Since 1976, SummerHill Homes has been known as the preeminent new home builder developing the most sought after communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Here’s a look at some of our foremost communities developed over the past decade:
BelleTerre by SummerHill Homes is set in the majestic hills of Novato offering picturesque views of the surrounding oak-studded hills. The peaceful and natural surroundings offer an exceptional setting for rest and relaxation in a new secluded hillside community.
Creekside at Saratoga
20 beautiful new townhomes in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after communities. Within easy walking distance to some of Saratoga’s top-ranked schools. Convenient commute access to most of Silicon Valley. Nestled nearby downtown Saratoga Village. Close to a bounty of parks, shopping areas, wineries, and award-winning restaurants, some literally steps from your door.
Palo Alto, CA
99 upscale condominium living homes with two to three bedrooms ranging from 1,130 to 1,629 sq. ft. located near midtown Palo Alto. The Echelon community is convenient to Stanford, Silicon Valley and downtown Mountain View. Echelon homes were priced from the high $700,000s to the high $900,000s.
Enclave at Waverley Park
Mountain View, CA
A well-established 58 lot neighborhood. Family-friendly charm. And gorgeous one and two-story, single-family homes with up to 6 bedrooms, up to approximately 2,940 square feet, and each on a minimum homesite of approximately 8,000 square feet.
San Jose, CA
Nestled in the far east edge of Santa Clara Valley, Evergreen Place offered 87 new single-family detached homes and 16 large town homes. The community features beautiful views of the valley and peninsula, and is located minutes from the booming local tech industry. The community sold out in August 2014.
Menlo Park, CA
The Lane Woods Community is an inspired collection of just 32 residences – including the 2008 Sunset Idea House – and was designed and detailed to complement the natural beauty of its setting. The community offered up to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in up to 2,998 sq. ft. and sold out in November 2009.
The San Francisco Bay Area offers some of the most unique and exciting recreational and tourist areas in nation. Whether you just moved or have lived in the area your whole life, there’s so much to do it can be a bit daunting.
Here are our Top 10 Favorite Sights:
1. The Golden Gate Bridge
A must see when visiting San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed, iconic, beautiful bridge in the world.
2. Marin Headlands
The Headlands are famous for their breathtaking views of the San Francisco Peninsula, Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
A National Historic Landmark located on “The Rock”, Alcatraz is probably the most famous prison site in the world. Visitors can tour the facilities by taking a ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman’s Wharf.
4. AT&T Park
One of the most important and memorable stops in SF is to see a Giants Game. The Giants hold the records for the most National League Pennants and have appeared in the World Series over 20 times, the last time winning the championship in 2014.
5. Painted Ladies
An architectural dynasty, the Painted Ladies feature the best of San Francisco’s Victorian and Edwardian style homes. One of the best-known groups of “Painted Ladies” is the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco.
6. Checkout the View from Twin Peaks
Stunning 360 degree views. From Twin Peaks you can see all around the bay, Downtown San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Bridge, Sutro Tower and so much more.
7. See a Concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland
Stunning 2,800 seat concert hall that originally opened as a movie theater in 1928. Designed by Weeks and Day, the theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was refurbished in the 2000s and reopened as a concert venue on February 5, 2009.
8. Take a drive down Lombard Street
Historic Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. The street was named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia by San Francisco surveyor Jasper O’Farrell.
9. Fisherman’s Wharf
Popular tourist attraction in San Francisco that encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. Lots of great shopping, restaurants and fun activities.
10. The Tech Museum of Innovation
“The Tech” is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and has many exhibits dealing with energy efficiency, customization, exploration, and genetics.
Sunnyvale, California was originally founded as the City of Murphy, named after one of the cities first residents, Martin Murphy Jr. a rancher and wheat farmer who purchased a piece of the historic Rancho Pastoria de las Borregas property in 1850. Mr. Murphy later named his property “Bay View” and constructed one of the first wood frame homes in the area.
