Catalina Santa Clara Catalinais near Santana Row, along with 200 stores and restaurants atWestfield Valley Fair.

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SANTA CLARA, CA—Three new model homes are now open at LandseaHomes' community, Catalina. Josh Santos, president of Landsea HomesNorthern California, says the 93-townhome development is a blend ofurban space that features access to work and nearbyattractions.

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Residents have access to Santa Clara's mix of technology, natureand dining, and proximity to Santana Row. This shopping, dining andentertainment destination has more than 70 shops, 20 restaurants,and nine spas and salons. Catalina is also near the 200 stores andrestaurants located at Westfield Valley Fair. These homes arelocated in the Santa Clara Unified School District with numerousCalifornia distinguished schools.

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Santos recently shared some insights into the challenges,development timing, amenities and housing trends in thisexclusive.

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GlobeSt.com: What were the challenges in getting 93units off the ground in Santa Clara?

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Santos: The Catalina community is part of theEl Camino Real specific plan that the city of Santa Clara approvedin 2019. El Camino Real is the city's most visible and identifiablecommercial corridor, and the plan realized a vision to transformthe area from a series of automobile-oriented strip malls to atree-lined, pedestrian and transit-oriented corridor with a mix ofresidential and retail uses. It really wasn't difficult for Landseato carve out this plot given that the city already identified thisas an area they'd like to rezone from commercial toresidential.

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GlobeSt.com: How long was the developmentprocess?

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Santos: Land development began in August 2018,and vertical construction and homebuilding began in April 2019.Overall, development took about nine months.

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GlobeSt.com: What types of buyers will be targeted forthese properties? Because all residences have three bedrooms andthe property is located in the Santa Clara Unified School District,it would seem this is also targeted to families?

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Santos: Most of our Catalina homebuyers arefirst-time homebuyers that work in the tech industry. These arehomes that both singles and married couples alike are viewing ashomes they can grow in. With three bedrooms, there's room forfamilies. Catalina is located within close proximity to greatschools and major tech companies including Nvidia and AppliedMaterials.

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We're also seeing an influence from University of Santa Clara,where people have the means to buy a townhome for their child andrent out the remaining rooms.

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GlobeSt.com: What does the live/work residence aspectoffer buyers? 

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Santos: Catalina has 15 live-work homes thatoffer a unique opportunity for someone who is self-employed tooperate a small business out of their home. This is a huge draw forsmall consulting business or specialized businesses, and provides adedicated space for work that is isolated from their residence.While we have not yet released these units for sale, interest isextremely strong.

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GlobeSt.com: What other development trends are evidentin Santa Clara for similar properties?

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Santos: The El Camino Real specific plan isthriving. Currently, there are four active projects along El CaminoReal, including commercial, retail and residential. This hascreated an active hub of both residential and commercialdevelopment, which has large appeal for buyers. Santa Clara is aplace where they can afford to live and manage a walkablelifestyle, with retail and services nearby.

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There is also the Lawrence Station area plan that the city ofSanta Clara has put into place. It's clear the city wants to becomea significant place of development in housing in the area.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.