There are lots of new home developments and subdivisions going up throughout the Tri-Valley area. While a lot of these have general layouts and set designs, homebuyers can really customize the building experience to create the home that is unique to them, lifestyle and practicality. Designing and building a custom home you certainly don’t want to make any mistakes however, mistakes are given but if you can learn ahead of time with some of the more common mistakes are, you have a better chance of avoiding them. Here are some pretty common mistakes that homebuyers can make when building a custom home. Don’t Make These Mistakes When Building a Custom Home [Read more…]
Lennar is one of our top homebuilders in the Contra Costa and Tri-Valley area and the recently have developed a new community called the Preserve Meadows. There are four distinctive floor plans to choose from with layouts from about 1950 ft.² to just over 2600 ft.². Layouts are up to four bedrooms, up to four bathrooms, and to Bay garages. They feature open concept living areas, great rooms, formal dining areas, gourmet kitchens, and huge center islands.
- Currently, pricing is from $1,068,000-$1,222,000.
These large, two-story homes feature a wide range of designs, customizations, and styles to choose from. The neighborhood is located at 5010 Feria Preserve Pkwy. in the heart of San Ramon. As of the publishing of this post, there were nine homes currently for sale and five move-in ready properties. Several are still under construction or ready to be built.
Residents are part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and attended the Twin Creeks elementary school and the Iron Horse middle school. The community features tennis courts, basketball courts, sports fields, parks, and swimming pools close by with a clubhouse on-site.
Model showroom homes are currently available for viewing.
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The community is located just off of Interstate 680 with easy access to all the shops, restaurants, markets, and entertainment at the intersection of Crowe Canyon Road and the interstate. There’s a Safeway, Regal Cinemas, coffee shops, Home Depot, Staples, and several restaurants all within 2 to 3 minutes from most homes in Preserve.
Iron Oak is the newest luxury subdivision of Alamo Creek in Danville California. Built by Toll Brothers, these luxury homes are off Camino Tassajara with close access to the Alamo Creek Clubhouse and the Creekside Elementary School. [Read more…]
Ready to build plans, existing homes and lots in Gale Ranch’s newest communities Alita and Carmela. Quick, move in ready homes start at $1,551,142 featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 3500 square feet. [Read more…]
Robson Homes, also designing Mission Heights, is working on another new development called The Abbey. Located at Palmdale Estates, the epitome of style and grace with gardens and luxury homes, the new development of The Abbey will be just off Mission Blvd south of I-680. The Abbey will be a small enclave of 15 homes next to the Palmdale Estates featuring two floor plans, the Olive and the Fig. This is the first phase of the development.
The Olive will feature 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,223 square feet with a 2-car garage. This is a two-story home with a bonus 3rd floor for storage and an optional 4th bedroom. It offers ground floor living with a mudroom, kitchen, living and dining room with the master suite and 2 additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor.
The Fig will offer 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,273 square feet with a 2 car garage but a different layout. The Fig is 3 stories with a private ground floor suite, ideal for an in-law home. The kitchen is on the expansive 2nd floor, which opens to the living room and dining room with the master suite and 2 additional bedrooms on the third floor. The laundry is also on the 3rd floor making it perfect for keeping all laundry together.
All homes will feature luxurious master bedroom suites with custom-designed freestanding vanities, limestone or marble slab countertops and high-end designer knobs and pulls. Bathrooms and kitchens will feature Kohler designed basins and faucets. There are generous walk-in closets with custom shelving.
In the kitchen, homeowners will enjoy Viking, freestanding stainless steel range with six burners and a Kohler farmhouse style sink and designer faucet. Each room is an open-air room ideal for entertaining with separate living spaces, a mud room with built-in cabinetry, laundry rooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and craftsman style oak wood stair railings.
Residents are part of the Fremont school district and will utilize the Chadbourne Elementary school, the Hopkins junior high middle school, and the Mission San Jose high school.
