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Summer will be here before you know it, which means now is the best time to brighten up your home décor with some of the season’s top design trends. Whether it’s a fresh new look for your interior or an outdoor setup ready for hosting summer gatherings, these tips will give your home the update it deserves going into the warmer months.

Start inside your home by adding touches of color. Splashes of yellow are great for bringing summer vibes into your space, while blues and pastels can reenergize more neutral palettes with cool hues. This can be done with pillows, table accessories, accent furniture and even wall art. Small changes can have a big effect.

Gravitate toward greenery with some new plants. From centerpieces to freestanding floor plants, having plants in your home will not only help create a summery feel, but they also improve household air quality, so bring on the botanicals!

When decorating for summer, it’s important to create a comfortable outdoor space since you’ll be spending a lot more time outside enjoying the weather. Choosing the right items to fill the space will make it even more tranquil and inviting.  Mini seating areas with sofas and armchairs will make it seem like a cozy extension of your home. Accessorize with mixed fabrics to add texture and choose colors that are on trend, such as this year’s light earth tones including lilac, clay and green.

Finally, embrace the timeless trend of the herb garden. An edible garden is perfect for people who love to cook—it also provides a natural fragrance to your space.

No matter which trends you choose this year, personal touches will give your outdoor space the welcoming atmosphere it needs for all of summer’s best gatherings.

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The summer season is just around the corner! Now’s the perfect time to get your house ready before the warm weather hits, and we’ve gathered some great seasonal maintenance tips.

During the summer months, you’ll be using the outdoor spaces of your home just as much as the indoor. Start off by doing away with any yard debris and giving all your trees, bushes and plants a good trim. Getting rid of any overgrowth or fallen leaves and twigs will help keep the bugs and critters away. Plus, pruning keeps your yard looking nicely landscaped and the plants healthy in the long run.

Porches, walkways, patios and driveways—keeping these surfaces clean boosts your home’s curb appeal and makes your outdoor spaces more inviting. Sweep away any free-floating debris and then use a pressure washer with detergent. Scrubbing with soap and water should do the trick for any stubborn embedded dirt.

Next up is windows. Wash both the interior and exterior of all your windows with warm water and soap so you can keep an extra close eye on the kids when they’re playing outside. And don’t forget about the window screens. Hot, soapy water and a brush will have them looking brand new.

Since you’re more likely to turn on your air conditioner during the summer months, this is the time to inspect your windows and doors. Adding fresh sealant to any cracks or gaps will keep any cool air from escaping—and ultimately save energy and money. This will also help keep hot air and unwanted pests out of your house.

Don’t let the air quality inside your home add to those summer allergies. Take a damp rag to all ceiling fans and clean the vents and filters before firing up the air conditioner. It’s never a bad idea to get your air conditioner inspected by a professional to ensure that your unit is working properly, safely and efficiently.

Prepping your home for the season can be a lot of work. But once you’ve gone through all the steps, you can sit back, relax and play it cool this summer!

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Tucked in the established neighborhood of Tracy, CA with its friendly small-town charm is the new collection of single-family homes at Elissagaray Ranch. Close to downtown Tracy’s shopping, dining and excellent schools, these one- and two-story homes are mixing traditional styles with flexible comfort.

Four distinct floor plans feature up to 3,531 sq. ft. of living space, four bedrooms and tons of personalization options that make these homes versatile for any lifestyle. From optional covered outdoor rooms and loft spaces to dens and added bedrooms, you’ll have room to grow, entertain and enjoy life in a home designed for you.

Tracy’s proximity to the Bay Area is one of the many benefits of choosing Elissagaray Ranch as a place to put down roots. Here, the opportunity to own a bigger home on a larger lot in a tight-knit community is well within reach. Spend weekends exploring nearby neighborhood parks, including Tiago Park, Kellogg Park and Tracy Sports Complex, where you’ll find plenty of green space and recreation for the whole family. Come for a visit and experience the possibilities of this inviting Northern California community.

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Rose Avenue Estates is redefining luxury living in Pleasanton. A brand-new Ponderosa Homes community, this collection of upscale single-family residences present exceptional designs by award-winning architects, all just a short stroll from the spirited hub of downtown.

Choose from a selection of three spacious floor plans offering up to 4,463 sq. ft. of interior living space, five bedrooms and a host of great features, including a covered outdoor room perfect for entertaining friends and family. Now selling from the low $2 millions, these stunning residences will bring out your inner chef with a carefully-planned gourmet kitchen and provide a relaxing sanctuary with a tranquil master suite.

