Five Amazing Master Planned Communities
Citron at Wallis Ranch
Named the master planned community of 2017 by the National Association of Home Builders, the 184-acre Wallis Ranch is located forty miles from the San Francisco Bay area. Built with both growing families and active adults in mind, it is comprised of eight distinct neighborhoods featuring single-family detached homes, townhomes, and executive homes ranging from 1,700 to 4,100 square feet. More than half of the development’s acreage is dedicated to parks, sports fields, trails, and other open green space with an assortment of amenities such as children’s play equipment, picnic areas, and bocce ball courts.
There is a three-acre common area for residents that includes a fitness center, spa, pool, and BBQ area. Environmentally conscious, the community has a reclaimed water system that will be used to maintain the drought-tolerant landscaping. San Francisco and major business centers are accessible via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, and the community is conveniently located two miles from I-580.
The Citron neighborhood features two-level, single-family residences by Pulte Homes that range from 1,975 to 3,083 square feet, three to five bedrooms, and start in the low $900ks. The open-concept designs, loft space, and private courtyards that facilitate gatherings of family and friends. Pulte describes the designs as “a contemporary twist on West Coast Classic, traditional farmhouse, California Modern and Bay Area Contemporary styles.”
Citron offers six different floor plans, several with flexible floor plan options to best your family’s lifestyle.
Plan 1, from $890,990
1,975 sq ft
Plan 1 has an open plan kitchen and dining area, a bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor. The master bedroom suite on the second floor has a walk-in closet and dual vanity. There is also a laundry room on the second floor. The third floor is a loft with bathroom that can be converted to an additional bedroom or used as an office, family room, or playroom.
Plan 2, from $949,990
2,221 sq ft
The first floor features an open kitchen with easy to clean granite countertops and stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, dining area, pantry, and a powder room. The master suite with walk-in closet is on the second floor, and the third floor loft with full bath can be converted to an additional bedroom.
Plan 3, from $990,990
2,446 sq ft
The spacious kitchen features a large island with a peninsula for casual dining. The courtyard, accessible from the dining area, is designed for al fresco dining. The loft, which comes with a full bathroom, is an optional extra bedroom, home office, playroom, or personal gym space.
Plan 4, from $998,990
2,459 sq ft
This two-story plan has one bedroom and full bath with Moen fixtures on the first floor, three bedrooms and two baths on the second floor, and a third floor loft with full bath that is an optional fifth bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and dual vanity.
The kitchen features a large granite island and eating bar.
Plan 5, from $1,050,990
2,903 sq ft
Plan five offers four bedroom plus a loft that can be turned into a fifth sleeping quarters. There is a spacious laundry and linen area on the second floor near the master bedroom that has dual sink vanities and dual walk–in closets. The kitchen has recessed panel beech cabinetry with European-style hidden hinges, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and a large island with a peninsula that can be used for casual dining. A guest bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor is ideal for overnight guests.
Plan 6, from $1,100,990
3,083 sq ft
This floor plan provides the space to accommodate growing or multi-generational families. The kitchen and dining area has an open design and opens to the courtyard, a perfect spot for al fresco dining. There is a bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor for guests. The master suite comes with a dual vanity, shower with clear glass enclosure, and a separate soaking tub. This flexible floor plan gives homeowners a loft space on both the second and third floors and allows the option for two additional bedrooms.
Taylor Morrison’s Highland Ranch planned community in Clermont, Florida, offers two distinct neighborhoods that are both designed to fit your lifestyle whether you have a new or growing family or you’re an active adult fifty-five and older.
Centrally located within easy access to nearby Orlando—and all the entertainment, shopping, and theme parks its famous for—Clermont is in one of the state’s fastest-growing areas, but Highland Ranch retains its rustic charm and is set in a landscape that features four miles of walking trails, inviting lakes, and other outdoor amenities. And with an average of 236 days of sunshine a year, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite activities year-round.
The community offers a top-of-the-line amenity package, and a variety of floor plans for prospective homeowners to choose from. Each includes standard features including gourmet kitchens with appliance packages; and many available upgrades and options so you can personalize your new home to fit your personality and lifestyle.
