Illuminating Aspen

Aspen trees in autumn evoke iconic images of the American West–fiery groves at the foot of towering mountain ranges, vibrant leaves lit by the changing seasons. The serenity and warmth of these scenes are at the heart of DeNova’s Aspen community at Emerson Ranch in Oakley, California. Here, we design with beauty and balance in mind, bringing together elements of luxury and simplicity for sophisticated, high-value homes.

As with all DeNova Homes communities, where we work is as important to us as the product we aim to deliver to our valued customers. Built around a central park and lake, Emerson Ranch is a master-planned community built for families for whom the calm beauty of the California Delta is the perfect complement to an active, busy life in a rich and dynamic community two hours east of San Francisco.

Drawing on a variety of architectural styles and California design traditions, our homes will catch your eye with stunning exterior and landscape design packages. Inside, you’ll be struck by the stylish details within all living spaces, including designer-selected light fixtures, custom radius wall corners, and gorgeous chrome door hardware. Elegant granite slab countertops and beautifully stained beech cabinetry bring grace to kitchen work spaces, while quality black or white appliance packages make cooking and housekeeping efficient, easy, and modern.

The same attention to detail and strong commitment to quality can be felt in each home’s private master suite, where heads of house find luxurious retreat. Beechwood vanities and hand-laid tile show an affinity for rich materials, while stand soaking tubs with separate showers offer a place to relax and recharge.
This neighborhood is popular, so don’t delay! With special buying incentives on select home sites and prices starting in the $400,000s, now is the time to buy, and there is no better season to see for yourself all there is to love about life in Oakley!

Emerson Ranch Winter Wonderland

On December 10, prospective buyers have the perfect opportunity to see Emerson Ranch at its holiday best for the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Join the locals on a carriage ride through the neighborhood to see the festive lights on display. Complete with costumed carolers, a visit from Santa, and complimentary cookies and beverages, this holiday event could be your family’s first outing in your new community. So mark your calendars and schedule a visit today!

Gilroy is not just about Garlic

dtWe all know Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World, but there’s a lot more to say about the lovely southernmost city in Santa Clara, California.

Named after John Gilroy, a Scotsman, this lovely community was incorporated as the town of Gilroy in 1870 - its history, environment and community feel welcomes all visitors and embraces all who are lucky enough to live there.

However true that there’s something to be said about the famous Annual Garlic Festival in July, the “America’s premier summertime food festival”, a celebration of food, fun and family, where you can experiment several garlic delicacies, like garlic ice cream, it would be unfair not to mention its award-winning parks, golf course and recreation programs, or even Gilroy’s “urban forest” for which the City has won Tree City USA awards annually since 1979.

Gilroy is surrounded by the magical Monterey Bay, the beautiful San Joaquin Valley and the thrilling San Francisco Bay Area. Certainly, a hidden gem to treasure for years to come.
With its mild, Mediterranean climate, Gilroy is a well-established agricultural center in the United States, offering a wide variety of other produce like strawberries mushrooms. And let’s not forget about all the wineries in the surrounding areas.

There’s plenty of outdoor activities one can take advantage of, like the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, specially designed to educate guests and to foster a greater appreciation of horticulture. Or why not visit the Christmas Hill Park, where the famous Garlic Festival is held?
Not to mention the Kirigin Cellars, of the most delightful morsels of Santa Clara County: 33 acres of rolling vineyards, nine acres of cricket lawns, over 1000 rose bushes and 100 redwood sequoias are surrounded by hills and rangeland.

But if you’re in the mood for some shopping, the Gilroy Premium Outlets, conveniently located directly off Highway 101 and just 20 miles south of Silicon Valley, featuring the largest collection of designer and brand name outlet stores in Northern California.

Are you a golfer? Then you have to try Gilroy Golf Course, some say the “Best 11 hole golf course in the U.S.”. Small undulating greens and wide generous, tree-lined fairways will await you at every tee.

That is why DeNova Home decided to invest in a wonderful community in Gilroy: the Tea Tree at Country Oaks Estates. Tea Tree Estates is situated in one of the areas premiere school districts, as well as, close to all of the shopping, dining and recreational opportunities the desirable west side of Gilroy has to offer.

6 Reasons Families Love Living in Lathrop

Edgewater_Fam&FriendsLathrop, CA is becoming a favorite location for young families. It isn’t difficult to see why when you study the area. Here are some of the top reasons that families love this city.

