February 21, 2019 |

Infill Development 30 Minutes from Downtown Los Angeles Features Elegant, Energy-Efficient Houses with Spectacular Views

WEST HILLS, Calif. , Feb. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital recently announced that sales are open at New Heights, a $25-million gated community offering 43 single-family homes in the West Hills neighborhood northwest of Los Angeles.

“Not only are these beautiful homes located in a highly desirable Southern California neighborhood, but they also include everything young families today could want, from private yards and decks to cutting-edge energy-efficient features,” said Nam Joe, Southern California Division President for Watt Communities, which specializes in infill development. “We’re excited to debut these quality homes in this sought-after community of West Hills.”

New Heights offers four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath homes with open floorplans ranging from 2,069 to 2,200 square feet with private yards and decks that allow residents to take in gorgeous views. The homes feature a downstairs bedroom and bath, designer finishes, spacious kitchens with energy-efficient appliances and generous pantry space. Private master suites come with roomy walk-in closets. Every home includes solar panels, a two-car garage pre-wired for electric car charging, water-efficient fixtures and other high-performance energy-saving features.

The new community is located at 22135 W. Roscoe Boulevard in West Hills, close to the 101 and 118 freeways in the western San Fernando Valley. West Hills offers an abundance of parks, convenient shopping, recreational opportunities and schools.

The New Heights project marks Watt Communities’ fifth joint venture project with Presidio Residential Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment company.

 

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Construction on Watt Communities’ massive 260-home development off Arcadia Drive and Fair Oaks Boulevard in Citrus Heights is anticipated to begin later this year, with completion of the first homes expected by 2020.

The 56-acre development, known as Mitchell Farms, will feature about 25 acres of open space parks and was approved by the Planning Commission and City Council last year. Watt Communities’ spokeswoman Diana Murphy told The Sentinel no grading or construction activity has begun yet at the site as of this month, but she said plans are being finalized and grading work is expected to begin in April, followed by construction several months later.

“We expect construction to begin in summer, but it really depends on how quickly the grading goes and all of the other things that go along with trying to [get started],” Murphy told The Sentinel on Friday. “It’s a huge project, so there’s a lot of T’s to cross.”

She said the development is the largest Watt has undertaken in Northern California, with the company typically taking on infill projects in the 17-60 unit range. Watt is currently finishing up a 15-home development in Citrus Heights off Antelope Road, and also completed the 46-home AutumnWood housing development off Antelope Road near Interstate 80 several years ago.

Murphy estimated homes in the new Mitchell Farms development will start being completed in early 2020. “It’ll take us at least a couple years to build them all,” she said.

Homes will be grouped in five general “villages,” with sizes ranging from around 1,400-square-feet to approximately 2,000-square-feet, Murphy said. All homes in the development will feature three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, with the exception of larger-lot homes that will have a loft that can likely be converted into a fourth bedroom.

“We anticipate prices starting in the mid-3’s, going into the high 4’s,” Murphy said, although noting that pricing is subject to change between now and when the homes are completed, depending on the housing market.

Homes in the various villages will range in lot size and layout, with 76 larger-lot homes featuring a 50-by-80-foot yard, while others will be on much smaller lots.

The new housing development was popular among planning commissioners during a public hearing held last year, with many commenting on the need for additional housing to help alleviate the housing crisis affecting the state. Only 79 new housing units were constructed in Citrus Heights between 2013 and 2017, according to a draft environmental report prepared for the project.

A popular aspect of the project has been the large amount of open space incorporated in the development, as a large swath down the middle of the acreage must remain undeveloped due to a 100-year flood plain associated with Arcade Creek. Under an agreement with the Sunrise Recreation and Parks District, the undeveloped acreage will become part of the parks district.

New streets running through the development and connecting with Arcadia Drive and Fair Oaks Boulevard have yet to be named, but Murphy said Watt Communities hopes to do the same as it did with its Mariposa Creek development underway off Antelope Road. The new street installed in that development, Turner Court, was named in honor of the late-Councilman Mel Turner.

“There’s a lot of history on that site so we want to honor that,” said Murphy, referencing the Mitchell Farms site. The 56-acre parcel had been owned by Ted Mitchell, whose family purchased 160 acres in Citrus Heights for $1,600 in gold coins over 100 years ago, according to an interview published by the city’s former History & Arts Commission. Mitchell, now in his nineties, is believed to be the city’s longest-living resident and still owns a significant amount of acreage in the area, including the land where the Citrus Town Center sits.

 

FEBRUARY 03, 2019, 10:00AM  | STEVEN SHARP

Coolidge Place is the first small lot development approved with density bonus incentives.

In Frogtown, construction is underway for Coolidge Place, a new development of small-lot homes.

Located at 3022 N. Coolidge Street, the project from Watt Communities consists of 30 single-family dwellings.

Renderings portray a series of contemporary three-story structures, designed by local architecture firm Modative.  Each will feature two bedrooms, ground-floor flex space, car ports and garages, and private balconies.  Floor plans will range between 1,468 and 1,677 square feet.

Sales prices are expected to start in the low $800,000s, according to a project website.

Watt Communities has several residential subdivisions under construction in the Los Angeles area, including projects in Gardena and the San Fernando Valley.

February 4, 2019

ASHER POINTE BY WATT COMMUNITIES IN GARDENA, CA SELLS Over 50% UTILIZING ONLY VIRTUAL TOURS

Over 50% of the new construction homes at Asher Pointe in Gardena, CA have now been sold using only virtual tours. Currently offering quick move-in opportunities on limited inventory of remaining units starting in the $700,000’s.

Watt Communities’ unique collection of 21 single-family homes in Gardena, CA is over 50% sold out! Buyers continue to recognize the quality and care that goes into the design and construction of a Watt Communities home. Using virtual tours, the sales team was able to demonstrate the value proposition at Asher Pointe to satisfied buyers eager to be among the first to purchase their new homes.

“We are always looking for new ways to enhance the homebuying process for our customers,” says Nam Joe, Southern California Division President. “Through the use of virtual tours, our sales team was equipped with the technology to provide homebuyers with an opportunity to do a ‘walk-through’ of the homes at Asher Pointe prior to completion!”

The three spacious designs on offer include open floorplans and private yard space – perfect for entertaining friends and family. Phase 1 homes are available for quick move-in’s and are well-appointed with numerous upgrades including shaker-style cabinets, upgraded quartz counters, solar panels, whole house electrical packages and more!

Situated in the heart of the centrally-located South Bay community of Gardena, CA, Asher Pointe offers homeowners the opportunity to surround themselves with style, comfort and convenience. The gated-community is minutes away from freeways (Route 91, I-110, I-405) as well as a myriad of dining, shopping and recreational opportunities.

Interested homebuyers can visit the Sales Office located at 16908 Normandie Ave., Gardena, CA 90247.  Office hours are 10:00AM-5:00PM.  For more information, please call (310) 314-5070 or email MRoman@wattcommunities.com