For more information on the Abbey estates or to be notified when new listings at the market contact my office today. Prices are still to be determined but will approximately be between $1,325,000 and $1.4 million.
Mission Heights is the newest home development in the Mission District located in Fremont California.
Built by Robson Homes, this new collection of properties feature four and five bedroom layouts and up to 4.5 bathrooms in sizes up to 3400 ft.². These homes are located in the Mission foothills with beautiful views of the entire San Francisco Bay area. This enclave of new, unique and luxurious homes feature a wide variety of floor plans, layouts and designs. There are four multigenerational floor plans ranging in size from about 2800 ft.² to over 3400 ft.² boosting four and five bedroom designs. Each home has spacious living and entertaining spaces including great rooms, first-floor bedroom suites, lofts and balconies. Expansive homesites also leave plenty of room for outdoor entertainment. Homes are set to be priced from about $1.9 million.
There are four distinct resident floor plans:
Residence 1 is a four bedroom and 3.5 bathroom design, two-story layouts with over 3200 ft.² and a two-car garage.
Residence 2 is a five bedroom and 4.5 bathroom home with 3400 ft.², also with a two-story layouts and two-car garage.
Residence 3 is a four bedroom and 3 1/2 bathroom home with two distinct layouts of either 2783 ft.² or 3192 ft.² and a two-car garage. This is also a two-story floor plan.
Custom features will include freestanding vanity with limestone slab countertops, Kohler sinks, faucets, hardware and soaking tub, limestone slab bath and shower surrounds, marble tile shower flooring, and custom cabinetry with designer knobs, pools and hardware. Kitchens will feature biking stainless steel range with six burners, custom crafted wood cabinetry, Kohler farmhouse style sink, faucet and dishwasher.
Each home will be carefully crafted with energy efficient design and green home features including a tankless water heater with built-in recirculating pump, electrical vehicle outlet charger and lots of small energy-efficient details.
Technology is already wired in with prewired for satellite dish, wiring enclosure for connection to networks, plug-and-play outlets, additional phone Jackson kitchens and master bedrooms, gas and electric dryer hookups and laundry rooms and central heating for optional air conditioning system. Each home features its own unique optional features including technology upgrades, custom built in cabinetry in high-end and designer finishes and optional flooring, carpentry and countertop upgrades.
About the area
Fremont California is located in Alameda County and is actually part of five smaller communities such as Irvington, Mission San Jose, Warm Springs, Centerville and Niles. It’s located in the southeast section of the bay area and is home to about 230,000 residents. It is the fourth most populous city in the bay area and the largest suburb of San Francisco.
Fremont features a variety of markets, shops and restaurants sporting all types of budgets, tastes and styles. Fremont has its own historical attractions, art galleries, parks, museums and farmers markets. With a thriving performing arts department and the ever famous Fremont Bank Aqua Adventure Waterpark, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do, see and experience in Fremont.
For more information about this area or to get updates on new listings available in Mission Heights contact my office today.
Buying a new home is an exciting venture. New home/new you! Despite being very exciting, homebuyers may think they can skip the inspection because if something is brand new it should be perfect. Right? Just as a brand new car may have issues, new homes can too and that inspection can be a real revelation.
Not only should you conduct a final walk-through of your new home, but also have a non-biased home inspection. If you are customizing the house, you want to make sure the builder or developer used the correct materials and finishes you chose. Perhaps the tile is the wrong color, slightly crooked or the carpet should have gone down the hall instead of stopping at the top of the stairs. These little details are obvious to homebuyers that chose the materials but there are things that go far deeper than cosmetics in new homes that a professional home inspector should check out and correct before you sign on the dotted line.
Defects can happen and many new homes come with warranties to guard against such things. Nevertheless, if you do not know about them, you cannot argue for them. If you have never lived in the home, you may not know that you can hear people walking on the second story, or that the pipes knock when using the washing machine, or that the back door rattles when the front door closes. While a home inspector may not be able to catch all these issues, they can inspect places most homeowners will never tread. This includes the crawl space, attic, roof, and under sinks for plumbing issues.
