June 21 2019

Google Invests $1 Billion to Bay Area Housing Epidemic

by racheal

Google office building in Bay Area

Due to the growth of large tech companies over the years in Northern California such as Google, Facebook, and Apple, the prices of nearby real estate have increased rapidly.  The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest housing costs in the nation. Due to this, there has been a large shortage of affordable housing for the low to middle-income neighbors of Google, one of the Bay Area’s largest employers.  


Rather than continuing to be a part of the problem, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai recently announced that they will soon become a major part of the solution by investing $1 billion in land and money to construct new homes in the area. Besides, within the next 10 years, Google plans to allocate $750 million of their land currently zoned for commercial office space to be rezoned for residential housing. This will allow for the development of at least 15,000 new homes in the Bay Area. These homes will be available to families of all income levels, particularly those in the low to the middle-income bracket. 


This is just the beginning of Google’s plans to redeem themselves in the housing epidemic that they have seemingly been a large part of over the years. They have also committed to generating a $250 million investment fund that will offer incentives to allow home builders to develop a minimum of 5,000 affordable housing units in the market. Google also has plans of providing $50 million in grants through Google.org to assist in relieving the issues of homelessness and displacement in the neighboring areas.


Other large tech companies are following suit with nursing the plummeting real estate market back to health. The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced he will raise $500 million to expand affordable housing in the Bay Area. 


Although it may seem that the real estate market will be on its way to a road of recovery with several plans in the works thanks to Google and its other tech counterparts, there may be a few discrepancies amidst this good news.


Google is not simply giving away $1 billion as many of the headlines make it appear. This is an investment. Google is leasing its land to developers who will in turn rent and sell the units that are to be built and will profit from this transaction in a major way. 


Google owns property in Mountain View, California and part of that $1 billion investment will also go toward building up to 9,850 units at this location as well. Only 20 percent of the housing to be built in Mountain View will be deemed affordable housing. 


Logistically, Google does not have enough land to develop 15,000 traditional single-family homes. This means that the construction of multiple housing units such as apartments and condos should be expected instead. 


However the tech giant’s plans of operation seem to unfold, Google will come into good graces with its neighboring communities over the next 10 years as the burden of the real estate market in the Bay Area ultimately lessons.

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August 3 2018

Lennar Sets the Trend in Homes of the Future with Amazon Alexa

by Kelley

Amazon Alexa Lennar Homes

If you haven’t heard already, Lennar has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa standard in every new home. Each Lennar home will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights – all controlled by the voice-activated assistant. This roll out comes shortly after the merge of Lennar and CalAtlantic, now making Lennar the largest homebuilder in the nation and more accessible to millions of homebuyers. Customers currently have the opportunity to experience the Alexa smart home environment with Amazon Experience Centers at select Lennar communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC with more markets to come.


While experiencing Alexa in a real home environment, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the benefits of using the digital assistant first hand. Features of Alexa include putting your home on auto-pilot with “good morning” and “good night” routines, ordering household essentials, scheduling home services, notifications for doorbells, entries, exits and more. Included in the flagship Amazon Experience Centers are the latest smart home products for lighting, locks, entertainment, sprinklers, shades, car chargers and so much more.


With Lennar being the first home builder to implement Amazon Alexa as a standard feature, it seems like a safe assumption that we’ll see a rise in demand for Alexa smart home solutions in new home communities across the country.  This may open a larger door for Amazon to dominate the market for digital voice-activated assistants and custom solutions for each market, in house training, education, marketing and installation make this partnership all the more appealing for home builders.


To experience an Amazon Experience Center, tour a Lennar home near you.

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July 13 2018

Protect Your Home From the Summer Heat with Phantom Screens

by Kelley

Phantom Screens Retractable Wall Screen

As temperatures rise for the summer months, everyone is looking for cost saving and energy efficient ways to stay cool inside of the house. Of course the obvious choice is to turn on the AC but what if you had a way to stay cool without running up your electricity bill? Adding shade to your home is a great place to start and Phantom Screens offers stylish and flexible solutions for protecting the interior and outdoor lounging areas of your home.


