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Rethinking Bishop Ranch: Sunset Development says housing a crucial part of the business park's evolution
Friday September 30th, 2022 San Franciaco Business Times
“We have never, ever, in the history of any project, seen that kind of preliminary demand of 1,200 people in a six month period,” Neighbor said. “I think there is a lot of pent-up demand for housing in the Tri-Valley.”
With help from new housing laws, SummerHill wins approval for townhome project.
Tuesday June 21st, 2022 Palo Alto Online
The Palo Alto City Council approved a proposal from SummerHill Homes for a 48-townhome development at 2850 W. Bayshore Road.
Construction Nearly Complete For NUEVO By SummerHill Homes, Santa Clara
Friday April 15th, 2022 YIMBY
Construction work is wrapping up on NUEVO, a massive 27-acre redevelopment project in Santa Clara’s Lawrence Station Area Plan. Spearheaded by SummerHill Homes, the project has been opening in phases with the ultimate goal of nearly a thousand new dwelling units, retail, and public community amenities.
Where Innovation Meets Interaction: Bellaterra Online Tours at PCBC
Tuesday April 12th, 2022 Pro Builder
To tour the truly innovative product mix at Bellaterra, a master planned community in Los Gatos, Calif., all you need is a computer or a pass to 2022 PCBC
Housing developer closes on slice of San Ramon's Bishop Ranch
Wednesday January 12th, 2022 San Francisco Business Times
SummerHill Homes is officially the owner of 31 acres of San Ramon's Bishop Ranch, which it plans to transform into three new neighborhoods. The developer, also based in San Ramon, was under contract for more than a year to purchase the site, and ultimately paid $108 million in a deal with Bishop Ranch owner Sunset Development Co. that closed in December.
First Buyer at North 40 is Relishing Her Triumphant Return to Los Gatos
Saturday October 16th, 2021 Los Gatan
“My only hope to get back to Los Gatos was this place,” she said. “Because you can’t buy a place in Los Gatos for under x amount of money, right?” She says she was emailing the developer even before the sales office was open. “Please, can you help me? I’m really interested,” she recalls writing. “I really need to move back.” And she made it. First. “I always knew I was going to come here,” she said. “I really am very, very happy being back.”
SummerHill Homes CEO Robert Freed Talks City Village in Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
Tuesday July 27th, 2021 YIMBY
New renderings have been revealed for City Village, a 404-unit residential development at 2400-2440 Camino Ramon in San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch office park. SummerHill Homes will be building the project. Speaking with SFYIMBY earlier this year, President and CEO Robert Freed shared details about City Village and the firm. Construction could start as early as 2022. The project will span 31 acres inside the North Camino Ramon Planning Area, with construction between Camino Ramon, Norris Canyon Road, and Executive Parkway. An existing 570,000 square foot office complex dubbed Bishop Ranch 6 will be demolished to make way for the housing. Developers expect to receive entitlement from the City of San Ramon in late 2021, which would put the development on pace for groundbreaking in 2022.
A developer wants to build 404 homes at Bishop Ranch — and it's not Sunset Development
Wednesday July 7th, 2021 San Francisco Business Times
SummerHill Homes is under contract to buy a 31-acre parcel at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon and wants to build 404 new homes there.
The project, called City Village, would replace an office complex totaling 570,305 square feet on the parcel known as Bishop Ranch 6. The address is 2400-2440 Camino Ramon.
Surging lumber prices bring uncertainty for Bay Area homebuilders
Friday May 21st, 2021 San Francisco Business Times
Chris Neighbor of SummerHill Homes used to be able to secure lumber, the primary material for his company’s projects, six months before he needed it. These days, it’s down to 30 days in advance. “Over the last 12 months, we’ve been dealing with the ‘cost issue,’” said Neighbor, the president of SummerHill, referring to the price of processed timber. “But the biggest thing that’s hitting us now on lumber is the shortage issue.”
Sound Off: How do you manage your online reputation?
Monday May 10th, 2021 San Francisco Chronicle
Q: How do you manage your online reputation? A: SummerHill Homes stays at the forefront of ever-changing online trends through intense research, and maintaining a keen awareness of buyers’ needs, while monitoring local market conditions to forecast appropriate products, digital innovations and services. We monitor our online information to identify our audience and their needs to make sure we have the latest trends. We give a reason to relate to our brand, our homes, and to engage with our culture.
Dozens of hopeful Silicon Valley home-buyers camped in tents overnight in hopes of nabbing a $1.2 million townhouse
Wednesday April 28th, 2021 Business Insider
As the real estate market stays white-hot, prospective home buyers are going to increasingly desperate lengths to win their dream home — even, it seems, camping out overnight.
Dozens of hopeful buyers in Santa Clara, California, created a makeshift camp outside of condo development Nuevo Homes last week, hoping to buy one of 18 available townhomes. The homes were listed at a fixed price of $1.2 million, meaning they were first come, first serve — no bidding war required, according to NBC Bay Area on Saturday.
Potential Silicon Valley Homebuyers Camp Out For $1.2M Townhomes
Tuesday April 27th, 2021 Patch Los Gatos
The Bay Area housing market is very expensive. For some, a shot at a million-dollar townhome was worth spending Friday night on a sidewalk.
