New 2,380-home Baker Ranch Community Prepares for February 8, 2014 Debut by Shea Homes and Toll Brothers on The Largest Undeveloped Site in Lake Forest, CA

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The new 2,380-home Baker Ranch community will be the first and only new master-planned community to open in Orange County this year with the grand opening slated for February 8, 2014.

Grand opening on February 8, 2014 is the first village at Baker Ranch, a new recreational and open space-oriented 2,380-home community on the largest undeveloped site in the scenic Orange County city of Lake Forest, CA.

Created through a partnership between Shea Homes and Toll Brothers, Baker Ranch is planned to encompass nearly 375 acres atop a broad mesa bordered by roughly 900 acres of open space and situated along the foothills of Lake Forest, CA. At build-out, the new community is envisioned to offer three villages encompassing nearly 2,380 residential units within neighborhoods of single-family detached homes, townhomes and other attached living residences as well as apartment homes. Plus, more than 30 acres of parks and recreational facilities are planned; and Baker Ranch residents will pay NO Mello-Roos taxes.

“Village One at Baker Ranch will officially grand open on February 8, 2014 with six residential neighborhoods and an impressive offering of parks, pools and other recreational and social amenities – making it the first and only new master-planned community to open in Orange County in 2014,” said Seth Ring, President of Toll Brothers – Southern California Division. “And, since Baker Ranch residents will not have to pay any Mello-Roos taxes, they’ll benefit from a lower cost of living as compared to other Orange County planned communities.”

In addition to the homes by Shea Homes and Toll Brothers, Baker Ranch is envisioned to include a wide range of recreational facilities including a Central Linear Park in the heart of the community, the sport-oriented Baker Ranch Community Park, The Grove clubhouse with resort-style lagoon pool/spa, cabanas, and separate “quiet” pool and spa area, as well as several additional neighborhood parks. Plus, Baker Ranch has been planned to include Borrego Linear Park, highlighted by a multi-user trail system which runs along a portion of the Borrego Wash and connects with the County of Orange regional trails network, leading to thousands of acres of open space at nearby Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

Baker Ranch also is central to key highways including the Foothill Transportation Corridor (241 tollroad), the I-5 and I-405 as well as major employment centers, shopping, dining and entertainment, and miles of beaches along the Pacific Ocean.

“The combination of Baker Ranch’s view-oriented setting and its many recreational/ social amenities combined with its proximity to open space, recreation, quick and easy access to employment, the beach, and all sorts of additional Orange County destinations, makes Baker Ranch the most highly anticipated new planned community to debut in Orange County in 2014,” said Bob Yoder, President of Shea Homes - Southern California Division. “In fact, more than 5,000 prospective homebuyers have already registered on the Baker Ranch Information List found at our new community website, And, we just launched our Baker Ranch Facebook page as well.”

The new Baker Ranch website offers engaging videos from the Baker Ranch planning team and even local community leaders, details on the collection of Village One homes by Shea Homes and Toll Brothers, facts and figures about local schools and open space parks, as well as illustrations of the many on-site recreational amenities now preparing for Baker Ranch’s early 2014 grand opening. Additional content is expected to be added to the Baker Ranch website and Facebook page as the grand opening approaches.

Baker Ranch is within the acclaimed Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which is ranked among Orange County’s Top 5 Best School Districts. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District features more California Distinguished Schools than any other in the state, including its award-winning El Toro High School which is ranked in the Top 10% in the nation.
Baker Ranch is being created through a partnership between Shea Homes and Toll Brothers.

Shea Homes Southern California is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, one of America’s largest privately held homebuilders. As a member of the Shea family of companies, which is celebrating its 132nd anniversary in 2013, Shea Homes has won numerous prestigious awards for quality, integrity, innovation and customer satisfaction. Shea Homes’ pursuit of excellence is typified by Shea Superiology, the art and science of designing and constructing homes that offer homeowners superior value by maximizing their quality of life, minimizing their costs and making a positive contribution to the environment. For more information, please visit the company's website at

Toll Brothers was named 2012 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine ( and is the first builder to win this honor twice. Toll Brothers is also honored to have won two other coveted awards in the home building industry: America’s Best Builder and the National Housing Quality Award. Toll Brothers began business in 1967 and became a public company in 1986. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TOL." The Company serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyers and operates nationwide. For more information, visit

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