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New Santa Clarita homes debut at open houses

Signal Business Editor

Posted: May 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Kylie Macias, 3, jumps on the bed in the master bedroom of Residence Model 3 at Valle Di Oro, as Maria Mena of Coldwell Banker, left, looks on.

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After a long stagnant period in the new housing market, housing starts surged 47 percent from March 2012 to March 2013.

And with those numbers, the second open house of two different new home communities in Santa Clarita was held this past weekend when Williams Homes unveiled Valle Di Oro on Saturday.

The Charleston homes at River Village also had an open house on Saturday.

Located in a gated community off Golden Valley and Sierra Highway, Valle Di Oro will have 79 single-family detached homes when completed.

Three model homes are available with up to 2,375 square feet and five bedrooms and three baths, with prices starting in the high $300,000s.

As is the trend today, Williams Homes included a first floor bedroom with full bath on select plans; along with optional lofts to use as a media space to a home office.

In developing the property, the builder remained committed to quality and customer service that homebuyers count on, said Daniel Faina, sales and marketing director for Williams Homes.

The new homes include builder warranties and a future recreation area with pool and spa, she said.

An added financial benefit for Valle Di Oro homeowners is the absence of Mello-Roos taxes that many neighboring communities have, said a spokesman for the company.

The privately held Santa Clarita builder purchased the improved lots from a bankruptcy receiver, said Lance Williams, founder and president of Williams Homes.

The original home builder, Trimark Pacific Homes, had planned to build townhomes in this area just prior to the recession. Instead, Williams Homes built single detached homes on the lots.

“There’s been a lot of initial interest,” Williams said in an interview last month. “The market is definitely recovering; there’s been a lot of buyer demand.”

Historically low interest rates combined with affordable home prices make these homes an attractive option to those who are looking to own a home and live near schools, shopping, transportation routes and employment centers, Faina said.

Last year Williams Homes purchased sites in foreclosure, and built over 80 single-family homes in Santa Paula and Fillmore.

“It’s great to be back building in Santa Clarita. It’s our home market,” Williams said. “We’re excited about it.”




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