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Mar 28
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5 Ways to Say Hello to Spring

With the sun shining and the birds chirping, it’s finally time to shake off the winter blues. Here are a few fun ways to welcome and enjoy the warmer days.  

Start your Spring Garden: Throw on your gardening gear, grab a shovel, and head outside. It’s time to get your spring flower garden started by planting bulbs, seeds, or seedlings. If you need some inspiration, check out these 21 Early Blooming Spring Flowers for Your Garden. In just a week or two, you’ll start see your hard work pay off as sprouts start to peek out of the soil and in no time, you’ll have beautiful flowers to enjoy. If gardening is not your thing, stop by the closest botanical garden and treat yourself to the wonderful smells and sights of spring.  

Picnic Anyone?: Enjoying lunch outdoors with friends or family on a warm spring day is one of the simple joys in life. Head over to the English Springs Park in Chino Hills and find your favorite spot within the 8 acres that make up this beautiful park. Catch up on that book that you have been dying to finish, watch the kids run around the playground, or just enjoy the serenity of watching the clouds pass – extra points if you can spot your favorite Disney character!

Take a Hike: Chino Hills State Park is the perfect spot to explore on your day off, and it’s just a short drive from Founders. Check out the wildflowers and beautiful scenery, and don’t forget to bring along some snacks, and water course!

Ride a bike: Go to the garage and find that bike that has been sitting around, collecting dust for months. There’s no better time to cruise the streets than when the warmth and sunshine are finally upon us. Enjoy the fresh spring breeze as you soak up the much-needed vitamin D,  just don’t forget to protect your skin with sunscreen.

Sunday Fun-day: Grab the family and head over to the Claremont Forum Farmers & Artisans Market. With over 100 growers and artist displaying their fresh produce and beautifully crafted items year-round, you’ll enjoy hours of exploring to see what you find. Cap the day off with a movie at the Laemmle Theater and spend quality time with the ones you love.

Mar 26

Trumark Homes Grand Opens SP78 Community in Downtown San Jose

Award-Winning Homebuilder Introduces 78 New Homes to Nation’s Hottest Housing Market

SAN RAMON, Calif., March 26, 2019 – Trumark Homes, a national award-winning California homebuilder, announced today the Grand Opening of SP78 at San Pedro Square in the heart of San Jose, recently named the nation’s hottest housing market by Zillow. Representing the first for-sale product of its kind in San Jose’s downtown district, SP78 will feature 78 new three-story townhomes adjacent to the popular San Pedro Square Marketplace.

“The recent announcement of Adobe’s new downtown office tower and Google’s proposal for a transit-oriented village coupled with the city’s greater effort for urban revitalization of the area further demonstrates the tremendous opportunity associated with downtown San Jose,” said Tony Bosowski, Northern California Division President at Trumark Homes. “San Jose continues to draw new residents who seek convenience and jobs in emerging tech markets. The impact of the tech industry on housing supply is very apparent and has created a real demand for new construction, for-sale homes like SP78.”

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the homes will offer attached direct-access garages and close proximity to downtown office, retail, restaurants and entertainment, convenient access to public transportation and freeways, and a short commute to the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Since launching sales in summer 2018, the community has already reached an impressive sales milestone with over 30 percent sold, a testament to the influx of buyers to San Jose, predicted to remain the nation’s hottest housing market in 2019. The single-family two- and three-bedroom townhomes will feature 10 foot ceiling heights, abundant natural light, expansive great rooms and contemporary designs. Prices begin in the mid-$900,000s and first move-ins are currently slated for spring 2019.

“SP78 is the ideal product for those who desire an urban, walkable lifestyle seamlessly connected to nearby dining, entertainment and major employers all while staying in arm’s reach of key transportation,” added Bosowski.

One of the highest geographic concentrations of high-tech companies in the world and home to global titans like Cisco and Adobe, San Jose enjoys the lowest unemployment rate and the most jobs per person among the 50 largest U.S. metros. Further, 75 percent of all Fortune 500 companies in the Silicon Valley region are headquartered within 15 miles of downtown San Jose.

Trumark Homes hosted a Model Home Grand Opening event on February 23, drawing over 200 prospective buyers to experience the contemporary homes firsthand.

About Trumark Homes

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 www.TrumarkHomes.com.

Mar 25

The Mercury News: Downtown San Jose residences draw dozens of buyers

SP78 housing development is part of emerging downtown San Jose village near rail station, Google project

By GEORGE AVALOS | PUBLISHED: March 25, 2019

SAN JOSE — A new residential development in downtown San Jose being built by Trumark Homes is poised to launch an emerging urban village near the Diridon rail station and Google’s future transit-oriented community.

SP78 has already landed dozens of buyers, even while units are being constructed in the 78-unit development, which is perched on the edge of the bustling San Pedro Square restaurant and entertainment district in San Jose.

“The recent announcement of Adobe’s new downtown office tower and Google’s proposal for a transit-oriented village coupled with the city’s greater effort for urban revitalization of the area further demonstrates the tremendous opportunity associated with downtown San Jose,” said Tony Bosowski, Northern California Division President at Trumark Homes.

Tech titans and developers are actively planning millions of square feet of offices in downtown San Jose.

Google has proposed a transit village near the Diridon train station consisting of office buildings, homes, shops, restaurants and open spaces where 25,000 would work, including 15,000 to 20,000 of the search giant’s employees.

San Jose-based Adobe intends to expand its three-building downtown headquarters campus by adding a fourth office tower on an adjacent parcel, saying 4,000 of the tech titan’s employees would work in the new high rise.