Named one of the 50 best cities to live in America, it’s easy to imagine life in Pleasanton’s picturesque surroundings. Rose Avenue Estates has the small-town charm you’ve been searching for in a convenient location near downtown and key employers in the Bay Area. With weekend farmers’ markets, local parks and natural beauty all around, it’s time to experience all that this vibrant community has to offer.

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to get your new Ponderosa home in tip-top shape with our seasonal maintenance tips!

Now that the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to make sure your roof wasn’t damaged from any winter weather. Look for signs of wear and tear by checking the roof perimeter for missing shingles and the ceiling for any cracks. If you noticed any leaks in the previous few months, now is a good time to get them fixed.

Next up are gutters. They face the same elements as your roof, so it’s important to clean them at least once a year – twice if you have large trees overhead. Look for loose or leaky segments that could lead to a grime or sludge buildup.

It’s also a good time to make sure the air conditioning is summer ready. Replace the filter and dust off the vents, removing any allergens and particles you don’t want floating around.

Spring cleaning means out with the old and in with the new. Go through your closets, kitchen or any other storage space you don’t always think to clear out. It’s easy to hold onto clutter but there’s no better feeling than making space for a new year of collecting pieces you love. And, before you finish, make sure to wipe down your screens and electronics. From your phone to your laptop, devices go everywhere you go. Use a gentle wipe or microfiber cloth to clean off the dust and bacteria from previous months of use.

Now that you’re home has a new spring in its step, enjoy the warmer weather and longer days ahead. Happy spring!

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Live in the here and now at The Vines in Livermore. This vibrant community features distinct two-story floor plans with up to 2,235 sq. ft., four bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, luxury master suites and energy-saving features throughout. Stylish architecture by award-winning KTGY Group, Inc. and low-maintenance homesites make it no surprise that these timeless homes are selling fast.

Each residence includes custom options such as bonus rooms and lofts that easily transform into an extra bedroom or home office. The perfect mix of comfort and style, The Vines is conveniently located in the heart of Wine Country – just a short drive from great shopping, dining, beautiful scenery and renowned wineries.

Be sure to come by for a visit to experience the stunning new homes in person. The sales office is open Thursday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm and Monday from 2pm to 5pm. See you soon!

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With the holidays around the corner and Thanksgiving a week away, it’s time to start planning out everyone’s favorite meal with friends and family. Make this Thanksgiving in your new Ponderosa home extra special with our favorite recipes and décor tips. From green bean sides to pumpkin pie bites, there’s always room for tasty new dishes sure to make everyone want seconds.

The eating starts early once guests begin popping into the kitchen. So this year, stop them in their tracks and keep them busy with some pre-meal finger food while you finish up last-minute preparations. These roasted balsamic cranberry and brie crostinis or baked mac-and-cheese bites are the perfect appetizers and sure to be a tasty hit.

Next up – side dishes. What is Thanksgiving dinner if not a huge collection of everyone’s favorite sides? Add this creamy green bean casserole for a hearty twist on a classic favorite or try out this recipe for candied sweet potatos with bourbon – a sweet dish that packs a kick!

Save the best for last with these tasty pumpkin pie cheesecake bars that are certified kid-friendly treats. And along with your favorite pie selection, add this caramel pecan pie to the mix, but save room for these adorable chocolate kiss acorns that are as cute as they are delicious.

Now that you have the menu, it’s time to get your new home ready for all the festivities. Welcome friends and family with this chalkboard door greeting or DIY Thanksgiving message board perfect for embracing the spirit of the holiday. Lastly, create a festive tablescape with one of these easy-to-make centerpieces – also a great way to add a personal touch to the occasion.

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving from Ponderosa Homes!

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Introducing Red Hawk – a new collection of stylish single-family homes located in the heart of Danville. Phase 1 of these exciting new residences sold fast, and the upcoming Phase 2 sales release will feature the popular Residence 3X. This floor plan offers 4,540 sq. ft. of living space, five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and optional bonus rooms filled with possibility for you and your family.

This charming new neighborhood will showcase a select number of stunning one- and two-story homes with classic lines, luxury finishes and modern amenities – all with a picturesque small-town ambiance. A few minutes from downtown Danville in a coveted westside location walking distance to the Danville Livery shops and restaurants, Red Hawk offers a higher quality of everyday life where endless adventures are waiting to be explored just outside your door thanks to its close proximity to the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, shopping and dining. And easily accessible city life is perfectly balanced with tranquil stretches of open space, nearby nature trails, parks and outdoor fun the whole family can enjoy right in your backyard.

