Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
In the spirit of Election Day, we have another great opportunity for you to make your voice heard for a great cause! PG&E is sponsoring the San Francisco’s Favorite Charities Contest to find the top charities in the area. There are a ton of great organizations in the area that deserve recognition, and after narrowing the field down to 49, it’s time for round two!
The top seven finalists will receive $2,000 from PG&E, while the winning charity will receive $10,000. These organizations can do a lot of good with these donations so let’s help them out. One of our own associates is part of the Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s Young Leaders Circle and we hope you will consider voting for Habitat for Humanity. If not, there are a lot of other deserving charities on the list to support. Here’s the link to vote for the charity of your choice.
Thanks for your support and GOOD LUCK to all 49 charities!
Voting ends this Friday, November 7th.
Monday, October 27th, 2014
SummerHill Homes is committed to supporting the communities in which we build homes. In line with our philanthropic endeavors, on October 10th, Senior Vice President Katia Kamangar and Director of Development Denise Cunnningham had the pleasure of giving the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) a check for $5,000 to support local schools.
The MEF works to support and enrich the educational experience of all Moraga school children in kindergarten through high school (including students from nearby Lafayette who attend Campolindo).
Kamangar said, “We have a long standing tradition to contribute to the communities where we are working.”
Cunningham, who is in charge of the upcoming Harvest Court community on Camino Ricardo added that SummerHill pays a school fee rate of $3.36 per living square footage, and that based on the current plans (for the Camino Ricardo and Rancho Laguna II projects), the total fees are an estimated $660,000.
We’re excited to partner with a great organization in support of Moraga school programs.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
SummerHill Homes has been in the news recently about the beginnings of our newest Apartment Communities project. The “Villas on the Boulevard” apartment homes groundbreaking ceremony was on October 8th.
The project is the fruit of an exciting partnership between SummerHill and the city of Santa Clara.
The community, “Villas On The Boulevard,” is a 186 apartment homes project in a 4-story residential building. The sidewalk will be widened to include street trees, lighting, and beautiful landscaping. The actual design will be inspired by the surrounding Mission style architecture, for which the area is known.
Villas On The Boulevard is a block from the proposed VTA Bus Rapid Transit Bowers Station and within walking to a variety of retail, food, and service destinations. Leasing is anticipated to begin in late summer 2016.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
If you’re prepping for Halloween, you know there’s more involved than just hitting up the pumpkin patch, planning your costumes and stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters (or yourself – we’re not judging!). Here’s how to spruce up your home to make it more welcoming to all the Halloween visitors that will be stopping by:
Halloween is your front door’s busiest time of year, so now that your walkway is clear of obstructions, make sure the area is well-lit so the trick-or-treaters can easily make their way to your door. You can simply keep the porch light on, or get into the spirit and use flameless lanterns or LED lights so Trick-or-Treaters can see where they’re going.
There’s no need to turn your house into a haunted house if that’s not your style, but consider placing a jack-o-lantern or some uncarved pumpkins in the windows or on the porch if there is enough room.
Just because you’re just handing out candy doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. You don’t have to break the bank for a custom costume! Even if it takes you a few minutes to put together a costume from items you have around the house, iIt’s always fun for the kids to see adults get in on the fun as well.
Many dogs, cats, and other furry friends may not be a fan of strangers coming to the door so make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable place or consider taking them to a secure offsite location for the evening.
If you’re not passing out candy and want to avoid any bell-ringers, consider placing a “No Candy” sign on the front door and turning off the porch light.
It doesn’t take much to make your home Halloween ready! Be safe out there and have a Happy Halloween!
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
We’re thrilled to announce our continued sponsorship of the Young Leaders Group (YLG) philanthropy project. This year, the YLG is helping with the beautification projects at the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in Hunters Point. There will be lunch at the event as well as a celebratory happy hour when the work is complete.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) provides the only full-service resource for 6 to 18-year-olds on Hunters Point Hill. The project is undertaken at the request of former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who asked BGCSF to transform an old Housing Authority site into a safe haven for local youth.
Anyone interested in joining us to lend a hand should contact Chris Banke at [email protected].
Start: September 20, 2014 9:00 am
End: September 20, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Willie Mays Boys & Girls club
Address: 195 Kiska Road, San Francisco, 94124
Friday, September 5th, 2014
Midtown Village, our single family home community in Santa Clara, is now officially SOLD OUT. We are proud to say that in the last two weeks the five remaining homes sold. The community is divided into two sections, The Boulevards and The Avenues. The Avenues was the first to sell out, which wasn’t a surprise given the lower cost of entry. Now the Boulevards, with more square feet per home and a higher entry price, is also sold out.
Midtown Village was built in a really ideal location (near Santana Row) and prices started at $1.3 million. A great, well-built product in a hot location was a recipe for swift sales. We also think that because so many predictions show prices going up, buyers who were “maybes” became more motivated to buy now. If you still want to buy new in the bay before prices go up, take a look at the two other communities currently selling: Las Palmas (new homes in Sunnyvale) and Renaissance at Roubion (new homes in San Ramon). And keep checking back on this blog for updates on upcoming ground breakings and other projects.
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
The San Jose Mercury News recently shares (yet) another article on how the hiring frenzy at companies like Facebook and Google is creating huge demand for new homes. These big time silicon valley companies are adding thousands of new positions to their payrolls. This means an influx of new workers all looking for a place to live, and builders like SummerHill are working really really hard to offer housing to these folks.
SummerHill Homes, like many area builders, is running low on new home inventory. Our prices are competitive, the quality of the product is well known, and the locations are second-to-none. Midtown Village (a short walk to Santana Row in San Jose) has just a few homes left and we think they won’t be around at all in a few weeks.
The thing is that data shows that the costs for land (and for homes) have seen nearly 50 percent increases in just the past two years. So with demand huge and prices like these, the next communities that every builder offers are going to cost even more. We keep writing about this because any home shoppers, even just the passive ones, who are on the fence, really, its buy now or spend a lot more when you buy later.
Don’t say we aren’t warning you…
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Midtown Village brings a sophisticated urban feel in Santa Clara, near Santana Row in San Jose. The community is divided into “The Boulevards” and “The Avenues” (with “The Avenues” now totally sold out). At “The Boulevards,” there are only five homes left including the already-decorated model homes.
All the homes here are over 2,200 square feet and are two-story single family detached homes with backyards. So you get this beautiful neighborhood feel. But you also get lots of walkable retail destinations and fun restaurants and nightlife.
Santa Clara is home to some of the priciest real estate in the country and buyers won’t again have an opportunity to buy new for these prices. With only five homes left, this is your last call!
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
As summer vacation comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. While kids might not want to think about school just yet, now is the perfect time to start preparing them for the new school year. Here are some tips that can help ease the transition from summer to school:
Adjust to a new routine
Get them excited for the new school year
A little preparation before the first day of school can go a long way in helping your kids start a new school year on the right foot. If you are looking for a new home near top-ranked schools, check out Evergreen Place.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
The Silicon Valley Business Journal this week writes about upcoming SummerHill Homes plans in the valley, and the article is worth sharing.
The largest piece of undeveloped land in Las Gatos has been eyed hungrily by developers for years, for its location and because there is so much demand in the area. Finally, after much debate, the area is being developed. A company out of London, called Grosvenor Americas, went into contract with the area’s largest landowner in 2010. In April, the project became a partnership with us at SummerHill Homes and affordable housing developer Eden Housing.
The process won’t be huge, but it will provide much needed new housing in an area with a serious limitation of available homes in a thriving economic environment. And we’re pleased about the partnership and potential.