Entrada is a limited collection of 20 single-family detached homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. The modern open floorplans, ranging from approximately 1,553 to 1,665 sq. ft., are great for entertaining friends and family. Located within an established area, a feeling of traditional values and community fills the space. 

These homes provide an ideal location for those seeking proximity to work, schools, and recreational amenities. 

Los Angeles Mission College is less than ¼ mile and serves as a hub of culture and community involvement for over 30 years, offering concerts and events like the San Fernando Valley Food & Wine Festival.

For commuters, the 210 and 118 freeways are less than 2 miles away, with the 5 and 405 freeways under 4 miles. If you need to catch a flight, Bob Hope Airport is approximately 9 miles away. 

El Cariso Community Regional Park is less than 1 mile away and offers swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, baseball and cycling. Enjoy additional recreational amenities at the San Gabriel Mountains and Knollwood Country Club. 

Close attention to detail is what makes a new home at Entrada special. Over 71 years of experience and innovation has gone into creating homes that are just as relevant and energy efficient today as they will be for years to come.

STEVEN SHARP — Construction is underway for Asher Pointe, a new development of single-family detached homes in Gardena.

The project, which comes from Watt Communities, is rising on a long-vacant lot at the intersection of 168th Street and Normandie Avenue.  Plans call for 21 for-sale homes in a mix of two- and three-story structures.  Each will feature four- and five-bedroom layouts ranging between 2,257 and 2,664 square feet.

According to an official project website, sales prices begin in the high $600,000s.

Asher Pointe offers 21 single-family, detached homes with up to 5 bedrooms. The spacious open floor plans, ranging from approximately 2,257 to 2,665 square feet, make them inviting to friends and family. Centrally located in a gated community, a feeling of traditional values and a sense of neighborhood fills the space.

Schools are all close, and with the 110 and 405 freeways both less than ½ mile away the commute is shorter. For convenience, there are four large shopping centers and a great variety of nearby restaurants, parks and recreation.

WEST HILLS, CA, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Watt Communities and Presidio Residential Capital have acquired 1.91 acres in West Hills, Calif., where they plan to build a new gated community with 43 single-family homes. The joint venture partners expect to break ground in August 2018 and begin vertical construction in December 2018 on the neighborhood. The retail value of this project is expected to exceed $25 million.

“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, which specializes in infill development. “We are anticipating high interest in this new community.”

This residential project will offer lots ranging in size from 1,900 to 2,290 square feet at the infill site, which is located at 22135 Roscoe Boulevard in West Hills, just off the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley. West Hills offers small-town, family-friendly charm with many trees and parks and is just 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ formula to determine the local impact of single-family housing in typical metro areas, adding 43 single-family homes will generate $12.3 million in local income, $1.5 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments and 30 local jobs.

This project is Watt Communities’ 5th joint venture project with Presidio Residential Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment company.

About Presidio Residential Capital
Presidio Residential Capital is a real estate investment company focused on the residential housing sector. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the firm provides capital in the form of joint ventures for the entitlement, development and build-out of for-sale residential projects throughout the Western United States. Presidio has infused more than $1 billion into the economy to capitalize the housing industry. The firm’s goal is to invest in excess of $150 million in capital for home-building projects in the Western United States in the next 12 months. It currently has investments in Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado and Washington with current committed capital of $800 million focused on 100+ projects. The firm is affiliated with a privately held registered investment advisor specializing in alternative investment strategies who has a long history of investing in the home-building sector. Current assets under management total more than $2.5 billion. Online and social media:www.presidioresidential.com, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Watt Communities
Founded in 1947 by Ray Watt, this third-generation family-owned business is a multi-faceted company. The company successfully grew from a small building business to a large real estate development organization credited with more than $6 billion in completed projects. Watt Communities is highly regarded in the home building industry as a premium quality builder. The company is widely recognized by industry leaders, financial institutions, and the brokerage community for its expertise in community entitlements, land acquisition and development, home building operations, and financial management. www.wattcommunities.com

For J. Scott Watt, his sister Sally Oxley and his daughter Nadine Watt, building homes has been their family’s business since 1947. To understand their devotion to resolving the homelessness crisis, simply look to the man who founded that business – Scott Watt and Oxley’s late father, Raymond Watt.

“My father was always philanthropic,” Scott Watt said. “It was his philosophy to give back.”

