By CAMERON SULLIVAN | The Mercury News —

Roads beyond the Bay Area lead to new definitions of home.

The routes to several cities to the north and east of the Bay Area hold not only storied pasts but promises of a thriving future.

Among them, routes through Sacramento lead toward rivers, lakes and mountains while others to the east and south go through the Central Valley. In these places, families of all ages and stages, whether longtime Californians or West Coast transplants from around the world, are discovering a new sense of what it means to come home.

They’re finding that home means comfort, space, community, opportunity and a distinct sense of forever — all with high-tech, energy-efficient features in beautiful neighborhoods at pleasing price points.

Take a daytrip to greater Sacramento

Ready for a simple daytrip that will take you to another place and time but still within reasonable distance?

Start by visiting the greater Sacramento area for a taste of some new neighborhoods and lifestyles. East Sacramento, or East Sac, for instance, is “close enough to the heart of downtown but with a smaller town vibe,” according to Tim Lewis Communities, which opens its three Sutter Park neighborhoods in East Sac this summer.

East Sac is a thriving hub for people at all stages of life, given the investments of developers and preservationists alike. Here, high-tech and architecturally desirable homes complement their historic surroundings, creating an idyllic spot for young families, first-time homebuyers, empty nesters and people who are considering retirement.

Newcomers to Sutter Park will enjoy the walking distance to dining, schools, parks and historic nooks of Sacramento such as the Fabulous Forties neighborhood, or Fab 40s, which is named for the numbered streets lined with historic homes in Tudor, Colonial, Arts and Crafts and California bungalow styles. The adjacent community of Sutter Park features three new-home neighborhoods that open this summer and are designed to both accent and blend with existing architecture.

Venturing east another 10 to 12 miles on Interstate 50, let your daytrip guide you to the city of Rancho Cordova. Though only incorporated in 2003, Rancho Cordova and its people have come together to form a thriving community that actively supports arts, education and business development. Each of the programs in this renewed area follow Rancho Cordova’s values of innovation, respect, integrity, alignment, innovation and the promise that, “No matter where you’re from, you will always be welcome.”

That welcoming spirit ushered zoning and commercial property improvements and, within the past decade, the addition of new-home communities.

New-home purchase opportunities include upscale, master-planned communities with parks and family-size backyards and luxury single-family home neighborhoods.

“Our communities in Rancho Cordova are located in desirable areas of the city close to brand-new retail centers adjacent to Folsom,” notes Michelle Velky, vice president of sales and marketing for Lennar Sacramento.

Additionally, several floor plans in Rancho Cordova are built for multigenerational living. In those homes, dual master suites may come standard or as an option. With floor plans between approximately 1,500 square feet in size to more than 3,000 square feet, new homes in Rancho Cordova are priced from the high $300,000 range to the high $500,000 range. Builders there include Lennar, Watt Communities and Woodside Homes.

“We offer a variety of home designs for homebuyers at every stage of life, including Next Gen floor plans designed for multigenerational households and dual living situations,” says Velky. “Plus, with new homes priced starting in the low $400,000 (range), it’s a great opportunity for first-time homebuyers to enter the market.”

One of the biggest draws to Rancho Cordova, adds Velky, is the affordability of new homes.

“Many of our homebuyers are either first-time homebuyers or families moving up into a brand-new home where they can also take advantage of being in the Elk Grove School District,” she says.

Location is everything. Positioned close to Sacramento and as a gateway to the magnificent Folsom Lake area, Rancho Cordova also features a quaint downtown. Local roads and the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s light rail system link Rancho Cordova to Sacramento and to nearby Historic Folsom without the need for a freeway trip.

Speaking of Folsom, no trip through Sacramento’s east valleys to the Folsom Lake Recreation Area would be complete without a stop in Folsom Ranch. There, near the foothills of both the Tahoe National Forest and the Stanislaus National Forest, the new meaning of home includes rich and simple access to water recreation; employment hubs such as Roseville and Rocklin; and highly ranked school districts.