Family-Oriented

Almost half of the city’s residents, 48.8 percent, are married couples. Of the approximate 4,700 households, 57.3 percent have children under the age of eighteen. Schools in the area offer a multitude of after-school activities and music-related activities are often emphasized. With the number of children in this area, there is always something going on to entertain families.

The Weather

Weather in this area is nearly ideal compared to the rest of the country. From May through September, nearly ninety percent of the days experience sunshine, higher than the national average. In addition, both annual precipitation and humidity fall well below the national average year-round. The weather lends itself well to all types of outdoor family activities.

Nature

The San Joaquin River is on the west side of the city. This river lends itself to fishing, swimming, kayaking or simply relaxing on the banks and enjoying the day. In addition to the river, A public park is never far from where you are located and the parks all offer educational and recreational programs for all age and skill levels. With a total of seven parks to choose from, you can visit a different one every day. Being outside, interacting with nature, is almost a natural reaction with the type of weather in this area.

Celebrations

The city offers several celebrations throughout the year that are geared toward families. Whether you want to enjoy the annual Birthday Celebration or be amazed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, there is something going on regularly to entertain the whole family and give you exciting things to do and explore. The city is also home to one of the country’s largest pumpkin mazes. The Skate Park is open until dusk every day and provides hours of family fun.

Economy

The average income in Lathrop is approximately $58,000 annually. There are numerous manufacturing and retail opportunities to provide income for a population whose average age range is in their mid-thirties. The Tesla factory is growing and providing more jobs each year.

Diversity

The population of Lathrop is widely diverse racially, allowing for a community of peace and understanding. Children are given the opportunity to interact naturally so they are ready for a world based on international relations when they become adults. Lathrop is a community that stands as a living model to how a peaceful environment can be achieved easily.

Final Words

Lathrop is an ideal location for young families to set up household. They are growing steadily, but still maintaining a sense of community and family. Outdoor activities abound, keeping families entertained and in motion. Overall, it is a place that will grow with your family.

That is why DeNova Homes offers you two amazing communities in Lathrop: Drake’s Bend, a lovely neighborhood of homes located in the unique master planned community of River Islands and Edgewater, an exceptional neighborhood built to exacting standards by renowned DeNova Homes and offers an exceptional opportunity to experience “home” the way it should be.

 

Discovering Pleasanton

Township_BlogPost_121115Have you ever heard about the Legend of Zorro? Some say it all started in Pleasanton, back then called “Alisal”. The hero (or “desperado”, depending who’s telling the story) brought a new hope to town and since then Pleasanton turned into one of the most prosperous communities in California.

Zorro was not the only reason why Pleasanton became what it is today. Its rich soil hosts many of the largest domestic and foreign beer producers, making Pleasanton internationally famous. In 1894, the city became home to Pleasanton Race Track, the oldest horse racing track in the nation. It’s not hard to imagine why in the mid-20th century it became a magnet for retail and commercial developers. Today is proudly a major job center with an ongoing influx of many corporate businesses and industries.

This city holds a year round range of fun family activities, like the Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting in February, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the Antique Fair (in May), Shakespeare in the Park and Movies in the Park are also a big success. Also, concerts in the Park during the whole Summer, the Pleasanton Heritage Festival in September and the Fall Antique Fair in October are famous events. And don’t forget the annual mid-summer Alameda County Fair is located in Pleasanton, hosting numerous shows and statewide and regional events which draw thousands annually and don’t forget the Beer Crawl festival!

Downtown Pleasanton offers a hometown feel – even though is not far from busy San Francisco – and holds charms and wonderful places to dine, shop or just enjoy the outdoor public spaces.

The Fairway Golf Course, with nine holes and 30 par is excellent for rookies and experts. But if you’re looking for a great family fun day, you and your little ones will enjoy the waterparks: Shadow Cliff Recreation Area and Rapids Water Slides.

Wouldn’t you love to be part of this historic, exciting, vibrant and prosperous community? DeNova Homes offers the perfect home in one of the most desirable locations in Pleasanton – with its exceptional, highly decorated school system: Township Square.

All homes are traditionally-styled architecture reminiscent of brownstone design, spacious and perfect for growing families, with approximately 2,830 – 3,662 sqft., 3 – 4 bed, 2.5 – 3.5 bath and 2 car garage… Sounds too perfect? Well, it is true! Give us a call today (888) 548-8883 and schedule a tour!

Tips For New Home Owners

soldBuying a new home is an exciting thing. If this is your first home, it is even more exciting. It can also be a confusing time. Homeowners need to do things that renters don’t and trying to figure out what things are necessary can be over-whelming at times. The following tips for new homeowners should help relieve some of that initial stress.