“He was a very caring and giving person,” Oxley recalled. “My father would bring stray people home for dinner and my mother would say, ‘we don’t have enough food,’ and he’d say, ‘find enough.’”

Raymond Watt started his construction company to provide housing for veterans returning from World War II. “He just wanted to house people from the very beginning,” Nadine Watt said. “Whether it was people who could afford it or people who could not, he wanted a roof over everyone’s head.”

As children, Scott Watt and Oxley remember going with him to construction sites every weekend, watching him turn homeownership dreams into reality. In the mid-1950s, Watt Companies became one of the first to provide low-cost housing in greater Los Angeles, building sub-divisions in Compton, South Bay and the downtown area, neighborhoods where most homebuilders did not go.

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters still talks about my grandfather and the houses he built,” Nadine Watt said. “She’ll say, ‘I want to take you on a tour of my district and show you all the Ray Watt homes – what he did for my constituents and my people.’”

“He was tireless, always thinking about where to house and shelter people,” Scott Watt said. “It was obviously an influence on all of us.”

Supporting Trojan efforts

The Watt family’s support for USC also began with Raymond Watt, who served on the university’s Board of Trustees from 1968 until his death in 2009. Scott Watt and Oxley both received their undergraduate degrees from USC, and Nadine Watt became a member of the Trojan Family by attending graduate school. When Scott Watt was asked to join the USC School of Social Work’s Board of Councilors in 2006, it was an opportunity to marry his dedication to USC with his passion for finding solutions for homelessness.

“At the time, the school didn’t really have a discipline in homelessness,” Scott Watt said. “I was also on the board for the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, and Dean Marilyn Flynn started thinking that the school should be doing more on the issue of homelessness. So, we funded some of the initial research on this.”

The family has continued its advocacy for strategies to end homelessness, including the creation of the Watt Family Innovation Fund for Urban Social Development, a research laboratory model to encourage the exploration of solutions to housing affordability and access in Los Angeles, which can also inform solutions in other urban areas. Scott Watt and his wife, Obaida Watt, also funded a forum on homelessness at the school, bringing together participants from Los Angeles city and county agencies, private service organizations and academia to address integrated care and supportive housing.

“There are some exciting things happening through education at the USC School of Social Work,” Scott Watt said. “There is theory and application, and the research goes out in front of the application.”

“If you don’t study it, you don’t know that these people need other resources,” Nadine Watt said. “They need jobs, they have mental health issues, other things besides just being fed. If you study everything that leads up to homelessness, you’re going to get to the root of the problem rather than just putting a bandage on it.”

Leading the way

In 2015, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) declared 12 “Grand Challenges” to be addressed by the field of social work in the United States over the next 10 years. The AASWSW has asked the USC School of Social Work, led by Suzanne Wenzel, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development, and Assistant Professor Benjamin Henwood, to assume national leadership for the grand challenge to end homelessness. Without hesitation, the Watt family stepped up to provide the seed funding to launch this effort.

“These Grand Challenges are things I have always been thinking about, and social work takes it another step,” Scott Watt said. “I also think advances in technologies, in the sense of medicine and genetics that will cure people of their ills, will have a huge impact on ending homelessness. There is often opposition to funding this issue because of a perception that homeless people are not trying. We have to educate the public about what is going on out there.”

“It bothers me that so many people will fund efforts to help the homeless outside of the United States, and we have homeless needs right here,” Oxley said.

During the course of a year, nearly 1.5 million Americans will experience homelessness for at least one night. In Los Angeles County alone, more than 44,000 people call the streets their home, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Homelessness is an issue with many layers and many prejudices. It was a problem that Raymond Watt confronted in his own way, and his children and grandchildren have committed themselves to be a part of the solution.

“I feel very fortunate to have a grandfather that instilled these values, and I learned them from my father and my aunt,” Nadine Watt said. “I’m now teaching this to my children so that they will continue the legacy of philanthropy in the Watt family.”

Watt Communities of Arizona today announced that it has reached 100 percent sold out at Dorsey Lane, the residential townhome community near downtown Tempe that marked the company’s entrance into Arizona’s upscale urban infill housing market. Today, Watt’s presence has expanded into a $73 million project pipeline, with six properties either under construction or now selling in submarkets across metro Phoenix.