The Phase 2 sales release is anticipated for late 2017 or early 2018, and the priority list is now open for potential homebuyers. Make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible for your chance to own one of these desirable new single-family homes. For more information on getting pre-qualified and adding your name to the priority list, please contact the community sales manager, Ali Lane.

CONTACT
Ali Lane | Community Sales Manager
[email protected]
Phone: (925) 200-4587

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Summer’s here and temperatures are rising! Now that the days are warm, it’s important to keep the interior and exterior of your new home well maintained. From leaves and flowers to food and drinks, make sure you’re cleaning off exposed surfaces so heat doesn’t make unnecessary stains on your patio and furniture.

Tidy up the yard by pruning and trimming trees and shrubbery. This will make it look landscaped and ensure the longterm health and growth of your plants.

Keep the hot air out and cool air in by taking care of your AC. Not only will you help lengthen its lifecycle but you’ll also keep it running more efficiently – for a cooler home and less energy costs. Change the  filters monthly and clean the buildup of dust and grime on the vents, this increases the air-quality and is crucial for those with allergies. Scheduling  annual AC checkups with a licensed technician will help avoid any bigger repair costs in the future and give you peace of mind.

Now’s the time to check your windows. You’ll want to make sure they’re closing properly so you don’t waste energy by trying to cool off the outside. Test the window sealants and look for any small openings along the bottom and sides. Lastly, double check the weather-stripping to make sure it’s in good condition.

As always, it’s important for safety to check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regulary throughout the year, but it’s vital to check them during the summer due to the heat and dry conditions. Make sure batteries are fresh and that everything’s in working order by testing your detectors.

With these summer maintenance tips, it should be smooth sailing all summer long.

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On May 25, 2017, the Ponderosa family lost our esteemed president, Richard “Dick” Baker. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dick made his mark on the homebuilding industry throughout Northern California and, over the last 20 years, as president and CEO of Ponderosa Homes. An integral part of the leadership team, along with Linda Morasch and Kile Morgan, Dick guided Ponderosa to achieve success even in the most challenging of times, most recently spearheading numerous land acquisitions and entitlement strategies such as Ironwood in Pleasanton and the entitlement of Tracy Lakes.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dick was a force to be reckoned with in our industry, serving on multiple committees and devoting much time and financial backing to philanthropic endeavors. Dick understood the importance of providing housing and shelter to those who need it most, leading him to found the HomeAid Northern California chapter, which has gone on to build more than 30 multi-unit shelters for homeless families. In 2005, he was inducted into the CBIA California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame for his commitment to charitable giving and mentorship.

A beloved husband, father, brother and colleague, Dick will always be remembered for his caring moral support, strong leadership abilities and, of course, his wonderful wit and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by all.

PRE-QUALIFY NOW FOR BELMONT

PRIORITY LIST BEGINS JUNE 17th
PHASE 1 SALES RELEASE – JUNE 24th

NEW SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED HOMES IN SAN JOSE
FROM THE $900,000s
UP TO 2,726 SQ. FT.

For an opportunity to own at this amazing new community in San Jose, all potential Phase 1 buyers must receive a pre-qualification letter from one of our designated lenders by June 17th. Once completed, the pre-qualification letter must be faxed to the Community Sales Manager between June 17th and June 23rd to establish priority order to purchase.

Be sure to download the release guidelines.

CONTACT:
Kathy Marusic | Community Sales Manager
[email protected]
Phone: (925) 200-4146
Fax: (925) 226-7116

Phase 1 priority list home selection roll call will take place on Saturday, June 24th and will begin promptly at 11am. All participants must pre-qualify and follow the above process.

BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE RELEASE GUIDELINES FOR MORE INFORMATION!

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Contemporary homes in the heart of San Jose, Belmont by Ponderosa is an innovative community debuting in June 2017. Designed by award-winning KTGY Group Inc., Belmont will boast stylish residences with energy-efficient technology, modern amenities and spacious interiors.

This new collection of single-family, detached homes will feature two- and three-story floor plans with up to 2,726 sq. ft., four bedrooms, and three-and-one-half baths, priced from the $900,000s. Centrally located in Silicon Valley, Belmont is near major shopping and dining destinations, as well as parks and trails where you and your family can embrace the great outdoors.

Register today for the opportunity to pre-qualify for this exciting new homeownership opportunity!