Phantom Screens offer retractable screens for doors, multi-panel systems, outdoor spaces and windows. Since their introduction in 1992, Phantom Screens has been the leader of the custom retractable screens industry expanding their reach across the United States as well as internationally. Now offering products in thousands of stores, Phantom Screens continues to evolve, with the customer in mind, by continuing to offer cutting edge and innovative designs.


Phantom Screens shaded options allow you to bring the outside in without the direct heat of the sun. With screens for almost every type of door and window including single, double-French, in-swing, out-swing and sliding patio doors there is a screen available for every type of entry.


With the rising demand for indoor-outdoor living, outdoor rooms are all the more prevalent in modern home design, especially in the California home market. Phantom Screens motorized wall screens allow you to experience the joys of indoor-outdoor living while remaining protected from the natural elements. Manual wall screens are also available for multi-panel systems like sliding, accordion and folding glass doors.


When you’re ready to enjoy your view without a veil, Phantom screens retract out of sight and fit your décor seamlessly. With multiple colors available including wood grain finishes, matching the trim of your home is as simple as choosing your favorite option.


Added features include mesh retention, custom mounting options and professional installation. Make the most of your summer experience and find a store near you.

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June 30 2018

Brookfield Residential Creates the Best Places to Call Home

by racheal

Brookfield Residential Communites

Brookfield Residential is committed to creating the best places to call home. That means that thought and care goes into each home design Brookfield produces. How do you distinguish a good home from an exceptional one? An exceptional home considers the needs of its owners and helps them craft a lifestyle that is uniquely their own. Brookfield strives to create homes that include all of the features you’d want, while leaving flexibility for customization.

Brookfield also takes the long view when designing homes. “Home” isn’t just a product of the house you choose. Home is the environment that surrounds you. Brookfield has been able to help develop some of Southern California’s finest master-planned communities by using the same approach they take with individual homes. Considering the needs of the community leads to thoughtful designs that simplify life and help you get the most out of each day.

Brookfield Residential also understands that homeownership is about relationships. Just as you have a special relationship with those around you, you deserve a special relationship with your home provider. Brookfield is committed to surrounding you with the features and amenities that meet your needs. To learn about the communities designed by Brookfield Residential, explore the available homes in your area today.

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May 20 2013

Final Phase of Valencia: Inquire Now!

by racheal

Valencia at Del Sur New HomesValencia at Del Sur has completely sold out of its prior phases, and now Phase 11 is filling up quickly. If you are even a little bit interested in these San Diego new homes, now is the time to pre-qualify for this new phase, which is being released this month. In fact, 29 of the 42 homesites have already sold, so you really don’t want to put it off any longer.

Priced from the high $700,000s, these beautiful 2,996 to 3,495 square foot homes feature four to six bedrooms and three to five baths. Plus, don’t forget about the Del Sur Room, which is a naturally-inspired room designed to soften the line between indoor and outdoor living. It is a part of every home in this new phase at Valencia!

This is the way to enjoy the decadent coastal climate from the privacy and comfort of your home. But don’t take our word for how lovely these San Diego new homes are; go see Valencia at Del Sur for yourself. The sales office and neighborhood are located at 8479 Mathis Place, San Diego, CA 92127. You can also call (858) 367-8720 with your questions or email DelSur@CaliforniaWestCommunities.com.

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June 7 2011

Madison Lane: Everything You Want

by racheal

Madison Lane New Homes Living Room

These days, it’s hard to get a beautiful, spacious new home that also sits on a generous lot of land. Fortunately, there are exceptions to that rule; for example, the homes of Madison Lane, a California West Communities neighborhood. Here, nestled among the rolling hills of Vista, California, this private and gated community offers large (2,785 to 3,338 square feet) new homes and even larger (10,000 square foot) lots. Wow!

And, it gets even better than that. At Madison Lane, there are three exceptionally designed floor plans from which you can choose. In fact, there is a total of 52 homes, ranging from 3 to 6 bedrooms and 2.5 to 4 baths, with 3-car garages – so yes, plenty of space to go around! This is what you love about living in North County San Diego; lifestyle flexibility, convenience, and space, space, space.