Dozens camp overnight for chance to buy $1.2 million Bay Area townhouses
Sunday April 25th, 2021 SF Gate
The hopeful homeowners showed up in droves, queuing on the sidewalk in front of Santa Clara real estate development Nuevo Homes and settling into their makeshift campsites for the night. Then, they waited.
The scene resembled some sort of bizarre Black Friday sale with a line of people stretching down the block, many of them lingering there for hours.
Vacation Homes Evolve to Meet Hyper Demand
Thursday April 1st, 2021 Realtor Magazine
Second-home locations—viewed as a safe destination when the pandemic disrupted how people live—have gained full-time residents, and houses are changing to meet the demand.
...Other buyers who don’t know whether their home will be temporary or permanent also desire more space. “About 95% of SummerHill’s buyers are first-time homeowners who like getting a second bedroom, office, fireplace, space for their Peloton bicycle, and balcony—especially after years of renting a tiny apartment,” Neighbor says. He expects many will stay post-pandemic, even if they commute occasionally to a corporate office.
SummerHill Homes closes on entitled Mountain View development site for $81 million
Monday December 14th, 2020 Silicon Valley Business Journal
SummerHill Homes has closed on its acquisition of a rent-controlled apartment complex in the heart of Mountain View that it's entitled to redevelop into 115 new for-sale homes.
The homebuilder is the new owner of Meadowood Apartments at 1555 W. Middlefield Road after buying the complex for $81 million, or about $698,275 a unit, from Calson Properties Inc., according to Santa Clara County deed records filed Dec. 10.
Robert Freed on Real Perspectives Podcast
Tuesday December 1st, 2020 theregistry.com
Robert Freed, CEO of SummerHill Homes, was recently a guest on The Registry’s Real Perspectives Podcast. The Real Perspectives Podcast explores the drivers of the commercial real estate market across the Bay Area and Puget Sound.
Sunnyvale townhome project site gets flipped for $68.5 million
Tuesday December 1st, 2020 Silicon Valley Business Journal
Less than two months after closing on an apartment complex entitled for redevelopment in Sunnyvale, SummerHill Homes has sold the site to another homebuilder for $68.5 million.
SummerHill purchased the Landmarks Apartments complex at 925 S. Wolfe Road in the southeastern part of Sunnyvale for $58 million, according to Santa Clara County deed records filed Sept. 30. The complex consists of seven two-story buildings with a combined total of 130 apartment units that were completed in 1974, according to data from commercial real estate analytics firm Reonomy.
Sweeping Burlingame development advances
Friday October 16th, 2020 The Daily Journal
Officials favor 298-unit development with park identified as linchpin for emerging neighborhood.
A key project expected to open the door for development of a new neighborhood in north Burlingame received glowing reviews from officials who blessed construction of 298 apartments near the Millbrae border.
SummerHill Homes buys 128-unit townhome project site in Sunnyvale for $58 million
Thursday October 1st, 2020 Silicone Valley Business Journal
SummerHill Homes closed on the purchase of an existing 130-unit apartment complex in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, which the California homebuilder plans to redevelop into 128 new townhomes.
Variety and Extra Space are Trending in San Francisco
Friday September 25th, 2020 Mansion Global
Variety and Extra Space are Trending in San Francisco
A 277-unit project in Yerba Buena Island and the massive Laguna Vista in Foster City highlight this season’s new developments. Although the condo market in San Francisco took a dip during the
shelter-in-place and halt in construction mandates during the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury segment ended the second quarter of 2020 with positive results, according to Compass Development Marketing Group’s New Development Market Insights Report....
How Will Social Distancing Alter New Home Marketing?
Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 Globe St.
Robert Freed, CEO of SummerHill Homes, recently discussed how social distancing is changing the way homes are marketed, how will grand opening celebrations be different and how sales interest has been affected.
San Mateo County home building industry on shaky ground
Monday May 11th, 2020 The Daily Journal
The housing crisis was under assault. Lawmakers passed legislation catalyzing development, local officials loosened regulations, banks backed by a humming economy offered financing, builders proposing ambitious projects received approvals and cranes littered rising city skylines. Then everything came to a screeching halt.
Local construction, once brimming with activity, grinds to a halt
Wednesday April 8th, 2020 Mountain View Voice
Local construction, once brimming with activity, grinds to a halt
Santa Clara County restrictions have left 80-90% of construction workers unemployed
SummerHill Homes Update :: Shelter in Place Order
Tuesday March 17th, 2020
Effective immediately all sales offices will be closed to the general public, and in-person tours will be cancelled until April 8th, or until further notice. While we are discontinuing in person visits, our high quality virtual tours provide a great opportunity to stroll through our beautiful homes.
SummerHill Homes Update :: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Friday March 13th, 2020
As information continues to develop regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we would like to take this opportunity to communicate how we are navigating through these challenging times.
Santa Clara’s Nuevo community captures awards
Monday March 2nd, 2020 SF Gate
Communities designed by SummerHill Homes feature contemporary residences in idyllic locations with close proximity to shopping and dining destinations.
Residential plans filed in Burlingame
Tuesday February 11th, 2020 The Daily Journal
SummerHill continues bet on city with third large proposal, this time near Millbrae border.
