With the Right Spaces and the Right Partners, True Life Communities Is Positioned for Growth and Expansion

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True Life Communities is positioned for expansion and plans to develop land and build new-home neighborhoods throughout the western United States.

We deliberately search for unique parcels, especially those that hold a natural allure, whether it's in views or surrounding lifestyle, with potential for appeal to a distinct customer.

"It's still 'location, location, location,'" says Scott D. Clark, chairman and CEO of True Life Communities, a diversified real estate development firm based in San Ramon, California.

That old saying may have passed from truism to cliché, but it still carries great weight.

"The critical difference is that, in our recovering marketplace, the ability to discern the best location hinges upon understanding nuances of place," Clark says.

"For instance, San Francisco is a great location -- but that doesn't mean that every San Francisco zip code carries the same potential from an investment perspective."

Fortunately for Clark, his team at True Life Communities has a background in planning, matched by sturdy skills in finance and real estate development. This allows for keen assessments of strong but discriminating possibilities in choice areas.

True Life Communities has fostered expertise in its abilities to consider the tangible elements and intangible qualities that create highly desirable home locations.

Location, demographics within that location, commercial and cultural amenities all contribute to specific, quantifiable aspects.

Additionally, every community develops its own sense of character, events and celebrations, educational importance and cultural impact.

"Highly desirable locations attract buyers," Clark says, "generating a synergistic energy in specific communities."

Twelve industry executives with exceptional experience and education form the core of True Life Communities' management team, with backgrounds incorporating public and private experience. It includes work with builders such as D.R. Horton, Lennar, KB Homes, Richmond American Homes, Standard Pacific and Warmington along with financial companies such as Catellus Development Group and Chicago Title.

The partners at True Life Communities have deep experience in land development and architecture, and have worked with the cities of Alameda, Brentwood and Oxnard, as well as Mission Bay, Alameda County and Los Angeles.

With its planning esthetic backboned by a clear-eyed financial team that understands long and short term views from multiple points, True Life Communities is currently invested with four northern and southern California communities, and three more are on tap to debut later this year.

True Life Communities actively seeks niche opportunities within established developments and communities. "It's not a 'trick,'" explains True Life Communities' president and COO, Mark Rowson. "Rather, it's a formula that capitalizes on current market conditions and, we believe, takes a smart approach to growth."

True Life Communities residential portfolio includes homes measuring from approximately 1,300 to more than 4,500 square feet and includes both production and custom models with prices ranging from the low $200,000s to more than $1.2 million.

With a target list of about 10 communities for acquisition within the coming months, and with the right partners, True Life Communities is poised for exponential long-term growth.

"We deliberately search for unique parcels, especially those that hold a natural allure, whether it's in views or surrounding lifestyle, with potential for appeal to a distinct customer," says Rowson.

"We also believe that significant growth requires a conscious decision. We've made that decision, and are confident we can reinvent a portion of our industry. We also know that home builders are going to be looking for nimble, niche-oriented companies to work with and we are ready to work with them."

Currently, the company is active in construction at Silver Oaks in Pleasanton and Camberly Place at Stonebrae in Hayward.

Silver Oaks includes a limited collection of five luxury homes, while Camberly Place features 26 residences.

Both are high-end developments within established locals. This gives each an advantage for a new neighborhood: a ready base of existing community that includes active downtown areas, quality education and cultural organizations.

Each neighborhood fits well with True Life Communities' intent to develop communities that bring people together in better lives, and to provide True Life Communities partners with opportunities that exceed expectations with a wide range of services from education to networking.

Within each True Life Communities development, the company intends to nurture a spirit of outreach backed up by genuine action and involvement.

"We believe in fostering grass-roots involvement," Clark says, "because it is important to each member of our team to contribute.

"Our ultimate success lies in helping families realize their dreams of lives well-lived in thriving neighborhoods. Building strong relationships is a critical element in working with our communities, as well as with our investors."

For more information about True Life Communities, call 925-824-4300 or visit http://www.TrueLifeCommunities.com.

True Life Communities is a diversified real estate development, consulting and construction firm specializing in land development and homebuilding activities. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, the company plans to develop land and build new-home neighborhoods throughout the western United States. The company, founded on a longstanding tradition of honesty and trust, is guided by a management team with over 100 years of collective industry experience. True Life Communities derives its name from its dedication to building homes that embrace life's true moments -- first steps, graduations, reunions and more -- to provide enduring value and bright futures for their owners.

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