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Sep 30

Trumark Announces Opening of Community Kindred House at Wallis Ranch in Dublin, CA

Resort-style central gathering space features dedicated areas for relaxation, fitness, meetings, dining and entertainment

 DUBLIN, Calif. (September 30, 2016) – On the heels of the official Grand Opening at Wallis Ranch this past weekend, Trumark Communities has revealed a first glimpse of the Kindred House, Dublin’s first resort-inspired community gathering place at the 806-home master planned community. Centrally located to all eight neighborhoods within Wallis Ranch, the Kindred House boasts more than 17,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity spaces dedicated to relaxation, fitness, meetings, dining and entertainment.

“We’re seeing a trend of residential communities incorporating more communal spaces to encourage interaction between residents, and Wallis Ranch is no exception,” said Peter Kiesecker, Chief Operating Officer of Trumark Communities. “We wanted to create a place for our residents to form connections with their neighbors and make memories with their families while enjoying the robust collection of amenities designed to create a tranquil enclave for their active lifestyles.”

Working with California-based interior design firm CDC Designs, Mark Higgins, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Trumark led the interior design for the Kindred House based on cues from the local Napa and Sonoma modern farmhouse wineries and inspired by the distinct charm of the local countryside including barns, silos and ranchers’ cottages. “Our team spent countless hours visiting wineries, hotels and other attractions throughout Northern California to refine our design vision for the Kindred House. We are confident that the Kindred House is completely unique in its style and offerings,” stated Mr. Higgins.

The family room lounge space is sheltered by an exposed rough sawn open truss beam ceiling providing a dramatic element that is symbolic of a contemporary farmhouse design. The grand open-air pavilion boasts all-weather woven country farmhouse seating, a gourmet catering kitchen and bar area with big screen TVs. Lending to the rustic and modern mix, sandblasted concrete flooring is juxtaposed with rustic flagstone pavers, and tonal natural ledgestone accents are appointed throughout. The indoor space flows freely onto the outdoor Alpha Omega Terrace framed by Tivoli Lighting strung between canopy trees, serene water fountains, fire pits and additional seating areas. The three-acre common area, designed by landscape architect Gates Associates, will also offer a fitness center, outdoor yoga patio, tot lot, 75-foot swimming pool, oversized spa and BBQ area, all surrounded by more than one mile of trail systems.

“The interior design aesthetic is rustic and relaxed, yet stylish and comfortable inspiring resort-style living,” said Selena Rodriguez, Project Designer at CDC Designs. “We blended the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces letting residents utilize and enjoy all of the spaces in an unrestricted setting.”

A spacious event lawn will host residents for concert and movie nights, and adjacent to that will be a garden where a full-time farmer will raise seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs made available to the community at a nearby produce stand. Anchoring the entire community, an imported Heritage Oak Tree will stand tall serving as a focal point.

Trumark Communities recently dedicated 10 acres of land for the City of Dublin to build public parks at the entrance to Wallis Ranch. Paying homage to the region’s history and natural landscape, Garrett Hinds, Director of Architecture for Trumark, enlisted local artist Eric Powell to create four artistic elements found throughout Wallis Ranch, including the three sets of metal gates leading into Wallis Ranch representing the grass, land and hills of the original site; metal benches placed along the trail; decorative panels representative of the tools originally found on property before construction began which can be seen at the community’s entrance on the Antone Pavilion – a tribute to the original 1912 Antone Schoolhouse on the site; and an interactive sculpture in the public mark resembling the old relics found onsite.

Wallis Ranch will consist of 806 single-family detached homes, townhomes and executive homes in eight distinct neighborhoods: Riverton by KB Home, Fielding by Trumark Homes, Trestle and Driftsong by Warmington Residential, Citron by Pulte Homes, Barnwell by D.R. Horton, Bridgecroft by Emerald Homes and Ivy Oak by Taylor Morrison. Seven neighborhoods are currently offering homes for sale and many builders have model homes open for viewing. For more information, visit www.wallisranch.com.

About Wallis Ranch

The 184-acre Wallis Ranch master planned development includes eight distinct neighborhoods featuring single-family detached homes, townhomes and executive homes ranging from 1,700 to 4,100 square feet. Upon full buildout, Wallis Ranch will deliver 806 new homes within eight neighborhoods to a region that has seen a significant boost in housing demand as a result of the thriving San Francisco Bay market located less than 40 miles away. Master planner Trumark Communities has dedicated more than half of the master plan’s acreage to green space programing, including parks, open space and a water-quality basin to create a tranquil enclave that appeals to Bay Area residents’ active lifestyles. Wallis Ranch will also include a three-acre common area featuring a fitness center, pool, spa and BBQ area, surrounded by more than one mile of trail systems. With the California drought top of mind, Trumark will incorporate drought tolerant landscaping that will use all reclaimed water throughout the community. www.wallisranch.com.

About Trumark Communities

Trumark Communities is a residential land development platform focused on acquiring, developing and selling improved lots in master planned communities. Its current pipeline includes 1,500+ lots representing total projected revenue in excess of $300 million. Trumark Communities realized lot sales to builders of over $200 million in 2015. www.trumarkcommunities.com

Sep 28

Sleep Tight: 2016’s Best Bedding for Fall/Winter

White Bedding

As we move into the fall and winter months and the weather begins to cool, your warm, comfortable bed will begin to look a lot more appealing.  This means there is no better time to maximize your comfort and pick up some new bedding!