SummerHill Homes Gains National Recognition for Design of Nuevo in Santa Clara
Wednesday January 29th, 2020 The Registry
Decided by a distinguished panel of industry leaders, The Nationals℠ is the NAHB’s most prestigious annual award recognition, celebrating the best new home sales, marketing and design in North America. Winners were announced during The Nationals Gala, held on January 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, where SummerHill Homes was honored with two awards
SummerHill Homes Gains National Recognition For Design Of Nuevo In Santa Clara
Monday January 27th, 2020 PR Web
Nuevo, A New Urban Town and Residential Community, Received Two Gold Awards at the 2020 National Association of Home Builders’ Annual Sales and Marketing Awards
Why is the Peninsula so afraid of housing?
Friday October 25th, 2019 San Francisco Buisness Jourrnal
Why is the Peninsula so afraid of housing?
Even with job growth in overdrive, many residents continue to resist adding new housing in their communities
SummerHill Homes Debuts First Phase of 'Urban Town' in Santa Clara, Calif
Thursday September 12th, 2019 Builder
SummerHill Homes has announced the start of new home sales for the first phase of Nuevo, a $995 million “urban town” and residential community in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Ramon, Calif.-based builder unveiled seven new model homes at the Nuevo’s grand opening last weekend, which includes the new four-story “E-states” home collection.
First Four-Story Homes Come to Silicon Valley
Wednesday September 4th, 2019 Globe St.
The $950 million Nuevo is a new mixed-use community and residential project developed by SummerHill Homes featuring 868 new homes including E-States, the market’s first four-story homes.
Endangered Bay Area species: the new home
Wednesday September 4th, 2019 Mercury News
In a region of more than 7 million people, just 266 new homes, townhomes and condos were sold in January. It was the lowest number of monthly new home sales in at least two decades, according to an analysis for this news organization by real estate data firm CoreLogic. The slump has continued into the summer — new home sales in July were off 9 percent from the previous year. The region is on pace for its lowest number of new home sales since 2011.
Initial Deliveries Unveiled at SummerHill’s $950M Santa Clara MXU
Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 Connect.California
SummerHill Homes has unveiled its residential properties at Nuevo, a new 27-acre urban town and residential community in Santa Clara, CA. The $950-million mixed-use project in the heart of Silicon Valley encompasses 868 homes, including 537 apartments, 176 Terraces, 114 E-Towns and 41 E-States.
A Modern Hillside Collection of Residences Takes Design Cues from Restoration Hardware
Monday July 8th, 2019 Dwell
Tucked into the rolling hillside of Moraga just northeast of San Francisco, a new contemporary collection of homes at Bellavista draws in homebuying hopefuls with its Restoration Hardware allure. Created by privately-owned California homebuilder SummerHill Homes, Bellavista comprises 27 modern single-family homes featuring furnishings and fixtures from Restoration Hardware along with dedicated Flex Spaces, which allow buyers to personalize their home.
Developer aims for over 250 homes in Burlingame
Tuesday May 14th, 2019 San Francisco Business Times
SummerHill Homes' Bellavista Recognized at Bay Area Building Industry Association's "Excellence in Home Building" Awards
Thursday May 9th, 2019 Construction Dive
Moraga Development Awarded “Best Interior Merchandising of a Detached Model Priced Over $1.5 Million” Honor
SummerHill Homes is pleased to announce that Bellavista was named “Best Interior Merchandising of a Detached Model Priced Over $1.5 Million” at the 2019 Bay Area Building Industry Association’s “Excellence in Home Building” Awards. In addition, SummerHill Homes placed as a finalist in one architectural design and three marketing and design categories. Honoring the best in the production of quality homes, the “Excellence in Home Building” Awards celebrate Northern California’s most distinguished builders and developers.
SummerHill Homes Announces Robust Sales at Locale @ State Street in Fremont
Wednesday March 13th, 2019 Construction Dive
Downtown Fremont’s First Mixed-Use Development Witnesses Strong Sales Absorption
SummerHill Homes, a privately-owned California homebuilder, has announced 40 percent sold in residential real estate sales at Locale @ State Street, the first mixed-use project in downtown Fremont, California. Located within walking distance of the Fremont BART station, Locale will offer 157 residential units including 76 attached Rowhomes and 81 Condos as part of a larger effort to revitalize Fremont’s downtown area with new housing, retail and office space. Since launching sales, half of the Rowhome inventory has been swept off the market and 30 percent of the Condo inventory has been sold.
SummerHill Homes Announces Robust Sales at Locale @ State Street in Fremont
Tuesday March 12th, 2019 The Registry
Downtown Fremont’s First Mixed-Use Development Witnesses Strong Sales Absorption
San Ramon, CA (March 11, 2019) – SummerHill Homes, a privately-owned California homebuilder, has announced 40 percent sold in residential real estate sales at Locale @ State Street, the first mixed-use project in downtown Fremont, California. Located within walking distance of the Fremont BART station, Locale will offer 157 residential units including 76 attached Rowhomes and 81 Condos as part of a larger effort to revitalize Fremont’s downtown area with new housing, retail and office space. Since launching sales, half of the Rowhome inventory has been swept off the market and 30 percent of the Condo inventory has been sold.
SummerHill Homes Unveils 868-Home MPC in Heart of Silicon Valley
Thursday March 7th, 2019 Connect California
San Ramon, CA-based SummerHill Homes launched sales at Nuevo, a new urban town and residential community in Santa Clara, CA. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the project will feature a diverse collection of 868 homes, 24,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, six acres of new parks, a community garden and a 4,000-square-foot community center.