“It has been a very busy few years,” said Steve Pritulsky, President and CEO of Watt Communities of Arizona. “We broke ground on Dorsey Lane in late Spring of 2015 and began home sales last April. Since then, we’ve averaged one unit sold per week to a broad buyer mix. That was a great sales pace and makes us feel very optimistic about the additional projects in our Phoenix-area pipeline.”

Dorsey Lane totals 51 contemporary, three-story urban townhomes located just south of the southwest corner of Broadway Road and Dorsey Lane in central Tempe. Townhomes at Dorsey Lane range from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet. Each is designed with a private two-car garage and includes a gated entry, pool/ramada/ sundeck, outdoor poolside kitchen and landscaped paseos.

With its location minutes from Arizona State University, the Mill Avenue/Tempe Town Lake employment corridor and the Loop 101, 202 and US 60 Superstition freeways, Dorsey Lane has attracted a range of buyers. “We have a huge range of residents living here. Everyone from students and young professionals to our buyers who have downsized for a lock-and-leave lifestyle,” said Pritulsky. “It is a fabulously diverse community.”

“Our goal has always been to provide upscale living with the amenities of an urban lifestyle, but at a more affordable price point,” said Paul Timm, Chief Operations Officer for Watt Communities of Arizona. “Our success at Dorsey Lane proves this is possible – that there is a strong and broad demand for the type of homes and living environments we’re building.”

Pricing at Dorsey Lane began in the high $200,000s. Watt is also now actively selling units at Biltmore Living, a community of 40 urban townhomes mirroring the layout and amenities of Dorsey Lane, but located in the sought-after Camelback Corridor, less than one mile south of 24th Street and Camelback Road. Pricing at Biltmore Living starts in the low $300,000s.

Other active Watt Communities projects include:

  • 32 North, a community of 31 two-story, single family detached patio homes now under construction near 32nd Street and Cactus Road in North Phoenix, set to deliver in early Summer.
  • 16 Ocotillo, an upscale, single-family detached patio home project that broker ground in December at 16th Street and Ocotillo (just south of Glendale Avenue), in the 51 Corridor between North Central Phoenix and the Biltmore area.
  • 8th & Row, a 35-unit townhome community that broke ground this spring in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row District.
  • View 32, an upscale, for-rent apartment community near 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard – and North 32nd Street Corridor’s first new urban apartment project in decades – set to break ground in the late first quarter.

Citrus Heights Sentinel—A 55-acre housing development and open-space park has been proposed to replace the golf course on Arcadia Drive in Citrus Heights, located near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane.

The 261-unit housing proposal, submitted to the city by Watt Communities last month, includes 76 new single family homes, 72 “cluster units,” and 113 “alley loaded units.” The development would be situated with Montage Apartments on its northeastern border and Arcadia Drive and the Citrus Town Center to the southwest.

Kevin Webb, Northern California division president for Watt Communities, said the housing is planned to be spread out into three general communities, with a large swath down the middle remaining undeveloped due to a 100-year flood plain associated with Arcade Creek. He said cluster units are proposed to feature a master bedroom downstairs and be targeted towards seniors, while other units would be targeted towards first-time home buyers and new families.

Webb said 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. All homes would be governed by a home owners association.

A tentative subdivision map submitted to the city shows proposed homes being accessible through two entrances on Arcadia Drive, as well as an entrance on Fair Oaks Boulevard and an emergency access route connecting to Sunrise Boulevard.

Apart from one connector road through the middle, Webb said there “will be no construction going on” in the flood plain area. He said 25 of the 55 acres would be given to the Sunrise Parks and Recreation District — which would be set aside for “multi-use trails, passive park facilities, and associated improvements,” according to the city’s planning division web page.

(see proposed site map)

The large development is rare for Citrus Heights, which is almost entirely built out as a city.

Nick Lagura, an associate planner with the City of Citrus Heights, called the proposal’s location “the last large development site in the city.”

The acreage is being sold by Ted Mitchell, whose family purchased 160 acres in Citrus Heights for “1500 gold pieces” over 100 years ago, according to Webb. Mitchell, now 90 years old, still owns a significant amount of acreage in the area, including the land where the Citrus Town Center sits.

Watt Communities has worked with Mitchell in the past, purchasing property from him on Antelope Road in order to build the recently completed 46-home AutumnWood development in Citrus Heights, near Interstate 80. Webb said discussions with Mitchell about the project began about a year ago, with the proposal officially being submitted to the city last month.

