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Mar 30
Getting to know your neighborhood

Getting Acquainted with the Neighborhood of Your New Home in Milpitas, California

When you move into a new home in Milpitas California, you’re going to have a period of adjustment.  You’re probably used to doing things in a certain way.  You’ve had a certain routine in your old home.  Maybe you had a favorite grocery within walking distance. It could be that the grocery store in your new neighborhood is a short drive away, rather than a short walk.  This isn’t a huge inconvenience, just something that you have to get used to doing.  You’ll have to figure out the good places to order food from or to go to when you want to pick up your morning latte.  If you have kids, you’ll have to find parks and play grounds.  Here are a few tips that will help you get acquainted with your new neighborhood:

Walk Around.  This is the best way to get to know your new neighborhood.  You can miss things when you’re in a car but this won’t happen when you’re walking around, since you don’t need to concentrate on driving. You’ll have all the time you need to take in the shops, restaurants, salons and other forms of entertainment your neighborhood might have to offer.  In fact, Forbes suggests that you should check out the walk score of your new address by going to walkscore.com.  This might help you find small, out-of-the-way places that you start to love. 

Go Grocery Shopping.  Every human has three basic necessities: food, clothing and shelter.  You’ve already purchased a new home and we’re assuming that you have clothes!  However, you need to figure out what’s available in terms of groceries in your new neighborhood. Where is the best stocked grocery? Are there any stores that specialize in organic foods? What ethnic markets are nearby? Is there a farmer’s market on certain days?  It’s a good idea to explore all these options.  Even if you don’t cook that much, you should have more ready-to-eat options available around you. 

Eating Out.  You probably don’t want to spend too much money after moving to a new neighborhood because you’ve already spent quite a bit on moving and decorating.  Still, you should go out once a week and try a new eatery in your neighborhood every time.  Huffington Post suggests an app called OpenTable which is great for finding places to eat in your new neighborhood.  Their article includes an entire list of apps which can be useful to new homeowners, from decorating apps to organizational ones. 

Ask People.  If you’re looking for something that you’ve been unable to find, why not ask people about it?  This is a great way to get to know others in your neighborhood and discover new things at the same time.  For example, if you want to find a new hair salon, ask a neighbor who seems to be well-groomed.  Start with a compliment like, “I love you hair cut” and follow it up with a question like, “What salon do you usually go to?”  If you’re getting a cup of coffee, chat with the barista as long as there isn’t a huge line behind you.  The maître d’ of any restaurant will probably be happy to answer your culinary questions with regard to the neighborhood.  Trulia also has some great tips about meeting people in your new neighborhood.  They suggest using your existing networks like a church or any other organization that you might be a part of. 

Event Information.  There are usually places in every neighborhood where people cluster together for information about events.  You need to find out where this happens in your neighborhood.  Maybe there’s a local bookstore where people put up signs about what’s going on.  Or  maybe this happens at the neighborhood library.  It may even be a local coffee shop which promotes the arts and keeps track of what’s going on in the area.  Look through the signs people have put up.  You might find interesting events that will help acquaint you with your neighborhood.

Contact us for more great ways to get acquainted with your new neighborhood.

Mar 17

The Registry: “Fremont Officially Approves Lennar as Master Developer for Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan”

Posted on March 17, 2015 by  

In a 4-1 vote tonight, the city of Fremont officially approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation for a master plan and development agreement with Miami-based Lennar Corporation to develop 2,214 residential units and approximately 1.4 million square feet of commercial/industrial use in the East Bay city. The only member of the city council that rejected the 111-acre property development was council member Vinnie Bacon, who said, “This is really nothing but a pure housing development. People here have the right to ask for more, and I share that sentiment.”

The announcement came with little surprise. The development has been the pride of the city since its announcement of Lennar’s selection last June. The former Union Pacific parcel is in the city’s Warm Springs District, and it represents the largest development opportunity in Fremont’s self-proclaimed Innovation District, an 880-acre industrial region focused on advanced manufacturing, which is anchored by BART, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Tesla Motors. Horsham, Pa.-based Toll Brothers and Cupertino-based The Sobrato Organization were two other companies vying for the development rights in Fremont last year to create a mix of housing, business, schools and research institutions in a sustainable urban setting. Read Full Story

Mar 16
Momentum at Pace Master-Bedroom

How to Create a Slumber-friendly Bedroom in Your New Bay Area Home

Did you know that you would die from lack of sleep before you would die from lack of food?

Sleep is not optional. Every square inch of you needs it; your brain to recharge and process information and your cells to do their repair work. Important hormones that regulate your body’s functions release during slumber. For a sobering list of things that can happen to a brain that is deprived of sleep, see this infographic from Science.Mic.

Yet almost no one gets enough sleep. As William Dement, a sleep researcher, once said, “The national sleep debt is larger and more important than the national debt.”

The issue has even caught the attention of the Center for Disease Control, who links sleep deprivation to car wrecks, workplace accidents, errors on the part of health care professionals (how much sleep did your surgeon get last night?), as well as chronic health challenges like obesity, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.

Obviously, it’s time to take sleep seriously.

THE BEDROOM FACTOR

The bedroom is where you spend approximately a third of your life. It’s also where you train your brain to enter sleep mode, just like your computer! Fortunately, this square footage can be turned into a sanctuary that will entice Sandman to come around more often and stay longer.

WAYS TO TURN YOUR BEDROOM INTO A GOOD WIND-DOWN ZONE

Light

Elevated cortisol and lowered melatonin—oh, my! Both of these are a result of being exposed to too much artificial lighting at night (also known as LAN). For a sleep-disturbing discussion of the bad things that are happening to our bodies because of all this artificial light, read i09’s article, “Why we need to sleep in total darkness.”