SummerHill Kicks Off Sales For Nuevo Development
Wednesday March 6th, 2019 THE SILICON VALLEY VOICE
With construction on a large housing development in full swing at 3505 Kifer Road in Santa Clara, Bay Area-based SummerHill Homes has also commenced home sales. The project occupies 27 acres of land within the Lawrence Station Specific Plan area, and once complete will boost the City’s housing supply with a total of 868 new residences. Referred to as a “new urban town” by the developer, Nuevo will also have 24,000 square feet of community-oriented retail and restaurant space, and a community garden. Other amenities, for residents and members of the public alike, are six acres of open space and a 4,000 square foot community center.
Buyers Not Deterred By $2 Million Price Tag On Homes In New Santa Clara Housing Development
Monday February 18th, 2019 CBS SF Bay Area
A big new housing development in Santa Clara is getting a lot of attention from buyers, even though new houses start at $2,000,000. Construction crews have barely started building Summerhill Homes “Nuevo” development, but they are selling fast.
SummerHill Homes Launches Public Sales at Nuevo in Santa Clara, California
Wednesday February 13th, 2019 Construction Dive
New Urban Town Featuring 868 Homes Represents Last True Master Planned Community in the Heart of Silicon Valley
SummerHill Homes, a privately-owned California homebuilder, has announced the launch of sales at Nuevo, a new urban town and residential community in Santa Clara, California.
Walkability and Close-In Jobs Are Covered in Mixed Use
Tuesday February 12th, 2019 Globe St.
Walkability and Close-In Jobs Are Covered in Mixed Use
Mixed-use projects are appealing to residents in the Bay Area because those developments combine housing with amenities and conveniences, along with proximity to jobs, transportation and services.
Urban community in Santa Clara is launched near train stop
Monday February 11th, 2019 The Mercury News
SANTA CLARA — Nearly 900 rental and for-sale homes are being offered in Santa Clara, part of what’s described as an urban town within walking distance of a rail stop. The Nuevo complex will consist of 868 homes, along with 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 4,000-square-foot community center, six acres of parks and a neighborhood garden.
SummerHill Homes Demonstrates Confidence in Bay Area Market with 27-Acre Development in Santa Clara
Tuesday January 29th, 2019 The Registry
SummerHill Homes Demonstrates Confidence in Bay Area Market with 27-Acre Development in Santa Clara
New housing on school site moves ahead
Friday November 24th, 2017 The Daily Journal
New housing on school site moves ahead. San Bruno planners recommend 70-unit design for Skyline campus...
Santa Clara ushers in large master-planned housing
Wednesday September 20th, 2017 Silicon Valley Busniess Journal
Nuevo, one of the last ground-up, mixed-use master plans to be developed in Silicon Valley, will have a range of housing types, retail and an abundance of amenities.
As Santa Clara’s largest master-planned housing development since Rivermark, it will have 457 for-sale residential units, including six for-sale live/work units, 537 apartments, as well as neighborhood retail and restaurants. The development will market itself to young professionals, singles and couples looking for a home close to work and transit. Ten percent of the units will be reserved for low-income housing..
SummerHill CEO Robert Freed Discusses The Future Of Silicon Valley Multifamily
Wednesday August 16th, 2017 Bisnow
With home pricing rising beyond the reach of many Silicon Valley residents, demand for apartments continues to increase. Developers are building hundreds of units throughout the Valley and leasing them up in weeks.
First look: See which projects win 2017 Silicon Valley Structures awards
Monday August 7th, 2017 Silicon Valley Busness Journal
Again this year, we will recognize the best projects, deals and leases in Silicon Valley. There are no finalists in categories; each one we have chosen is a winner. Some categories have several winners; some only have one or two.
Market-Rate Residential Project: Nuevo at Lawrence Station, Santa Clara
Housing Development No-Brainer as Job Growth Drives Demand
Thursday January 26th, 2017 GlobeSt
Housing Development No-Brainer as Job Growth Drives Demand | GlobeSt.com<br>
Housing Development No-Brainer as Job Growth Drives Demand | GlobeSt.com
SAN RAMON, CA—A strong school system, quality retail stores with freeway access, close proximity to BART and transportation, and manageable commutes to employment centers are all important factors for residents, says Summerhill's Robert Freed in this EXCLUSIVE.Housing Development No-Brainer as Job Growth Drives Demand | GlobeSt.comSAN RAMON, CA—A strong school system, quality retail stores with freeway access, close proximity to BART and transportation, and manageable commutes to employment centers are all important factors for residents, says Summerhill's Robert Freed in this EXCLUSIVE.
SAN RAMON, CA—A strong school system, quality retail stores with freeway access, close proximity to BART and transportation, and manageable commutes to employment centers are all important factors for residents, says Summerhill's Robert Freed in this EXCLUSIVE.
SummerHill Housing Group Announces Executive Management Reorganization and Promotions to Support Strategic Growth
Tuesday January 17th, 2017 The Registry
SummerHill Housing Group, the umbrella organization for SummerHill Homes, an award-winning residential builder, and SummerHill Apartment Communities, an apartment, mixed-use infill rental housing developer, today announced executive management reorganization and promotions to support the group’s strategic growth.