Read more: 5 Major Home Inspection Red Flags
Home inspectors will be able to tell if the installation was proper. Most new homes have builder grade materials and appliances but a new homeowner may not realize some appliances are not adequate for the size of the home. We inspected a 3,000 sq. ft. home and found that the installed furnace only heated 1500 sq. ft. This would have cost the homeowner hundreds if not thousands in heating and cooling costs! Most homeowners would not realize this until they are calling the electric company wondering why their bill is through the roof.
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You would be shocked to discover what some of our inspectors have found; missing siding, unattached ductwork, broken roof trusses, raised roof shingles and more! These things should be fixed before homeowners take residence.
Having a building inspection and signing off on a permit is not the same as a home inspection designed specifically for the future homeowner. It pays to have this type of inspection done; every. single. time…. Do not neglect it!
Contact me today to find a home inspector in your area for your new construction home.
Patterson Ranch is located between Newark and Union City in Alameda County California. This new community features three distinct neighborhoods built by KB Homes, DR Horton and Brookfield.
The Magnolia community features 15 homes built by KB Homes ranging in size from about 2000 ft.² to 4000 ft.² and lot sizes starting at 4500 ft.². These homes are still being built out. There are four designs to choose from from 1973 ft.² to 3105 ft.². These features 3 to 5 bedrooms and two car garages.
Currently homes are priced from 1 million $327,938-$1,462,030. Homes come with landscaping and drought tolerant plants, urban farm Park inspired amenities including a working barn, farmhouse, orchards and vegetable gardens and conveniently located close to Interstate 880.
This is one of the newest and most recent neighborhoods to be built out in Patterson Ranch. They have released preliminary floor plans featuring four bedroom single-family homes with a loft or choice of fifth bedroom. Brookfield is the builder in this neighborhood featuring 48 units from 2100 ft.² amount sizes from 4000 ft.².
Update: I was recently able to tour the prerelease homes on a special tour. KB homes and DR Horton homes are open but Brookfield homes are not officially open yet, However I was able to write up the very first contract at Bellaire! We were able to get it even before the sales office and models officially opened!
Built by DR Horton, this community features 66 units from nearly 2600 ft.² and lot sizes from 5000 ft.². These homes were designed as a Belt for Better Living® single-family home detached community of luxury homes in the master-planned Patterson Ranch located in Fremont. Situated on a historic site dating back to California’s Gold Rush and adjacent to the Coyote Hills Regional Park. The urban farm will feature a holistic integrated edible design with farm like architecture and “Ranch House” craftsmanship. There are four designs to choose from from 2596 ft.² to 3402 ft.² with three or four bedroom designs, one or two-story floor plans and two or three car garages. Prices start at $1,550,000 to about $1,700,000 based on design, size and upgrades.
In total there will be five distinct, intimate neighborhood designs to allow each person to find their own little custom home. It features acres of parks and open space, beautiful trails and lots of trees. Homes are built with green design in mind using the latest in insulating and efficiency techniques. The community itself is also designed with water conservation in mind.
Patterson Ranch is close to Palo Alto, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay area just minutes to Highway 880 and the Dumbarton Bridge. There are dozens of local recreational areas and parks with on-site community amenities and over 21 acres of open space.
The location is just north of downtown Fremont close to the Ardenwood community and the historic farm and regional preserve just east of Coyote Hills Regional Park. There’s easy access to the interstate and Highway 84 and across the bridge to Palo Alto and Redwood City. Residents can travel north to Union City and shops, markets and restaurants are no more than 5 to 10 minutes away.
For more information on Patterson Ranch, new homes and one of the first in some of the newest communities within this master-planned neighborhood contact my office today. I’d be happy to offer photos, information and details about model homes, showrooms and upgrades.