Reassess Homeowner’s Insurance

In the excitement of filing paperwork and doing taking care of the hundreds of other details of buying a new home, you may have purchased too much or too little home insurance. Now that things are less hectic, re-evaluated your needs and adjust the amount accordingly. While you are at it, place the payment in your budget so that you are prepared each month.

Take Care of Utilities

If you haven’t already, make sure all the utilities are turned on and in your name. Check that the billing address is correct and, if possible, discuss a budget-billing plan with as many utility companies as you can. This will make monthly budgeting easier. Don’t forget water, sewer and trash, items you may not have had to consider as a renter.

Find and Label Utilities

One of the most important tips for new homeowners is to locate your breaker box and all water shut-off valves. Take time now to label what each one is and prepare a list for your personal files to locate them easily should an emergency arise. Taking the time now will help save both time and frustration later. Final Words

Now that the majority of the details are out of the way, it is time to move in. The following tips for new homeowners will help you feel safe and at home. almost immediately:

*Send out change of address cards so friends and family can find you easily.

*Install a security system

*Tour the neighborhood, on foot if possible, to get familiar with the lay of the land and possibly meet a few neighbors.

*Move in and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You deserve a rest!

How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low as the Weather Cools Down

blog-img-how-to-save-on-energy-costsEnergy costs tend to become major expenses as the weather becomes colder. While there is no way to keep them from increasing some, there are a few things you can do to help keep the cost from rising too high. Read on to find out how to keep you energy bills low as the weather cools down.

Dress Your Windows

Drapes do more than add to the look and feel of a room. By installing thermal drapes, you help keep your home warmer in the cold months and cooler in the warm ones. Thermal drapes come in so many colors and styles, you are sure to find ones you feel enhances the look of your rooms.

Air Seal Your Home

Windows, doors and even electrical outlets can allow cold air to seep quietly into your home. Examine the seals around doors and windows and make sure they are air-tight. Check any areas that have cables entering your home and any electrical outlets and make sure to apply paintable caulking around any that are leaking.

Clothe Your Pipes

No, you don’t make little coats for them. Insulate all your water pipes and invest in an insulated cover for your hot water tank. While you are working on the hot water tank, lower the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans aren’t only to keep things cool in the summer. By using them in conjunction with your furnace, you will help circulate the air more quickly, enabling you to keep the temperature lower and still feel its benefits.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

When learning how to keep your energy bills low as the weather cools down, a programmable thermostat can be one of your greatest assets. By learning how to adjust the timer, you can keep the temperature in your home lower when nobody is home and have it raise to livable temperature in time for your arrival. More advanced programmable thermostats can make it so the rooms you don’t use all the time can be kept cooler, saving you from having to heat a room that nobody will be using.

Install LED or CFL light bulbs

These bulbs may cost more initially, but it costs less to run them and they last longer than other light bulbs. By switching all your lights now, you could save quite a bit on energy costs by the end of a year.

Let the Air do Your Drying

Hang a clothing rack or clothes line across your laundry room and hang up a portion of your clothes to air dry. Instead of using your dryer for everything, you can cut drying costs considerably by air-drying even twenty percent of your laundry.

Final Words

These are just a few tips on how to keep your energy bills low as the weather cools down. The more of them you put into action, the greater your savings will be. You don’t have to forgo comfort in order to save money. A few adjustments and you will be warm and happy as you decide where you can spend all the money you are saving on energy bills.

DeNova Community Highlight: Township Square, Pleasanton

Buying a new home is one of the most thrilling experiences you can ever experience. Imagine though, that it’s a BRAND NEW home, in a brand new community, with every design and detail being decided by you, the new homeowner. In addition to choosing every detail, with Township Square, you will enjoy “resort like” amenities, everyday. The “Club on the Square” affords its residences access to the clubhouse with full kitchen, state of the art fitness center, yoga studio, bocce court, pool, sun deck, park with beautiful water fountains, and more! DeNova Homes is bringing the people of the San Francisco Bay Area a new home community with welcoming, luxurious designs in a most convenient, beautiful Pleasanton location.

Planting Roots, Growing Family
Choosing an exciting new journey within DeNova’s Township Square community means that your home will be within the Pleasanton Unified School District. You and your current and future bundles should jump for joy! According to greatschools.org [http://www.greatschools.org/california/pleasanton/pleasanton-unified-school-district/schools/], practically every school within PUSD earned a rating of 8 or higher, with most schools receiving a 10/10 rating.

