SOURCE: Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential

April 02, 2015 19:33 ET

First-Time Homebuyer Purchases Residence Four at El Paseo in Foothill Ranch

LAKE FOREST, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2015) - Homebuyers seeking stylish new townhomes in a fantastic Foothill Ranch location are turning to Brookfield Residential's vibrant El Paseo neighborhood, one of the best new-home values in Orange County. One of El Paseo's newest homeowners is Jenelle Robison, the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Brookfield Residential who recently purchased El Paseo's beautiful Residence 4 to accommodate her growing family. "After my husband Cody and I were married, we seriously considered purchasing a new home, but initially put the plans on hold while we were expecting our first child," Jenelle recalls. "As our family grew, we rented a larger apartment in Lake Forest and then decided to continue our search." When El Paseo opened, the couple visited the models. "I distinctly remember telling my husband, I knew we would immediately fall in love with El Paseo. We didn't go to the Grand Opening with the intention of buying, but left knowing that we both wanted to call El Paseo home." After hours of discussing the benefits of homeownership at this beautiful community that same night, Jenelle and Cody made their decision to buy.

Jenelle and Cody could have purchased a resale home, but several factors contributed to their decision to buy a newly constructed home by Brookfield Residential. "Resale homes tend to be older and in need of renovations, which we couldn't afford after purchasing," said Jenelle. "Also, the floorplans of older homes at our price point couldn't compare to the modern, open floorplans we found at El Paseo. It really felt like buying this new home gave us better value for our money and now we have the opportunity to create a home that works for our family immediately."

El Paseo's six open-concept attached designs are ready-made to accommodate growing families like Jenelle's, as well as single professionals and couples. The 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floorplans available, include Residence 4, a beautiful 3-bedroom 2.5 design that Jenelle and her husband Cody chose to purchase. "The moment we toured the Residence 4 model, we fell in love with the design," she said. "We really liked the traditional 2-car garage, open concept floorplan, and the optional tech space since I work from home once a week." They also found the square footage and bed/bath count of the design was perfect for their family, as well as the outdoor space: "We have just enough outside space that our son can play when he gets older, but doesn't require too much maintenance," she explained. The two-story floorplan features a large great room and dining area, spacious kitchen, spacious secondary bedrooms and large master suite with covered balcony -- a feature Jenelle covets: "The master bedroom and closet are huge and I love the balcony, where I will enjoy my morning coffee!"

Jenelle and Cody also chose to personalize their new home with an array of options, another advantage of buying new at El Paseo: "We love knowing we can move in with everything we want already in place," she said. "We had so much fun at our Design Studio appointment! We've upgraded our kitchen cabinets and added Caesarstone countertops, built-ins; upgraded flooring, carpet and tiles; and customized paint throughout. It's everything we've wanted."

While the beautiful attached designs are fulfilling the Robison's dreams of home, it's the advantages of the El Paseo neighborhood and Foothill Ranch that complete the lifestyle picture. "There were a lot of reasons we chose this area," explains Jenelle. "My aunt and uncle live in Foothill Ranch and my parents are close by in Yorba Linda, so I appreciate that I have family up the street or just a quick drive away. Especially since we have a baby now." Foothill Ranch in particular appealed to Jenelle and her husband primarily because of the amazing sense of community. "You have everything you need within walking distance -- great schools, lots of greenery, and all the retail you could want," she continues. The couple also chose El Paseo for the private recreation, including the swimming pool, fire pit and tot lot -- a benefit that will come in handy for her family. "We were initially drawn to El Paseo by the floorplans, but when we saw the amenities, plus the fact that there was a low HOA and low tax-rate, we were sold and completely confident in our choice to buy here."

Once choosing to buy at El Paseo, the Robisons then started the homebuying process, a task that could be overwhelming for first-time buyers. However, their buying experience has been efficient and stress-free: "Our sales team, Brigitte and Carin are phenomenal and have been excellent at communicating with us as our house is progressing," remarks Jenelle. "They've guided us through the buying process and answer any and all questions we've had, making the process so seamless and comfortable." She especially appreciated how the sales team explained everything in detail to make sure they had a full understanding of what to expect and what time frame to expect it in. "Brigitte and Carin appreciated that although I work for Brookfield, I'm a first-time buyer who wasn't familiar with all of the details involved in purchasing a home." 

As a Brookfield Residential employee, Jenelle admits that buying at El Paseo was no coincidence -- she had the benefit of knowing the Brookfield brand and understanding how committed the company is to quality, style and attention-to-detail. "I knew I was making a smart investment by buying a Brookfield home. I've seen the quality first-hand, plus I know the types of communities Brookfield creates. By purchasing here, we are not just getting a house, we are getting a great community."

As their home nears completion, Jenelle and her husband can't help but imagine what the future holds. "Cody and I love to think about how our lives will be when we move to El Paseo. It's the place our son will grow up and we'll experience so many milestones here." she continued. "Our son will have his birthday here, he'll trick-or-treat in this neighborhood, and someday he'll learn to ride his bike on these streets. For us, we'll become part of a community and our neighbors will become friends. I can't wait for El Paseo to become our home!"

El Paseo is designed with authentic, Spanish-styled architecture and an array of six, two-story attached designs. The beautifully appointed floorplans feature 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, up to 2.5 baths, and 1- to 2-car garages in approximately 946 to 1,795 square feet. The carefully planned design elements create an open, welcoming atmosphere with spacious great rooms for family time; well-equipped kitchens; large master suites; convenient dens; patios and/or outdoor decks, and private courtyards in select plans. El Paseo's 1-bedroom floorplans start from the high $300,000s, 2-bedrooms from the mid $400,000s and 3-bedrooms from the mid $500,000s. 

School-aged residents at El Paseo will appreciate the 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 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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