Colleen McDuffee, planning division manager for the city, said the proposal is in its early stages and will need a full environmental impact report. She estimated the city council voting on the project “probably in 2018.”

Addressing a handful of questions raised by residents at a neighborhood meeting at city hall earlier this month, Webb said the development would not include low-income housing, although he said prices would be “affordable.” McDuffee also confirmed the city does not have low-income housing requirements for new developments in Citrus Heights.

Other questions included “where are the grandkids going to park?” “what if there was a fire?” and if the units would be so close you could “reach your hand out and touch the next house.”

Webb said spacing between homes would differ from lot to lot, with the goal to “make more use out of less space” without becoming too crowded. He later told The Sentinel that density is planned for 8 to 13 units per acre, while in comparison he’s built up to 18 units per acre — which he said becomes too dense.

For parking, Webb said the development is planned for one-and-a-half parking spots per unit, meaning a 30-unit community would have 45 parking spots at the street — in addition to two garage spaces.

“We’re over-parking the project,” said Webb, comparing the development to some in Southern California with limited parking. “We’ve done it wrong before, so we want to be careful.”

Discussion was also made about a comment by Councilman Bret Daniels who said during the meeting he was concerned about the “riff-raff” associated with the bus stop on Arcadia Drive. He noted the proposal called for homes facing outward towards Arcadia with only a three-foot wall separating them from the street, rather than facing the homes away from the street.

Webb responded that facing the homes outward would “help prevent crime” and give a more welcoming look, rather than facing the homes inward and having a tall wall along the street — as is the case with the AutumnWood development on Antelope Road.

Asked about similarly designed communities in the area for comparison, Webb referenced KB Home’s Marquee development off Fair Oaks Boulevard. He also said AutumnWood has similar home elevations as the new proposal.

Webb said the project is currently at the community feedback stage and he expects the project will undergo significant changes prior to being presented to the planning commission.

ANAHEIM, CA, /PRNewswire — Watt Communities is pleased to announce the grand opening of Cava, 41 gated new homes in Anaheim priced from the high $400,000’s. Cava will debut three-story townhomes with five floorplans offering up to 4 bedrooms and 1,755 square feet.

The homes will span from 1,511 – 1,755 square feet with three to four bedrooms, up to three and one-half baths and a two or three-car attached garage. All homes include a kitchen island, interior laundry space and dual sinks in the master bathroom. The Plan 5 offers the convenience and privacy of the fourth bedroom on the first floor. Resident’s will also appreciate Cava’s low-density design providing more space between buildings.

Interior amenities will include: recessed light fixtures, raised panel interior doors, chrome exterior hardware, and two tone Dunn Edwards paint throughout. Kitchens will feature Thermofoil cabinets, silent roller guides, granite countertops, and self-cleaning range and oven plus quiet power dishwasher.

Some of the many special care built-in appointments feature vinyl dual glazed low-e windows, water saving showerheads, tankless water heater, low flush water saving toilets and central air conditioning and heating.

Cava homeowners may also upgrade their interior finishes and choose from wood flooring, additional electrical and lighting options, security systems, mirrored wardrobe doors, and advanced wiring for surround sound, computers, stereo and satellite television.

Our prime Anaheim location puts homeowners in the center of it all. Enjoy an Angel’s baseball game or cheer on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Catch a movie at Downtown Disney or a music performance at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

Cava is Buena Park adjacent and only 2 miles from Knott’s Berry Farm, offering even more recreational options to residents. Coming soon is The Source, poised to be the premiere destination for the Buena Park community. It will anchor the north end of Buena Park’s famous Entertainment Zone and feature a unique selection of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Join us this weekend at the Cava Grand Opening. The sales center is located at 2651 West Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, California. For more information about Cava visit online www.CavaLivingAnaheim.com or call (714) 361-6700. For more information about Watt Communities, visit online at www.wattcommunities.com

VENTURA, CA / PRNewswire — Watt Communities is pleased to announce the grand opening of Enclave, 91 new homes in Ventura, CA. Join us February 20-21 and tour the three professionally decorated models while enjoying sips and snacks.

Buyers may choose from three floorplans with up to four bedrooms spanning 1,637 – 2,189 square feet. As an added bonus, there are no Mello Roos taxes or HOA dues. Prices start in the high $400,000’s.