In the 1870s, property tax laws, imports and soil degradation caused wheat farming to become uneconomical in Santa Clara County. Small fruit orchards replaced the large wheat farms. In 1871, James and Eloise Dawson established the first fruit cannery in Santa Clara County and fruit agriculture and canning soon became a major industry in the area. The invention of the refrigerated rail car further increased the viability of an economy based upon fruit. The fruit orchards become so prevalent that in 1886, the San Jose Board of Trade called Santa Clara County the “Garden of the World”.
In 1897, Walter Everett Crossman bought 200 acres and began selling real estate. He advertised the area as Beautiful Murphy. Later, in the 1900s, real estate developer Walter Crossman described it as “the City of Destiny”. Also in 1897, Encina School opened as the first school in Murphy. Previously, children in the town had to travel to Mountain View for school.
In 1901, the residents of Murphy were informed they could not use the name Murphy for their post office, and decided to use the name Sunnyvale for the name of their town.
In 1912, residents of Sunnyvale voted to incorporate, and Sunnyvale became an official city.
During World War II, the economy began a change from the fruit industry to the high-tech industry. The Joshua Hendy Iron Works built marine steam engines, naval guns and rocket launchers to aid in the war effort. As the defense industry grew, a shortage of workers in the farm industry was created. Immigrants from Mexico came to Sunnyvale to fill this void of workers.
Following the war, the fruit orchards and sweetcorn farms were cleared to build factories, homes and offices. In 1956, the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed moved its headquarters to Sunnyvale. Since then, numerous high-tech companies have established offices and headquarters in Sunnyvale, including AMD, Honeywell, Jupiter Networks and Yahoo.
In 1979, an indoor mall called Sunnyvale Town Center opened in what used to be the traditional downtown shopping district. After years of successful performance, the mall started to decline in the 1990s. After numerous changes in plans and ownership, the mall was demolished in 2007, and a new downtown shopping district was constructed.
By 2002, the few remaining orchards were demolished and replaced with homes, restaurants and shops. However, there are still city-owned orchards, such as the Heritage Orchard next to the Sunnyvale Community Center.
Sunnyvale celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary on August 25, 2012.
Arques Place is a new townhouse community located in Sunnyvale’s East Arques and N. Fair Oaks area. Five floor plans are provided featuring two, three and four bedroom units. Living areas will range in size from 1,335 to 1,680 Sq. Ft. and each unit will feature a 2 Car Garage and individual storage areas. In addition, there will be private balcony and patios.
This beautiful new community will feature 85 townhouse, a clubhouse, close proximity to major shopping centers, transit stations, restaurants, parks, schools, office parks and more.
Nearby schools include San Miguel Elementary School (1.1 miles away), Columbia Middle School (1.0 mile away), and Fremont High School (2.3 miles away).
About the Builder
SummerHill Homes is a nationally-recognized home builder focusing on the unique needs of the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. We believe what makes these areas great is what makes SummerHill Homes great: innovation, constant striving for excellence, determination to be the very best, pride of place, and an always endearing charm. See for yourself why California home buyers in search of a distinct new home choose SummerHill Homes.
January is coming to a close and while you may have already dropped a few resolutions from your list, there’s still lots of time to make 2015 the year you declutter and organize your home for good. Houzz put together the ultimate list of their best cleaning and organizing guides for every room of the house that will help you get your home into shape this month and for future months to come.
Kid’s bedroom/play areas:
Read the full article on Houzz.
We love the beginning of a new year; it’s a time of renewal and fresh starts. There is so much excitement about what is in store for everyone. While 2014 was a good year for us at SummerHill Homes, we are extremely excited about what will unfold in 2015, including the three new communities we will be introducing this year, so there will be a lot to share!
Our resolution for this year is to stay connected with you through social media. You can subscribe to our blog where we will feature our upcoming communities, popular floor plans and other information to help you plan, design and finance your new home along with tips and other fun information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and see what we’re pinning on Pinterest.
We would love to hear about which topics you’d like for us to cover in our blog so please let us know through any of our social channels.
Thanks for your support in 2014 and here’s to a great 2015!
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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!
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.
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.