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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 / Kovach Marketing

BREA, CA All four neighborhoods in the new master-planned community of Blackstone in the hills above Brea are currently offering very special limited opportunities to home buyers who act quickly.


Standard Pacific Homes’ Sorano is featuring three upgraded homes overlooking the brand-new Blackstone Recreation Center that will be ready for September move-ins.


A quick move-in home is available with a 30-day escrow at Shea Homes’ Amber. This Plan 2B residence – one of the neighborhood’s most popular and desired floor plan – is enhanced by stunning views and an extensive array of upgrades, including KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, built-in refrigerator, designer stair system, and maple cabinetry with granite countertops in both the kitchen and master bath.


At Shea Homes’ Jade, buyers who want to be settled before fall classes start at the excellent Brea schools can choose a home that will be ready for an August move-in. Jade is also featuring one highly desirable home that overlooks the future Brea city park.


Standard Pacific’s Castillian has one home with amazing views available which will be completed by the end of the year and a limited number of homes in the community due to the tremendous sales success.


Abundant recreation, excellent schools and an ultra-convenient location make Blackstone an unbeatable choice for today’s families, and the opportunity to experience all of Blackstone’s advantages is showcased at all four neighborhoods. Together they present a diverse array of imaginative residential designs that blend harmoniously with Blackstone’s natural setting, and they offer prices ranging from the low $500,000s to the low $1 millions, making Blackstone a perfect fit for a wide range of home buyers.


Standard Pacific’s Sorano makes a Blackstone address uniquely attainable for young couples and families that are just starting to grow. A trio of two-story residences extends from approximately 1,739 to 2,001 square feet, including three to four bedrooms and as many as three baths. Impressive great rooms and convenience-oriented kitchens enhance the appeal of these homes.


Shea Homes' Amber presents distinctive two-story homes that feature large great rooms, versatile lofts and spacious secondary bedrooms. Plus, the beautiful ridgeline setting offers the ideal location for exceptional views. Living areas range from approximately 2,015 to 2,199 square feet, including four bedrooms and two and one-half baths.


Shea Homes' luxury-home neighborhood of Jade provides the flexibility of many floor plan options to match and enhance individual buyers' lifestyles. Desirable downstairs bedrooms and home offices are just a few of the great features, and commercial-style kitchen appliances, grand master suites and up to three-car garages leave no doubt that the homes are of the highest caliber. Measuring approximately 2,806 to 3,360 square feet, the homes encompass four to five bedrooms and three and one-half to four and one-half baths.


Presenting the pinnacle of luxury at Blackstone, Standard Pacific’s Castillian showcases breathtaking views of rolling hills and the city below. Grand-scale residences spanning approximately 4,223 to 5,003 square feet with as many as six bedrooms and five and one-half baths feature versatile bonus rooms and secluded libraries. Varying plans take on the added dimension of a club room, library or office, and every home encompasses a three-car garage.


The new Blackstone Recreation Center, which recently celebrated its grand opening, will make every day a fun day for residents. They will be able to swim in a junior Olympic pool, relax in an invigorating spa, picnic and barbecue in a park-like setting and spend comfortable summer nights by an outdoor fireplace. And for youngsters, a wading pool and water activity center will be “splash” hits.


Leisure-time opportunities also extend to Blackstone’s six intimate pocket parks, including one with a tot lot, and a planned 14-acre Brea city park, where family fun will range from picnicking under a tree to playing at the tot lot. With a charming gazebo as its centerpiece, the park will also offer a variety of athletic pursuits, including baseball, basketball, tee ball and soccer.  It will join 15 other community parks, including a popular sports park and a 12-acre historical park showcasing Brea's rich heritage.


At Blackstone, recreation goes hand-in-hand with education, thanks to the top-rated schools of the Brea Olinda Unified School District*.


Based on their exceptionally high Academic Performance Index (API) scores, all of the schools that Blackstone youngsters will attend, from kindergarten through high school, will provide them with an A+ education.


Children who live at three Blackstone neighborhoods – Sorano, Amber and Jade – will attend Olinda Elementary, a California Distinguished School which holds the highest API score in the district – 937 in 2010. They can also look forward to the state-of-the-art facilities at the school’s brand-new campus, which is under construction and set to open next year.


William E. Fanning Elementary, which children from Castillian at Blackstone will attend, is in the same league as Olinda Elementary with an API score of 889. After elementary school, parents in all four neighborhoods will send their kids to Brea Junior High (866 API) and Brea Olinda High (854 API), both of which are California Distinguished Schools. In addition, the high school has produced over 40 National Merit Scholars in the last six years, and students can take over 20 Advanced Placement courses along with a variety of elective choices. Along with its academic excellence, the high school fields 22 varsity sports teams, many of which regularly win league and state championships.


With its rustic setting near Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Olinda Historical Trails and its proximity to the 57, 91 and 60 freeways, Blackstone offers the perfect balance of rural charm and urban convenience. Residents find it easy to reach employment centers and other destinations throughout Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.


Also nearby are exciting regional shopping, dining and entertainment venues, including Brea Mall and the shops of historic downtown Brea. Brea Mall has five major anchor stores: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy's mens children & home, Sears and JC Penney, with over 175 specialty stores and restaurants, including the newly remodeled Foodworks Food Court. Brea Downtown, popularly known as Birch Street, features over 50 acres of shopping and entertainment in a village-style, pedestrian-oriented promenade.


To take advantage of the special limited opportunities at Blackstone, take the 57 freeway and exit at Lambert Road. To reach Sorano, Amber and Jade, proceed east on Lambert Road and turn left at Kraemer Boulevard into the Blackstone community.  To visit Castillian, drive west on Lambert Road, turn right on State College Boulevard, right on Balsa Avenue and right again on Carmichael Drive.


Further details are also available by visiting or calling each community:  Sorano 714-223-0700, Amber 714-961-6011, Jade 714-223-6908 and Castillian 714-674-1980.


Blackstone is a development of Shea Tonner Hills, LLC and Standard Pacific of Tonner Hills, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.


Shea Homes Southern California is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, one of America’s largest privately held homebuilders. As a member of the Shea family of companies, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2011, Shea Homes has won numerous prestigious awards for quality, integrity, innovation and customer satisfaction. Shea Homes’ pursuit of excellence is typified by Shea Superiology, the art and science of designing and constructing homes that offer homeowners superior value by maximizing their quality of life, minimizing their costs and making a positive contribution to the environment. For more information, please visit the company's website at


Standard Pacific, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has built homes for more than 112,000 families during its 40-year history. The Company constructs homes within a wide range of price and size targeting a broad range of homebuyers. Standard Pacific operates in many of the largest housing markets in the country with operations in major metropolitan areas in California, Florida, Arizona, the Carolinas, Texas, Colorado and Nevada. The Company provides mortgage financing to its homebuyers through Standard Pacific Mortgage, Inc. For more information about the Company and its new home developments, please visit our website at:

*Schools serving residents of Blackstone are subject to change. For more information on school assignments, please call the Brea Olinda Unified School District at (714) 990-7800.

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