Join us this Saturday for the grand opening of Driftwood — the newest addition to the DeNova family

This Saturday, our family invites yours to the grand opening of Driftwood–the newest community by DeNova Homes. Located in Bay Point, Driftwood embodies DeNova Homes’ mission to combine quality, comfort, and convenience to create high-value neighborhoods and homes in the Bay Area.

Located on Suisun Bay to the west of Pittsburg and northeast of Concord, Bay Point is a perfect jumping off point for destinations in San Francisco, the East Bay, and wine country. Just ten minutes from Bay Point BART, Driftwood is ideally located for commuters working in San Francisco (1 hour by train), Oakland (30-45 minutes by train), or Walnut Creek (20 minutes by train). Bay Point also offers convenient access to outdoor activities along the Delta waterways, as well as many regional attractions, such as Briones Regional Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, among others. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas, local history, and Northern California wildlife while staying within reach of the region’s thriving urban centers.

With prices starting in the mid $400,000s, Driftwood offers three single-family home designs to meet the needs of your growing family. Featuring three to four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a standard two-car garage, and up to 2,304 square feet of total living space, these homes are generous and spacious. As with every DeNova community, we’ve sought out high-quality materials and designer-appointed finishes to fully realize our contemporary California designs, bringing ease and sophistication to each home.

But don’t take our word for it — come see you for yourself! Join us this Saturday, May 13 at 10 am at 197 Driftwood Drive in Bay Point, as we welcome Driftwood — and you! — to the DeNova family.

The Holidays are Home-buying Season at DeNova

The holidays are a hectic time of year for most of us. It can be hard to slow down between endless errands, to-dos, and events, but the season is about more than what you accomplish–its a time to  connect with those you cherish, appreciate the good in life, and take stock. You’ve experienced so much this year; Where do you see yourself come January?

At DeNova Homes, the holidays are home-buying season. While you reflect on the past year and look toward the next, we dedicate ourselves to excellent service and impeccable quality to deliver dream dwellings in communities you’ll love calling home.

Newbury: Set your sights on Dixon

As you consider buying this season, make DeNova’s Newbury community in Dixon, CA your first stop. In celebration of another great year of service in the San Francisco Bay area, we’re offering incredible move-in incentives with values up to $25,000 in this well-located community just 23 miles southwest of Sacramento and commuting distance from the urban centers of San Francisco.

Dixon’s richness and dynamic character are reflected in the diverse home packages offered at Newbury. Here, you’ll find one- and two-story homes with up to five bedrooms, stunning interior and exterior features, and flexible living options that allow buyers to customize their home to fit their unique needs.

Our gourmet kitchens are elegant and modern, with gorgeous granite countertops, beech cabinetry, and efficient and attractive appliances–a dream for holiday get-togethers and dining in year-round. Our master suites offer luxury and privacy for the heads of the house, with large, walk-in closets, beautiful beechwood vanities, and separate soaking tubs and showers.

Since nobody knows your family’s needs better than you, we offer a wide selection of upgrade and customization options to make your home exactly what you’re looking for. Our floorplans include flexible work and living spaces that will allow you to make the most of each design, while appliance upgrades and custom lighting, flooring, storage, and countertop packages give you the final say in the look and feel of your new home.

Don’t delay. Contact us today to make an appointment so you can see why families love living Dixon, and take advantage of our holiday move-in incentives now!

Fall is More Fun with DeNova Homes

Fall is a notoriously busy time of year, and with good reason. In the unseasonable warmth of California’s early autumn, many of us find ourselves squeezing in a few more moments of summer even as the days get shorter and fuller than ever. Meanwhile, your favorite seasonal pastimes and indulgences are as fleeting as they are romantic. This year, you don’t have to miss the best of the season’s autumnal activities. DeNova’s homes are built in culturally rich communities that offer a vibrant array of social and cultural activities throughout the year. Come see for yourself! Here are a few events happening near DeNova communities that you’ll not want to miss.

