The Mercury News
When seeking a new waterfront home, look for River Islands on the map. But don’t look only at one map; the thriving master-planned community is featured on several kinds of maps.
“We started out 2019 being named one of the most successful master-planned communities in the country and from there we’ve had this huge year!” said Colleen Edwards, marketing director for River Islands.
“The ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) map shows that they’re moving their station to River Islands and the map for the upcoming Valley Link rail project (between Stockton and Dublin/Pleasanton BART) shows River Islands as a stop.”
As River Islands continues to grow, “all of the public improvements here are open and available for use by anyone in Lathrop,” Edwards added, explaining that potentially becoming a transit hub is a nod to River Islands, but that it will benefit all of Lathrop.
Edwards noted that the emerging seven-day-weekend lifestyle in River Islands is enhanced by the amenities of builders such as Kiper Homes. Kiper’s Newport community, which opened last month, sits along the banks of one of the largest lakes in River Islands.
“They’re building a cohesive look around the lake and each of the Newport homes backs up directly to the lake, creating terrific views around the lake,” said Edwards.
Linda Hebert, sales and marketing director consultant for Alamo-based Kiper Homes, said that all 87 Newport homes have open-concept floor plans and semiprivate docks accessible from the yard.
“Our opening on August 31 was a huge success,” said Hebert. “More than 700 people showed up to see our four models, which include one single-story plan.”
Every Newport home, she said, comes with a deck and a California Room included, along with large windows that take advantage of the lake views, large pool-size lots, and large kitchens with abundant cabinetry and counter space.
“These are luxury homes and they’re priced from the low $500,000s,” said Hebert. “The wide entries and volume ceilings create a grand feeling. And one model has such special features, like a glass den on the back, that it looks like something in Huntington Beach, but for $600,000.”
Each of the homes, ranging from 2,286 to 3,948 square feet in size with up to six bedrooms, features Kiper’s Smart Comfort technology. Included in the technology package are various voice- or app-activated programmable tools for high-tech, hassle-free and energy-efficient living that further enhance the ease and comfort of waterfront life at River Islands.
“We’re learning from a lot of people that the reason River Islands has become so popular is that it’s kind of a staycation,” said Hebert. “People want their stuff to be where they live. From water activities and baseball to the farmers market and movies in the park, it’s very full living.”
This perception is shared by Anthem United, which in May opened its Haven community in River Islands in addition to its existing new-home community of Reflections in River Islands.
The homes at Reflections range in size from 3,100 square feet to 4,000-plus square feet with options for up to seven bedrooms and inclusions such as 18-by-18-inch tile flooring inside and covered patios outside, all from the high $500,000 range to the mid-$700,000 range.
“That’s incredibly affordable for waterfront living,” said Meg Gore, director of sales and marketing for Anthem United.
Meanwhile, Anthem United’s newer community of Haven delivers all the luxury and comforts of a new home with manageable floor plans and even more digestible prices, from the mid-$400,000 range to the mid-$500,000 range.
“Haven is literally right next to Reflections,” said Gore. “These lots are not directly on the water, but it’s less than a 10-minute walk from Haven to put your kayak off the dock and into the water.”
Anthem United took people’s water toys into account when designing its River Island homes. Although motorized craft are not permitted on the lakes at River Islands, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and swim equipment require storage space.
“All of the homes have oversized two- or three-car garages with plenty of storage space for homeowners’ water toys,” said Gore. “Whether people are water-loving or they simply appreciate the California climate, we focus on indoor-outdoor living in our River Islands communities.”
Another community, Bridgeport by Van Daele Homes, opened last weekend, featuring homes of up to six bedrooms and 2,939 square feet to 4,463 square feet in size, all near or on lakes.
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