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2019 Professional Builder Design Awards, Gold, New Community winner, exterior elevation

Altis

Beaumont, Calif.

Entrant/Builder: Pardee Homes

Designer/Architect: Bassenian Lagoni Architects

Interior Designer: (Multiple)

Photographer: Christopher Mayer Photography

Size: 1,473 – 3,094 sf across 12 models

Sales price: From the low $300,000s

Hard cost: $68.45/sf (average)

Appealing to the 55-plus market segment, Altis will eventually comprise 704 homes nested in the established Palm Springs-area Sundance community. “Altis was a way to open a new demand pocket,” says Matt Sauls, VP of marketing and product development for Pasadena, Calif.-based builder/developer Pardee Homes, per market research indicating sales of 120 to 150 homes annually for the new community.

Like most planned communities, Altis offers a wide choice of home sizes and price ranges, but it avoids the trap of separating those products by elevation or footprint. “Sometimes you get a clique system when you do that,” Sauls says. “The community becomes organized along socioeconomic status.”

At Altis, homes of different sizes and elevations often abut one another, an arrangement that promotes diversity in architecture and household income. “We found that buyers really like that approach,” Sauls says.

Two miles of walking trails, or “paseos,” shrank backyards slightly, but, “A huge backyard is not as important to this type of buyer,” according to Sauls.

The trails intersect parks, including a centrally located 7.5-acre community hub that includes a 16,000-square-foot recreation center, an impressive structure that features a “DIY bar” and space for a mixology club, a game room, and a large fitness center. A 4,500-square-foot beach-entry pool and a 2,400-square-foot lap pool adjoin the rec center. “The project has spectacular public spaces and amenities,” one judge said. “The clubhouse has some great details.”

The active adult set puts a premium on security, so the community is walled off from the surrounding neighborhood with a guarded main gate and two gated secondary gates. —Peter Fabris

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community site plan

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community site concept plan

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community amenities

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community shared amenities

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community aerial view

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community home interior with outdoor living

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community interior living spaces

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community home exterior

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community home exterior 2

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community home exterior 3

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community rec center concept plan

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community rec center floor plan

MODEL PLANS

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model floor plans

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model floor plans

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model plans

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model plan options

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model floor plans

2019 Professional Builder Design Awards Gold New Community Altis model floor plan options

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