There are some really luxurious, quality offerings on the market these days to beautify your new Trumark Homes bedroom, and you don’t have to break the bank to outfit your bed with some of the best available. Here are some specific items to consider when shopping for bedding this fall. Don’t forget, bedding can make great holiday presents too!

Sheet & Pillowcase Sets

  • Luxor Treasures Cotton Blend Sheets – These soft and silky 1,000 thread count sheets are resistant to wrinkles and feature extra-deep pockets and strong elastic bands to stay put on any mattress with the most restless sleeper. With a wide range of solid colors to choose from, these are sure to please. Sets start at around $22.
  • Echelon Home Egyptian Cotton Sheets – With an 800 thread count, these aren’t just comfortable but durable as well. Choose from both flat and fitted sets, striped or solid colors, and matching pillow cases. Prices starting at $80.
  • Hemstitch Egyptian Cotton Sheets – Another 800 thread count offering, these boast attractive hemstitching on the cuffs of both the sheets and pillow cases. Available at most fine stores at around $65.

Pillows

  • Sweet Home Collection Down and Feather Pillows – There’s nothing better than natural down pillows. These feature 100% cotton cover construction and double-stitched edges. Starting at about $30 for a set of two.
  • Hotel Madison Feather Pillows – With a 230 thread count for comfort and long life, these come in a set of four and will be welcome in any bedroom. Priced at $60.
  • Circle of Down Pillows – These are a four-piece set with a feather inner core, 100% cotton case, and hypoallergenic. Medium firm and priced at $87.

Comforters

  • Cozy Bedding’s Reversible Summer Comforter – This may be billed as a summer comforter, but this Berber and Sherpa down alternative comforter will keep you warm through the coldest winter nights. Features durable polyester lining on the reverse side and is available in both full, queen, and kings sizes. Starting at $70.
  • Chezmoi Collection Oversized Bedspread/Coverlet – This is called a bedspread but it’s thick enough to be listed as a comforter. Made of a special microfiber that makes it light but plenty warm. Priced reasonably at $60.
  • Madison Park Comforter Set – This 12-piece set has everything, including shams and a bed skirt, flat and fitted sheets, pillowcases, and small decorative pillows. Made of 100% cotton. Priced a $146.

Throws

  • Eddie Bauer Quilted Cotton Throw – A Fairview quilted throw from the famous Eddie Bauer, so you know it’s high quality. 100% cotton with an attractive plaid pattern. Priced at $45.
  • Woolrich Freedom Throw – Another famous name in blankets, this comfy throw recalls days gone by with its antique, classic pattern. 85% wool and 15% nylon for durability, easy washing, and warmth. Starting at $145.
Sep 27

San Francisco Business Times: Exclusive: $1 billion East Bay housing project opens first homes, 800 planned

Trumark Communities’ Wallis Ranch development in Dublin opens its first phase and expects its first sales to close this week, with total home sales projected to hit $1 billion. Wallis Ranch welcomes buyers to its eight communities, including Fielding project, which features three- to five-bedroom homes.

Sep 21

5 Tips to Make Tidying Your Home Simpler

Simple Cleaning Washing Windows

In today’s busy world, there seems to be less and less time available to devote to house cleaning. Whether it’s a busy work schedule or a long list of extracurricular activities for the kiddos, it can be incredibly easy to put dusting or mopping the house on the backburner. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of tips to better assist you in keeping your new Trumark Homes home clean:

1. Make Use of Entryway Storage

When you get home after a long day, it is easy to throw off your shoes, drop everything in your hands, and go on to do whatever needs to be done for the night. This can quickly cause a pile up of things that need to be sorted at a later time. Instead, create a special place for these items to go. Install hooks to hang jackets or purses as well as a hook for keys (this will make them easier to find later), have organization bins for shoes, and add a fancy catch-all dish to your entrance table to hold things such as loose change, wallets and mail.

Check out more tips on making use of your entryway.

2. Split Up the Work

This means that one person does not do all of the cleaning in one day. More family members often leads to more mess, but it also leads to more helping hands, so put these numbers to use! Each family member should have their own cleaning responsibilities depending on what they are able to accomplish. Also, avoid assigning all cleaning tasks to one day. Not only can this become overwhelming for everyone, but it also breaks up the time so everyone can still accomplish their daily tasks with ease.

3. Put Things Away Immediately After Use

Most dirty house woes can be avoided by simply putting items away after use. This includes laundry, toys, and especially dishes. Instead of letting the sink pile up with dirty dishes, rinse them off immediately, and place them in the dishwasher so that once it is full, all you have to do is push start. By simply putting used items away, you will save hours of cleaning time and avoid a disheveled looking home.

4. Constantly Look to Simplify

The more things you own, the more you have to put away. If you notice there are items in your home that are duplicates, have never been used, or that you could do without, consider selling, donating, or trashing these excess or unnecessary items. You probably do not need six sets of sheets for each bed in your home.

For tips on simplifying, check out this link.

5. Make it Easier to Make Your Bed

If there are too many layers or decorative pillows on your bed, you are probably a lot less likely to want to make it every morning. Perfectly placing your decorative pillows on your fully made bed requires a lot more time (minutes can be crucial in the morning) and effort. Since a room looks significantly nicer when the bed is made, try moving your decorative pillows to the couch or maybe place a few on an arm chair or stacked on a settee bench.

For tips on making the bed, check out this link.

Sep 20

Builder and Developer: A Breezy Approach to Attractive, Sustainable, and Charitable Development

Trumark Homes’ newest project, Upcoast, in Costa Mesa consists of 28 three-story detached homes spanning a two-acre coastal bluff and equally prioritizes aesthetics, sustainability, and charity.