Local Eateries, take your pick
Just moved in and in need of a quick and delicious bite to eat? No problem at all. Just step outside of your new front door and within minutes you can take your pick from various restaurants…Korean, Mexican, Chinese and Italian fare, just to name a few, and all with great reviews on yelp.

Date Night!
When you’re ready to venture out, head on over to Cellar Door wine bar. Just one block off Maine St in Downtown, indulge in a rotating list of over 30 local wines, creative wine flights and unique food pairings, fantastic atmosphere, live music, and much more!

Fitness, Activities and Shopping abound
Resistance training, barre classes, mixed martial arts, boot camps, cross fit, pilates, jiu-jitsu, kung fu, yoga, and several traditional gyms…the opportunities are endless for activities and fitness surrounding DeNova’s brand new Township Square community.

Alameda County Fairgrounds
In your new DeNova home, you would be minutes away from a Bay Area gem where many exciting local activities take place, such as classic car shows, the Gem Faire, and especially the annual Alameda County Fair.

For shopping, head over to Stoneridge mall for well-known and custom stores. For boutiques, downtown Pleasanton offers a good variety.

Accessibility
Nestled in the cross-section of two main Bay Area highways, 580 and 680, zip over to your other favorite cities in 45 minutes or less! Don’t feel like driving? Hope on BART at the Dublin/Pleasanton station.

The great outdoors!
Step outside and you’re surrounded by local community parks. Woodthrush, Bicentennial, Orloff, or Amador Valley – walk to either one of these parks in 10 minutes or less. Also close, visit the Pleasanton Sports & Recreation Park for family bike rides, playgrounds, and outdoor sports. For hiking and adventure, check out Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, all a VERY short drive away from your new DeNova home!

Township Square community details
All of the DeNova Township Square homes offer detailed, traditional traditionally-styled architecture reminiscent of brownstone design, thoughtful interior appointments and innovative, spacious floor plans, Here, we feature two different series of home-style alternatives both with elegant gourmet kitchens, beautifully open designs and private exterior living spaces, with each home design equipped with 2 car garage.

The Carlyle Collection
2 stories
2830-3089 sq. ft.

The Broadmoor Collection
3515-3642 sq. ft
3 stories
offering plenty of flexible living options

For more information about the upcoming and exciting Township Square community from DeNova, please register with us so we can start exploring the possibility of your new home http://www.denovahomes.com/neighborhoods/township-square/available-homes/

Want to see more? Check out these lovely renderings of our new community and learn more about floor plans, elevation styles, and options here
http://www.denovahomes.com/neighborhoods/township-square/floor-plans/

Cambridge at Carriage Hills: Majestic Semi-Custom New Homes With Priceless Views

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Luxury New Homes for Sale in West Gilroy’s Scenic Hills

Cambridge at Carriage Hills is a new DeNova Homes community located in the picturesque hills of Gilroy, CA overlooking Rancho Hills Estates and the Gilroy Valley. These executive style 4-5 bedroom homes on oversized home sites are designed for those with discriminating tastes who long for refined living and an unparalleled quality of life. Built with the superior craftsmanship that has earned this Bay Area homebuilder so many awards, these luxury new homes in Gilroy have features and options that are making the most discerning buyers take a closer look.

Ideal Location to Call HomeSemi-Custom-Luxury-New-Homes-in-Gilroy-CA-Cambridge-at-Carriage-Hills-DeNova-Homes.jpg

Located above Rancho Hills Estates in Gilroy’s West Side, the homes at Cambridge at Carriage Hills are situated in a tranquil hillside area surrounded by natural beauty, with spectacular views of the Gilroy Valley from every vantage point. The community is a short drive from Morgan Hill, San Jose, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. Known for its peaceful and safe residential areas, award-winning parks, golf and other recreational activities, Gilroy has earned the nickname “urban forest” because of its plentiful street trees. The area is also home to countless world-class wineries.

Semi-Custom Homes with Opulent Features and Upgrades

Luxury-Homes-Gilroy-CA-Cambridge-at-Carriage-Hills-DeNova-Homes.jpgDesigned with innovation, these stunning new semi-custom Bay Area homes are exceptionally spacious, ranging from 3,270 to 3,698 sqft. These are not to be confused with cookie-cutter clones; each home at Cambridge is different from the rest. Buying a semi-custom DeNova home also allows you to select options such as exterior elevations, flooring, cabinetry, as well as a wide variety of rooms, such as lofts, master suite retreats, and bonus rooms.

