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Interactive Floorplans Available for the Legacy Collection Homes in Covenant Hills

Further to our discussion of Warmington Homes’ purchase of 28 custom lots in Covenant Hills (see here and here), Warmington has released an interactive floorplan and rendering tool providing more detail on the homes that will help fill some of the vacancies in Covenant Hills’ custom neighborhood.

Described as “single level living in the gated enclave” of Covenant Hills, Warmington Homes has released floorplans and renderings of the two “Legacy Collection” models.  These homes will be built on 28 formerly custom lots in Covenant Hills.  More details and interest list sign-up is available at the Warmington Homes web site.  We had fun using the interactive floorplan tool to build a couple sample homes for ourselves.  First, a Santa Barbara style single story Plan One home.

Here’s the rendering:

Plan One Rendering - Santa Barbara style

And now the floorplan:

Plan One Floorplan

We located the master bedroom in the rear of the home, bringing the two secondary bedrooms to the front.  Although small by Covenant Hills standards, this basic Plan One should live well with the core living spaces all centrally located and interconnected.

Next, we went bigger and created a two story Plan Two using the Tuscan theme.

Here is the rendering:

Plan Two Rendering - Tuscan style

And here is the floorplan:

Plan Two Floorplan

Our house pencils out as a five bedroom plus office, but it wouldn’t live that way.  The extra large second story addition does provide ample square footage, but with the bedrooms split between the upstairs and downstairs, the house starts to feel a little dysfunctional.  Further, you have one downstairs bedroom (shown in our plan as an office) that is accessed through an exterior door and two upstairs bedrooms that are likewise inaccessible directly from the downstairs living spaces.  None of these three rooms would be appropriate for children, in our opinion.  The upstairs space works best as a stand-alone one bedroom apartment — will there be boarders coming soon to Covenant Hills?

And allow us the opportunity to take issue with yet another Tuscan elevation.  The Santa Barbara and similar Spanish Revival elevations are historically appropriate for Southern California.  But in our opinion, Tuscan is a fad — and one that will not age well.  Yet, here again is another Tuscan themed tract.  We were excited to see some of the early Sendero renderings sporting less common designs.  Warmington’s Legacy collection may have been more architecturally appealing had they selected a different style, such as an interpretation of an early California ranch house.

In any event, Warmington seems to have good timing.  Anyone who has been watching Ladera Ranch real estate knows that quality, well-priced homes in and around the one million dollar range are attracting multiple offers and going into escrow quickly.  Time will tell whether or not Warmington can execute on that potential.

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