Plus, Madison Lane new homes are located only minutes from the most promising North County employment centers, the most scenic coastal beaches, the most popular shopping and recreational centers, and the friends and family you always wanted to move closer to. In short, Madison Lane is the kind of community you just don’t want to pass up! To see it for yourself, stop in to Madison Lane at 1057 Stratton Drive, Vista, CA 92083. Or, call the community sales office at (760) 918-6768.

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November 17 2009

Village Square's Green New TownHomes Have Got It All!

by jeb

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, the San Francisco green new townhomes for sale at Village Square are sure to dazzle you. A commuter friendly new townhome community, Village Square provides residents with convenient access to highways and VTA stations; making it so that everything that the gorgeous San Francisco bay area has to offer is always just right outside of your door. Containing several floorplans that contain 2-3 bedrooms and 2.5-3.5 baths and range from 1,342 to 1,588 square feet, the green new townhomes at Village Square have designs for everyone, from singles to families. When all is said and done, you'll love what The Bay Area has to offer in the way of cultural, entertainment, and recreation!

As is the usual for SummerHill Homes, all buildings feature distinctive architectural designs that have an award-winning pedigree. Offering low-mainentence, two-car or tandem garages per residence, beautifully landscaped common areas, and welcoming front porches and spacious decks, per residence. The San Francisco green new townhomes for sale at Village Square also feature exciting interiors, spacious kitchens, Private Master Suite's, and secondary baths.

The San Francisco green new townhomes for sale are not only great for you, but kind to the environment as well!  The green new townhomes at Village square meet the ComfortWise™ and ENERGY STAR® program guidelines, which means that the energy-efficiency of the townhome is increased, which in turn saves you money. The green new townhomes at Village Square also feature zoned heating and air conditioning systems, energy-saving 50 gallon has water heaters, and dual-paned vinyl windows with Low-E glass, for even more improved energy-savings.

San Jose is California's third largest city, the nation's tenth largest city, and the de facto "capital" of Silicone Valley. Offering a multitude of cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities, like the Tech museum, Center for Performing Arts, and the Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose is a great place to spend some quality time with the family.

San Jose is a marvelous American city that runs on the perfect mixture of vibrant culture, technological innovation, and a passion for preserving history.

The San Francisco green new townhomes for sale at Village Square are priced to sell, starting from the high $400,00's, and are sure to be gone before you know it. For more information about these stunning San Jose new townhomes, please call 408-288-5586.


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November 12 2009

Eco-Friendly San Francisco New Townhomes At Rosewood Cottages

by jeb

San Francisco Bay CA New Homes For Sale at Rosewood Cottages

Located in the world-famous San Francisco Bay area and fully-stocked with some fantastic amenities, the San Francisco green new Townhomes for sale at Rosewood Cottages offer everything you could want in luxurious suburban living that still keeps you close to all of the action! Situated in the popular Irvington District of Fremont, there are 106 San Francisco green new townhomes that are part of three distinct collections, all of which offering a wide selection of home designs that employs architectural styles that evoke ideas of a charming village, like Artisan-style, French Country, Spanish, and English Cottage.

The San Francisco green new townhomes for sale at Rosewood Cottages feature large master suites, stylish kitchens, and within the community itself residents can enjoy a one-third acre park, as well as a garden area at the front of the community. New green townhomes at Rosewood Cottages also feature open dining and living rooms, nice side yards, and two-car attached garages.

An unbelievably convenient location for a beautiful green new townhome, the city of Fremont offers homebuyers the unique opportunity to live in a safe and quiet neighborhood, while never being too far away from the cultural excitement of a major American city like San Francisco. In Fremont you'll have have easy access to BART, I-680 and I-880, and the bridges. You'll also find all kinds of great cafe's, restaurants, theaters,  and boutique shops in the local area

Rosewood Cottages also has the distinction of offering potential homebuyers new townhomes that are environmentally friendly. The green new homes at Rosewood Cottages meet ENERGY STAR® and ComfortWise® program guidelines, meaning that the new homes are more energy-efficient than your average new home. The new homes also have features like energy-saving gas water heaters, high-efficiency gas furnaces with electronic ignitions, and dual-pane vinyl windows and sliding doors with Low-E glass that improve homeowners energy savings.