“The impact of the tech industry on housing supply is very apparent and has created a real demand for new construction, for-sale homes like SP78,” Bosowski said.

The new homes might be a hot ticket. By the end of last week, at least 28 of the 78 residences in the SP78 development had been sold, according to a Trumark Homes sales representative who was on site.

The prospect that the Diridon rail hub, which already provides links to Caltrain, Capitol Corridor, Amtrak, ACE Train and light rail line, will also become a BART stop in the next several years, has fueled much of the activity lately in downtown San Jose.

The SP78 project consists of three-level town homes and is rising on the north side of West Julian Street between Coleman Avenue and North San Pedro Street.

Prices for the residences start in the mid-$900,000 range, Trumark Homes said. The Zillow website estimated the low end of the prices is around $959,000 and the high end prices were somewhere around $1.14 million.

Sizes for the various models range from roughly 1,300 square feet to 1,970 square feet, according to the development’s website.

SP78 also is part of what could evolve into a village and new neighborhood in what’s sometimes referred to as the North San Pedro Square area.

All told, at least 1,500 residential units are being eyed in a long-blighted area bounded by State Route 87 on the west, some freight railroad tracks and Bassett Street on the north, Coleman Avenue and North Market Street on the east and West Saint James Street on the south.

“San Jose continues to draw new residents who seek convenience and jobs in emerging tech markets,” Bosowski said.

Mar 25

Neighborhood Spotlight: San Jose

The largest city in the Bay area, and home to Trumark’s newest community, SP78, San Jose is a vibrant city with top-notch schools, quaint neighborhoods, and endless dining opportunities.

Nestled between the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range, with over 300 sunny days a year and its proximity to the ocean, the Sierra Nevada, and the vineyards, San Jose is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.   

We’ve rounded up a few places that make this innovation inspired community one of the best places to live.

Here’s your way to San Jose.

Wake up and smell the roses.

There is no better way to start off your day than picking up a delicious coffee from Philz and smelling the roses at the Municipal Rose Garden. This 5½ acre garden features over 4,000 rose shrubs, and will have you feeling like you’ve been transported from the city to the countryside. The best time to visit is from April to November when the roses are in full bloom. Sip. Stroll. Smell. Enjoy..

Shop til you drop.

San Jose is home to Santana Row, a European-inspired, pedestrian-friendly shopping village. With your pick of dining options, everything from burgers and Italian to Asian fusion and French, you’ll have plenty of choice’s to refuel while shopping. The Row’s top stores include Anthropologie, Amazon Books, Kate Spade and Sur La Table just to name a few. Not in the mood for shopping? Take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a cheesy slice of heaven from Pizza Antica, or treat yourself to a delicious scoop from Smitten Ice Cream.

Food, drinks, and entertainment.

Located just steps away from our  latest development, SP78, the vibrant San Pedro Square is a lively hub of shops and restaurants with an inviting atmosphere and countless offerings for food and drink. From burgers to Bolognese and hundreds of craft brew taps to the best wines from around the world, San Pedro Square is a fun place with something for everyone. The vendors periodically switch out, so you’ll never run out of new options to try! In addition to food and drink, there are many nightly and seasonal events, including live music, theatre, and trivia.

The heart and soul of the market is the historic Peralta Adobe, the oldest building in San Jose. The Peralta Adobe Plaza features an outdoor seating area, perfect for enjoying lunch, or an evening concert with dinner and cocktails. Across the street from the Adobe, you’ll find the exquisite Fallon House, built in 1855 by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion boasts 15 fully furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period.

Mar 15

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin and Bay Area

St. Patrick’s Day is much more than just an excuse to drink green beer. Created to observe the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the holiday has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. While it maintains its roots as a commemoration of St. Patrick, St. Paddy’s Day has transformed into a celebration of all things Irish. Wearing green, participants of this holiday around the world take to the streets for a day of celebration. Looking to celebrate St. Paddy’s in your hometown? This blog will explore how to show your Irish spirit in Dublin and Bay Area.

Dublin

In a city named Dublin, you would expect for there to be quite the celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. Living up to its name, Dublin, California, home to our Perch and Fielding residents, boasts one of the biggest celebrations on the West Coast, drawing in as many as 80,000 people to experience the festivities. From bagpipes and Celtic rock to Irish Dance, the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival has everything you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s legacy.  

Another great event in Dublin is the Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk. End this certified 5K course with a post-race celebration, including refreshment, entertainment and more!

Bay Area

For our Glass Bay residents in Newark,there is no shortage of St. Paddy’s action in the Bay Area. The self-proclaimed largest Irish celebration on the West Coast takes over the streets of San Francisco for the 2019 SF St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Complete with floats, marching bands and Irish dancers, you don’t want to miss this Celtic jamboree.

Calling all four-legged friends! Bring your party animals over to Patrick’s Park for their St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade. With 100% of proceeds going to Rocket Dog Rescue, this is a great opportunity to spend time with your fur babies while benefiting a great cause. Attendees can also practice their downward dog with DOGA (dog yoga) led by Move With Mairin.

The many Irish pubs of San Francisco also go all out for St. Paddy’s Day. Check out this link for a list of great places to enjoy that green beer you’ve been waiting for.

A fun event in the San Jose area is the Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Run at Hellyer Park. With a half marathon, 10k and 5k, there is a race for everyone.  Sign up here to show your St. Patty’s Day pride by wearing green and running for that pot of gold.

Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day with a San Jose flair at Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina. The 15th Annual Irish celebration will be a fiesta to remember, including green Coronas and green 80 oz. Fishbowls. Register here and remember to arrive early.