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Pacific Highlands Ranch designed for sustainability, healthy living

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In its location just east of Carmel Valley, master-planned Pacific Highlands Ranch occupies one of San Diego's best coastal-close locations.

Surrounded by 1,300 acres of preserved natural habitat, this community demonstrates the principles of LivingSmart, with remarkably energy-efficient homes, drought-tolerant landscaping, a multi-use trail system for hiking and biking, and a state-of-the-art private recreation center capable of generating solar electric power.

Pardee Homes designed and built Pacific Highlands Ranch on the core principles of healthy living, sustainability and minimizing the carbon footprint. It incorporates all aspects of green building, energy saving practices, environmental sensitivity and community longevity. From material usage, construction design and community land planning, PHR is as close to a LEED-certified master plan as you can get.

Pardee Homes launched its SmartLiving program at PHR with its core beliefs of EarthSmart, EnergySmart, HealthSmart and WaterSmart. Each brand focuses on sustainable practices for a healthier lifestyle and minimal impact on the environment.

Pardee Homes has been developing its LivingSmart program for the past 10 years, and has won numerous awards, both at the corporate level and the community level, including the California Green Builder Award, 2007 Gold Nugget Award and 2006 Elan Award.

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