With the approach of spring comes the traditional start of the home buying season, and signs advertising new homes pop up like wildflowers across East County.
East County has much to offer families including great schools and parks, affordable homes, convenient shopping, access to public transportation, fabulous weather, diverse recreational opportunities and a wide variety of area events. Builders and developers are prepared to meet the demand with new home construction from the cities of Brentwood and Oakley to the unincorporated towns of Discovery Bay and Bethel Island.
The City of Brentwood, with just over 60,000 residents, has a long and storied history in agriculture and farming production. That tradition continues today even with the residential growth the city has experienced over the last several years. In the late spring and summer months, local farms are brimming with agri-tourists seeking the latest stone fruits, corn and cherries. Over the past five years, the city has added an average of nearly 500 homes a year and there are currently 32 residential projects in various stages of activity on the Brentwood development plan.
Development in Brentwood is occurring at points all across the city. Villagio has built approximately 90 of the planned 160 executive estate homes with five unique floor plans ranging from approximately 2,330 to 4,400 square feet. Trilogy the Vineyards, the over-55 community located off Vineyard Parkway, is expected to account for nearly 20 percent of the new homes planned for 2018. Situated in the middle of scenic vineyards and adjacent to Mount Diablo, homeowners here enjoy a location that is close to exceptional hiking and mountain biking, horseback riding, renowned vineyards, wine tasting and 3,500 acres of nature preserve – all while being only a short one-hour drive to downtown San Francisco. Trilogy at The Vineyards offers members a multitude of active lifestyle choices and spectacular new home designs around $500,000 all of which include solar power.
In Oakley, hundreds of new homes are being built with a focus on development along East Cypress Road where neighborhoods like Emerson Ranch and DeNova offer families affordably priced charming homes with bigger yards and comforting amenities. Features include a soccer field, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, picnic areas, walking trails, play areas and a scenic lake with fountains.
“Oakley continues to be a place for families, and many, many people are being attracted to the small-town charm, low crime, great schools and high quality neighborhoods that Oakley has to offer,” said Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery.
In Discovery Bay, the Pantages Bay development has been on the books since 2013. The project plan is based on a 171-acre site located at the end of Point of Timber Road between the Kellogg Creek and the Lakeshore developments. The project will be a gated community of 292 detached single-family homes with 116 homes situated on deep-water lots that include docks.