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First of the Great Park Homes Will Go on Sale Soon

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 05:00 AM PDT

One of the early renderings of how the Great Park Neighborhoods might look

A milestone will take place soon at the Orange County Great Park; the sale of the first FivePoint Community Great Park homes will go on sale in September.

“The very first of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Pavilion Park, is located at the northern edge of the Orange County Great Park. It will add a touch of relaxed nature to everyday life in Irvine. This neighborhood's main attraction will be a large, central park shaded by majestic heritage trees. And a choice of graceful, new home collections, each inspired by classic, American Heritage architecture but designed with great flexibility for today's multigenerational families.”—Great Park Neighborhoods

When the Pavilion Park homes go on sale in September, the following choices will be available:

Birch Trail Richmond by American Homes

  • Approx 1,878 – 2,388 sq. ft.
  • 3 - 5 Beds | Up to 3 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • From the upper $700,000s

Roundtree by Lennar

  • Approx 2,053 – 2,472 sq. ft.
  • 4 Beds | 3 - 4.5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • From the $700,000s

Springhouse by Taylor Morrison

  • Approx 2,161 - 2,481 sq. ft.
  • 3 - 4 Beds | 2.5 - 3.5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • From the upper $700,000s

Beachwood by Lennar

  • Approx 1,767 – 2,691 sq. ft.
  • 3 – 4 Beds | 2 – 4 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • From the $800,000s

Whistler William by Lyon Homes

  • Approx 2,336 – 2,896 sq. ft.
  • 4 – 5 Beds | 2.5 - 3.5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • From the $900,000s

Sagewood by Shea Homes

  • Approx 2,515 – 2,960 sq. ft.
  • 3 - 5 Beds | Up to 4.5 Baths
  • 3-Car Garage
  • From the $900,000s

Hawthorn by Pulte Homes

  • Approx 2,488 – 3,486 sq. ft.
  • 3 - 6 Beds | 2.5 - 5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage + Storage
  • From the $1,000,000s

Rosemist by Lennar

  • Approx 2,924 – 3,404 sq. ft.
  • 4 – 5 Beds | 4 – 5.5 Baths
  • 3-Car Garage
  • From the low $1,000,000s

Harmony by K. Hovnanian Homes

  • Approx 3,362 - 3,722 sq. ft.
  • 4 - 5 Beds | Up to 6 Baths
  • 3-Car Garage
  • From the low $1,200,000s

Melrose by Ryland Homes

  • Approx 3,900 – 4,223 sq. ft.
  • 5 Beds | 5.5 Baths
  • 3-Car Garage
  • From the mid $1,000,000s

To receive information about Pavilion Park, including invitations to model home previews, special gatherings and events, fill in the registry form found on the right side of the Great Park Neighborhoods web page.  

A Review of the Cambria Tract at Stonegate: Residence Three

Posted: 06 Aug 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Click here for an overview of Cambria at Stonegate, related documents, and a review of Residence One

Residence Three
1,690 Sq Ft
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
Base Price: $627,20

Residence Three is always an end unit and is found on the right side of a two-, three-, or four-unit building.  A 3R is on the left side of a four-unit building (which is the only difference between a three- and four-unit).

This model is also quite similar to the other two, but does vary a bit more.  The entry is more open, with a little nook tucked in by the stairs.  It has a big closet with low-ceilinged storage at the back.  The powder room is arranged with the sink and toilet side by side, rather than opposite each other on either side of the door.  It feels much bigger this way than in the other two homes.

The hall opens to the great room which, like the others, has a wall of windows at the back and a small window on one side.  It is shown without any upgrades.  In the standard model three, the great room is on the right and kitchen on the left, which is the opposite of the other two residences.

Again, the kitchen is almost identical.  Like Residence One, the counters and cabinets extend all the way to the back wall.  They upgraded to show glass doors over the counters in the dining area.  It shows an upgraded Kitchenaid appliance package, including a 36” cooktop over a separate oven, rather than the standard 30” slide-in range.  The dining area is the same, with walls at the back and a door to the back patio.  The biggest difference in Residence Three is that it has an option for a real pantry (though the microwave would be inside it).  The model shows this option and includes the barn-style door enclosure.

The only difference in the back patio is that the bigger and smaller sides are reversed.

Upstairs, this model is set up very much like Residence One.  There are two secondary bedrooms without an option for a loft.  Both rooms have standard closets and this model shows the optional storage above them, with cabinets in one and an open space in the other.  The rooms are the exact same size, each with a window facing the street, but are mirror images of each other. 

Their shared bathroom (not attached) has two sinks and a shower/tub combo with an option for just a shower.

The model shows the upgraded laundry room with sink, though the standard comes with a linen closet instead.  The machines are still stacked and there are cabinets over the sink.

The master bedroom is also basically the same, with big windows at the back and two small ones on the side.  In this home, the closet is off the bedroom itself, rather than at the back of the bathroom.  The model shows upgraded built-ins in the closet and crown molding in the bedroom.

The master bath comes standard with a separate tub and shower.  Unfortunately, this means the shower is a lot smaller than in the other two homes and there isn’t an option to change the layout.  I think the shower is much too small.  The sink and counter area is the same.

At almost 200 square feet bigger than Residence One, this house does feel a bit more spacious, but it doesn’t really feel that much bigger.  The bigger entry, nicer powder room, and true pantry are nice changes from the other two models, though I wouldn’t like having the microwave inside the pantry.  I also like that Residence Three is always an end unit.

Overall, these are basically three different versions of the same floor plan.  If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  I like the general layout and it feels like a single family home on the inside even though it’s actually attached.  The base prices are reasonable and many of the standard features are nice enough that upgrades aren’t necessary.  The homes are most similar to Stonegate’s Santa Maria tract.  Cambria has bigger patios, a garage at the front of the home, more square footage in each model, and, in my opinion, a better overall layout of the home.  Santa Maria, on the other hand, has an optional downstairs bedroom in some models and is in a better location within Stonegate (closer to the school and community park, farther from any major streets).

Both Cambria and Santa Maria are now selling and have similar price points.  Which neighborhood would you choose, and why?

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