Shea Homes - Toll Brothers Partnership Yields Sales Success at First Village of New Baker Ranch Community

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The new 2,380-home recreational resort-style master-planned community of Baker Ranch has sold approximately 260 homes – achieving between 33-37 home sales per month on the largest undeveloped site within Lake Forest, CA.

Just eight months after its grand opening, the new 2,380-home recreational resort-style master-planned community of Baker Ranch has sold approximately 260 homes – achieving between 33-37 home sales per month on the largest undeveloped site within Lake Forest, CA.

Created in partnership by Shea Homes and Toll Brothers, Baker Ranch sits on a broad mesa offering panoramic ridgeline, hillside, open space, and even distant coastal views. At build-out, Baker Ranch is envisioned to include a total of three villages encompassing a range of neighborhoods offering single-family detached residences, townhomes and other attached homes as well as apartments. Home prices currently range from the high $400,000s to over $1 million. In addition, the community is highlighted by its recreational-oriented lifestyle and such resort amenities as The Grove clubhouse and lagoon swimming pool, The Arbors swim club, several playgrounds, parks, trails and other recreational amenities. Plus, residents of Baker Ranch pay no Mello-Roos fees.

“Baker Ranch is a success because it provides award-winning, resort-caliber amenities and an incredible array of exceptional homes for all lifestyles and life stages at a scenic, ‘near it all’ location, within one of the region’s finest school districts,” said Seth Ring, President of Toll Brothers – Southern California Division. “The range of new homes available at Baker Ranch is matched only by each homebuilder’s focus on interior detailing and superb home design which accents indoor-outdoor living – all in a community now taking shape in one of Orange County’s most sought-after locations.”

Now open at Baker Ranch is The Grove, recently voted “Best Community Amenity” by the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. The Grove is a one-of-a-kind clubhouse complete with an expansive demonstration/party kitchen and dining room, open air patio with covered barbeques, as well as an indoor event room with tall glass doors accessing an outdoor patio area with a bar and fireplace. The Grove also includes a resort-caliber lagoon swimming pool with spa and children’s splash area, covered poolside cabanas, and a separate “quiet” pool with spa and lounging area.

Nearby is The Arbors with its large pool and lounging area, covered cabanas, wading pool, fireplaces, and spa. Next door to The Arbors is an expansive neighborhood park with large turf area for “concerts in the park” and children’s climbing structure and play area. Also found at Baker Ranch are Passage Park and Odyssey Park, two additional neighborhoods parks featuring barbeques, picnic areas, swings, and kid’s climbing structures.

Adding to the community’s three neighborhood parks is the recently opened Baker Ranch Community Park with its lush “ready for play” athletic fields, a community green surrounded by picnic and grill pavilions, a children’s tot lot, a basketball court and an elaborate play structure with a climbing rock.

“Our recreational goal is to ensure that every Baker Ranch residence is within five minutes of luxurious and welcoming places to play, relax and socialize with family and friends,” said Bob Yoder, President of Shea Homes - Southern California Division. “We also emphasize our majestic setting which affords incredible surrounding and distant views as well as proximity to hundreds upon hundreds of acres of natural open space. Plus, Baker Ranch is near existing shopping, restaurants and entertainment which enables quick and easy access to major employment centers. This winning combination is propelling home sales and allowing us to release new phases of homes on a regular basis.”

Ultimately, Baker Ranch is planned to also include numerous additional parks. Central Linear Park is planned to be 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, will lead to the protected open spaces of nearby Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

Plus, Baker Ranch is within the acclaimed Saddleback Valley Unified School District, which is ranked among Orange County’s Top 5 Best School Districts with its National Blue-Ribbon Award winning institutions. 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, Baker Ranch is easily accessed via the Foothill Transportation Corridor (241 tollroad), the I-5 and I-405 with shopping, dining, and entertainment close by.

To learn more about Baker Ranch and its community amenities, please visit http://www.LiveatBakerRanch.com. 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.
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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 http://www.SheaHomes.com.

Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building nationwide and was recently named national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine. The Company serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyers and operates nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.TollBrothers.com.

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