As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the most interesting product examples that we visited this year in San Diego. While the rest of the country battles through rain, sleet and snow, San Diego County afternoons are averaging about 70 degrees and only dipping down into the 50’s (gasp!) at night.
Our Vice President of Advisory Adam McAbee visited four new home communities around northern San Diego County in mid-December, all of which do an excellent job of bringing in natural light and making a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space. Those projects include The Sentinels by Brookfield Homes and Marston by Standard Pacific in the master planned community of Del Sur, Sanctuary by Richmond American in San Elijo Hills and the Beach House at Coral Cove by Shea Homes. As we anticipate the arrival of the next wave of exciting product that will open in 2015, these projects did an excellent job of creating “wow” across a spectrum of lot sizes and were some of our top local pics for the year.
Some of the key insights learned include:
- Meeting places – the kitchen, the living room, the back yard or all of the above – should be a central focus of floorplan design.
- Production housing can provide flexibility and a sense of customization by offering variations on an otherwise standard set of floorplans.
- Collapsible walls are a critical component of “next generation” product in warmer climates.
- Density does not necessarily translate into smaller homes or a lack of functional outdoor space