Lathrop

Families in DeNova’s Lathrop communities won’t want to miss the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in nearby Lodi, a neighboring city 15 miles north of Stockton. This bilingual event invites families from all backgrounds to explore the cultural and artistic significance of one of Mexico’s most famed celebrations through food, dance, art, music, and a screening of the film “The Book of Life” in both English and Spanish. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for cultural immersion! Saturday, October 29 from 3:00-9:00 pm in Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square.

Pleasanton

This fall, downtown Pleasanton takes trick-or-treating to the next level, as local businesses build partnerships to offer an annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt for kids. Explore downtown Pleasanton as you children find their Halloween candy clue by clue. Saturday, October 29, from 10:00-12:00 am in downtown Pleasanton.

After the kids have gotten their trick-or-treat fix, it’s time for you to get yours! Grown up trick-or-treaters are invited to downtown Pleasant’s Halloween Beer Crawl, featuring microbrew tastings and small bites from the best of downtown Pleasanton’s microbrewery and culinary scene. Buy your presale tickets while they’re hot and don’t forget your costume! Saturday, October 20, from 5:00-8:00. Check in at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

Fairfield

Pleasanton isn’t the only place where Halloween meets microbrews. And in nearby Fairfield, you don’t have to wait for the big weekend to enjoy a terrifying abundance of craft beer and cider. The annual Booz and Brewz Beer Festival is held on October 8. Dress up and taste your way through an unlimited variety of local and regional brews!

October is also a great time to enjoy the last of local food truck season. Now through the end of October, make Friday food truck night at Wooden Valley Winery. Live music and street food offerings from around the globe pair perfectly with regional wines and crisp fall air. Bring the whole family and don’t forget cash!

If you can’t wait until Friday to please your palate, you can taste wines each Thursday through the end of October at the Square at Cast Iron Grill. Fifteen dollars gets you a full tasting, small bites, and live jams.

Oakley

If classic movies are your favorite way to celebrate the spookiest time of year, look no further than Oakley. Check out local screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture” show and “Hotel Transylvania,” among others. Or, for the comprehensive fall experience, check out the local Harvest Festival on October 15, complete with a canine costume parade, a pie eating contest, and a pumpkin decorating competition. Locals with a penchant for neighborly competition should be sure to keep up with the city’s Halloween Home Decorating Contest, with entries due mid-month and the winner chosen before the holiday weekend.

Do Fall the DeNova Way

If you’ve been thinking about buying, now is a great time to explore what DeNova has to offer. Learn about current and upcoming communities and bring the whole family to explore the autumn activities each has to offer. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Bradbury Park…More than you bargained for

When looking for a new home in the Bay Area, location is everything. You and your family can’t live just anywhere—you want to build a life in a community that gives you the best of what this growing area has to offer. At DeNova Homes’ Bradbury Park community in Fairfield, residents have access to the culture, commerce, and opportunity of the area’s great cities without missing out on the wild landscapes that have long made the San Francisco Bay Area a place that many dream to call home.

A place to work

In the heart of Solano County, Fairfield offers small-town charm with big city opportunity. At just 36 miles to both San Francisco and Sacramento, it is an ideal living location for families that commute, allowing you to maintain the working lifestyle of the city while finding comfort and convenience at an unbeatable value. But you don’t have to leave Fairfield to grow your career. The small city is home to several institutions for career advancement, including Solano Community College and Northbay Nursing Institute. Fairfield also boasts a thriving local economy home to many successful, internationally renowned businesses, including JellyBelly, headquartered here, and an Anheuser-Busch factory and tasting room.

A place to play

When you’re not working to provide a future for you and your family, you deserve to indulge your passion for play. With Napa’s iconic vineyards just a short drive to the west, world-class wining and dining experiences have never been so convenient. Twenty-one city parks, three bike trails, and two award-winning golf courses offer plentiful opportunities for escape from the workplace to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. The nearby Grizzly Island Wildlife Area offers a space for appreciation of the area’s natural habitat, with over 15,000 acres preserved. Meanwhile, centrally-located retail and entertainment options ensure that all of your needs and wants are satisfied. Check out the Fairfield Main Street Association for a robust events calendar and a full directory of local businesses, including diverse international cuisine, a state-of- the-art performing arts center, and a seasonal farmers market open May through October.

