BlackPine Communities is bringing two high-profile projects to the Sacramento market.
By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media
Inspired by farmhouse architectural expressions and outdoor living, BlackPine Communities has brought a unique development to the historic city of Folsom, Calif. The Sacramento, Calif.-based home builder opened four model homes at Farmhouse at Willow Creek, a 126-home community, in March. The company is also nearing completion on another high-profile project in Sacramento: The Creamery at Alkali Flat.
Featuring distinct rooflines accented with color-coordinated asphalt shingles and authentic trim details, shutters, window casings, corbels and trellises, Farmhouse at Willow Creek brings a Midwest flavor to California. “There’s really nothing like it in Folsom,” President and Founder Mike Paris says. “We are the pioneers of introducing it out here. It’s got a very all-American feel to it.”
Offering spacious, authentic farmhouse-style homes, the new community is designed for tranquil living. It’s ideal for families and professionals that seek elements of a richly-endowed lifestyle and outdoor living. “The community has its own park that wraps around it,” Paris says. “It’s steps away from a bike and recreational path with well over 100 miles of bike and jogging trails.
It sits right on the axis of that trail and it’s almost entirely surrounded by water and open space.”
A Breath Of Fresh Air
The neighborhood shares a recreation center with a swimming pool and a picnic and barbecue area. Near Folsom Lake and the American River, Farmhouse at Willow Creek offers a farmhouse experience in a city on the outskirts of Sacramento. “It’s in the heart of Folsom,” Paris says. “And it’s unusual to have 126 homes in the middle of the town. It feels like a gated community even though it’s not. Bringing this lifestyle to Folsom was a breath of fresh air.”
More than 600 people showed up at the development’s VIP grand opening in March and the homes have been selling like hotcakes, he says. “We’re very proud of the project,” Paris says. “It really turned out well and the sales are supporting it.” BlackPine offers four different floor plans that range from a 1,858-square-foot three-bedroom to a 2,400-square-foot five-bedroom. Prices start range between $479,000 and $529,000.
“The site plans are very unique,” Paris says. “The homes are located on small, private drives – no more than six homes on a drive. It’s more intimate than a cul-de-sac and the front yard is the ‘new’ back yard.”
Farmhouse at Willow Creek was built with energy efficiency and quality in mind. Exterior features include weather-resistant LP SmartSide trim and siding made from premium-engineered wood for endurance and curb appeal. Front doors are fiberglass-insulated to be energy-efficient and windows are made from Milgard Low-E dual-glazed vinyl.
The homes feature exterior and interior LED lighting, Smart Vent whole-house fan systems that filter exterior air through the HVAC ducting, and central heating and air conditioning with a zoned thermal equalizing system. They also feature high-efficiency gas furnaces, insulated attics, roof decks and ducts. The homes also have gourmet kitchens and spacious bedrooms.
Kitchens feature natural beech cabinetry with natural-colored melamine interiors, European concealed hinges and dovetailed drawer boxes. They have large islands with a sink and extended countertop for bar seating, granite countertops and GE stainless steel appliances. Master bedrooms are designed for king-sized accommodations and feature walk-in closets and a structured wiring box with category 5E voice and data prewire, RG6 cable and TV pre-wire. They also include a private vanity, separate soaker tub and shower.
A Little Oasis
Aside from Farmhouse at Willow Creek, BlackPine will complete another high-profile project in Sacramento this year. The Creamery at Alkali Flat, a new 122-home residential development, is nearly 75 percent complete. Targeted for completion by the end of this year, this leafy stretch of modern tri-level homes with two-car oversized garages is in the heart of Sacramento.
The Creamery is designed to be a heady brew of professionals, creative minds, young families and energetic middle-agers looking to reconnect with the eclectic and electric charms of the city. “It’s like your own little oasis in the downtown area,” Paris says. “It’s a very large community for an urban project with a lot of upscale features.”
A special feature of the Creamery’s landscape architecture is more than a half-acre of urban gardens and planter boxes throughout and around the community. They are designed to provide homeowners with a connection to nature in a metro setting. In addition, the community is peppered with promenades that feature kiosks and cozy corners to greet friends or join neighborhood gatherings. Another unique feature is a “bark park.”
This private, quarter-acre recreational area for dogs comes complete with water stations. Like the Farmhouse at Willow Creek development, the Creamery was built with energy efficiency in mind. The homes also feature modern interiors, gourmet kitchens and spacious master suites with elegant baths. BlackPine offers three different site plans.
The contemporary homes range from two to four bedrooms and vary is size between 1,700 square feet and 2,400 square feet. Rooftop patios are an option. Homes will range from $509,000 to $569,00. Both the Creamery and Farmhouse at Willow Creek have helped BlackPine build its brand that focuses on uniquely themed communities that offer a lifestyle in addition to housing.
“Those are two very high-profile projects in Sacramento for us,” Paris says. “And they are both leading to other opportunities to expand our brand and presence in northern California. We are fortunate to be where we are and are looking forward to doing more.”