August 16, 2019 |

COOLIDGE PLACE BY WATT COMMUNITIES SALES OFFICE IS NOW OPEN!

Everyone’s talking about Elysian Valley, a.k.a. “Frogtown,” and Coolidge Place puts you right in the heart of it. Eco-conscious small-lot residences are currently under construction in an intimate urban setting that is ideally situated along a bike path, kayak launch, trails and more. Restaurants, cafés and bars are within easy reach.

Come take a look at our progress, and become acquainted with a brand new community at the nexus of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village. Glendale, Burbank and Downtown LA are just minutes away.

  • Buy in a neighborhood that has been called “the next big thing.”
  • Choose your homesite before someone else does.
  • Get an up-close look at design options that are available to upgrade your appliances, cabinetry, flooring and more.
  • Increase your buying power with access to early-bird pricing.
  • Interest rates are near historic lows — lock in now!

Open Wed-Fri 10A-5P & Sunday 2-5P
2926 Denby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

June 27, 2019

SMUD reaches 1,000 all-electric homes milestone in innovative approach to reducing greenhouse gases.

Expects to reach 2,000 home-build commitments by year end

SMUD and nearly two dozen homebuilders have teamed up to build more than 1,000 all-electric homes over the next two years in several neighborhoods in the community-owned electric utility’s Sacramento County service territory.

The homes are included in the SMUD Smart Home program and are part of a broader electrification effort by SMUD, the first of its kind in the USA. The innovative program designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions kicked off last fall. Another thousand homes are projected to be contracted for by the end of 2019. The program has enrolled a range of builders—from small local infill, to some of the largest national production builders.

When Santa Monica-based Watt Communities, one of the premier homebuilders in the west, committed to participate in the SMUD All-Electric Smart Home program, the agreements pushed the program past the 1,000-home-commitment milestone.

Watt Communities’ has planned two all-electric developments located in north Natomas. The 57-home “Mystique” community and the 257-home “Artisan Square” community will also include solar roof panels. Mystique is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, while Artisan Square is expected to be ready by the end of 2021.

SMUD provides considerable incentives to builders for including appliances and equipment to make the homes all-electric. These include heat pump heating and cooling, heat pump water heating, and induction stoves—appliances that are more energy efficient and can deliver lower overall energy bills.

SMUD is providing Watt Communities $5,000 per home in incentives. The energy performance of these efficient homes stands at an average of 14 percent better than what is required under the current California energy code. The project will also implement magnetic-induction cooking technology, providing a safer, efficient and more convenient alternative to gas and electric resistance cooktops. “Watt Communities is proud to partner with SMUD to offer our homebuyers the benefits of unique energy-efficient features that will result in yearly savings,” said Mike Von Quilich, vice president of Operations for Watt Communities.

High-performance SMUD Smart Homes are more energy efficient and deliver lower overall energy bills when compared to conventional homes. For example, heat pump water heaters reduce utility bills by approximately $40 per year compared to gas tankless water heaters. Instead of using gas to create heat, heat pump water heaters use a refrigerant cycle to transfer heat from surrounding ambient air into the hot water tank. They also cool the area where they are located, usually in the garage. Induction stoves cook twice as fast as gas stoves. They also use less energy than traditional gas stoves and offer precise, digital control of the temperature, plus they have no open flame. The absence of combustion in all-electric homes results in greater occupant safety and improved indoor air quality.

Bottom line: customers with all-electric homes in SMUD’s service area are well positioned for a renewable energy economy and can typically save $400 compared to homes that rely on gas for space heating and hot water. Each customer’s savings will depend on the specifics of the home and how they operate their home.

These homes will help community-owned SMUD meet its aggressive commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2040 and surpass the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals of 80 percent by 2050.

The SMUD Smart Home program offers design assistance and financial incentives to builders and developers of up to $5,000 for new single-family homes, and up to $1,750 for new multifamily units, built to be all-electric.

