SOURCE: Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential

January 20, 2016 16:23 ET

El Paseo Model Tour Inspires Love at First Sight, Homebuyer Purchases Same Day

LAKE FOREST, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2016) - Brookfield Residential's El Paseo in The Village of Foothill Ranch is quickly becoming a must-see address for savvy homebuyers. Continuing Brookfield Residential's legacy of building the best places to call home, this gated townhome community offers an array of beautiful designs, enhanced by a great location filled with walkable convenience, and a variety of recreational amenities that appeal to a diversity of lifestyles.

Dr. Susan "Susie" Kemp, a school principal in Irvine's highly acclaimed school district, is a recent El Paseo homebuyer who fell in love with the collection at first sight. "In January of 2014, I started searching for a new home, which was exciting since it was the first time in my life that I was making this purchase on my own," Susie explains. "The most important quality I wanted was to find a place big enough for my children to visit where they'd instantly feel at home." After initially viewing homes in Tustin, Susie's realtor suggested El Paseo. "From the moment I walked through the Plan Four model, I was completely sold. The living areas were perfect, and since it was in my price range, I purchased my first new home that same day!"

Part of Susie's excitement about her new home purchase at El Paseo was knowing that she would be able to work with Brookfield Residential's Design Studio team to create her beautiful new residence. "I loved having the freedom to start with a fresh slate, where everything in my home would be new, clean and exactly how I wanted it. I never would have imagined that I could have that kind of opportunity, especially in Orange County, but thanks to Brookfield Residential, I did," she remarks. "You simply don't have that type of experience when purchasing a resale home."

Priced from the high $500,000s, the two-story Plan Four townhome offers comfortable living areas and sought-after amenities. "I was immediately drawn to Plan Four's layout, especially the downstairs' open floorplan where I spend a lot of time entertaining friends and enjoying family time with my kids," Susie says. "For instance, my kitchen is just the right size and connects seamlessly to the living areas. It's very functional for everything from prepping dinner parties to making lunches, plus I have some gorgeous refinements throughout my home, such as upgraded granite kitchen countertops. I also adore my large front patio that feels welcoming, as well as the outdoor sitting area with a tabletop fireplace, which has become my special place to enjoy morning coffee and unwind at night with a glass of wine." Susie also mentions the unbelievable convenience of having an attached two-car garage. "It's incredible how much easier it is to carry groceries in from the car!"

Susie is just as enamored with the upper layout of her home, which she says is ideally configured. "My master bedroom is stunning. It's spacious and feels very open with a huge walk-in closet for my steadily growing shoe collection," She laughs. The balcony just off the master bedroom is another coveted feature. "It feels like a quiet indoor/outdoor oasis." She also loves the roominess of her large master bathroom. "My bathroom has both a tub and shower and has a spa-like atmosphere." Down the hall from the master bedroom are comfortably sized secondary bedrooms for her children, which they've already made their own, and a convenient laundry room that includes upgrades like a sink and cabinetry. "The best thing about having the laundry room upstairs is how quiet it is. When I shut the door, I can't hear the washer and dryer at all."

The location was another important factor in Susie's purchasing decision and living in The Village of Foothill Ranch met all of her aspirations. "Living close to my family is extremely important to me and I'm very happy that my parents and brother are nearby," she says. "My new home is also close to work, which is an unbeatable advantage for me, plus being able to walk to shops, restaurants, movie theaters and hiking trails is amazing. I'm central to so many attractions at El Paseo." 

The convenient location is only the beginning of El Paseo's lifestyle advantages; the neighborhood holds its own irresistible appeal. "Part of what impresses me about El Paseo is the strong sense of community and how invested my neighbors all seem to be in making this a positive, inviting neighborhood where we all respect and care for one another. It's really extraordinary," Susie comments. "The remarkable amount of planning that obviously went into this neighborhood inspires that kind of interest. For example, The Cabana clubhouse and pool is exceptionally designed, and it's an amenity my family absolutely treasures."

Susie's high regard for her first Brookfield Residential home purchase has already inspired optimistic thoughts of the future. "When I win the lottery and buy a second home, it will be a Brookfield home," she says. Her enthusiasm happily extends to the homebuying process, which she found to be uncomplicated and incredibly quick. "I purchased the same day I toured El Paseo for the first time and I couldn't believe how smoothly everything progressed. The sales representatives, Carin and Brigitte, were so supportive and I decided to finance through Brookfield's lender. The entire process happened within a manner of 45 minutes, which was amazing. I felt as if everything was meant to be." While Susie's new home was under construction, she communicated constantly with the Brookfield team. "Every person I came in contact with was friendly, answered my questions and kept me informed of the building progress. My home was completed earlier than expected and Millie at Brookfield's concierge service was invaluable. She made sure I had boxes and even arranged to have my utility services connected. It was the best experience I could have possibly hoped for."

As one of the best new-home buys in Orange County, homebuyers clearly value the lifestyle El Paseo delivers with beautiful new townhomes backed by Brookfield Residential's home warranties and low HOA fees. To learn more about owning at El Paseo, homebuyers are encouraged to visit the Welcome House to tour the six professionally decorated models and take advantage of long-term rate lock programs through iMortgage. For more details, log on to

The El Paseo collection showcases authentic Spanish-inspired architecture and six attached-home designs with stylish floorplans spanning from approximately 946 to 1,795 square feet. Well-appointed interiors include 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, up to 2.5 baths, and 1- to 2-car garages with open-concept layouts that inspire family time and encourage socializing. Design highlights include large great rooms for entertaining; modern kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool® appliances, and European-style white thermofoil cabinetry; cultured marble countertops in all baths; and spacious master bedroom suites with walk-in closets. Select plans also feature first-floor dens, patios, outdoor decks, and private courtyards. El Paseo's 1-bedroom floorplans start from the high $300,000s, 2-bedrooms from the mid $400,000s and 3-bedrooms from the high $500,000s.

Between El Paseo's dynamic setting in The Village of Foothill Ranch and its spectacular Orange County location, residents enjoy a truly enviable way of life with a host of leisure and lifestyle opportunities at every turn. The community's hub of recreation is The Cabana, a private recreational center that gives residents access to a swimming pool, multi-purpose room, playground, great lawn for picnics and numerous community barbecues, while just steps from home, they'll find a Target, the Regal Cinemas, the Foothill Ranch Town Centre, and a number of popular restaurants. The 241 Toll Road is also nearby conveniently offsetting the hassles of work commutes. El Paseo homeowners with school-aged children will appreciate inclusion in the respected Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

To visit El Paseo at The Village of Foothill Ranch from I-5, exit Bake Parkway and head east. Turn right on Portola Parkway, make your first right on Auto Center Drive and then turn right again on El Paseo. The Welcome House is located on your right and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on El Paseo, call 888.598.1632, or visit Prices effective date of publication.

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Brookfield Residential Southern California (Los Angeles and San Diego) a division of Brookfield Residential, is committed to being more than a homebuilder. We strive to create the best places to call home. The Brookfield Residential Southern California (Los Angeles and San Diego) team has the passion, the expertise and the local knowledge to craft homes and neighborhoods that speak to homebuyers at every stage of life. We are an award-winning homebuilder and industry leader with an exceptional reputation for quality, design, and customer service.

Brookfield Residential Properties is a leading land developer and homebuilder in North America. We entitle and develop land to create master-planned communities, build and sell lots to third-party builders, and operate our own home building division. We also participate in selected, strategic real estate opportunities, including infill projects, mixed-use developments, and joint ventures. We are the flagship North American residential property company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $200 billion of assets under management. Further information is available at or