Monday, April 10, 2006

Portofino in the Pipeline

Portofino in the Pipeline
New Subdivision Gets Underway
By Amanda Janis/Business Writer

Rui Ribeiro (left) and Isidro Viera build a fence around a sales office at the future site of Standard Pacific's Portofino development. (Ryan Chalk/The Reporter)

Good news for hopeful home buyers: construction will soon begin on a new 178-home community in Vacaville.

Named after an Italian seaside town, the Portofino subdivision by Standard Pacific will feature two distinct neighborhoods - The Villas and The Courtyards - situated just off Interstate-80 at the intersection of Alamo Drive and Butcher Road.

Though it won't be located on the Ligurian Sea, Portofino will have a slightly Italian-esque aura, said Jim Berson, vice president of sales and marketing for Standard Pacific's East Bay division.

"It'll be a nice-feeling little community," he remarked. "It's very convenient as far as location, for people that are commuting or people that live and work in Vacaville."

The Villas neighborhood will feature two-story attached single family units ranging from 1,221 to 1,551 square feet, while The Courtyards will consist of detached single family homes ranging from 1,496 to 2,186 square feet.

"I'm anticipating that The Villas will start in the mid- $400,000s and The Courtyards will start in the low- $500,000s," Berson said. Definitive pricing information will become available prior to the first release of homes, scheduled for April 22, he said.

"It's in a more affordable price range for people," Berson remarked, noting Portofino's appropriateness particularly for first-time or move-down buyers.

Three floor plans will be available in The Villas neighborhood.

The Sophia plan, totaling approximately 1,221 square feet, features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a single-car garage; a dorm room option is available in lieu of the second and third bedroom.

The second floor plan, Carolina, numbers approximately 1,230 square feet, comprised of three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage; a second-floor loft may be selected instead of the second bedroom.

Natalia, the largest floor plan at 1,551 square feet, features three bedrooms with two-and-a-half baths, a loft and two-car garage. An additional option is the inclusion of a tech-room.

Nearby, The Courtyards will offer four different single family detached floor plans ranging from 1,496 to 2,186 square feet: Maria, Serena, Theresa, and Isabella.

The Maria, Serena, and Theresa floor plans are all three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath homes, with a two car garage, though a second-floor loft option in lieu of a third bedroom is available on the Serena model.

The largest floor plan, Serena, features four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Additional options include a fifth bedroom or tech center.

The sales center for Portofino is scheduled to open April 15, and it's possible that Vacaville will see more Standard Pacific subdivisions in the future.

"We have a wonderful feeling about Vacaville," Berson noted. "We have our one community - Lantana (at Alamo Place) - winding down, the people in Vacaville have been fabulous to us, and we want to continue to build there."

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