Grand Opening of the New Shea Homes-Toll Brothers 2,380-Home Baker Ranch Community Set for February 8

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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.

Baker Ranch, the first master-planned community to debut this year in Orange County, CA, will celebrate its public grand opening on February 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To date, more than 7,000 homeshoppers have registered on the Interest List for this new community, created through a partnership between Shea Homes and Toll Brothers.

Set within the scenic foothills of Lake Forest and on the City’s largest undeveloped site, Baker Ranch is envisioned to ultimately 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. More than 30 acres of parks and recreational facilities are planned; and Baker Ranch residents will pay NO Mello-Roos taxes.

Debuting this Saturday will be Village One at Baker Ranch, encompassing a diverse selection of homes within six neighborhoods and several recreational amenities, including Baker Ranch Community Park. Homes are currently priced from the low $500,000s to over $1 million.

Presented through a unique partnership between Shea Homes and Toll Brothers, two of the nation's most well-respected homebuilders, the six neighborhoods of Village One at Baker Ranch include the following:

  •     Brookland by Shea Homes: Townhomes priced from the low $500,000s, offering 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 baths and approximately 1,273 – 1,801 sq. ft. of living space
  •     The Knolls by Shea Homes: Single-family homes from the high $500,000s, offering 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths and approximately 1,578 – 1,671 sq. ft. of living space
  •     Parkview by Toll Brothers: Single-family homes from the $700,000s, offering 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and approximately 1,874 – 2,196 sq. ft. of living space
  •     Ridgewood by Shea Homes: Single-family homes from the high $700,000s, offering 3-5 bedrooms, 3.5-4 baths and approximately 2,124 – 2,390 sq. ft. of living space
  •     Heights by Toll Brothers: Single-family homes from the $900,000s, offering 4-5 bedrooms, 4.5-5.5 baths and approximately 2,686 – 3,056 sq. ft. of living space
  •     Highlands by Toll Brothers: Single-family homes from the $1,000,000s, offering 5 bedrooms, 4.5-5.5 baths and approximately 2,971 – 3,268 sq. ft. of living space

“We’re so pleased to be able to unveil the very first village at Baker Ranch this weekend,” said Seth Ring, President of Toll Brothers – Southern California Division. “Homeshoppers will be invited to tour 18 different professionally decorated and landscaped model homes as well as an impressive offering of parks, pools and other recreational and social amenities. 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.”

Also premiering during the Baker Ranch grand opening is The Grove with its large clubhouse complete with gourmet-style demonstration kitchen and dining area as well as a spacious ballroom with tall glass doors opening to an outdoor courtyard for small- and large-group entertaining. The Grove features an open-air bar adjacent to a tall stone fireplace and a covered walkway leading from the clubhouse to a resort-caliber lagoon swimming pool with spa and children’s splash area, covered poolside cabanas, as well as a separate “quiet” pool with spa and lounging area.

In addition, Village One at Baker Ranch includes Baker Ranch Community Park with lush “ready for play” athletic fields, a community green surrounded by picnic and grill pavilions, an elaborate play structure, and plenty of open space for a relaxing day. Several additional neighborhood parks will also be debuting during the grand opening.

Ultimately, Baker Ranch is planned to also include a Central Linear Park in the heart of the community and the Borrego Linear Park, highlighted by a multi-user trail system which 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. Even more neighborhood parks are expected to be created in the community so that residents are within just five minutes of places to play and socialize.

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.

And, from its location atop a broad mesa adjacent to 900 acres of open space, Baker Ranch affords residents wide panoramas of the surrounding foothills, the Santa Ana Mountains, and even distance views of the Pacific Ocean. Plus, Baker Ranch 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.

“Baker Ranch offers the perfect blend of view orientation and recreational/social amenities mixed with proximity to wide open spaces, miles of hiking and biking trails as well as quick and easy access to employment centers, restaurants and shopping,” said Bob Yoder, President of Shea Homes - Southern California Division. “This winning combination has prompted more than 7,000 homebuyers to register on the Baker Ranch Interest List, making Baker Ranch the most highly anticipated new planned community to debut in Orange County this year.”

To learn more about Baker Ranch and its community amenities, please visit

Baker Ranch is located between Bake Parkway and Alton Parkway in Lake Forest. To reach Baker Ranch from the I-5 or I-405, take the Bake Parkway exit and proceed east. Enter the community at Dimension Drive. To reach Baker Ranch from the 241 tollroad, exit Alton Parkway, proceed west and follow the signs to Baker Ranch.
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 133rd anniversary in 2014, Shea Homes has won numerous prestigious awards for quality, integrity, innovation and customer satisfaction. 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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