SMUD customers who own existing homes in the SMUD service territory can also qualify for up to $13,750 for existing homes that convert from gas to electricity. There are also rebates available from SMUD for traditional efficiency measures such as duct sealing, insulation and windows.

More information about SMUD’s all-electric conversion incentives and other energy-saving information is available at SMUD.org.

 

June 9, 2019

Sentinel staff report– Around 100 people showed up to a street dedication ceremony on Turner Court in Citrus Heights on Friday to memorialize the legacy of Councilman Mel Turner, who died two years ago while serving his second term in office.

Connie Turner, the widow of the late councilman, arrived with family members to the ceremony in a black limo van and was greeted with flowers by Vice Mayor Jeff Slowey.

In opening remarks, before family members and attendees participated in a ribbon cutting, Mayor Jeannie Bruins called Turner a longtime friend and said he had come to the city with a passion for youth and a love for people.

“I remember Mel as a man of compassion, a man of connection, and a man of courage,” said Bruins. “I think if each one of us can embody those qualities in life, we will leave the world a better place, as he did.”

Turner first joined the council in 2010 and served as the city’s mayor in 2014. He was reelected to a four-year term on the council in 2014, but passed away at age 67 on April 20, 2017, after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Mel Turner, Citrus Heights
Mel Turner

Known for his warm leadership and deep voice, Turner had a focus on mentoring youth and fostering leadership and was credited for his role as a founding member of the Citrus Heights Police Activities League.

Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost, who was one of many area dignitaries present at the ceremony on Friday, told The Sentinel that Turner had been the key influence in causing her to run for a position on the Citrus Heights City Council in 2012. She said the street being named after him was a “wonderful tribute to someone who played an important role in our city.”

“This is just a great way to memorialize him, and when we drive by we’ll get to see Turner Court and we’ll think of Mel.”

Friday’s ceremony concluded with an outdoor catered lunch for all attendees.

The Mariposa Creek housing development on Turner Court, located just off Antelope Road, is home to 15 newly constructed homes on a 3.5-acre subdivision that was once voted on by the City Council as a “preferred site” to build a new city hall back in 2014. The then-vacant property was later sold by the city and subsequently developed by Watt Communities,
which has been involved in several current and past housing projects within Citrus Heights’ city limits.

Watt Communities’ projects have included the 46-home AutumnWood development off Antelope Road near Interstate 80 and the current 260-unit Mitchell Farms project approved off Arcadia Drive.

Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities, said he had worked with Turner on prior projects and described him as “authentic and honorable.” Webb selected the street name in Turner’s honor and the City of Citrus Heights joined in putting on the street dedication ceremony.

About half the homes on Turner Court have already sold. Additional information about the homes can be found at www.MariposaCreekbyWatt.com.

Turner Court
Turner Court, located off Antelope Road in Citrus Heights, was named in honor of the late Councilman Mel Turner. // CH Sentinel

 

 

May 18, 2019 |

ASHER POINTE BY WATT COMMUNITIES IN GARDENA, CA NEARLY SOLD OUT!

Over 60% of the new construction homes at Asher Pointe in Gardena, CA are now sold. Now offering builder close-out promotions. Offering move-in ready homes starting in the $700,000’s.

Watt Communities’ unique collection of 21 single-family homes in Gardena, CA is over 60% 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. Prospects can now tour fully complete homes with over $40,000 in upgrades. All homes feature solar panels.

“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 and completed homes located at 16908 Normandie Ave., Gardena, CA 90247.  Office hours are 10:00AM-6:00PM.  For more information, please call (310) 314-5070 or email Charlette.Williams@wattcommunities.com

Fair Oaks, CA — April 22, 2019 —

For immediate release

Watt Communities is excited to announce move-in ready homes at Hidden Ridge at Fair Oaks and the pre-sale of new homes at Mariposa Creek at Citrus Heights. Visit the professionally decorated model at Hidden Ridge daily and take advantage of our model leaseback program!