SummerHill Apartment Communities Completes Luxury Rental Community in Sunnyvale, California
Thursday December 8th, 2016 MultifamilyBiz
SummerHill Apartment Communities Completes Luxury Rental Community in Sunnyvale, California | MultifamilyBiz.com
SAN RAMON, CA - SummerHill Apartment Communities, a division of SummerHill Housing Group and a leader in providing quality, smart growth, multi-family rental housing and mixed-use developments, announces the completion of 481 on Mathilda, a new 105-unit luxury residential rental community in downtown Sunnyvale. A completion ceremony was held on December 7, 2016.
Harvest Court is an Abundance of Beauty
Wednesday October 5th, 2016 Lamorinda Weekley
Initially proposed in 2012 as the first piece of land to be developed under the Moraga Center Specific Plan, Harvest Court is a beautiful development of high-end, quality homes, ranging in size from 3,000-3,400 square feet and from $1.8 -$ 2.2 million. There are 24 two-story homes and, up the hill at the end of the cul de sac, sit two single-story houses.
Floor Plans and Virtual Tour Here
SummerHill Homes Proposed Project Near Lawrence Caltrain Station Moving Forward
Monday August 3rd, 2015 The Registry
During a study session on July 14, the Santa Clara City Council indicated its preference in the conceptual designs presented for proposed developments in the area surrounding the Lawrence Caltrain Station, which includes properties in both Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.
SummerHill top bidder for city-owned land in Fremont
Monday July 13th, 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal
SummerHill Homes has beaten out nine other bidders to win an approximately 7-acre slice of Fremont, part of a city sell-off being undertaken to help finance city priorities in the Warm Springs and downtown areas.
After years and years, Los Gatos approves North 40 land-use framework — Really!
Thursday June 18th, 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal
The Los Gatos Town Council late Wednesday approved the land-use guidelines for the town's so-called "North 40" area, a major milestone that comes after years — even decades — of false starts.
Housing project gets thumbs up: Burlingame City Council gives huge development unanimous approval
Wednesday June 17th, 2015 Lamorinda Weekley
The largest housing project in more than a decade will be coming to Burlingame, as the City Council gave the final OK to constructing a mix of apartments and condominiums which will feature 290 new units for rent and purchase. The council unanimously approved building the development just south of Broadway, at Carolan Avenue and Rollins Road, during its meeting Monday, June 15.
SummerHill Homes Starts Work in Moraga
Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 The Daily Journal
Over the past two weeks up to 12 large trucks were spotted lined up on Moraga Way, preparing to turn onto Camino Ricardo to reach the SummerHill Homes construction site up the street.
SummerHill Homes Writes a Big Check to MEF
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 Lamorinda Weekly
SummerHill Homes executives Katia Kamangar and Denise Cunningham gave the Moraga Education Foundation a check for $5,000 on Oct. 10 to support local schools.
Los Gatos nuns close sale on property
Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 Mercury News
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus closed the sale on their property at 100 Prospect Ave. on Aug. 26, with SummerHill Homes of Palo Alto emerging as the buyer.
Home Building: The Customizing Conundrum
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 Professional Builder
...The Bay Area is a strong sellers market, so there hasn’t been much push back from buyers to the builder’s efforts to restrict customization options and enforce deadlines. However, Summerhill is planning to enter the luxury production home building market, where average selling prices range from $3 million to $3.5 million. Freed expects his company will have to expand the catalog of custom choices and even allow clients to bring more of their own options to the table. But those choices still will be selected during the sales process, well before scheduling begins for ground breaking...
SummerHills Maravilla Community wins the ABAG Growing Smarter Together Award 2014
Thursday May 8th, 2014 Association of Bay Area Governments
Growing Smarter Together Awards 2014
ABAG’s Eighth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards were presented during its Spring General Assembly to the cities of Redwood City, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Richmond, Fremont, South San Francisco, and Vallejo. The role of the cities’ public private partners was also recognized with representatives praised for their contributions. SummerHill's Maravilla was honored to be part of the team receiving this award.
High-end home development approved in Moraga
Friday March 14th, 2014 Contra Costa Times
After nearly two years of consideration, a proposal to build 26 high-end single family homes on a stretch of undeveloped Moraga land specially earmarked for housing and revitalization is a go.
The Town Council's March 12 greenlighting of a development agreement between the city, developers SummerHill Homes and property owner C&C Equities makes effective a number of Planning Commission approvals earlier this year. They include the project's environmental review, conceptual and general development plans, and permits allowing hillside development and grading.
Affordable housing crunch: Silicon Valley cities weigh new developer fees
Thursday January 30th, 2014 Silicon Valley Business Journal
"If landowners decide not to sell because of the combination of costs versus revenue, then it’s just not going to get built,” said Robert Freed, president and CEO of San Jose-based apartment and home developer SummerHill Homes. “It’s a concern.”
Livermore council to consider approving large housing development on city's east side
Monday January 13th, 2014 Contra Costa Times
Developer SummerHill Homes has requested the development of 465 residential units, two neighborhood parks, open space, pedestrian paths, and trails for 35 acres of vacant land on the east side of Brisa Street and South Vasco Road. The proposal includes construction of single-family detached homes, and three-story townhomes and apartments in a 253-lot subdivision.
