Pleasanton Weekly

- August 26, 2011

KB Home now building homes to order

Buyers chose style, sign contract, then home is built

by Jeb Bing

Home builder KB Home of Pleasanton has announced the opening of 10 new communities of its signature Built to Order energy-efficient homes, all located in and around the Bay Area.

The communities are located in Dublin, Fremont, Martinez, Morgan Hill, Petaluma and Walnut Creek.

Six of the new communities, offering a wide array of both single family and attached town home designs, are now open, with four additional communities scheduled to open by early autumn.

"We're excited to open new KB Home communities in places like Walnut Creek and Petaluma, where we have had limited opportunities in the past and home shoppers' choices for all-new homes are few and far between," said Chris Apostolopolous, president of KB Home's Northern California division. "It's a void we're happy to fill with our award-winning, energy-efficient Built to Order home designs that deliver a level of quality, value and choice available only at KB Home."

In the last month, KB Home has celebrated the grand opening of Bella Monte in Dublin, Sterling Hills and Stone Ridge at Quarry Heights in Petaluma, Highlands Place in Martinez, Walden Park in Walnut Creek and Mission Ridge in Fremont.

Model homes showcasing designs available are open for tours daily at all six communities. Additional communities in Morgan Hill and Santa Clara are planned to open in September.

All of the new KB homes built in the Bay Area will be Built to Order instead as spec homes in typical model home settings. Homebuyers can choose the design, floor plan and interior selections based on a model available and then, once a contract is written, the home will be built.

Apostolopolous said all homes will be both Energy Star qualified and GreenPoint rated. This means they will have been designed and built to operate more efficiently and to help reduce energy bills when compared to a typical new or resale home.

KB Home now includes its Energy Performance Guide, an estimate of monthly electric and/or gas costs, for each home as designed as well as valuable information on the home's relative energy efficiency when compared to a typical new home or resale home.

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