeking luxurious homes, amazing views, and some seclusion from the busier parts of the city. The homes are customizable to suit each owner’s needs. While the models won’t open for a few months, you can buy a home now or get on the VIP wait list, which will give you priority in selecting your home site as future phases are released. There will be a high demand for the sites with the best views and the largest lots, so visit soon if you think the Vistas is the place for you.

Parasol Park – Celadon Collection Review

Celadon is the last collection that is currently open in Parasol Park, though two more should open within the next couple of months. Built by Lyon Homes, these are three story, attached condos that will have a total of 79 homes. They are located in the middle of the neighborhood, with homes on three sides; the large park scheduled to open this summer will be to the north. The four models range from 3 – 4 bedrooms and all have 3.5 bathrooms. Residences two and three have optional rooftop decks. The homes range from 2,016 – 2,451 square feet. Residence 2 has a 3-car garage (including one tandem spot) while the other plans have 2-car garages. There are five different elevations, including three 3plex buildings and two 4plex buildings. All 3plex buildings include one each of residences 2, 3, and 4 with residence 2 always occupying the middle spot. The 4plex buildings have a residence 3 on one end, residence 4 on the other end, and two residence 1 plans in the middle.

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