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Lyon Announces Fourteen New Homes in Covenant Hills

Residents of Covenant Hills are used to the pick up in construction activities going on in the custom home portion of the community. That activity accelerated further when homebuilder William Lyon Homes planted “coming soon” signs on 14 vacant Covenant Hills lots. The Lyon signs are located in and around the streets of Bell Pasture, [...]

Warmington Homes Buys Twenty More Custom Lots in Covenant Hills

Anyone who has followed Ladera Ranch real estate knows that Warmington Homes timed the market perfectly with its Legacy Collection of homes in Covenant Hills. Warmington broke ground on its 28 lots late last summer and opened the two model homes to the public in November. Since then, phase releases have sold quickly and the [...]

Progress Photo of the Legacy Collection Models

Warmington Homes broke ground on the Legacy Collection model homes back in August and from the looks of the photo below, the models are well are their way to completion. Warmington has been giving hard-hat tours of the models during construction, but sales won’t begin in earnest until the models are ready.

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Market Analysis for Covenant Hills Custom Homesites

Very few neighborhoods in South Orange County can rival the custom home community of Covenant Hills for prestige, location and amenities. Yet, sales of custom lots were crushed during the recession as owners abandoned their plans of custom homebuilding or saw their properties foreclosed on by banks. For years, the custom neighborhood of Covenant Hills [...]

Warmington Homes Coming to Covenant Hills Custom Lots

Rumors of a bulk custom lot sale to a merchant homebuilder appear to be true, and that homebuilder is upscale niche builder Warmington Homes. As we previously suggested in the post “Rumor: New Homes Coming to Covenant Hills“, DMB Ladera has apparently sold 28 of its non-view custom lots to Warmington in an effort to [...]

Rumor: New Homes Coming to Covenant Hills

We have been told by several sources that DMB Ladera may sell 28 of the custom lots in Covenant Hills to a merchant homebuilder. We haven’t seen any official announcement on the internet, so we can’t vouch for the accuracy of the rumor. If true, however, it would bring some much-needed life and activity to [...]