The spectacular San Francisco green new townhomes for sale at Rosewood Cottages are now available in several floorplans, ranging from 1,310 to 2,036 square feet. New homes contain between 3-4 bedrooms and 2.5-4.5 baths, and are priced from the $600,000's. If you would like to learn more about one of these gorgeous new homes, please call 510-413-9787.


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November 10 2009

Stunning San Francisco New Condos For Sale At Park Station

by jeb

New Condos For Sale At Parkstation - Logo

Featuring a great location, spectacular amenities, and unbeatable prices, you'll be hard pressed to find San Francisco new condos for sale that can compete with Park Station. The new condos for sale at Park Station are designed with contemporary professionals in mind, with condos that feature cutting-edge architecture, modern amenities, and creatively distinctive home designs. Offering the best in Bay Area living at an affordable price, the San Francisco new condos for sale at Park Station (99 condominium units total) are only 24 minutes from Union Square on BART, and just a short distance from other local hot spots, featuring some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in the nation. Since the South San Francisco BART station is located just across the street from the new condos at Park Station, residents will never be too far away from all of the urban excitement of the hip, cultured, and vibrant city of San Francisco.

San Francisco New Condos For Sale At Parkstation

Some of the great common area amenities that are available at Park Station include a fully-equipped fitness room and owners lounge, a gorgeous decorated outside patio for relaxation, an open lawn for recreation, and superbly peaceful walking paths with benches along the way.

There are also great customizable options at Park station, like a refrigerator, a washer and dryer, additional flooring choices that include hardwood floors or extended tile floors, and pendant lights over the breakfast bar.

The beautiful San Francisco new condos for sale at Park Station are just what you've been looking for in the gorgous Bay Area! Available in several different expertly-designed floorplans that range from 665 to 1,109 square feet, the new condos at Park Station are available with 1-2 bedrooms, 1-2 baths, and are starting in price from around $300,000.


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November 5 2009

Merimont By The San Francisco Bay

by jeb

San Francisco New Homes For Sale at Merimont

Located in the quiet and cozy San Bruno area, Merimont offers great Bay Area new homes for sale that offer the best of living quietly and comfortably in the gorgeous Bay Area. Featuring 70 different architecturally distinct new homes that fit in perfectly with their breathtaking surroundings, SummerHill Homes provides lucky residents of this community with new homes that anyone would love to call their own. Masterfully blending Spanish, Traditional, and Cottage architectural aesthetics, each new home for sale at Merimont features plenty of natural light that simultaneously makes the home both more open, as well as cozier for you and your family.

Mere minutes away from I-280 and BART, Merimont's excellent location in San Bruno provides its residents close and easy access to the surrounding Bay Area, which includes one of the hippest and most culturally relevant cities in the entire country, San Francisco. Offering world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities,  San Francisco is a dream come true; especially for those who love beautiful scenery and breathtaking bay views that look out over the gentle Pacific Ocean.

The surrounding area also offers residents of the San Francisco new homes for sale at Merimont a brand new neighborhood park, picnic facilities, a nearby beach that is perfect for walking or local surfing, and the Sharp Park Golf Course. Residents are also close to the magnificent Golden Fate National Recreation Area.

On top of all of the great features and amenities at Merimont, these San Francisco new homes for sale at Merimont have tons of great energy-saving benefits, and are more energy efficient than your average home, since these new homes meet the ComfortWise™ and ENERGY STAR® qualifications. Some of these energy-saving features include an energy-saving 50 gallon gas water heater, a forced air gas furnace with electronic ignitions, an energy-efficient electronic set-back thermostat, and dual-pane vinyl energy efficient windows with Low-E glass for improved savings.

Featuring amazing master suites, front porches, lofts, decks, fireplaces, and much more, the San Francisco new homes for sale at Merimont could just be exactly what you've been looking for in Bay area living! All of the San Francisco new homes for sale at Merimont are available in several floorplans that range anywhere between 1,745 and 2,300 square feet, feature between 3-5 bedrooms and 2.5-3 baths, and are starting from around $800,000.

For more information about one of these magnificent new homes for sale at Merimont, please call 650-872-8750.


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