A leader in the race to meet demand for new homes in the growing South County is Windingwalk, a master-planned community in eastern Chula Vista being developed by Brookfield San Diego and Shea Homes.
To date, six neighborhoods are under construction, with 563 homes sold, 201 homes closed and the first community recreation center nearly complete. Early next year, the first of four additional Windingwalk neighborhoods is expected to begin sales.
"Windingwalk has quickly become one of the most popular addresses for new home buyers anywhere in the county," said Brookfield President Steve Doyle. "In addition to the distinct architectural styles and well-appointed residences, buyers like Windingwalk for its recreational and community amenities, as well as such old-fashioned neighborhood characteristics as antique-looking streetlights, traffic circles and landscaped medians."
The sales pace at Windingwalk's first six neighborhoods has been remarkable, with one neighborhood nearly sold out less than five months after opening. Only the three model homes remain at Brookfield's upscale Twilight, where 90 homes are sold.
Phenomenal sales also have been recorded at Brookfield's Cottage Lane, where 123 attached and detached homes are sold, most even before models opened in late August.
With several phases still scheduled at this 270-home neighborhood, prices for the attached homes currently start in the high $300,000s and the detached homes range from the high $400,000s.
Another Brookfield neighborhood experiencing extraordinary sales is Cedar Rose, with 120 out of a total of 156 homes sold. Most recent prices at Cedar Rose started from the mid-$500,000s.
Shea Homes has experienced equally impressive results at its first three Windingwalk neighborhoods, according to marketing director Diane Rivera.
"We have more than 100 families moved in at Magnolia, Wisteria and Azalea, and their response to their neighborhoods, and Windingwalk overall, has been wonderful," Rivera said. "There's a great sense of pride in being among the first to call a community home."
Close to the halfway point in sales at its first three neighborhoods, Shea has experienced quick sell-outs of most phase releases to date.
At Shea's Magnolia, with prices recently starting from the mid-$600,000s, 73 homes are now sold in the 127-home neighborhood.
Also selling at a brisk clip are the two-story homes at Wisteria. Priced from the mid-$500,000s, this neighborhood has 78 homes sold. Shea will build 163 homes at Wisteria.
Shea's single-family residences at Azalea have been selling out as soon as they become available, with 79 homes sold to date. Prices currently range from the high $400,000s. Azalea will have 119 homes.
Shea Homes plans to introduce two new neighborhoods to Windingwalk next year, and another neighborhood in 2006. According to Rivera, pre-sales will start for Agave and Saguaro in the summer of 2005. Aristata will get under way in 2006. Brookfield's next Windingwalk neighborhood, Lantana, is expected to be available for pre-sale in January.
Among the community amenities under way is the first of two recreation centers at Windingwalk. Scheduled to open in December, the first recreation center is a 4,353-square-foot facility with multipurpose entertainment room, large gourmet catering kitchen, and spacious outdoor courtyard with fireplace. A junior size Olympic pool, wading pool, spa and restroom facilities also are included, as well as basketball courts, children's recreation area with play equipment, picnic pavilions and open lawn area.
Two neighborhood parks at Windingwalk will offer an additional 7 acres of family-friendly space. A 7.5-acre public park, as well as a town center of approximately 1 acre also are planned. A 100,000-square-foot mixed-use building will anchor this town center. Hiking trails within the community allow residents easy access to open space and views of the wildlife corridors. Windingwalk has dedicated 455 acres to natural habitat open space.
Model home complexes at Windingwalk are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, go to www.windingwalk.com or visit the community. From Interstate 805, go east on Olympic Parkway and then right on Hunte Parkway.
Percival is president of Scribe Communications.