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.

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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.”