Moraga Approves 26-Home Camino Ricardo Subdivision
Tuesday January 7th, 2014 Lamorinda Patch
Restoring Natural Habitat in the Heart of Moraga
Wednesday January 1st, 2014 Lamorinda Weekly
The Moraga Planning Commission recently reviewed Summerhill Homes' application to build 26 houses off of Camino Ricardo, one of the first projects in the area governed by the Moraga Center Specific Plan to come to fruition.
New Plan for Rancho Laguna II
Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 Lamorinda Weekly
During his State of the Town address Nov. 21, Moraga mayor David Trotter talked about 'behind the scenes' discussions with Summerhill Homes that led to a new map of the Rancho Laguna II development project; Summerhill presented its revised plan to the Planning Commission at a Dec. 2 study session.
Former Sunnyvale Chevy dealership test drives new use: a Marriott
Tuesday August 6th, 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal
SummerHill picked up the nearly 8-acre parcel -- formerly a Raines Chevrolet -- earlier this year from the family who owned the property and the dealership. The San Ramon-based homebuilder will build 103 townhomes in a community it is calling Las Palmas. SummerHill recently graded the site and aims to have models open early next year, a representative said. Homes are anticipated to run in the $600,000 to $900,000 range.
Real Estate Titan Marcus Lets Loose In San Francisco
Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 The Registry
As Bay Area real estate magnates go, George Marcus is probably the most famous. Hamid Moghadam of Prologis might give him a run. So might Carl Berg of Mission West and John A. Sobrato. But Marcus’ achievements are singular.
TMG readies urban redo for Fremont
Thursday March 28th, 2013 San Francisco Business Times
TMG Partners will kick off efforts to transform downtown Fremont into an energetic, pedestrian-friendly urban district with the groundbreaking next year on a 467-unit apartment project....Two blocks away, SummerHill Apartment Communities is building Paragon, a 301-unit community at Walnut Avenue and California Street.
Buyers Come Knocking for Bay Area Homes
Sunday March 10th, 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal
After years in which rental projects in Silicon Valley were king, new-home construction has returned. Credit goes to a number of factors: low inventory, strong buyer demand and skyrocketing rents. “We’re back in growth mode,” said Robert Freed, president and CEO of SummerHill Homes.
California Homebuilding Foundation Names 6 Builders and Developers to Hall of Fame
Wednesday January 30th, 2013 Reuters
Joe Head, president of SummerHill Homes Land Division plus five other industry leaders who have built and developed new homes and apartments for decades and also given back to their communities through philanthropy and volunteerism have been named to the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame.
Mountain View wants to add developer fees for new rentals
Thursday November 15th, 2012 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Robert Freed, president and chief executive of SummerHill Homes and [SummerHill Apartment Communities] Urban Housing Group, has several apartment projects in the pipeline. Freed said he’s a supporter of affordable housing and doesn’t oppose a fee per se, but believes the current figure being proposed is too high. He is also concerned that the fee would apply to projects already in the pipeline.
Maravilla Townhomes a unique development, thanks to interesting collaborative effort
Wednesday October 31st, 2012 Mercury News
A new housing development at 555 W. Campbell Ave. has seen a flurry of activity over the past few weeks as its occupants start to move in. In a few weeks, the Maravilla Townhomes will be unveiled to the community at large.
Executive Profile: Robert Freed, president and CEO of Summerhill Homes and Urban Housing Group
Thursday October 25th, 2012 San Francisco Business Times
HQ: San Ramon.
Background: Freed joined SummerHill Homes as president and CEO in 2007. Before that, he worked for KB Home for 13 years and rose to senior vice president of investment strategy. He started out as a certified public accountant and held CFO positions at Davidon Homes and Blackhawk Corp.
SummerHill Housing Group Makes Its Debut
Monday October 22nd, 2012 The Registry
Two real estate powerhouses are now under one roof in a unique partnership forged to serve the home-sales and multifamily rental markets.Newly formed SummerHill Housing Group is now the umbrella organization for award-winning Bay Area builder SummerHill Homes and West Coast apartment developer Urban Housing Group.
SummerHill Enters the Planning Process
Tuesday October 9th, 2012 Lamorida Weekly
The plan for 28 homes that are proposed off Camino Ricardo was officially presented on October 1 to a joint session of the Planning Commission and Design Review Board.
Builders push for CEQA reform
Thursday September 20th, 2012 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Later this year, SummerHill Homes will complete a 110 single-family home project on 17 acres across from the Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center in Santa Clara.
But the project would have finished long ago if not for challenges made by project opponents under the California Environmental Quality Act, said Robert Freed, SummerHill’s president and CEO.
“It’s now become an unwieldy, out-of-control monster,” Freed said of the legislation, which was passed in 1970.
Top 5: San Jose Construction Projects
Wednesday July 25th, 2012 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
SummerHill Homes' newest community in San Jose, Evergreen Place is ranked #2 in the Top 5 San Jose Construction Projects - This week the Business Journal published a list of the top 25 San Jose construction projects. The list was ranked by the total square feet under construction between July 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012, in the city of San Jose.