Oh, and LAN may make you fat. Do I have your attention now?

When you finish the article, take a couple of steps to darken your bedroom and reduce LAN exposure.

Leave SmartPhones, tablets, etc. in another room in the house. Yes, it’s hard! But necessary if you want to catch the zzzs you need and avoid puffy eyes plus even more serious lack-of-sleep-caused health concerns.

Okay, if you won’t leave the electronics in another room, then at least use a light-control app like f.lux or Twilight. These apps reduce the amount of blue light being emitted by your phone after dark. Less light equals more melatonin (did you read that article?) and better sleep.

Block light coming in through windows. There’s a ton of options, everything from black out shades to shutters to heavy drapes.

Sound

It seems obvious that you want a quiet room, but how many of us stop and do a sound check in our bedroom? Try it—sit down on your bed and identify the noises that filter in. Then ask yourself which noises can be eliminated (maybe you could run the dishwasher during waking hours?) or blocked. Those heavier window coverings you purchased to make your bedroom darker? They also block sound. Two for one!

Sound bounces off hard surfaces, while padded ones absorb sound—one good reason to go fluffy, poofy and textured in your bedroom furniture, flooring and wall treatments.

Acoustic tiles are a design-forward solution to diffusing sound. These tiles can be used as wall art, headboards or even arranged on the ceiling. MIO has a version, made from recycled paper, which can be applied temporarily or permanently, and painted to match or accent your bedroom décor.

Outside your bedroom windows, use landscaping as a buffer to sound. Good candidates for year-round protection from street noises include shrubs with thick leaves and evergreen trees or bushes.

If there are factors you can’t control, which is the case for most urban dwellers, you can mask outside sounds with white noise machines or fans.

When all else fails, try ear plugs. Whatever it takes!

Scent

Yes, even your nose can play a role in getting you ready to hit the hay. Essential oils like lavender, bergamot and sandalwood have been used throughout history for their calming effects. Fresh-smelling sheets may entice you into bed at an earlier hour. Air-cleaning plants like Boston ferns and Peace lilies make sure the air in your bedroom is as pristine as possible.

Temperature

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the best range for sleeping is somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too high, you might not sleep as deeply.

Color

Sure, your eyes are closed while you sleep, but research shows that the color you see right before you close your eyes can affect how quickly you fall asleep. According to a study conducted by Travelodge, blue comes in as the #1 best color for bedrooms. It can slow heart rate and even reduce blood pressure. Green and yellow are next best. Purple is the worst color for bedrooms—too stimulating.

Bed and Bedding

The bed is the stage you set for a good night’s sleep. Focusing on this queen-or-king sized portion of your home is an essential part of creating a haven for rest.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 Bedroom Poll, 92% of Americans surveyed about the factors that contribute to good sleep say that a comfortable mattress is crucial. 91% pointed to pillows. So obviously, paying attention to the type and quality of your bed and bedding is vital. Much of this is a matter of preference, however. No one can tell you if you’re best off with a hard mattress or a down quilt—you’ll have to decide for yourself, and if necessary, negotiate with your partner.

If a canopy over your bed would make you feel all cozy, then put one up. A fuzzy bedside rug to cradle your feet before you climb into bed? A body pillow to curl around? Yes!

Invest in getting the bedroom in your new home in the Bay Area set up as a good wind-down zone right from the beginning, and it will pay dividends for years to come—in energy and in good health.

Trumark Homes creates new home communities throughout northern and southern California. We’re passionate about quality, value and attention to detail. For more information on great homes to live—and sleep in—please contact us.

Mar 10

Silicon Valley Business Journal: “Lennar spends $25M for Milpitas single-family site”

Mar 10, 2015, 4:49am PDT

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein

Continuing its Bay Area acquisition blitz, Lennar Corp. has picked up its first — but probably not its last — development site in Milpitas during the current economic cycle.

The giant homebuilder just paid $25 million for 1494 and 1600 California Circle, two vacant one-story industrial buildings between the Coyote Creek and Interstate 880, south of Dixon Landing Road. The roughly 10-acre site was approved in 2013 for 84 single-family homes after developer Trumark Homes was successful in getting the land converted from industrial to residential. The price works out to roughly $300,000 per unit.

The deal is just the latest pickup for Lennar, which is gobbling up development sites all over the Bay Area, such as the Foster Square project in Foster City. Its Lennar Multifamily and Lennar Commercial divisions — which develop apartments and office space, respectively — have also been active. By far, though, Lennar’s biggest current undertaking is in Fremont, where it is seeking approvals for a massive residential and commercial development adjacent to the Tesla Motors Inc. plant.

Lennar is slated to release earnings March 19.

The development Lennar just bought in Milpitas, which Trumark was calling Waterstone, is one of the few single-family detached projects in the South Bay. Most residential development outside of Gilroy and Morgan Hill are attached — either townhomes or stacked flats — but single-family is prized by builders because of its ability to command higher prices.

 

Mar 10

The Registry: “Lennar Continues Bay Area Expansion with $25MM Milpitas Buy”

Posted on March 10, 2015 by  

Miami-based builder Lennar Corp. is further entrenching itself into the Bay Area by taking a development site in Milpitas for a reported $25 million.

Danville-based Trumark Homes was the seller of the 10.7-acre development site, previously called the Waterstone, which had been approved in 2013 for demolition of two industrial structures totaling 105,100 square feet with adjacent parking lots.

The site sits on Californa Circle between Milpitas Boulevard and Interstate 880. It had been approved for development of 84 single-family homes, which would bring Lennar’s cost to nearly $297,000 per unit. According to city documents, the redevelopment also proposed the construction of a six-foot tall, clear-span pedestrian bridge over Penitencia creek, which flows to the east of the development. Read Full Story