“Folsom Ranch provides luxury home designs with new floor plans in a very up-and-coming area,” explains Velky. “It is located with easy access from the freeway and it’s adjacent to the new Palladio Shopping Center and desirable local schools.”

Delta tranquility in Oakley and Tracy

The next daytrip to help you find your new home can begin either after an overnight stay at Folsom Lake or from points within the Bay Area.

Anyone who has spent a spring, summer or fall in and around the Bay Area has heard of the California Delta waterways, where anglers, water-sports enthusiasts and water-loving families keep boats, rent water crafts or simply stroll and relax near the water.

Those who aren’t native to the area might not know or appreciate just how expansive the Delta is. Earning its name from its shape, the Delta forms a triangle of waterways from Sacramento on the north side, west to Benicia and east and south through Stockton and Tracy. The Delta encompasses approximately 1,000 miles of navigable waterways including the Sacramento River, the Suisun Bay and the San Joaquin River. And while its history runs two centuries deep, Delta life is also home to several new-home communities that take advantage of the topography.

The city of Oakley, for instance, sits on land just south of where the Sacramento River meets the San Joaquin River.

Groundbreaking took place there this year at Delaney Park, a master-planned community of 581 homes filled with parks, lakes and easy access to the Delta waterways.

“Delaney Park is ideal for the increasing number of homebuyers who are searching for more affordable options with plenty of space, an abundance of lifestyle amenities and access to great public schools,” says Ann Marie Olson, vice president of sales and marketing for DeNova Homes. The natural environment of Delaney Park and its dozens of home styles and elevations create a great place to live and play near several bays of all sizes.

Meanwhile on the southernmost end of the Delta, life on natural and man-made waterways enriches life for new-home buyers in Tracy. In the Ellis master-planned community, for example, Woodside Homes is offering a mixture of large single- and two-story homes, many of which include multigenerational options. The community is located close to public transportation and even includes plans for a village center and an aquatic park.

Isn’t it time for a daytrip to these and other communities to create your new definition of home?

LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2020 (

San Diego-based luxury home staging company engages local art community to design a modern and unique model for Watt Communities

Parker Rose Design is thrilled to have completed a model at Coolidge Place, a new housing development in Los Angeles by Watt Communities. Coolidge Place is located in the growing community along the LA River, with easy access to Northeast Los Angeles and Silver Lake. The new town-home development boasts stylish and trendy features to reflect the creative neighborhood.

The team at Parker Rose Design created a unique home at Coolidge Place to emphasize the thriving, vibrant, and youthful area. The design is described as a combination of mid-century and eclectic, with interesting textures and patterns on the textiles in the home. Chloe Watkins, a junior designer at Parker Rose Design, also reached out to local artists to donate pieces to the project to showcase and support their work.

“I used a collection of photography, paintings, and written poems incorporated throughout the model, along with accessories provided by local vendors,” Watkins said. “The use of local art supports community artists as well as helps expand their client reach in a different way. This way, potential buyers can envision the creations in a home-like setting and support art in their community.”

Watkins also incorporated bold, matte black pieces, wood surfaces, and rich fabrics to create the warm look and feel of an in-home art studio. Combined with the modern finishes by Watt Communities, Coolidge Place is expected to be the home to a thriving new community for young LA residents.

Coolidge Place is located at 3002 N. Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about Watt Communities and to set up a tour of Coolidge Place, contact the sales office for a private appointment:
To view additional photos of the Coolidge Place model, click here.

February 8, 2020 |

Coolidge Place Neighborhood in Frogtown, CA will Feature Mural by Tristan Eaton.

Frogtown, Los Angeles, California

A new neighborhood in the Frogtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, is quickly rising. Developed by Watt Communities and TriPacific Capital Advisors, LLC, the two-bedroom plus flex-space homes will range from 1,468 to 1,677 square feet. The dynamic design of these homes and the contemporary architecture provide a unique L.A. experience. Homes are priced from the $800,000’s and located in a thriving new neighborhood. The neighborhood was named by the LA Times as “A wonderfully weird creative hub blossoms along the L.A. River.”

