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.

 

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

CITRUS HEIGHTS — January 27, 2019 — by Citrus Heights Sentinel

The Mariposa Creek housing development off Antelope Road in Citrus Heights is expected to be completed by May. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Although construction won’t be complete for several more months, home sales have already begun at a new housing development in Citrus Heights, located off Antelope Road.

The 15-home development, called Mariposa Creek, is being built by Watt Communities and features both single and two-story designs, with homes ranging in size from 1,966-square-feet to just under 2,500-square-feet. Single-story homes feature a three-bedroom, tw0-bath layout, while two-story homes include four bedrooms, three baths, and an upper story loft that can potentially be made into a fifth bedroom. Both options include a two-car garage.

Watt Communities spokeswoman Diana Murphy told The Sentinel on Friday that pre-sales have begun for the new homes, with the first sale already completed and more expected over the weekend. Prices for the homes range from $442,990 to $492,990, according to Watt Communities’ website.

Murphy said construction of all 15 homes are expected to be completed in April and May.

The new development is located on a 3.5-acre property that was once voted on by the City Council as a “preferred site” to build a new city hall back in 2014. The property was later sold by the city, and Watt Communities received approval from the Planning Commission to subdivide the property and add a new street called “Turner Court,” named after the late Councilman Mel Turner who passed away in 2017 while serving his second term on the City Council.

Watt Communities has been involved in several current and past housing projects within Citrus Heights, including the 46-home AutumnWood development off Antelope Road near Interstate 80 and the current 260-unit Mitchell Farms project to be built off Arcadia Drive.

LOS ANGELES — October 16, 2018 —

For immediate release

Hidden ridge by watt communities announces grand opening of highly anticipated fair oaks, ca community

Hidden Ridge by Watt Communities features a collection of 22 single-family homes. Surrounded by a natural landscape setting, yet close to major shopping and dining, Hidden Ridge floorplans are highlighted by center-island kitchens and open concept layouts. Hidden Ridge will feature a spacious collection of all-new one and two-story home designs.

Ideally situated, this great family friendly community is home to some of the area’s best recreational opportunities including golfing at Northridge Country Club or hiking, biking and boating along the American River Parkway, as well as nearby Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake. Convenient access to Hwy 50 is also just around the corner, making the short 12-mile commute to downtown Sacramento a breeze.

 “Hidden Ridge truly embodies fine living,” says Kevin Webb, Watt Communities Northern California Division President.  “There are very few places where residents have an easy access to commute to work but come home to sophisticated living.  Our communities are meant for families to enjoy sophisticated living in quality homes with the environment in mind.”

An exclusive opportunity awaits homebuyers, as Hidden Ridge features two sophisticated designs ranging from approximately 2,680 to 3,006 square feet with up to 3.5 bathrooms starting in the $600,000’s.

As a SMUD® Smart Home, homebuyers receive the benefit of unique energy-efficiency and safety features. With thoughtful detailing given to each 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 perfect for entertaining family and friends. “Our community is built around what matters most to our homebuyers-family, location, and recreation. We are excited to offer the latest Watt Communities project in the heart of Fair Oaks,” says Webb. With over 70-years of successfully building new homes and creating exceptional communities, we help build a better quality of life.

Homebuyers interested in Hidden Ridge at Fair Oaks can visit thedecorated 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

By IvyLee Rosario — 12 September 2018 —

Dubbed New Heights, the gated community in West Hills will comprise 43 homes. Vertical construction of the $25 million project is slated to begin in December 2018.

Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital has broken ground on a new gated community in Los Angeles’ West Hills neighborhood, in the San Fernando Valley. Dubbed New Heights, the property will comprise 43 single-family homes. This development marks Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital’s fifth joint venture project. The 1.9-acre site was acquired back in May.

Located at 22135 Roscoe Blvd., the lots will range in size from 1,900 to 2,290 square feet at the site. The property is situated within 30 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. Vertical construction of the $25 million community is slated to begin in December 2018.

“With its beautiful rolling hills and tranquil lifestyle, West Hills is one of the hottest sleeper markets in the Los Angeles metro area, and we’re pleased we can relieve the pressure on homebuyers with this beautiful new neighborhood,” said Nam Joe, division president for Watt Communities, in a prepared statement. “We are anticipating high interest in this new community.”

Last summer, a joint venture between Presidio Residential Capital and Family Development won city approval to develop a $451 million master-planned community in Riverside County, Calif. The 660-acre project will include 1,300 townhomes, condominiums, apartments and single-family homes, as well as 284 acres of open space and public parkland and a 2.5-acre commercial center.

