Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Castle & Cooke’s Saddle Creek Resort Appealing to Baby Boomer Home Buyers

Prime Attractions Reflect National Trends and Include ‘Small Town’ Feel, Luxury Amenities

(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – reports seeing an increase in Baby Boomer buyers exhibiting habits that mirror national trends.

A survey earlier this year by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, LLC revealed several behaviors that have been on the mark when it comes to new home owners at Saddle Creek.

“Boomers aren't necessarily downsizing into properties that have fewer amenities – they plan to live the rest of their lives in style,” says Sherry Chris, President and Chief Executive of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. “Seventy percent of them said the house they retire in will be the best home they've ever lived in, [and] 39 percent said it would be [in] a rural community, such as a farm or a small town.”

Saddle Creek’s location (two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 from Sacramento) embodies the “rural community” preference. Moreover, real estate options like custom and estate lots, and custom and semi-custom homes have proven to suit discerning Boomers.

The community’s newest offering is The Oak Collection, which features two-bedroom with den or three-bedroom floor plans with 2 or 2.5 bathrooms. They range from 1,890 to 2,574 sq. ft. and are available in French Country, Monterey, Traditional and Craftsman architectural styles.

A Great Room with abundant windows is the centerpiece of the customizable layouts. Other highlights include gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Kohler cast-iron sink and Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances; grand eight-foot-tall entry door; Moen plumbing and bath accessories; comfortable master bedrooms with large walk-in closet; master bathroom with ceramic-tile, double-sink vanity; two-car garages and more. Prices begin just under $400,000.

“Our luxury home options and onsite amenities are ideal for Baby Boomers seeking a more laid-back lifestyle without sacrificing the comforts of home or proximity to the Bay Area and Sacramento” says Darlene Mohlke, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Castle & Cooke California. “The community’s emphasis on environmental friendliness is also a big plus.”

Castle & Cooke’s unique “Green-Wise” philosophy is built on four pillars – “Energy-Wise,” “Health-Wise,” “Earth-Wise” and “Design-Wise.” Respectively, they promote more efficient energy use, improved indoor air quality, global conservation via sustainable building materials, and a walkable, fitness-oriented community in harmony with nature.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy an array of activity options. Saddle Creek’s award-winning golf course has been ranked among the 10 best in California, and its sports center includes a state-of-the-art gym, tennis and bocce courts, swimming pool and spa. Other area highlights are biking and mountain biking trails, water sports and fishing on many of the Sierra foothills’ nearby lakes (including Lake Tulloch, which is only five miles away), and abundant winter sports options.

Nearby cultural attractions include wine tasting tours at nearby vineyards, theatrical performances, museums, scenic gardens and trails, a summer concert series and more.

For more information: / 209.785.5600.

About Saddle Creek Resort

Situated in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra region just two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 hours from Sacramento, Saddle Creek Resort is located in the heart of the Copper Valley in Copperopolis. Owned and operated by nationally-renowned developer Castle & Cooke, the premier Northern California golf community is site of the company's newest collection of classic luxury homes.

Golfers will discover an ethereal collection of shimmering lakes, native trees, indigenous grasses and 100 bunkers punctuating a challenging, thought-provoking course from tee to green. To create an atmosphere of tranquility and isolation, architect Carter Morrish devised a routing in which no two holes run parallel to each other.

In proximity to Saddle Creek Resort is Copperopolis Town Square, a traditionally-designed, Gold Rush era-themed "country town" that is the retail and event hub of the Central Sierra region. Featuring charming boutiques, eateries and specialty shops, the pedestrian-friendly Town Square is the perfect place to spend some time after a round of golf.