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Trumark Companies Announces the Closing of a 16-acre Parcel in San Jose

Brookside Estates in the Almaden Valley will Feature Approximately 89 Detached Single-Family Homes and Nearly Four Acres of Restored Riparian Habitat

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DANVILLE, Calif. – Sept. 2, 2010 – Trumark Companies, a residential developer that operates in Northern and Southern California, announced today the closing of a 16-acre office park in San Jose that will be redeveloped into a residential community featuring approximately 89 detached single-family homes. The San Jose City Council gave Trumark its approval for the new zoning at its regular meeting last night, clearing the way for the re-use project.

The future neighborhood of Brookside Estates is located in the Almaden Valley, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, which lies within the Los Gatos Unified School District, one of the most sought-after school districts in California.

“While we are in a challenging residential market, the supply and demand dynamic in the Silicon Valley is such that there continues to be a solid market for high quality, low-density housing in top tier neighborhoods,” said Arden Hearing, vice president of land acquisitions for Trumark Companies. “San Jose is a supply-constrained market with high barriers to entry and this is one of the last sizable detached communities that will come on line in the foreseeable future.”

Officials at Trumark say the neighborhood’s proximity to Guadalupe Creek and the associated corridor on its Western edge is one of its most attractive amenities, and they will work to enhance that open space for the enjoyment of future and current area residents.

The property is currently home to two office buildings, a vacant 123,000-square foot structure and a fully leased 55,000-square foot office, both of which will be removed to make way for new homes.  The office buildings and parking lot are currently developed up to, and in some areas encroach beyond, the Guadalupe Creek’s riparian edge line.

“The approval of 89 units will allow Trumark to remove 3.8 acres of asphalt and structures along the riparian edge and restore this land into riparian habitat,” said Jason Kliewer, a partner and general counsel of Trumark Companies.  “Overall, increasing the average setback from the riparian edge by 72 feet will reduce impacts to the creek and provide a substantial benefit to the environment.”

In addition to restoration of riparian habitat, the company also intends to add hundreds of trees, and enhance and open up an existing creek-side walking trail for public use.

“Brookside Estates is the largest local private habitat restoration in San Jose that we are aware of,” said Chris Davenport, senior vice president of Trumark Companies. “The project creates an unparalleled open-space, focused development in a core urban area.”

Surrounded by existing neighborhoods, the property is adjacent to another residential development called Campagna, the former site of an IBM research facility that was redeveloped for homes about 10 years ago.

Trumark Companies is in partnership with Brookfield Homes to complete the redevelopment and restoration effort, which will take place over the next two or three years.

“We strongly believe that the mid-term demand will strengthen in areas having a solid job base and low supply of new housing,” said Kliewer, whose work acquiring land has contributed to the entitlement of over 3,700 residential home lots in urban areas throughout Northern and Southern California.  “San Jose, which has only a four-month supply of new detached housing, holds high interest for us, as does the rest of the Bay Area.”

About Trumark Companies

Trumark has raised over $71 million of equity and closed seven deals since May of 2009.  They have a pipeline exceeding 1,000 lots in core urban areas of California and commercial holdings of 350,000 square feet in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Additional information is available at www.trumark-co.com