SummerHill Homes CEO's Point of View on: Lennar Buys South Bay Hitachi Site, Plans 840 Homes
Tuesday July 10th, 2012 The Registry
Robert Freed, president and chief executive of SummerHill Homes, the homebuilding division of Marcus & Millichap Co., said Lennar should do well on the project assuming it executes well and the company did not overpay for the property based on overly rosy sales and cost projections. “If there is the least bit of pent-up demand, this will be one of these places to meet that demand,” he said. “It is an opportunity to get a critical mass of units in one location, which doesn’t exist anymore in [Silicon] Valley.”
From farm to The Enclave: SummerHill creates new neighborhood in Mountain View
Wednesday June 27th, 2012 Los Altos Town Crier
The Mountain View City Council in 2009 approved the project and SummerHill began the design phase for the infrastructure – placement of utilities and streets – to accommodate the homes.
The Enclave takes shape
How often did motorists on busy Grant Road wonder what was going on behind the walls of what had been named The Enclave at Waverly Park? And what are those homes like?
Fast forward to this month.
“Only two models are left,” said Mark Druge, SummerHill sales manager. “People say, ‘I remember the pumpkin patch,’ but they have been quite positive.”
Redwood City Neighborhood to Be Reborn With New Apartment Complex
Wednesday June 20th, 2012 The Registry
Crews from Urban Housing Group started work this week on construction of “25Eighty on the Blvd” which will add a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments to Redwood City’s housing mix. The addition of 141 units stands in stark contrast to the construction of just 246 new housing units in the city during the past decade.
Proposed New Development off Camino Ricardo
Tuesday June 19th, 2012 Lamorida Weekly
Developer Summerhill Homes recently applied for the review of a plan to build 28 homes on a 14.26-acre property located off Camino Ricardo, south of Danefield Place.
300-unit apartment complex approved for Walnut Creek
Thursday June 14th, 2012 Contra Costa Times
In a city with few areas left to build new housing, a 300-unit apartment project will take over the former Longs Drugs company headquarters site on Civic Drive near Ygnacio Valley Road.
The Paragon Apartments project was approved by the planning commission on Thursday night. This was the second time city leaders approved this high-density housing; developer Urban Housing Group pulled the project following its approval last year, after an appeal to the City Council was filed by Carpenters Local 152.
Santa Clara - Recent and Pending Projects Hope to Boost Economic Development
Monday May 21st, 2012 The Santa Clara Weekly
Having lingered through one of the worst recessions in history, the City has seen many businesses and redevelopment projects come and go over the last several years. With the economy slowly rebounding, several new projects and redevelopment projects are moving forward or progressing...
...SummerHill Homes is currently in the process of site grading and utilities for the 110 homes they will build on 10 acres at the rear of the former the Bay Area Research and Extension Center (BAREC) site.
SummerHill Homes Grand Opening, Norris Canyon - April 21st
Thursday April 19th, 2012 San Ramon Patch
San Ramon based SummerHill Homes will be holding the grand opening of two beautifully furnished model homes at their latest project - Renaissance at Roubion, Norris Canyon Estates, San Ramon this Saturday April, 21st
Affordable Townhomes Coming to Campbell
Monday January 23rd, 2012 Mercury News
Although the recession has brought down home prices in the West Valley area, the world of real estate can still be scary, especially for first-time buyers.
But the city of Campbell has a bit of good news for some residents looking to take the leap into homeownership. Maravilla, a complex by Summerhill Homes, is launching an affordable townhome program for first-time buyers.
Housing Project the Biggest Since the '90s
Wednesday October 12th, 2011 Contra Costa Times - News from True Life Communities
One of the largest housing projects in Saratoga since the 1990s is starting to take shape as townhomes near Hollow on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road are being built slowly but steadily. [Creekside at Saratoga is a] 20 two-story townhomes are being built on an approximately 2-acre parcel that once was home to a three one-story and one two-story apartment complex. The townhouse development was approved in 2007 and each home has three to five bedrooms, optional gas fireplace and two-car garage. The project, which is being built by SummerHill Homes, began in May with the demolition of the old apartment buildings. Homes are expected to start selling next spring with the first occupants to move into the complex next summer. To download full article click here
SummerHill offers Smarter Roofs and Solar Power Systems for all Homes
Wednesday September 28th, 2011 YouTube
Smarter Roofs, Solar Power Systems and Energy Star appliances can save you a lot of money, and The Enclave at Waverly Park offers all that and more! SummerHill Homes’ Green Task Force is our internal think-tank that innovates new green building practices and technologies, and Peterson Dean shows in this video why The Enclave homes are "selling like hotcakes".
California Bay Area Mansions Are in High Demand, Due to Tech Boom
Wednesday August 10th, 2011 Fox News
Welcome to the Silicon Valley real estate market, where a high-end housing boom is being fueled by a mini-tech rush, especially surrounding social media.
In Palo Alto, home of Facebook, the median selling price of a single family home increased to $1.3-million in June, up nearly 5 percent over last year, according to research company DataQuick.
The same time period saw home prices rise in Los Altos, and in Mountain View, where tech companies like LinkedIn and Google have created wealthy stock owners, and workers, willing to pay top dollar for a short commute, coveted public schools, and happening neighborhoods.
Homebuilders turn to urban areas
Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 San Jose Mercury News
SummerHill Homes plans to open new home communities in San Ramon and Saratoga this fall, and in Campbell and San Jose early next year.
"We focus on urban infill locations that have limited new home competition," said Robert Freed, president and chief executive officer of San Ramon-based SummerHill Homes.