Hidden Ridge is a collection of 22 homes featuring all-new one and two-story home designs ranging from approximately 2,680 to 3,006 sq. ft. with up to 3.5 bathrooms starting in the mid $600,000’s. With 50% of the homes sold at Hidden Ridge, the time to act is now! Take advantage of some of the lowest rates available!

Tucked in the heart of Fair Oaks, Hidden Ridge offers homeowners the opportunity to surround themselves with style and comfort.  These homes are close to freeways, dining, shopping, and recreation. Work by day and play at night and on weekends at the local parks, historical sites, equestrian trails, horticultural centers, and so much more! Lake Natoma and the American River Parkway provide plenty of hiking and biking trails as well as boating opportunities.

As a SMUD® Smart Home, homebuyers receive the benefit of unique energy-efficiency and safety features. With thoughtful detailing given to each open concept floor plan, homebuyers benefit from an attractive interior and exterior detailing, top-of-the-line private master suites, elegantly appointed bathrooms, and state-of-the art kitchens with Samsung stainless steel appliances perfect for entertaining family and friends.  “Our communities are built around what matters most to our homebuyers-family, location, and recreation. We are excited to offer the newest Watt Communities project in the heart of Fair Oaks and Citrus Heights,” Kevin Webb, Watt Communities Northern California Division President.

Mariposa Creek is a limited collection of 15 single-family energy efficient homes with one and two story homes ranging from approximately 1,966 sq. ft. to 2,482 sq. ft. Phase 1 is almost sold out! These spacious homes offer a great space to entertain friends and family. Residents of Mariposa Creek enjoy close proximity to some of the area’s best attractions including the Westfield Galleria Mall, The Fountains, Denio’s Farmers Market and more. Citrus Heights is a great family-oriented community with local schools and parks, including nearby Rusch Community Park that features basketball courts, baseball fields, pools, picnic area, a skate park and more. Now selling in the mid $400,000’s!

“We are excited to offer homes in two great locations.” says Webb.  “There are very few places where residents are conveniently located to recreational amenities while enjoying sophisticated living. We truly believe we build homes with added value that residents will enjoy for years to come.”

Homebuyers interested in either Hidden Ridge at Fair Oaks or Mariposa Creek at Citrus Heights can visit the decorated Hidden Ridge model located at 5139 Ridgevine Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628.  Office hours are 10:00AM-6:00PM.  For more information, please call (916) 694-8070 or email LScott@wattcommunities.com

April 8 , 2019 |

Newly Reduced Pricing Available at Moreton Place: A Collection of 40 New Homes in Glendora, CA!

GLENDORA, Calif. , Apr. 8, 2019 — Stylish, Energy-Efficient, New Construction Homes within a Highly-Ranked School District.

Phase 1 is complete and available for immediate move-in at Moreton Place in Glendora, the most recent new-home neighborhood to debut from Watt Communities. Moreton Place features 40 two-story, single-family detached residences ranging from approximately 1,634 – 1,782 sq. ft.. The open floorplans offer 3-4 bedrooms, private yards, solar panels included standard on every home, and three dedicated parking spaces. Homes start in the high $500,000’s with a limited number of quick move-in opportunities currently available.

“We’re extremely proud of these thoughtfully designed and executed homes, and we’re excited to be a part of Glendora, a highly sought-after San Gabriel Valley neighborhood,” said Southern California Division President Nam Joe. “The interest level has been overwhelming since our model debut in February. We invite all interested buyers to come visit and experience first-hand the quality Watt Communities has to offer.”

Moreton Place residents will benefit from the long-term cost savings and peace of mind that comes with knowing that they own an energy-efficient home inclusive of solar panels, pre-wiring for electric car charging, water efficient features throughout, insulated garages, and more! As an added bonus, residents will have access to a private community tot-lot, picnic area, and outdoor BBQ.