Family-friendly amenities include a park, pool, cabana, splash pad, mail kiosk, pet stations, and access to the seven-mile, paved South Lake Trail, known for its panoramic vistas of sparkling lakes and the Orlando skyline. There are also five golf courses within a five minute drive of the community.
The other Highland Ranch neighborhood is Esplanade for fifty-five and older home buyers, which offers resort style amenities and the on-site lifestyle director enables residents to customize their activities to fit their individual interests. Events at Esplanade include card games, pickle ball matches, wine tastings, book clubs, and field trips.
There are eleven two- and three-bedroom floor plans starting at $221,995.
Esplanade has also unveiled the NEXTadventure home model that was designed for the specific needs and desires of active adults, as determined by Taylor Morrison’s extensive research on the Esplanade’s target demographic.
According to the builder: “We worked with Housing Design Matters and gathered feedback from focus groups, surveys, and social network data that became the foundation of this NEXTadventure home.”
For example, according to their survey, the number one feature the active adult crowd wanted is a pool. Other preferences include a suburban location near retail space, a park area, walking and jogging trails, and a lake followed by outdoor maintenance service and an exercise room. Other preferences were more storage, increased natural light, and an expanded living space, with the kitchen intended to be the “heart of the home.”
The single-story, 2,268 square feet NEXTadventure home encompasses it all. It has an open living space, two bedrooms plus flex room, and an outdoor living room and kitchen. The flexible floor plan can accommodate visiting family and friends, multi-generations, or a caregiver. Other features include a wireless security system, a pet care station, and integrated home technology such as smart thermostats controlled via smartphone. A bonus room above the garage is accessed via fixed stairs.
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Skidaway Island, Georgia
One of the country’s largest master communities and named best community by Savannah magazine, The Landings covers 4,596 acres and offers golf course homes, waterfront homes, patio homes, and customized senior community homes. Savannah with all its entertainment, dining, and cultural venues is a short car ride away.
The Landings has its own village with a gas station, golf cart center, grocery store, restaurant, library, pharmacy, card shop, flower shop, wine store banks, and churches. Residents can do errands driving their golf carts on paved trails.
For golf aficionados, the community boasts six courses, two of which— Magnolia and Marshwood—were designed by Arnold Palmer, named. Full golf privileges costs $8,000 a year plus a $33,000, non-refundable initiation fee. There are also four golf clubhouses that offer fine and casual dining restaurants.
The community has three tennis centers, a total of 34 courts, and a five hundred seat stadium for tournaments. Tennis lessons are offered and residents can join tennis leagues. Fitness enthusiasts can work out at the 48,000 sq. ft. Oakridge Fitness Center that offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment, personal trainers, and daily wellness classes. There are four swimming pools to choose from throughout the community. A sports membership costs $4,200 a year plus a $5,000 non-refundable initiation fee. A social membership is $2,850 per year plus the $4,000 non-refundable initiation fee.
The grounds also feature stocked fishing ponds and Landings Harbor is a deep-water marina located on the Wilmington River three miles from the Intracoastal Waterway. The marina has 276 dry stack storage spaces for boats up to 50 feet. The island has a second marina on the opposite side of the Landings with 74 slips for boats up to 60 feet. Pump-out stations, fuel, storage, and repair service is available for boat owners. Both sailing and speed boating are popular pastimes among community residents.
Home prices begin in the $200s to more than $2 million. Interior lots start at $50K, while waterfront lots can go in excess of $1 million.
Located a half hour south of Houston, Meridiana is a different kind of planned community. The 2,700 acre site offers not just quality homes, beautiful surroundings including lakes and streams, and the usual activities but also more cerebral pursuits. The developer describes Meridiana as being “alive with learning and the spirit of exploration … with a distinct focus on education for people of all ages and life stages.” The community’s development team works closely with the Alvin Independent School District faculty to create outdoor learning and discovery experiences, each of which is designed to complement the district’s curriculum for students K through 12.