All the homes at Enclave are two-story in design and include a kitchen island, second floor interior laundry room, and two-car attached garage. The Plan 2 offers three bedrooms and two and one-half baths within 1,637 square feet. The Plan 3 spans 1,794 square feet and also includes three bedrooms and two and one-half baths. Plan 4 comes standard as a three bedroom three bath home with a private first floor office or optional fourth bedroom within 2,189 square feet.

Exterior details included complete rear and side yard fencing, beautifully landscaped front yards, lighted street address fixture, waterproof electrical outlet at rear yard and front entry plus sectional roll-up garage door with openers.

Interior accents showcased are tile flooring and carpeting, designer selected light fixture package, 3 1/4″ baseboards, white cabinetry throughout, and stylish interior doors. Kitchens are complete with a Frigidaire appliance package, granite slab countertops, 6″ backsplash, pull out chrome faucet, quiet roller guides on drawers and recessed lighting.

Master suites are designed with a double sink vanity, separate commode area, and spacious walk-in closet. Energy-efficient and safety features designed into every home include a programmable night set back thermostat, dual-glazed vinyl windows with Low-E3 glass, direct wired smoke detectors with battery back up, tankless water heater and dead bolt locks on front entry and garage entry doors. For a complete list of all price included features, visit our website here.

Join us this weekend at the Enclave Grand Opening and tour the three professionally decorated models. The sales center is located at 10630 North Bank Drive, Ventura, CA 93004.

For more information about Enclave, visit www.enclavelivingventura.com or call (805) 202-7288. For more information about Watt Communities and our upcoming neighborhoods, visit www.wattcommunities.com

Santa Monica-based homebuilder Watt Communities says it has closed escrow on a 22-home community on 6.2 acres in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County.

It’s the fourth Sacramento-area infill housing project landed by Watt this year.

The new community, called Woodmont, will be built along Codman Lane, just south of the intersection of Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin within 60 days.

Other Watt projects announced earlier this year are AutumnWood, 46 homes being built on 9.2 acres along Antelope Road near Interstate 80 in Citrus Heights; The Village at Fair Oaks, a 55-home community on 6.2 acres on Madison Avenue, just south of Citrus Heights; and Woodbury, 17 homes to be built on 7.3 acres along Fair Oaks Boulevard just south of Sunset Avenue.

Kevin Webb, president of Watt’s Northern California division, which has an office in Roseville, said in a statement that “…we look forward to building these four projects over the next year and finding other available properties to develop.”

Kyle Mittan, The Republic | azcentral.com

A new pair of housing developments coming to north Phoenix will fill vacant land and help refresh the neighborhood, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said.

Watt Communities of Arizona is building two gated single-family home developments.The Enclave at 32nd Street will be on about 3.5 acres just south of the southwestern corner of 32nd Street and Cactus Road. And 16 Ocotillo will go in a 3-acre plot at the southwestern corner of 16th Street and Ocotillo Road.

The Enclave at 32nd Street will have 31 homes; 16 Ocotillo’s total has yet to be determined. The houses’ price range also has not been determined.

Both projects are scheduled to break ground late this year, with models set to be completed by mid-2015, said Steve Pritulsky, Watt Communities of Arizona president.

Pritulsky said that new homes in both areas were few and far between since the downturn in the housing market. Creating infill projects like these, he added, helped make the lots useable again.

“Typically, there’s a greater degree of profitability in the infill market,” Pritulsky said. “To some extent, they’re kind of insulated a great deal from direct competition.”

He said infill developments also directly help the community by using resources that already exist.

“So often you hear criticism that the development industry promotes sprawl and the outward march into the suburbs,” he said. “So I think one of the most basic things that it does for the community is that it leverages off of existing infrastructure, and it doesn’t create the need to basically expand the city. You’re filling in the gaps.”

Both locations are near shopping areas, with Paradise Valley Mall 2 miles from the Enclave at 32nd, and 16 Ocotillo within walking distance of restaurants and retail space along 16th Street.

DiCiccio said the trend to move back toward the inner city and away from the suburbs is growing. 16 Ocotillo falls within DiCiccio’s district.

“It’s better for the environment, it’s better for our neighborhoods and it’s just better long-term for the individuals using our roadways,” he said. “They don’t have to go from a spot many miles away, they can now go from the center of the city.”

DiCiccio added that a fresh look is better for a neighborhood’s longevity.

“Every neighborhood in the country goes through different stages in the growth to maturity and sometimes decline,” he said. “You have to keep re-establishing yourself.”