Every sprawling home has both formal and informal living areas. Gourmet kitchens are centered around large Chef’s Islands with built-in breakfast bars, and feature either elegant quartz or beautiful slab countertops and backsplashes, top-of-the-line appliances, and stained beech cabinetry with high-end fixtures. In the master suites, you’ll find huge walk-in closets, hand-laid 13”x13” tile floors, pre-wiring for ceiling fans, as well as soaking tubs with separate showers. Some of the state-of-the-art upgrades available are wine fridges, tech spaces, electric car chargers, and alarm systems, not to mention iPod docking systems.

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Tour a Furnished Showcase Home

Stop by to view a furnished showcase home and see how easy living your dream can be. The Information Center is located at 1910 Saffron Court, Gilroy, CA 95020. We’re open Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM, as well as by appointment by calling us at (888) 548-8883 or emailing us at cambridge@DeNovaHomes.com. Brokers are welcome.

Learn more about these luxurious new homes for sale in Gilroy that you can still personalize.

DeNova HomesBuilding a Better Community.

(888) 548-8883

cambridge@DeNovaHomes.com

Edgewater At Rivers Islands: A Retreat From The Ordinary

New Homes for Sale in Lathrop, CA, near Tracy and Stockton
Located along the banks of the San Joaquin Delta, in the brand new master planned community of River IslandsEdgewater At River Islands is a beautiful waterfront community with single and two level 3-5 bedroom homes for sale. Here you can finally find the oasis of peace and comfort you’ve always been dreaming of!

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Location
Situated in a prime Central Valley location experiencing record-breaking growth, Edgewater offers a rare opportunity to invest in an up-and-coming California real estate market. This retreat-like suburban community is located close to major freeways, public transportation, quality schools, shopping, and more. Tracy, Stockton, and Modesto are minutes away. Livermore and Pleasanton are only a half hour drive away, as well.

The Lathrop/Manteca Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) Train Station is only about 3 miles from Edgewater, conveniently connecting residents to the Tri-Valley, BART, and Silicon Valley. The ACE Train connects commuters with Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Santa Clara, Mineta San Jose International Airport, and San Jose. A bus shuttle from the Pleasanton ACE Station connects commuters to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station. Bus connections are also available from the Fremont ACE Station to Stanford University and from the Pleasanton ACE Station to Bishop Ranch. With a location like this, Edgewater gives you the best of both worlds!

Lifestyle
Life at Edgewater is full of leisurely morning strolls on riverside trails, family picnics in the community’s many parks, and watching the sun set over the lake. Located on River Islands Lake, Edgewater is a unique new waterfront community New Homes for Sale near Tracy, California - Edgewater at River Islands by DeNova Homesdesigned with healthy living in mind. Broad sidewalks and bicycle lanes make walking, running, and biking convenient and comfortable for the whole family. In addition, fitness circuits can be found in some parks. With the temperate Central Valley climate, residents enjoy year-round recreational activities such as boating, fishing, waterskiing, as well as hiking.

 

 

Affordable New Homes for Sale in California’s Central Valley
The fast-selling new homes at Edgewater start from just the mid-$300,000’s, New Homes for Sale near Stockton, California - Edgewater at River Islands by DeNova Homesso buying your new home is easier than you think! Four floor plans are available with both single and two level options, and ranging from 1,841 to 2,568 sqft. Learn more about these exceptional new California Central Valley homes for sale in Lathrop, CA.

denovahomes.com/neighborhoods/edgewater

Grand Opening Of Drake’s Bend At River Islands On November 8

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Visit the grand opening of Drake’s Bend At River Islands, a community of new homes in the Bay Area by DeNova Homes, on November 8! Located in the unique master planned community of River Islands in Lathrop, California, where friendly meets a tech savvy focus on education, Drake’s Bend features a lovely neighborhood of homes nestled near the brand new Technology Academy and River Islands K-8 school, as well as waterways, shopping and an employment center proximity that make the River Islands location so special.

Offering 3 to 5 bedrooms with approximately 1,886 to 2,450 square feet of living space, the thoughtfully-designed homes of Drake’s Bend are filled with wonderful amenities and the promise of many years of happy memories to come.

Drake’s Bend At River Islands offers a suburban retreat with the high quality of life you’ve been dreaming of. Priced from the low $300,000s, these Bay Area homes are an affordable way to live the River Islands lifestyle. Visit http://www.denovahomes.com/neighborhoods/drakes-bend/ to learn more or email us at Drakesbend@DenovaHomes.com.

The Drake’s Bend At River Islands Information Center is located at 18373 Exeter Place Lathrop, CA 95330.