When not engaged in learning opportunities, residents can meet, socialize, play, and relax at Amenity Village that features a resort-style family pool with cabanas, café, kids’ splash pad, and a fitness center with on-site personal trainer, spinning bikes, free weights, and exercise machines. The fitness center also provides lockers, showers, and a kids’ playroom to keep them occupied while their parents work out. The community is designed to be family friendly with plenty of green space for kids to play, and an outdoor game area with a giant chessboard, ping pong tables, washer toss, and shuffle board. There is also an amphitheater for concerts.
The Amenity Village is also planning a glass-walled conservatory constructed over the water, which will be available for receptions and special event and be home to a customized, 40-foot luxury yacht that residents can use for birthdays or other special occasions. The community employs a full time lifestyle coordinator who organizes activities and events and acts as a community liaison. Another unique amenity is Soleil the Golden Retriever, Meridiana’s ambassador dog, who is tasked with brightening the residents’ day or greeting visitors at the Welcome Center.
A scenic boardwalk overlooks the lake, where residents can enjoy water activities such as kayaks, rafts and paddleboards or they can spend a relaxing day fishing off the pier. Those looking for a more energetic outing can for hiking or for a bike ride on one of the many nature trails.
There are thirteen new home plans offered by Taylor Morrison, Shea Homes, Trendmaker Homes, Plantation Homes, Perry Homes, Highland Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, David Weekly Homes. Plans range from 2,000 to 6,000-plus sq. ft., three to six bedrooms, and two to five baths, with prices starting in the $250s to the $750s. There are also quick move in homes available.
Bonney Lake, Washington
Tehaleh is the Puget Sound’s best-selling new-home community, boasting the largest collection of homebuilders and home plans priced from $300k to the low $600k. Located on an inlet island near Bonney Lake in the highland forest of Pierce county, Tehaleh it is a little over a half hour from downtown Seattle, offering homeowners both the convenience of nearby big-city amenities and the beauty of the area’s protected forested preserves in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Within Tehaleh are a number of distinct subdivisions.
Trilogy at Tehaleh is for adults fifty-five and older. The Trilogy brand offers active lifestyle communities with unique floor plans that start in the low $300k.
Trilogy is a division of Shea Homes. According to the builder, Trilogy “offers resort communities for discerning buyers who are turning the page from raising children and growing careers to an entirely new chapter. This chapter is about you … rediscovering passions, embracing opportunities, and creating new, lifelong friendships with people who are in a similar place in their own journeys.”
The center of activity for Trilogy at Tehaleh is the Seven Summits Lodge recreation center. Residents can go there to work out, dine, play games, socialize with neighbors, or just relax and take in the views. There are also regular activities, events, concerts, classes, and clubs to choose from.
Trilogy at Tehaleh offers several different two-bedroom floor plans from 1,825 to 2,462 sq. ft., two to 2.5 baths, and two- or three-car garages. Prices range from $449,900 to $531,447 and include up to $40,000 in incentives for select models.
Quick move-in homes include numerous options and upgrades including a stainless steel gas appliance package; tile in the master bathroom; engineered hardwood throughout the open concept living area; quartz countertops in the kitchen along with custom-made cabinetry and custom white oak flooring; and a tile surrounded gas fireplace showcasing the living room.
Inspiration Ridge at Tehaleh by Lennar offers “everything’s included” homes for new and growing families that start in the low $400s. The models come with fully landscaped and fenced yards, stainless steel appliances including side-by-side refrigerator and gas stoves, slab granite kitchen countertops, full-height tile kitchen backsplash, a Nexia Home Automation System, and window blinds.
The four-bedroom, two-story floor plans range from 2,501 to 3,395 sq. ft., 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages. Prices range from $409,950 to $499,950.
Other builders include MainVue Homes, HC Homes, Oakridge Homes, Richmond American Homes, Brookstone Homes, Pulte Homes, and Azure Northwest Homes, which was named Local Builder of the Year at the eighth-annual New Home Council 2016 Tribute Awards.