Fair Oaks, California — 4 September 2018 — After the city’s planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend the go ahead, Mitchell Farms was unanimously approved by the City of Citrus Heights on August 23rd.

Located off Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights, Mitchell Farms will be a remarkable lifestyle community. The project is carefully designed and priced to meet the needs of first time and move up buyers. Features will include luxury residences in a wide variety of styles, along with open space, trails and outdoor amenities.

Mitchell Farms is comprised of approximately 56 acres and is planned for 261 single family residences. The project is contiguous to existing residential development and is considered one of the few remaining infill residential opportunities in Citrus Heights. Lot sizes will range from 4,000 to 16,000 sq. ft. This long planned development will offer housing opportunities and amenities not currently available in Citrus Heights.

Mitchell Farms will feature ample open space, parks and trails. This new community will be a short distance to grocery and specialty retail stores,  a 5- minute drive to Hwy 80 and is planned with a focus on water conservation and energy efficiency.

The proposed project will include a mix of residential uses located on approximately 32 acres and will accommodate approximately 663 residents. It will consist of five villages along the periphery of the site with a mix of three different housing types: 110 paseo units (alley-loaded single-family units), 72 patio units (groups of 2 to 8 single-family units accessed from a central alley), and 78 traditional housing units. The remaining 23 acres in the central portion of the site, including the creek corridor, would be devoted to recreational areas and open space uses including a trail system.

According to Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities, construction will likely begin in spring of 2019 and homes would be completed about 12 months later.

Proposed 260-unit Mitchell Farms development.

By Citrus Heights Sentinel, staff report — For the past five years, Citrus Heights has seen an average of just 16 new housing units constructed per year. But on Thursday, the City Council is expected to give final approval for a 260-home development project near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane that would rapidly boost the number of new homes being built in the city.

Public discussion about the massive, 56-acre Mitchell Farms housing development was first presented by Watt Communities in 2016 and was followed by the nearly year-long preparation of an environmental impact report for the proposal. Last month, the city’s planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend the city council approve the project, a vote which is slated to occur at the council’s Aug. 23 meeting at city hall.

Following a public hearing, the council will vote on whether to certify the project’s extensive environmental impact report, as well as adopt a related General Plan amendment, and approve a tentative map and several associated permits for the project. The council will also introduce for a first reading an ordinance re-zoning the property to become the “Mitchell Farms Special Planning Area.”

Related: Planning Commission votes 5-1 in favor of 260-home development in Citrus Heights

As previously reported, the housing is planned to be spread out into three general communities, with a large 23-acre swath down the middle remaining 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 would become part of the parks district and would be maintained using funds from a property tax assessment fee paid annually by each homeowner in the development.

According to a city staff report, the development would have an average density of 8.1 homes per acre, with housing spread out into three general communities and three types of housing targeted towards different buyers. Homes would range in size from about 1,400-square-feet to 2,100-square-feet, and would include 78 standard single-family homes, 110 “alley-loaded” units, and 72 “patio” units, which are groups of 2 to 8 single-family units accessed from a central alley.

A map of the project shows homes would be accessible through two entrances on Arcadia Drive, with a roundabout, as well as an entrance on Fair Oaks Boulevard, just south of the Heather Downs apartment complex. A vehicle bridge that was initially proposed to connect the northern and southern housing villages was removed from the plans due to concerns about “cut-through” traffic and the developer discovering significantly more costs associated with building the bridge.

The project was popular among planning commissioners during last month’s public hearing, with many commenting on the need for additional housing to help alleviate the housing crisis affecting the state and Commissioner Jack Duncan calling the project “probably the best thing that’s happened to Citrus Heights since becoming a city.” Only 79 new housing units were constructed in Citrus Heights between 2013 and 2017, according to a draft environmental report prepared for the project.

As previously reported by The Sentinel, Commissioner Duncan also ended up being the only “no” vote on the project, citing the decision to remove the connector bridge as one of his reasons. He also cited proposed speed bumps and the lack of a new crosswalk being installed on Arcadia Drive as reasons for his decision to vote against the project.

If approved by the council, construction would likely begin in spring of 2019 and homes would be completed about 12 months later, according to Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities.

Proposed 260-unit Mitchell Farms development.

Presenting a limited collection of 20 single-family homes offering up to 1,665 sq. ft. of living space.

Watt Communities has commenced sales at Entrada, the company’s latest new-home project located in Sylmar, CA. These highly anticipated homes are now available to preview via detailed virtual tours. The two-story floorplans feature between 1,546 – 1,665 sq. ft. of living space, 3 bedrooms, private yards, two-car side-by-side garages and modern farmhouse inspired architecture.