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This month the Ponderosa family is shining a spotlight on the The SUHI Foundation, spearheaded by our very own chairman, Kile Morgan Jr. In partnership with The Morgan Family Foundation, The SUHI Foundation will be awarding a record-breaking $250,000 in scholarships to thirty nine exceptional students at Sweetwater High School in National City, CA.

The Foundation is currently in it’s eleventh year of providing scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to university bound students, and most are eligible for renewal for four years in order to help students pursue their degree. This year, a total of six scholarships worth $500 each were also awarded to students attending community college. In addition, the Morgan Family Foundation has awarded a full scholarship estimated at $200,000 for one student to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Founded in 2006, the SUHI Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships and supported a total of 102 students in their dream to work toward higher education. We at Ponderosa Homes are proud to work with this wonderful organization.

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Ready to move? Visit any one of our Northern California communities today to find an amazing move-in ready homes! In the meantime, see which homes are right for you on our quick move-in homes page!

The best way to celebrate the holiday season is with a brand new home. And you’ll find more than enough to celebrate at Ponderosa Homes’ distinguished Northern California single-family home neighborhoods.

Featuring expansive floor plans and highly sought-after features, the one- and two-story luxurious home designs at Red Hawk in Danville, The Vineyard Collection in Livermore, The Vines in Livermore and Rose Avenue Estates in Pleasanton invite you to live the way you’ve always envisioned.

Find the lifestyle you’ve been waiting for – call or visit these neighborhood sales offices for more details about current available homesites.

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Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from Ponderosa Homes!

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There’s no better place to host a party than a Red Hawk home by Ponderosa Homes, and there’s no better way to spend a night than catching up with great friends and industry colleagues in a setting reminiscent of an evening in paradise.

It was all of that and more at this Ponderosa Homes celebration honoring our employees, partners, city officials and others who contributed to bringing the community of Red Hawk to life.

Esteemed guests were treated to exquisite catered fare and specialty cocktails while a steel drum band provided the evening’s soundtrack. The conversation was lively, and the atmosphere was inviting as visitors toured the new one- and two-story single-family model homes to see first-hand the exciting homeownership opportunities Red Hawk will bring to the San Ramon Valley.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event and to all who helped make Red Hawk possible.

If you haven’t been to this inspiring new community in Danville, be sure to come by for a visit!

Fall Maintenance Tips 2018

September 28, 2018

It’s that time of year again, when the chill in the air and the shorter days make us long for the comfort of our own homes. It’s also a good time to tackle those seasonal tasks that will help make your home fall-ready. Here are a few tips that will make the fall maintenance process a breeze.

Start outside. If the leaves have already started falling, rake them regularly to ensure your lawn still gets the sunshine it needs to maintain that healthy green color. You’ll also want to clean the leaves out of your gutters to prevent any clogs that could damage your roof. While you’re checking the gutters, take a moment to inspect the roof. If you notice any signs of damage, get it taken care of now so you won’t have any issues come winter.

Walk around your house and look for any stray tree branches that could break or hit your house in cases of extreme weather. Trim any trees that look dangerous or unhealthy—this will help for both safety and post-winter growth.

Prepare the inside of your home with annual furnace maintenance. Having a professional check your heating system is the best way to make sure your house stays toasty in the coming months.

You can also maintain your home’s insulation by sealing gaps and checking for air leaks in the windows and doors. This can be done this by feeling for drafts in the frames and sealing them with weather stripping or caulk. If you find larger holes, fill them with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep unwanted critters outside.

With every new season comes another opportunity to check your safety devices. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers should all be tested or replaced if necessary.

Finally, take pride in all that you’ve done to maintain and prepare your home for the cooler seasons. Once winter rolls around, you’ll be happy to have taken those extra precautions.

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We recently introduced you to Rose Avenue Estates, and now is the time to take the next steps in purchasing one of these luxury new homes in Pleasanton.

To join the Phase 1 sales release Priority List, all potential buyers must contact and receive a qualification letter from one of our designated lenders. The Priority List for Rose Avenue Estates will be established starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 25th. See the Sales Release Guidelines for additional information.

See the links below to access important information:

Questions? Contact Kathy Marusic today by calling 925-200-4146 or emailing [email protected] for more information on how to get pre-qualified!

Rose Avenue Estates Community Information:

  • New upscale single-family homes near downtown Pleasanton
  • Up to 4,463 sq. ft.
  • Up to 4 bedrooms
  • Up to 4.5 bathrooms
  • Selling from the high $1 millions

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