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Baker Ranch Homes Go on the Market

As many as 10,000 home buyers stopped buy this weekend.

Home buyers check out Baker Ranch in Lake Forest on the first day the homes went on the market. Photo courtesy of Baker Ranch's developers, Shea Homes and Toll Brothers.
Home buyers check out Baker Ranch in Lake Forest on the first day the homes went on the market. Photo courtesy of Baker Ranch's developers, Shea Homes and Toll Brothers.

The builders behind the 2,400-home Baker Ranch development in Lake Forest said as many as 10,000 home shoppers visited the six new neighborhoods, which debuted over the weekend.

Shea Homes and Toll Brothers say the project, located between Bake Parkway and Alton Parkway in Lake Forest, may be the only master planned community to open this year in Orange County.

Last year, Rancho Mission Viejo started selling homes in its first village, called Sendero, east of San Juan Capistrano, and officials there said sales have outpaced the early days of Ladera Ranch.

At build-out, Baker is expected to offer three villages with single-family detached homes, townhomes and other attached living residences, as well as apartment homes.  More than 30 acres of parks and recreational facilities are planned, officials said.

Homes selling in Baker Ranch’s Village One are priced from the low $500,000s to $1 million-plus.

Jim Gardner February 11, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Hi Rob. It's worse than you think. Baker Ranch is only one project. There are more than 4,000 new homes being built - 900+ are going in Portola Hills and 200+ are going in the Auto Center, and then about another 800 elsewhere.
MFriedrich February 11, 2014 at 02:50 PM
What? Serrano? Jesus, the entire length of Lake Forest Avenue from Dimension on down to Jeronimo Rd. is going to be a proverbial parking lot starting around 7:00 a.m. And that's just to drop them off. It's about 3 miles. What about walk or ride a bike? Bwahahaha! Check out the hills on the way back. They'll never do it. Leave it to the geniuses over at SVUSD, I guess. The state is ranked 48th in the union in education, so I guess they believe we've got work to do to achieve similar deprecated status for community traffic in LF.
Rob Lange February 11, 2014 at 02:58 PM
These are all great questions to present at the next SVUSD board meeting. I'd love to hear the plan!
MFriedrich February 11, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Did SVUSD officials ever explain how they utilized the money received from the builders? As for the Rob Lange's comment above, I've stated similar questions about the SVUSD declining enrollment claim, current student/teach ratios and the ongoing embarrassment of SVUSD's modular classrooms (mold, poor ventilation, non-functioning AC, other). The answer? Crickets. Oh, and step aside, because we have a football stadium to build in LF in the least accessible area imaginable for all the jocks, cheerleaders and marching band members so they don't feel sad about not being as entitled as THS and MVHS. School color and pride for a few is apparently more important than basic safe learning environment and academic achievement to benefit all students (and staff). Sadly, the overgrown children making these decisions will never get it. They're too busy congratulating themselves.
MFriedrich February 11, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Gee, I wonder whether Shea and Toll Bros. actually used L or M copper piping when constructing these brand new homes? What do you think? Caveat emptor.

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