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Awesome Last-Minute Gift Ideas (That Won’t Feel Last Minute)

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

It happens to the best of us: even with the best of intentions, the holidays sneak up on us and suddenly we’re a few days away and several gifts short. But don’t fret: we’ve rounded up a few, great last-minute holiday gifts that anyone would enjoy receiving:

  1. Online Class or DIY Workshop: Give the gift of learning through online courses or workshops. From design to quilting and even cooking, there’s an online class for every interest. These courses are fun and affordable. Some options include Brit & Co, Craftsy and Skillshare. If you’d like something that’s more hands-on, try WorkshopSF or The Makery.
  2. Subscriptions: Magazine subscriptions are tried and true options, along with Netflix, Hulu or Spotify. But don’t overlook the specialty monthly boxes! With options focused on crafts for kids (Kiwicrate) to beauty products (Birchbox) there’s bound to be something for even the hardest to shop for person on your list. Check out this list of 15 great subscription boxes you can give from craft supplies, coffee, and even bacon!
  3. Time: Okay, we know you can’t actually gift more time, but consider purchasing a gift certificate for a cleaning service or babysitting service (or volunteer to watch the kids yourself!) to give your loved one some free time to enjoy a little “me time.”

Whatever you end up giving will bound to be much appreciated. Happy Holidays from SummerHill Homes!

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Celebrate the Holidays in the Bay Area!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

We may be in the middle of the strongest storm we’ve had in years, but don’t let the much-needed rain wash out your holiday plans!

Christmas in the Park – Right in the heart of Downtown San Jose at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition where the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, holiday lights, and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Have your picture taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment, and enjoy sweet treats! Now open through January 1st. Find out more information at ChristmasinthePark.com

Downtown Ice – Lace up some skates and take a few spins around the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink. The rink is located in the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art and near Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Find out more information at sjdowntown.com/downtownice.

Winter Wonderland – Located on Park Avenue, between Market Street and Almaden Boulevard next to the Tech Museum, the Winter Wonderland offers a festive arcade of amusement rides and entertainment. It’s great fun for the whole family. Find out more information at WinterWonderlandSJ.com.

Northside Theatre’s A Christmas Carol – The Northside Theatre Company presents its 32nd annual production of this classic holiday story by Charles Dickens. Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of the past, present and future as he is transformed into a loving and kind person. Shows on Thursday – Sunday from now through December 28th. Find out more information at NorthsideTheatre.com.

Ballet San Jose’s The Nutcracker – Running from December 13th – 28th, watch nearly 100 dancers fill the stage in this classic holiday show of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and the Kingdom of Sweets. Arrive early and enjoy carolers in the lobby and meet characters from the show. There are special family-priced performances on December 13th, 20th, and 27th. Find out more information at BalletSJ.org.

Children’s Holiday Festival at History Park – Check out this annual festival at History Park this Saturday, December 13th from 12pm – 4pm. Enjoy live music and caroling and see the historic buildings decorated for the holidays while children can make holiday crafts and hand-made gifts, visit with Santa on a historic trolley, or enjoy a story with the Snow Queen. Find out more information at HistorySanJose.org.

There are a ton of great events and shows to get everyone into the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for more holiday happenings around town, check out sjdowntown.com/holidays for more information.

Stay dry and enjoy!

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Vote for San Francisco’s Favorite Charity!

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.

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SummerHill Homes Donates to MEF

Monday, October 27th, 2014

From left: Campolindo principal John Walker; MEF president Niki Peterson and directors Eric Andresen and Jon Nickens; Katia Kamangar and Denise Cunningham of Summerhill Homes. Photo by Sophie Braccini

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.

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SummerHill Homes In The News: Ground Breaks on El Camino Project

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Groundbreaking: Mayor Jamie Matthews, Vice Mayor Jerry Marsalli, Council Member Pat Kolstad, City Manager Julio Fuentes, Convention Center GM Steve Van Dorn and SummerHill Apartment Communities President & CEO Robert Freed

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.

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Get Ready for Trick-or-Treaters

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:

  1. Clear the walkway

    Be prepared for the visiting ghosts and ghouls by making sure the walkway to the front door is clear and clean. Sweep up any leaves and if you’ve decorated the driveway or front yard with decorations, make sure they are not in the way.
  2. Light bright

    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.

  3. Decorate!

    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.
  4. Dress up

    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.
  5. Care for your pets

    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!

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SummerHill a Sponsor of Beautification Project in Hunters Point

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

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Sales Success – Midtown Village Now Officially Sold Out

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.

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Builders Like SummerHill Try to meet Meet Increased Housing Demands

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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Midtown Village Has Just Five Homes Left – LAST CALL

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!

Midtown Village - Exterior at Dusk


Kitchen at Midtown Village


Midtown - Residence Rear Exterior

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