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Mar 16

Things You’ll Love About Living in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle

Famously known for Disneyland, the bustling city of Anaheim has no shortage of entertainment and activities! From famous microbreweries to the OC symphony, here are just a few reasons why locals love living in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle.

Community & Neighborhood

Anaheim has been lauded by locals for its welcoming, family-friendly neighborhoods and strong sense of community. With numerous high ranking schools in the area and great teacher to student ratios, Anaheim is the ideal place for new families to settle down. Presale offices for Trumark Homes’ new community in Anaheim’s central Platinum Triangle neighborhood, Lewis + Mason, are now open. These beautiful townhomes feature rooftop decks and floor plans suitable for families of all sizes.

Performing Arts

Anaheim is home to prominent performing arts groups such as Orange County Symphony and the Anaheim Ballet Company. Catch the OC Wind Symphony play Shostakovich’s festive overture and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite on March 25. Get tickets to the Symphonic Sounds concert here. Come watch the Anaheim Ballet School’s Spring Concert on June 2, featuring the award-winning Youth America Grand Prix participants. You can find all Anaheim Ballet performances here.

Artisan Eateries & Microbreweries

Located in the heart of downtown, the Anaheim Packing District was an old packing house that was revamped into a new communal gathering place with refurbished historic structures and an outdoor event area with a fireplace. The Packing District has become a foodie destination, featuring twenty-eight artisan eateries such as Umami Burger, Popbar, Urbana, and Georgia’s. With a wide variety of restaurant options and live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend, the Packing District is one of the liveliest places in Anaheim.

Anaheim is a beer lover’s dream with world-renowned breweries located throughout the city. The city’s brewing tradition began back in 1870s when the first Anaheim Brewery opened, however, due to Prohibition, Anaheim Brewery closed its taps in 1920. Ninety years later, Barbara Gerovac and her husband revived the city’s beer scene by reopening the brewery. Anaheim soon became the newest craft beer hub of the OC. Other notable specialized microbreweries in Anaheim are Bottle Logic Brewing and Unsung Brewing Company.

Recreation Parks

Anaheim is home to more than 50 mini parks, neighborhood parks, and special-use parks spanning over 700 acres. A local favorite, Pioneer Park  is perfect for children’s birthday parties and weekend family outings. The spacious 15.8-acre park features two children’s playgrounds, a football and soccer area, picnic shelters, and a softball field. Another popular park, named after the first woman school district superintendent in California, is Twila Reid Park. The 27.2-acre park offers numerous playgrounds, picnic areas, disc golf, shuffleboard, horseshoe, and recreation center.

For more information on Trumark Homes’ Lewis + Mason community, click here.


Mar 16

Trumark Homes Announces Closeout of Upcoast Community in Costa Mesa

Upcoast introduced 28 newly constructed eco-friendly homes one mile up from the coast

 Newport Beach, Calif. (March 15, 2018)Trumark Homes, the award-winning California homebuilder, announced today the complete closeout of its Upcoast community in Costa Mesa, California, one mile up from the coast. In bringing Upcoast to market, Trumark realized a significant opportunity to provide a unique price band and homestyle in a Class A location.  After launching sales for the 28 homes in June 2016, Trumark experienced a complete sellout in January 2018.

“We are extremely proud of the entire team involved with making Upcoast a success. The three-story coastal home product offerings within this community were well received by our homebuyers and we are pleased that the community has reached a complete closeout,” said Richard Douglass, Southern California division president of Trumark Homes. “Orange County’s more urban market areas remain a top focus for our team for a variety of reasons and we look forward to introducing new innovative communities to this popular region in the future.”

Dedicated to decreasing homebuyers’ carbon footprint, Trumark Homes designed Upcoast with a variety of eco-friendly features including electric vehicle conduits, tankless water heaters, Wi-Fi programming thermostats and Low-E glass vinyl-framed windows throughout.