A place to live

Bradbury Park is a place where you can work, play, and leave the rest to us. Our homes capture the classic California style that so many dream of, while providing innovative designs that fit the lives of contemporary families. Our single-family units offer flexible floor plans ranging from 1,631 to about 2,400 square feet, with 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths, and a spacious two-car garage. A range of standard interior and exterior features and a variety of customization options make each home unique. At DeNova, we know that no detail is insignificant, and we won’t settle for less than superior quality. From considered landscape design, to elegant granite counters and stainless steel fixtures, to deluxe built-in cabinetry and state-of-the-art security systems that keep your family safe, you’ll find your dream home in Bradbury Park.

With incredible career opportunities, distinguished community schools, and abundant opportunities for recreation, Fairfield is a place where you can start living your future now. You don’t have to wait to live the life you’ve been dreaming of.

Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

What we do at DeNova Homes better than any other builder is our understanding of indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. We look to make the best use of this wonderful California weather and help our homeowners enjoy the doubling of livable and entertaining space with these “extra rooms”. Visit our current neighborhoods page on our website and you will quickly see that more than half of our homes offer exterior spaces to die for.

What better way to celebrate these spaces, than to entertain. With the end of summer in sight, we surveyed our team for the best end-of-summer recipe to share with you. The consensus is in. The winning recipe is easy to prepare, but oh-so good!

The Peach Caprese Salad stood out for its simplicity and use of summer peaches. If you’ve ever made traditional caprese salad, you know that it is a crowd favorite. This version amplifies the flavors with the addition of the summery sweet freshness of the peaches. Furthermore, you can try lightly grilling the peaches first. Simply slice the peaches lengthwise in round disc shapes, brush olive oil on both sides of the peach and lay it on a grill for 2 minutes on each side. Then assemble the salad as normal. For the recipe you can visit http://iowagirleats.com/2013/07/16/peach-caprese-salad/.

Thank you Sarah for sharing this wonderful recipe and happy entertaining to our DeNova Homes families!

Why Families are Moving to Dixon, CA

Family
Nearly half of the households in Dixon are families with children under 18 years old. After school activities, sports and special programs for both adults and youth are offered through the City of Dixon’s registration website. Summer softball leagues for both men and coed teams are the most popular. Visit the site today for more information.

Schools
Dixon High School has a Great Schools rating of 8 out of 10.With its state of the art facility that includes 2 computer labs, 2 gymnasiums, a theater, and a stadium, and its faculty and staff committed to academic excellence, it is no wonder why students and parents alike rave about DHS.

Parents refer to DHS as a “Safe learning environment” with a pledge to help each student. Its Learning Center offers an after school tutoring program free for students. A wide variety of AP and honors classes give DHS students the competitive edge needed for college application and acceptance. Its Principal and Superintendent are well-liked. DHS is described as a “Small-town environment…trying to think big.”

Location
Interstate 80 runs through Dixon which make getting to both San Francisco and Sacramento extremely easy. Commuters will also note that the Amtrak Capitol Corridor has a stop in Dixon as well for longer commutes. The small cities of Davis and Vacaville are just a stone-throws away, giving the residents of Dixon access to great restaurants, Premium Outlet shopping and more. It is an ideal location growing in popularity, not only with commuters, but young families looking to raise their families in a small-town, without sacrificing the easy access big city.

DeNova Homes offers New Homes: Newbury at ParkLane
Newbury offers a rare opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest while not breaking the bank. Featuring an array of thoughtfully designed, elegantly appointed open home styles, these fine homes offer owners space, comfort and convenience for with some only dream.
Located in the historically rich city of Dixon, within commute distance to both Sacramento and Bay Area employment centers, as well as, a stone’s throw from Davis, Newbury is sure to please with its 4 diverse home styles ranging from approximately 2,100 to nearly 2,800 of comfortable living space with 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths and both 2 and 3 car garage options.
http://www.denovahomes.com/neighborhoods/newbury/

The City of Angels: Gold, Mark Twain & Caverns

greenhorn-creekSurrounded by grapes, golf and adventure, the City of Angels, also known as Angels Camp, was once an appealing gold rush community, where nearly 4,000 miners camped in the one mile area from Angels Creek to Utica Park.

