Realizing the American Dream at The Heights: Home Ownership at Rental Prices
IRVINE, Calif. — In the culturally and economically diverse city of Clovis, The Heights, which opened in the Fall of 2012, offers much needed workforce housing within the award-winning Loma Vista master planned urban village. Higher-density land use is a central philosophy in the master plan’s “Landscape of Choice” planning guide in order to preserve farmland, cut sprawl and reduce car trips. At 13.8 du/ac, The Heights is one of the highest density neighborhoods in the Central Valley.
Homes are designed to accommodate variable lot widths that enhance the street-scene, while the plotting utilizes “use” easements, providing one usable 10-foot side yard in lieu of two less usable, five-foot side yards. The extra-width side yard in conjunction with the 12-foot-deep, full-width rear yard, creates an abundance of private outdoor living spaces. The entry-level, single-family detached homes in The Heights can be purchased by first-time buyers as a viable alternative to apartments. Initially priced between $199,000 and $250,000, the neighborhood offers FHA financing that yields monthly payments equivalent to apartment rents. There are four home plans, including a one-story home targeted for a move-down empty-nester. Universal design features are offered for wounded service-members and other impaired individuals.
The Heights is one of the first built out phases of Loma Vista, a community with features including an old-fashioned village green, two community centers, a network of trails, multiple parks and main street that combines commercial and residential uses. Designed around focal points such as schools or village greens, the vision was to create a compact, thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood where residents can live, work and play.
Located just north of Fresno, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Because so many families earn their living off of the land, the City promotes a spirit of environmental stewardship and plans growth carefully in order to retain its unique western atmosphere. Clovis’ forward-thinking Planning & Development Services Director Dwight Kroll hired Danielian Associates in 2007 to develop the Loma Vista Master Plan. A close working relationship between the planners at Danielian and the city’s planning staff resulted in a master plan that realized the City’s vision and will serve as the zoning code. Designed with an emphasis on small town charm, homes within Loma Vista are available at a range of prices, sizes and configurations.
McCaffrey is a local builder dedicated to providing homebuyers with a sustainable lifestyle and as such has developed an internal green rating system, “Earth Sense.” The Heights is designed with integrated solar power and is 30% above California code for energy efficiency. The solar package and many other energy-efficient features included at The Heights make it a truly sustainable community. According to one of the homeowners, their home’s electric bill averages only $15-$18 per month (and would be much more without solar)! So far, The Heights has received several awards including plan 4, a recipient of a Grand Award Gold Nugget in the “under 2000 sq. ft.” category at PCBC. Plans 1 and 2 also earned Merit awards in the same category.
Throughout the last 45 years, Danielian Associates has been widely recognized for innovation and excellence in becoming a firm of national and global architects and land planners. As housing has recovered from the Great Recession, the firm continues the tradition of creative solutions and market-responsive design for which it is known, with new collections now open in Orange County: La Cresta by Brookfield Homes in Woodbury; Ryland Homes in Sendero; plus Springhouse, a new community by Taylor Morrison Homes opening in late September in the Great Park Neighborhoods, Irvine.
Find full feature on The Heights at Green Home Builder Magazine.