“We continue to see strong demand for new homes in core Los Angeles submarkets such as Sylmar,” says Southern California Division President, Nam Joe. “With interest rates still at historically low levels and the attractive price point of Entrada, we encourage interested buyers to come visit us before this limited collection of 20 homes sells out.”

Entrada provides an ideal location for those seeking proximity to work, schools and recreational amenities. Los Angeles Mission College, less than ¼ mile away from Entrada, serves as a hub of culture and community involvement for the area. For commuters, freeway access is quick and easy, with the 210 and 118 freeways less than 2 miles away and the 5 and 405 freeways under 4 miles away.

Homes at Entrada are currently selling in the high $400,000’s and are sure to go quickly! Those interested in a new home at Entrada are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling (818) 815-3399 or visit www.EntradaSylmar.comfor more information. The Sales office is open daily from 10AM-6PM.

As California struggles with a housing shortage crisis, developers are still finding vacant spots in Citrus Heights to tuck new housing into — with several hundred homes and housing units either approved or proposed to be constructed in the near future.

The most major project currently under review is a 260-unit proposal off Arcadia Drive, near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane. The project is set to be considered for approval by the city’s planning commission this Wednesday.

Other housing projects in the city include a 42-unit development behind Bearpaw’s corporate headquarters at Sylvan Corners that was approved earlier this year, along with a 23-home development off Sunrise Boulevard at 7878 Lawrence Ave. — although that project appears to have stalled sometime after it was approved in 2016. Work has also begun on a 46-home development at 5555 Mariposa Ave., and a proposal is currently under review to build eight new single-family homes on a small lot next to Walmart on Auburn Boulevard.

First on schedule for completion is Watt Communities’ new Mariposa Creek development, a project that will bring 15 new single-family homes to 7625 Antelope Rd., near Mariposa Avenue, on what the city council had once identified as a “preferred site” to build a new city hall back in 2014. Earth-moving equipment has been at the 3.5-acre site for several months, and Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities, told The Sentinel construction of the homes is on schedule to begin next month, with homes slated to be sold and completed by December of this year.

Webb said prices will be in the lower $400,000-range, with single-story options featuring a 1,966-square-foot floor plan, three bedrooms and a two-car garage, according to Watt Communities’ website. Two-story options will feature a larger layout of around 2,500-square-feet, with four bedrooms and a loft, along with three bathrooms and a two-car garage.

As reported by The Sentinel earlier this month, the Mariposa Creek development will also include a new street, Turner Court, named in honor of the late Councilman Mel Turner, who passed away while serving his second term in office last year.

Watt Communities is also the company which has proposed the massive, 56-acre Mitchell Farms development off Arcadia Drive, where the Sunrise Golf Course currently operates. Since being proposed in 2016, an extensive environmental review was undertaken that took nearly a year to complete and generated a 1,000-plus page environmental impact report, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Related: Watt Communities proposes huge 261-unit development in Citrus Heights

The housing is planned to be spread out into three general communities, with a large 23-acre swath down the middle remaining undeveloped due to a 100-year flood plain associated with Arcade Creek. According to the latest map of the proposal, the development would be accessible through two entrances on Arcadia Drive, with a roundabout, as well as an entrance on Fair Oaks Boulevard, just south of the Heather Downs apartment complex.

Proposed 260-unit Mitchell Farms development.

Webb previously told The Sentinel that prices will range from the “high 2’s to low 4’s,” with sizes ranging from 1,400-square-feet to 2,500-square-feet. He said “cluster units” are proposed to feature a master bedroom downstairs and be targeted towards seniors, while other single-family homes and units would be targeted towards first-time home buyers and new families. All homes would be governed by a home owners association.

The initial proposal has undergone some changes — including a minor reduction in the number of units to 260, as well as a connector road in the development no longer being proposed to handle vehicle traffic, according to the agenda packet for the upcoming planning commission meeting.

During a public hearing held in April regarding the draft environmental impact report, two residents spoke and addressed concerns regarding public safety, fire and flooding, as well as noise along Sunrise Boulevard.

Nancy Graham, president of the area’s neighborhood association also wrote a letter to the city stating concerns about a perceived lack of privacy and security for homes along Arcadia drive that are proposed to face towards the street, rather than facing in with a wall along Arcadia. She also noted concerns about added traffic on Fair Oaks Boulevard and suggested more fencing and gates to reduce access for homeless who may want to camp in the greenbelt that would run through the development.

At the July 18 meeting, planning commissioners will consider approving a general plan and zoning code amendment related to the project, along with approving a tentative subdivision map, design review and tree permits, and certification of the project’s environmental impact report. The meeting will be held at city hall at 7 p.m.