Residents can easily indulge in the many local dining, retail and wellness amenities located less than 1/2 mile away in the charming and bustling Glendora Village. Additionally, two major shopping centers, Glendora Marketplace and Covina Town Square, where numerous top national retailers can be found are located within a few miles of the community. School-age residents of Moreton Place will be able to attend schools in the award-winning Glendora Unified School District.

Moreton Place is conveniently located minutes away from the 210 and 57 freeways. The APU/Citrus College Metro Gold Line station, two miles away in Azusa, offers commuters quick access to Downtown LA and Pasadena, and a future extension of the Gold Line is slated to bring a station to Glendora, just one block away from Moreton Place, by 2024!

Homebuyers interested in Moreton Place can visit the beautifully decorated model home daily from 10AM – 6PM. The community is located at 285 S. Vermont Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. For more information, please call (626) 773-4444 or email MoretonPlace@WattCommunities.com. Virtual tours can also be experienced online at www.MoretonPlaceGlendora.com.

CITRUS HEIGHTS — April 4, 2019

Watt Communities is proudly participating in the Citrus Heights Arbor Day Planting! Join the City of Citrus Heights, Sunrise Recreation and Park District, and other partners as we celebrate National Arbor Day and plant over 70 trees at Van Maren Park. There is plenty of parking along Stock Ranch Road, and snacks will be provided.Watt Communities proudly supports the community of Citrus Heights. The Mariposa Creek housing development off Antelope Road in Citrus Heights is expected to be completed by June 2019. Homes are selling quickly! Don’t miss this limited opportunity to own a new construction home with energy efficient features and a 1-year limited warranty. Contact the sales manager at 916-694-8070.

March 6, 2019 |

Quick Move-In Opportunities Available at Moreton Place: A Collection of 40 New Homes in Glendora, CA!

GLENDORA, Calif. , Mar. 06, 2019 — Stylish, Energy-Efficient, New Construction Homes within a Highly-Ranked School District.

Sales are underway at Moreton Place in Glendora, the most recent new-home neighborhood to debut from Watt Communities. Moreton Place features 40 two-story, single-family detached residences ranging from approximately 1,634 – 1,782 sq. ft.. The open floorplans offer 3-4 bedrooms, private yards, solar panels included standard on every home, and three dedicated parking spaces. Homes start in the low $600,000’s with a limited number of quick move-in opportunities currently available.

“We’re extremely proud of these thoughtfully designed and executed homes, and we’re excited to be a part of Glendora, a highly sought-after San Gabriel Valley neighborhood,” said Southern California Division President Nam Joe. “The interest level has been overwhelming since our model debut in February. We invite all interested buyers to come visit and experience first-hand the quality Watt Communities has to offer.”

Moreton Place residents will benefit from the long-term cost savings and peace of mind that comes with knowing that they own an energy-efficient home inclusive of solar panels, pre-wiring for electric car charging, water efficient features throughout, insulated garages, and more! As an added bonus, residents will have access to a private community tot-lot, picnic area, and outdoor BBQ.

Residents can easily indulge in the many local dining, retail and wellness amenities located less than 1/2 mile away in the charming and bustling Glendora Village. Additionally, two major shopping centers, Glendora Marketplace and Covina Town Square, where numerous top national retailers can be found are located within a few miles of the community. School-age residents of Moreton Place will be able to attend schools in the award-winning Glendora Unified School District.

Moreton Place is conveniently located minutes away from the 210 and 57 freeways. The APU/Citrus College Metro Gold Line station, two miles away in Azusa, offers commuters quick access to Downtown LA and Pasadena, and a future extension of the Gold Line is slated to bring a station to Glendora, just one block away from Moreton Place, by 2024!

Homebuyers interested in Moreton Place can visit the beautifully decorated model home daily from 10AM – 6PM. The community is located at 285 S. Vermont Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. For more information, please call (626) 773-4444 or email MoretonPlace@WattCommunities.com. Virtual tours can also be experienced online at www.MoretonPlaceGlendora.com.

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.

 

Sentinel staff report–
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.