SummerHill Homes Receives Four Awards at MAME
Tuesday July 5th, 2011
On Saturday, June 18, 2011 SummerHill Homes received four awards at MAME, Marketing and Merchandising Excellence Awards from the Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) of the a BIA Bay Area. The MAME awards recognize building excellence.
Grant Road model homes open as construction continues
Monday May 16th, 2011 Los Altos Town Crier
The 53-unit single-family-home subdivision under construction on Grant Road is progressing according to schedule, according to representatives of the developer, SummerHill Homes.
SummerHill Senior Vice President Katia Kamangar said a recent grand opening for the one- and two-story-home subdivision, the Enclave at Waverly Park, drew approximately 1,000 people.
SummerHill Homes Acquires Land in San Jose For New Community
Sunday April 17th, 2011
San Ramon, CA – San Ramon based SummerHill Homes has acquired approximately 14.6 acres in San Jose for a new home community. The site was originally home to the Mirassou winery. It is located at Aborn Rd and Ruby Avenue in the highly regarded Evergreen area of San Jose. The community will debut 87 detached single-family homes ranging from approximately 1,904 to 2,107 square feet, 16 townhomes ranging from approximately 1,782 to 2,087 square feet, and the historic Mirassou House. The community will feature a prominently-placed park, and many heritage trees will be preserved creating an immediate sense of neighborhood for the new residents.
SummerHill Homes unveils solar standard in Mountain View
Thursday February 10th, 2011 Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
SummerHill Homes is en route to making solar a standard feature in new developments. First up is a 53-home project in Mountain View.
Brand new comes at a premium
Wednesday October 13th, 2010 Palo Alto Online
Developers say wealth, location ensure continued new construction
Trees on the Move at Former Grant Road Farm
Sunday August 29th, 2010 San Jose Business Journal
Heritage oaks take their permanent spots as grading of lots by SummerHill Homes nears completion.
SummerHill Featured in Green Homebuilder
Thursday July 22nd, 2010 Green Homebuilder
We are excited to have Satake Estates and Redwood Gate featured in a recent Green Homebuilder magazine! SummerHill believes in sustainable building. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.
California Realtors offers perks to home buyers
Thursday April 1st, 2010 SFGate
Robert Freed, president and CEO of SummerHill Homes interviewed by Carolyn Said of San Francisco Chronicle... "We've definitely seen an uptick in buyer traffic and an increase in sales velocity that appears to be driven both by the tax credits as well as very favorable interest rates and very favorable new home pricing," Freed said.
SummerHill makes bet time is ripe for homes at Mirassou Winery site in Evergreen
Saturday March 6th, 2010 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Hoping to hit a housing market on the rebound, SummerHill Homes is laying the groundwork to build 100 houses on the historical Mirassou Winery site in Evergreen.
The Palo Alto builder picked up the option from the Mirassou estate on the 15-acre site in September after Trumark Properties abandoned its three-year effort to develop the Aborn Road property. The Santa Clara County Assessor has valued the property at a little more than $2 million.
Home Builder Braves Market
Sunday October 25th, 2009 The Registry
San Ramon-based SummerHill Homes has broken ground on a 53-unit single-family housing development in Mountain View proposed as executive-level family and later-life housing for empty nesters looking to downsize. Units are to be priced in the $1.7 million range.
SummerHill Homes earns award for building new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency
Sunday May 3rd, 2009
SummerHill Homes is proud of the recognition that we’re receiving for our commitment to energy efficiency. We were recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2009 STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution SummerHill Homes has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 296 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $132,312 on utility bills each year.
Homebuilding changes in 2009
Monday March 9th, 2009 KGO-ABC7
Robert Freed, the president and CEO of SummerHill Homes, one of the area's largest builders, recognizes that the rest of 2009 will be challenging. "The key to housing has always been job growth, so we'll watch the job growth numbers locally and nationally very carefully and consumer confidence."
Builders Seeing More Traffic
Monday March 9th, 2009 Contra Costa Times
Government tax credits appear to have propelled a bump in traffic for Bay Area home builders, but residential developers said Tuesday that no recovery will materialize for the battered industry until 2010, at best.
SummerHill Homes wins GuildQuality's 2009 Guildmaster Award
Thursday February 26th, 2009
Palo Alto, CA – SummerHill Homes, a leading homebuilder in the Bay Area, announced today that the company has been awarded a 2009 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. SummerHill Homes was one of 95 homebuilders, contractors, developers, and home services companies throughout North America recognized for their excellent performance.
The experts weigh in on the state of the market
Wednesday January 14th, 2009 The Registry: The Bay Area Real Estate Journal
Read excerpt from 'The experts weigh in on the state of the market' from The Registry. Interview with Robert Freed, president & CEO of SummerHill Homes that appeared in Bay Area Real Estate Journal - Dec 2008/Jan 2009.
Q&A with Robert Freed â€“ Review 2008 Preview 2009
Thursday January 1st, 2009 Silicon Valley Business Journal
Q&A with Robert Freed, President and CEO of SummerHill Homes
2009 May Be Year to Build On
Thursday December 25th, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle
Robert Freed spoke with Carolyn Said of the San Francisco Chronicle – He shared his history in the homebuilding industry from the first house he saw under construction to what the future may hold for SummerHill Homes, real estate, and homebuilders.