Priced from $700,000s, the detached homes range in size from 1,900 square feet to 2,300 square feet, and capitalize on the popular indoor/outdoor lifestyle trend with a majority of homes featuring rooftop terraces, many with dramatic views of the coast. Additional community features include convenient access to a system of local walking paths leading to a nearby beach, as well as nearby hiking and biking trails. Upcoast was named “Detached Community of the Year Priced under $1.5 Million” at the 2016 SoCal Awards presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and Building Industry Association of Southern California.

About Trumark Homes

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit

Mar 09

Best Instagrams to follow for Home Inspiration

Minimalistic interior designs make for wonderful photos, but the real challenge lies is turning these designs into actual livable homes. These instafeeds are proof that color and patterns in home décor can be just as aesthetically pleasing as minimalistic designs and also be highly functional. If you’re looking to add some color and personality to your home, make sure to follow these Instagram accounts:

@amberinteriors  With ten plus years of experience in design, California native Amber Lewis brings an eclectic and modern attitude to her highly personalized designs. Lewis’ instafeed showcases her design philosophy: chic should be comfortable, inviting, and cool. If you look closely, most of her instafeed utilizes greenery to provide warmth to her sleek spaces.

@lexiwestergard_design  According to this Arizona based interior designer, homes can be both functional and beautiful. Lexi Westergard is special for her unabashed use of patterns. From pillows and curtains to bathroom floors, these patterns add character and personality to interiors. She describes her aesthetic as clean, bright, and fresh. Christina Higham is the master of colorful patterns. Her design philosophy is that your environment is a reflection of your state of mind. Through her uses of vibrant textiles and modern pieces, Higham translates personalities and styles into beautifully decorated homes. Check out her work and blog here.

@janeledgerinteriors Home stylist Jane Ledger adds depth to simplistic, minimal interiors with her eye for layering different textiles and linens. She uses greenery and flowers help balance the warm and cool tones of her monochromatic interiors. Ledger’s beautifully-positioned flat lay pictures are sure to spark your inner interior designer.

@jonathanadler Jonathan Adler is a potter, designer, and author who launched his namesake brand to pursue his love of pottery. His design philosophy is that a home should make you happy. He also believes that colors cannot clash and that minimalism is a bummer. Adler’s Instagram stands out for its avant-garde approach to interior design.

@fiona_michelon_stylist Based in Sydney, Australia, Fiona Michelon is a freelance interiors and product stylist. Her interior designs have been featured in magazines such as Home Design, Real Living, and Woman’s Day. Michelon’s Instagram features soft toned interiors paired with cozy textiles, with the occasional photo of her lovable puppy.

@em_henderson  Emily Henderson’s interior design experience is no short list. From winning HGTV Design Star to being Target’s home spokesperson, to launching her own LA-based design company, Henderson has become quite the celebrity in the interior design world. She believes that a room is soulless without something vintage or antique. To her, objects should be functional, beautiful, or sentimental, and if it can be all three, then that’s design magic.

Mar 01

Quick Dinner Recipes

Eating healthy with a busy schedule has never been this easy. Our roundup features quick dinners that will keep your family happy and healthy. Avoid ordering takeout and try one of these reliably easy recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less:

ONE PAN RECIPES. do less cleaning and more eating.

Pesto Chicken & Veggies

This Mediterranean recipe is healthy, gluten free, and packed full with fiber and protein.

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, add 1 pound of sliced chicken thighs, season chicken generously with salt, add 1/6 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes – and cook everything on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping a couple of times, until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove the chicken and sun-dried from the skillet, leaving oil in.
  2. Add 1 pound of asparagus (ends trimmed), seasoned generously with salt, 1/6 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus cooked through. Remove asparagus to serving plate.
  3. Add chicken back to the skillet, add ¼ cup pesto, stir to coat on low-medium heat until chicken is reheated, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes; mix with the pesto and the chicken. Add chicken and tomatoes to the serving plate with asparagus.

Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

This lemon garlic butter infused chicken recipe swaps out regular breadcrumbs for a healthier panko and parmesan coat.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Grab three bowls. Add 1/3 cup flour to one bowl. In another bowl, combine 1cup panko, 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt (I use seasoned salt) and pepper. Stir.
  3. In the final bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on lemon flavor intensity desired), 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture and set aside.
  4. Slice 1.5 pounds of chicken breasts to the size of tenders (about 1 and 1/4th inch strips) or use chicken tenders. Coat in flour, heavily dredge in garlic lemon mixture, and then coat in the Parmesan panko mixture.
  5. Place on prepared sheet pan. Use any remaining Parmesan panko mixture and sprinkle over tenders. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over the tenders (I use Mrs. Dash lemon pepper)
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes and remove. Flip the tenders to the other side.
  7. Place 1 pound of asparagus next to the tenders and drizzle the reserved lemon butter sauce. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the asparagus and toss with tongs. If desired place lemon slices over the chicken (optional)
  8. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
  9. Meanwhile, whisk remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 3 tablespoons honey in a small bowl. Add some pepper and parsley if desired.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with the honey lemon mixture and fresh parsley if desired and enjoy immediately.
  11. Do not top chicken breasts with the honey lemon mixture unless eating immediately and aren’t planning on having leftovers since it will make it soggy.

Baked Honey Garlic Salmon

Foil packs are a great way to develop flavors and also saves time on clean-up. This foil-pack recipe calls for a whole salmon fillet coated in honey mustard garlic sauce and is broiled to a delicious, flaky finish.

  1. Position a rack in the middle of your oven. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with a large piece of foil to fold over and seal to create a packet.
  2. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup honey, ½ cup mustard, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Place the 1 pound side of salmon onto lined baking sheet. Pour the honey mustard mixture over the salmon, and spread evenly over the fish. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt and cracked pepper. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon to cover and completely seal the packet closed so the sauce does not leak.
  4. Bake until cooked through, about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish and your preference of doneness. Carefully open the foil, and broil under the broiler for 2-3 minutes on medium heat to caramelize the top of salmon. Garnish with 1 tablespoon cilantro and serve immediately with lemon slices. Enjoy!

Cheesy Tex-Mex Cauli Rice

Craving Mexican food, but don’t want the calories? This cauliflower recipe will become your family’s new weeknight favorite.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. Add ½ medium onion (finely chopped) and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ½ teaspoon cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add more olive oil if the skillet seems dry, then add 4 cups cauliflower rice. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and stir until evenly combined and the cauli rice is slightly red. Add 2 cups chicken, 1 can black beans, 1 cup corn, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 2 thinly sliced jalapeños, ¼ cup cilantro and stir until evenly combined.
  4. Top cauli rice with 1 cup shredded cheddar and 1 cup shredded Monterey jack, then cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

BOWLS. conveniently pack in all your favorite ingredients (and vegetables) into one bowl.

Skinny Burrito Bowl

  1. Make your own healthy, low-calorie turkey burrito bowl that doesn’t compromise on taste. In a small pot, cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook 1lb turkey until no longer pink, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with 1 tablespoon taco seasoning and kosher salt.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup yogurt and 2 tablespoons hot sauce. (If you want a nice drizzle, transfer to plastic Ziploc or piping bag.)
  4. Assemble burrito bowl: Divide rice among four bowls and top with ground turkey, halved grape tomatoes, diced avocados, and 1 can of black beans and drizzle with spicy yogurt. Garnish with cilantro.

Egg Roll Bowl

An elevated, healthier bowl version of your favorite Chinese take-out appetizer.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add 1 clove of minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of minced ginger and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add 1lb ground pork and cook until no pink remains.
  2. Push pork to the side and add 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add 1/2 onion (thinly sliced), 1 cup shredded carrots, and ¼ sliced cabbage. Stir to combine with meat and add ¼ cup soy sauce and 1 tablespoon Sriracha. Cook until cabbage is tender, 5-8 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture to serving dish and garnish with thinly sliced green onions and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Serve.