March 20th, 2016 by Joe Van Fossen
Earlier today I stopped by a couple of the newer developments in Brea’s masterplanned La Floresta community, Castile and Alterra by Van Daele Homes. Castile offers 3 distinct plans of bungalows and “carriage flats”, while Alterra offers 4 unique plans of attached “stacked flats” or condos. Both Castile and Alterra are currently selling with several units already sold out — new phases will follow shortly (waiting list may apply). I found that both developments have really functional and flexible floor plans with a lot of great features.
Alterra offers homes with up to 3 bedrooms and 2173 square feet, featuring 4 open floor plans with great rooms, outdoor decks, 2-car garages, and optional live/work spaces. If you’re not familiar with the term “stacked flats”, basically it is a multi-unit building with three stories of mostly single level homes. The garages are on the ground floor and there’s a central courtyard with an elevator or stairs to take you to your unit. While most of the plans are single level, plan 4 is a unique two story design with an optional live/work space or additional suite (depending on which option you choose) on the ground floor. This could be a great floor plan for someone who runs a home based business or ideal for a multi-generational family. All of the models looked fantastic, but plan 4 stood out to me the most. However, all of the floor plans have great features, including spacious kitchens with ample islands and walk-in closets in the master suites. Prices range from the high $400s to the low $600s.
Castile offers homes with up to 4 bedrooms and 1782 square feet, featuring open floor plans with great rooms, outdoor patios or decks, 2-car garages, and dual master suites. “Carriage flat” was a new one for me, and what it describes is how plans 2 and 3 have garages that are attached to plan 1. However, plans 2 and 3 have no attached walls and their garages are accessed through the outdoor courtyard space. Plan 1, on the other hand, sits above all three garages and has direct access to its own garage. It is considered a bungalow since all of the living space is upstairs. Plans 2 and 3 are two story homes with outdoor patio and courtyard spaces, while plan 1 has an entry porch and outdoor deck. Both plans 2 and 3 feature downstairs bedrooms and full baths, kitchens, dining and great rooms. They both also have upstairs laundry. Plan 1 is a very flexible floor plan that comes standard with 2 master suites, but can be converted to a 3 bedroom home (losing a dining room in the process). Additionally, plan 1 offers an optional elevator — which is another first for me outside of the multi-million dollar range homes. Speaking of which, Castile ranges from the low to high $600s.
The best part about all of this… all of these homes are walking distance to the Village at La Floresta. That means Whole Foods, Urban Plates, Slapfish, and more are just a few steps away — I’m a bit food obsessed.
If you’re interested in looking at new homes in Brea, La Floresta or anywhere in Orange County, feel free to get in touch. I’d be happy to show you around (714) 584-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org.