Coolidge Place sales gallery is located at 2926 Denby Ave., Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90039 close to Silver Lake, Elysian Park, and Atwater Village. Homebuyers seeking a great opportunity can visit the sales gallery daily or call (323_ 905-9229 for more details.

A Prime Location

According to the Steffie Nelson of the L.A. Times:“once you do enter this neighborhood of single-family homes and low industrial buildings, nestled along the curving, soft-bottom section of the L.A. River, you’ll know that you’re in a part of Los Angeles like no other—secret and self-contained, where the hum of industry is quieted by a blanket of tranquility that seems to emanate from the river. This is Frogtown. The name comes from the frogs that used to emerge from the grassy banks, and it was later adopted by local gangs that gave the area a dangerous edge and kept most except locals and intrepid artists away. But things have changed over the past few years—dramatically in the last year alone—and a genuinely thriving creative community has blossomed.”

Artist Mural

To celebrate the artistic culture of this unique neighborhood, Watt Communities commissioned Tristan Eaton to paint a mural honoring the history of Frogtown. The mural will shortly be underway and is expected to be finalized by early 2020. Tristan Eaton is a celebrated artists and recently designed the Super Bowl tickets and game program. The N.Y. Times provided a spotlight on this artist recently: The Los Angeles-based artist Tristan Eaton has been painting mostly with spray cans since his teenage hit-and-run graffiti attacks in Detroit and New York. But he designed the Super Bowl tickets and game program on his computer, wrapping a century of N.F.L. highlights around a gleaming Lombardi Trophy.

SANTA MONICA, CA – Scott Watt and the Board of Watt Companies, one of the largest owners, developers, and managers of commercial real estate in the Western United States, have appointed Nadine Watt to the role of CEO. After serving as CEO for a decade, Scott Watt has handed the reins to his daughter, who will oversee a billion-dollar portfolio of residential, office, and retail properties.

“I am grateful to my father and the Board for their confidence in me and thrilled to step into the role of CEO”

The appointment became effective January 1, following approval from the Watt Board of Directors. Nadine Watt has served as President of Watt Companies since 2011.

“After 20 years with the firm, Nadine is much deserving of this promotion and ready to lead the company,” said Scott Watt. “Watt Companies has benefited tremendously from Nadine’s leadership as President for the last nine years as our company has focused on acquisitions, development, and joint venture opportunities. We are confident that Nadine will do an excellent job carrying out the vision of my father and her grandfather, Ray Watt.”

During her tenure as President, Nadine played a key role in launching Watt Companies’ acquisition division – Watt Investment Partners – which has invested $60 million in a variety of property types across the Western United States.

“Over her years at the firm, Nadine has been involved in nearly every facet of our operations, and her appointment sets the stage for continued success,” said Brian Jones, Board Member of Watt Companies. “Nadine’s ascension to CEO is not only significant for our company, it also distinguishes her as one of the few women to lead a major commercial real estate firm. We believe that Nadine’s bold vision will take Watt Companies to new heights.”

Based in Santa Monica, Watt is a diversified real estate company, offering home-building, commercial development, asset management and the sponsorship of capital investments. Watt’s portfolio spans seven states and includes more than eight million square feet of office and industrial space, 16,000 multifamily units, 100,000 family homes, six master-planned communities, three first-class hotels and 50 shopping centers.

Nadine is a member of the University of Southern California Board of Governors and the Sol Price School of Public Policy Board of Councilors and serves on the Executive Committee of the Lusk Center for Real Estate as well as the USC Associates Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she still holds. She is a Board Member of Visionary Women and the City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council.

“I am grateful to my father and the Board for their confidence in me and thrilled to step into the role of CEO,” Nadine said. “Moving forward, Watt will continue its legacy of world-class real estate services while at the same time remaining nimble and evolving with the market.”

About Watt Companies

Watt Companies offers comprehensive and diversified real estate services across the United States to investors and partners, homebuyers and commercial customers. Watt Companies operates through five core business units: Watt Properties, Watt Communities, Watt Funding, Watt Investment Partners, and Watt Multifamily.


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