The olson Company Announces Grand Opening of Village Walk (TM) in San Lorenzo

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Project marks first 'GREEN' community for Olson Homes in Northern California.

We believe good green building starts with smart home design, eco-friendly home features and renewable energy like Village Walk's integrated solar panels

The Olson Company, a leader in new urban communities throughout the Bay Area for more than 20 years, today announced the March 29, 2008 grand opening event for their first "green" new home community in Northern California at Village Walk(TM) in San Lorenzo, Calif. from 12 to 4 p.m.

After two years of planning with Alameda County officials, the San Lorenzo community and the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, Village Walk's first phase opens with 28 eco-friendly, two-story condominiums with two floor plans ranging from 1,463 to 1,769 square feet, three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and attached two-car garages.

Village Walk(TM) homes are specially designed using the latest in GREEN building techniques to help make residents' carbon footprint as small as possible with homes that are among the most energy efficient available. Village Walk(TM) homes offer low energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. Just a few of the "green" in-home green features include integrated solar panels, low-emittance windows, tankless water heaters, pre-fabricated walls, and Energy Star appliances.

"We believe good green building starts with smart home design, eco-friendly home features and renewable energy like Village Walk's integrated solar panels," said Tony Bosowski, president of the Northern California Division of The Olson Company. "Village Walk(TM) homes use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste, and are healthier and more comfortable for residents. In fact, Village Walk homes provide up to 50 percent in energy savings."

Village Walk(TM) marks the first Olson Homes community in Northern California to be built using the specifications of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED(R) certification involves rigorous requirements set by US Green Building Council that is considered the gold standard for green building standards. As the rating system for sustainable residential site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, LEED(R) is the nationally accepted benchmark for high performance in eco-smart practices.

In addition to an eco-friendly lifestyle, Village Walk(TM) offers proximity to the greater East Bay and Silicon Valley, the Bayfair and Hayward BART stations and I-880, 238, 580 and the San Mateo Bridge. Nearby recreational activities include restaurants, shopping, entertainment and parks, including Southland Shopping Center, Bayfair Mall, San Lorenzo Commnity Park, Marina Park and Skywest Golf Course.

For more information on Village Walk(TM) please visit the sales center at the March 29 grand opening from 12 to 4 p.m. Village Walk is located on 1306 Bockman Road at Via Chiquita in San Lorenzo. From San Francisco: Take 80 east / Bay Bridge. Merge onto 880 south toward San Jose. Take the Lewelling exit toward San Lorenzo. Turn right on Lewlling Blvd., left on Washington Ave., continue on Via Alamitos. Turn left onto Bockman Road. From San Jose: Take 880 north, exit 29 for A St. toward San Lorenzo. Turn left on West A St., left on Hesperian Blvd. and right onto Bockman Road.

Interested homebuyers can also visit the companies website at http://www.olsonhomes.com.

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