Category Archives: New Homes

Portola Springs: Juniper Collection Review

Portola Springs opened two new home collections in August. I will review the Juniper collection this week and the Elderberry homes next week. Built by Richmond American Homes, there will be 61 single-family detached condos in the collection. The homes are south of Portola Parkway, east of Portola Springs and Modjeska Roads, and just north of the Cressa collection that opened last year. There are three floorplans (though plans 2 and 3 are almost identical) ranging from 1,991 – 2,408 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 3 – 4 bathrooms. The average lot size is 2,886 square feet. All homes have a downstairs bedroom and an attached, two-car garage.

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Eastwood Village: Morro Collection Review

The Morro collection is the last of the recently-opened neighborhoods in Eastwood Village. Built by The New Home Company, there will be 81 single-family homes in the collection. The neighborhood is at the northern edge of Eastwood Village, bordered by the Hicks Canyon Trail on one side. There are three floorplans, ranging from 3,513 – 4,022 square feet, with 4 – 5 bedrooms and 4.5 – 5.5 bathrooms. Lots will average 4,500 – 5,000 square feet, with two of the models representing average lots (the third model is on a much larger lot, demonstrating the few premium lots within the collection). All homes have a downstairs bedroom, upstairs bonus room, and an attached, two-car garage.

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Orchard Hills: Bella Vista Collection Review

Orchard Hills recently opened the models in The Vistas, two new home collections by Toll Brothers that began selling several months ago. This week, I toured the Bella Vista collection, which is currently selling the third of nine phases. These homes are located high in the hills behind the gates of the Groves, so many will have expansive views of the city. There are five different floor plans but only three are modeled. The homes range from 4,698 – 5,508 square feet with 5-6 bedrooms and 5.5 – 6.5 bathrooms. Every floor plan also includes an office downstairs and a bonus room upstairs. All homes have 3-4 car garages, though some are reduced to only two cars with certain interior options. Elevations include Tuscan, Italianate, and Spanish Colonial.

Bella Vista may eventually build additional homes on the other side of the hill from the current models and lots. Build-out on the side of the hill currently under construction is expected to be complete in approximately four years. Lot sizes range from approximately 7,400 – 15,000 square feet, with the models sitting on relatively small lots of 7,475 and 8,810 square feet. Most homes tend to fall between 8,000 – 10,000 square feet. The largest lots will have premiums up to one million dollars.

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Orchard Hills – Padova Collection Overview

Padova is the newest collection in The Groves at Orchard Hills. Built by Shea Homes, these luxury residences are located outside the original loop of the Groves, near the Varenna neighborhood that opened last year. While the models aren’t projected to open until August, the sales gallery is open and seven of the neighborhood’s 36 homes have already sold. Residents of Padova will be part of the Orchard Hills Neighborhood Association and near Hideaway Park. The models are located a little deeper into the hills than the homes will be; they will be off Royal Pine, just a little past the turnoff from Furrow.

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Parasol Park: Windchime Collection Review

Windchime is the most recent collection to open in Parasol Park. One of the largest neighborhoods, Windchime will have 118 attached townhomes built by Lennar. There are five different floorplans arranged in buildings of either three or seven units. Buildings are arranged in horseshoes around a shared motor court, with two 7-unit buildings surrounding two 3-unit buildings. Like Sterling, this neighborhood is on the west side of Ridge Valley, bordered by Cadence, Harringay, and Paramount. The models range from 1,704 – 2,744 square feet. The homes have 2 – 4 bedrooms and 2.5 – 3.5 bathrooms. There are a few guest parking spaces scattered throughout the community, though only the area near the models has more than four.  Each home has an attached two-car garage. Elevations include Contemporary, Art Deco, and Modern (as modeled).


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