Ponderosa...At Home

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!

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.

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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Only three homes remain available for the Phase Two release at The Vines in Livermore. Discover homesites 47, 48 and 46, each featuring a distinct floor plan, included upgrades and available for move-in this July 2017. See additional information below:

Homesite 47 – $784,600
Floorplan 3 (Link)
Approx. 1,884 sq. ft.
3 Bedrooms
2.5 Baths

Homesite 48 – $813,600
Floorplan 4 (Link)
Approx. 2,087 sq. ft.
4 Bedrooms
3 Baths

Homesite 46 – $853,400
Floorplan 5S (Link)
Approx. 2,223 sq. ft.
4 Bedrooms
2.5 Baths 

For details, contact Ben Vogelsang at [email protected] or call 510.719.0499.

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Décor Trends

February 23, 2017

Your home is your sanctuary, so keeping its interior fresh and updated is an easy way to feel renewed. Each year brings new décor trends; here are a few that are easy to implement and will surely bring your home from winter to spring in no time.

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, pastel colors come into play. Whether it’s pale pink, baby blue or light yellow, these shades will add soft pops of color throughout the home. Get some throw pillows for the couch or silk flowers for the table, and see how quickly the season can change. The best part? Pastels are calming and will help make any room feel more peaceful and serene.

Silver and gold are nice, but this year try something different and incorporate copper into your home’s palette. This metal is not only inexpensive, it’s versatile and goes with a variety of colors. Start small with a copper vase, flatware or learn to make a Moscow Mule and serve it in striking copper mugs – the reddish-gold hue adds a subtle touch of glamour and will quickly become your new favorite.

While springtime means flowers in bloom, succulents still reign supreme when it comes to interior décor. These popular botanicals are low maintenance and instantly freshen up any space. Found in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, place small potted succulents on any surface that seem a little bare or match the pots to other colors in a room. They make for great DIY projects that add a little personal touch to any space. Start small and go from there, you will be surprised how a little greenery can go a long way.

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If you’re still looking for a new home in beautiful Northern California, now is your time! Located in the heart of Wine Country, The Vines is a new-home community in Livermore featuring spacious two-story residences with ample amenities.

These homes offer up to 2,235 square feet, three bedrooms plus optional loft/retreat and two-and-half baths. You’ll also enjoy energy-saving features, premium stainless steel kitchen appliances, luxurious master suites and the opportunity to customize your spaces.

The Vines is still accepting priority registration and pre-qualification letters in anticipation of its first Phase Sales Release on Saturday, December 3, so act quickly! To be eligible to participate in the December 3 Sales Release, you must first join the first-come, first-served priority list.

Additionally, a pre-qualification letter from one of our preferred lenders must be provided by Sunday, November 27 at 5pm. To learn more, please contact Ben Vogelsang at The Vines Sales Office at [email protected] or at 925.460.8984.

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The Bay Area is surrounded by pristine outdoor settings and a diversity of native wildlife. With fall in full swing, take a look at some great fall outdoor activities you can enjoy this time of year.

It’s bird migration season, and there is no better place to go to observe bird migrations than Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Over ten thousand acres of wetlands, grasslands and riparian habitats makes the refuge an ideal breeding habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Trees in the Redwood National Park are known as the tallest trees on the planet and feature a diversity of natural environments. Experiencing vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and miles of rugged coastline will no doubt leave you refreshed and inspired.

Time is running out for the road into Kings Canyon at Sequoia National Park. Closing mid-November regardless of weather, this spectacular drive into the heart of a glacier-carved canyon is breathtaking and not to be missed.

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It’s October and there is a lot happening in the Bay Area to get you in the fall spirit. See what’s going on this month.

In celebration of the Mexican holiday, the San Jose Dia de Los Muertos Festival is happening October 22 at St. James Park. The festival, also called Day of The Dead, is actually a celebration of life. Bring the whole family down as we sing, dance, laugh and celebrate our loved ones throughout the night.

The beloved Livermore Food and Wine Tasting Tour happens October 22 and October 28 and is your opportunity to explore one of California’s oldest wine cities bite by bite. The casual tour blends curated food tastings with fun tidbits about the local food scene and hidden architectural gems.

If you love indulging in your creative side, the Danville Fall Crafts Festival is right up your ally! Happening October 22 and 23 from 10AM to 5PM, the festival will be celebrating its 25th year with quality arts and crafts displays and a fabulous glass pumpkin patch. Enjoy a variety of events, shows and fun activities.

On October 28, round up the kids and head to Harvest Celebration at Harvest Valley Church. With games, jump houses, petting zoo and other fun entertainment, everyone is sure to have a blast. Got a good chili or pie recipe? Enter the prize-winning recipe contests!

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Football Snacks

September 22, 2016

Thank goodness football is back! It’s that time of year when friends and family crowd around the TV in support of their favorite team. Sunday Night Football is your weekly golden opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen!

What goes better with football than wings? This sweet-and-spicy grilled chicken wings recipe is quick and goes perfect with a side of sweet potato fries or seasoned beans. Kick them up a notch with Sriracha chili sauce!

Smoky white bean chicken chili on a cool autumn evening? Yes, please! By using a larger pot, make extra to freeze for later. A quick reheat later and it’ll taste just like the day you made it. With this much flavor, it’s simply the perfect recipe for fall football season!

If you have any takers for dessert, these pumpkin pie popsicles can be made in a pinch and flavored any way you like! With homemade pops you can use the freshest ingredients and use much less sugar than store-bought pops.

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Wow your guests with these flavorful and festive Fourth of July recipes.

Snacks: Fruit Salad

Grill: Barbecue Ribs

Dessert: Star Spangled Berry Hand Pies

Drinks: Wine Sparklers

Have a safe and lovely holiday from all of us at Ponderosa Homes.

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