Angels Camp began as a tent town with many flimsy wooden structures and in 1855, the first fire took its toll by destroying almost everything. In rebuilding, many structures were built of rock with iron doors and roofs insulated with dirt and sand. Most of these building are standing today.

In the fall of 1865 a young Mark Twain, who was at the time living in a small cabin on “Jackass Hill”, overheard a story in a hotel bar, and later penned the now famous “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.

Angels Camp is the only city incorporated in Cavaleras County. Calaveras county is famous for its caverns that have been visited and explored since 1850. Today there are three caverns; Moaning Caverns, Mercer Caverns and California Caverns where those with an adventuresome spirit can be lowered into the depths of the earth.

In 1938, The City of Angels was registered as a California Historical Landmark and its endless attractions and activities makes it a thriving community.

At the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House you can admire a comprehensive collection of artifacts reflecting the rich and dynamic history of this community or a a fully functional late 19th Century Carpenters Shop is one of the Artisan Exhibits located in the Mining and Ranching building.

But if you’re looking for a hint of adventure, you can also schedule a Cave Walking Tour in the famous California Caves, where experienced, professional guides can lead you into the recently discovered “Jungle Room,” named for the array of crystalline “vines” covering the ceiling, many of them several feet long.

Regardless of what brings you to the City of Angels, be prepared for not wanting to leave! That’s why DeNova Homes will soon offer you several fantastic homes in this community. The Gallery at Greenhorn Creek offers residents spectacular views, access to 32 local wineries and a wide variety of outdoor activities only found in the heart of the Gold Country. Some might call it a vacation. We call it home.

Prepare your home for El Niño!

iStock_000002245783_LargeIs your home prepared for El Niño? It’s never too late! There are a few tips and tricks that will make your DeNova Home more comfortable and cozy for the rest of the season, especially considering the harsh effects of El Nino that are yet to come.

  1. Inspect and clean gas fireplaces as necessary. This might sound obvious to most people, but is never too late to remind you that the chimney of a wood-burning fireplace is going to need annual cleaning because of the buildup of soot and creosote.

  1. Clean wood cabinetry with a soft cloth and lemon oil, and do not use water. With cold weather and the humidity in the air, you want to make sure all your precious wood assets are protected and well taken care of.

  1. Remove frozen moisture from concrete surfaces as soon as possible. Make sure the products you use don’t have de-icing agents with damaging salts. You might want to keep an eye on the path that leads to the garage and in front of your doorstep – make sure it’s not slippery!

  1. Clean and test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. During the cold season, most people spend a lot more time at home, making sure all windows are closed to keep the cold air out. Well, don’t forget everything else stays in… so you want to make sure all gas and smoke will be promptly noticed!

  1. If there’s a little bit of temporary sunshine and warmth, open windows a crack or more to allow the house to breathe. Remember, spring time is not the only time your house needs fresh air, if you think about the amount of time we spend at home, with our families, during the season.

  1. Clean refrigerator and freezer coils. Winter is the best time to clean your refrigerator! Why? If not for any other reason, your fresh produce and delicacies won’t be exposed to the hot California summer weather!

  1. Clean sliding doors and window tracks, clean weep holes, check tightness of weather-stripping. This is particularly important to make sure the cold stays out and the warmth stays in – and at same time reduce energy costs!

  1. Inspect interior and exterior walls and surfaces for mildew. Eliminate any moisture source and properly remove it. Humidity is everywhere and and with it, mildew. Not just extremely unesthetic, mildew can cause permanent damage to your surfaces if not taken care of immediately and with proper care.

DeNova Homes strives to ensure service to their customers to be a pleasant experience and as easy as possible, therefore, if you need us for any service, make sure to contact us!

Holiday Events For The Family

christmas-xmas-christmas-tree-decoration-largeHolidays for the family are many this time of year, but finding them can be difficult because they are often mixed in among other events. Here are a few of the numerous events that are available for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. It is only a nibble of the feast that is out there, but it will will fill your plate with family fun and memories.

Pleasanton

Pleasanton is home to some of the best holiday light displays in California. Visit this extensive database for a listing of the best displays in your area. With over 200 homes listed, a growing everyday, you could visit a different area of town, and the then head to surrounding areas, every night between now and Christmas. Check out our Pleasanton Neighborhood Township Square

Lathrop

The Historic Crest Theatre is putting on The Muppet Christmas Carol. This classic holiday story will appeal to all ages, from 1 to 99. Enjoy an afternoon of theatre and then an evening of Christmas light exploring for a day the whole family will remember for years. Drake’s Bend & Edgewater

Patterson

Santa has transformed the Northgate Village Shopping Center into a holiday wonderland. Performances take place on the 19th and 20th, with a return of the most popular acts on the 21st. The performance features a multitude of entertainment to delight both children and parents, and the little ones will delight in seeing Santa introduce each act. Villa Vista

Gilroy

The Cooperhouse Breezeway is hosting a card making party on Dec. 19. Kids and adults can participate in making their own veggie-stamp holiday cards to mail to friends and relatives. Enjoy designing and decorating personalized cards that will be treasured for years to come.Tea Tree

Fairfield

Join Mr. Jelly Belly and Santa Claus for a fun-filled brunch full of laughter, food and fun activities. This event takes place at the jelly Belly Candy Company on Dec. 12th. You and the kids will enjoy a magic-packed afternoon that will create memories that the kids will tell their kids about. Brandbury Park

Oakley

Cookies and decorations are essential parts of the holidays. Visit the Antioch Historical Museum for the Cucidati Cookie Contest. The entire family will enjoy taste-testing the variety of cookies competing for prizes. Then take a tour to the seven different rooms, decorated for the holidays, each in a unique theme. Before you leave, don’t miss the pizzelle making demonstration.

Final Words

As noted, this is only a few of the many holiday events available for families throughout this holiday season. Concerts, plays and sporting events are all available for enjoyment. Don’t forget to create your own family activity, complete with caroling and hot chocolate, and maybe a hay ride. Aspen

 

Santa Claus is coming to Oakley!

IMG_1362How exciting! Beautiful Oakley is getting ready for the winter and also for the “most wonderful time of the year”. Are you wondering if Jack Frost is going to visit California this year? Well, with or without Jack, Oakley is still be an amazing community to spend your weekends and holiday festivities. Why? Because Santa is coming to Oakley… twice!

So what’s happening in Oakley in December? For starters, on Saturday the 5th, there will be the Christmas tree lighting at 6pm at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street. Games and activities, choir performances, free refreshments and more! Naturally, Santa Claus couldn’t miss this gathering! Don’t forget your camera (or smartphone).

On Saturday 12th, Santa Claus is coming to Oakley again for a continental Christmas breakfast at 10am with all the families living in this wonderful community, in the City Council Chambers, 3231 Main Street. For $5 you will be enjoying a very generous meal and all children will be offered a craft and a small gift. Please note: pre-registration is required. For more information, call Cindy at 625-7044 or email: coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us

Also, ‘helping out’ Santa, the Friends of Oakley will be distributing Christmas food baskets and gifts to Families of Oakley in need on Sunday 13th at O’Hara Park Middle School’s gymnasium, located at 1100 O’Hara Avenue. If you’re interested in volunteering (and be a Santa’s helper) you can participate at the food sorting and basket distribution, on Friday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.; at the prep event on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (estimated based on preparation) and the distribution on Sunday! Fore more information, contact 925-625-7946 or 925-864-1154, or visit friendsofoakley.wordpress.com.

Are you a proud Christmas Home decorator? Do you have Santas, sleighs, reindeer, lights and inflatables all over your front yard and roof? Then you must enter the Hometown Holiday Decorating Contest. But hurry up: entries must be received by Friday, December 7th at 5pm. Limited to exterior front yard and roof only. Online voting will go from December 8th to 14th and the winner will be announced on December 15th. Register here.

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