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Olson Homes Plans New Home Communities in Westchester and El Segundo

December 22nd, 2011

Olson Homes Purchases Two South Bay Sites For New “Gateway Walk” and “Pacific Walk” Communities; Construction to be Completed in 2012

SEAL BEACH, CA. – The Olson Company, the leading developer of in-town urban living, announces plans for two new residential communities in the Los Angeles area. Closing on two plots in the areas of Westchester and El Segundo for the planned communities of “Gateway Walk” and “Pacific Walk“, Olson plans to complete construction by 2012.

Olson Homes plans to create a 14 unit single family detached residential community in Westchester, with homes between 1,800 and 1,821 sq. ft., featuring 3 bedrooms with additional loft space, 2.5 baths, and 2 car garages. The new El Segundo community will consist of 12 attached townhomes, ranging in size from 1,597 to 1,622 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2 car side-by-side or tandem garages.

Expected to be completed in 2012, both new home communities will offer desirable commutes to the nearby employment centers in the South Bay – including Los Angeles, Hawthorn, Manhattan Beach, and Marina Del Rey, as well as close proximity to the nearby beaches, and many retail, dining and entertainment options. With simultaneous construction, potential home owners interested in the South Bay will have the choice of townhome or single family detached living.

The homes, built to exceed LEED green living standards, will include energy efficient amenities including Energy Star appliances; water efficient and lead-free faucets; highly water efficient toilets; auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, space saving tank-less water heaters, and built-in recycle bins, among many other features.

“Olson Homes looks forward to building competitively priced homes in the Westchester and El Segundo communities, our fourth and fifth communities in the South Bay area,” said Steve Olson, Chairman/CEO of The Olson Company. “The new communities will create jobs and fill a need for affordable housing in the area, as well as further underscore our commitment to building in ‘walkable’ areas.”

The Olson Company’s numerous successful urban living developments across Southern California over the last 22 years reflect its commitment to the homebuyer as top priority. With its notable homeowner satisfaction, The Olson Company has garnered prestigious Eliant Awards in six categories in 2010, including a number one ranking for the “Design Selection” experience, and second for delivering an incredible experience during the Purchase, Construction, and Customer Service phases, and ranked second for “Overall Quality” and “Sales from Referrals.” The Olson Company believes in “livability,” and implements a thoughtful and detail-oriented approach from concept through execution. As part of their unique approach to providing these communities, The Olson Company understands all that goes into buying a new home and provides tailored services to support the needs of homebuyers, such as financial education and continued support services.

To learn more about Olson Homes please visit www.OlsonHomes.com.

About The Olson Company
Established in 1988, The Olson Company and the Olson Homes brand are nationally recognized for creating unique in-town neighborhoods in urban communities throughout California. Headquartered in Seal Beach, California, The Olson Company has successfully partnered with governmental agencies and private landowners to create innovative housing solutions designed to fulfill the lifestyle needs of today’s buyer. The company works diligently with community and neighborhood groups to build a high level of awareness and broad-range community consensus around its neighborhoods. The Olson Company was awarded the prestigious “Builder of the Year” award by Professional Builder Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders.

Olson Homes Offers Online “Style Studio” for Homeowners and Potential Homebuyers

December 16th, 2011

Olson Homes presents Style Studio

Seal Beach, CA. – December 15, 2011 – Olson Homes, Southern California’s leading developer of in-town living, has created an innovative online home design studio, making design decisions “simple and fun” for today’s homeowner and homebuyer.

The Olson Style Studio, powered by Studio Chateau, offers the homebuyer immediate and easy access to pick and choose the features and options for structure, design, and other elements that are available for their new home once escrow is closed. The Studio provides an important step in envisioning and planning what the new home will look like; a user can view community information, look through a detailed catalogue of available options, and create a wish list of amenities.

Each of Olson Homes’ community sites is carefully selected for the availability of amenities and proximity to entertainment and culture. Now, Olson homeowners and homebuyers can view all of the restaurants, landmarks, and offerings in their community, complete with comprehensive descriptions.

In addition, each community has an interactive floor plan and offers a tour of the model homes, as well as an “i-postcard” feature that enables a user to send their new home or home they are wishing for directly to a friend, letting them know about the community they have just visited or are moving into. All features are easily accessible through the Olson Homes homepage, as well as the individual community sites, which also offer local news and events to continue to connect Olson homebuyers with their local communities.

“Customer satisfaction is a cornerstone value to Olson Homes, and through these online experiences we endeavor to provide our homebuyers and potential homebuyers with the easiest and most comprehensive way for them to choose the features in their house, helping to ensure it truly is their dream home,” said Steve Olson, Chairman/CEO of The Olson Company.

The Style Studio features include:

  • Comprehensive community information to welcome a potential homebuyer
  • A complete selection of home options, with detailed choices for everything within the home, from structural, electrical, plumbing and appliances, to countertops, closets, cabinets and doors.
  • A “Design it Yourself” feature that lets one create a placement diagram, allowing for simple “drag and drop” placement of design and options onto a floor plan.
  • A simple order form that offers easy access to pricing and subtotals.
  • A wish list for placing options to think about and review later.
  • The Olson Company’s numerous successful urban living developments across Southern California over the last 22 years reflect its commitment to today’s homebuyer. The Olson Company has garnered prestigious Eliant Awards for homeowner satisfaction, including a recent overall win for Mosaic Walk, which was in first place from almost 900 nationwide home communities. The Olson Company believes in “livability,” and implements a thoughtful and detail-oriented approach from concept through execution. As part of their unique approach to creating these communities, The Olson Company understands all that goes into buying a new home and provides ongoing tailored services to support the needs of its homeowners, including financial education and the exclusive Homeowner Champion Program.

    There are still homes available in Olson Homes’ newest community in Covina, Citrus Walk. The Citrus Walk sales center is located at 158 Italia Street Covina, CA 91723. To learn more about Citrus Walk, the Olson Company online tools, and how you can own new now, please visit CitrusWalk.com.

    About The Olson Company
    Established in 1988, The Olson Company and the Olson Homes brand are nationally recognized for creating unique in-town neighborhoods in urban communities throughout California. Headquartered in Seal Beach, California, The Olson Company has successfully partnered with governmental agencies and private landowners to create innovative housing solutions designed to fulfill the lifestyle needs of today’s buyer.

    Olson Homes Increases Sales as Home Builder Confidence Rises

    December 6th, 2011

    Seal Beach, CA. – December 6, 2011 – Olson Homes reports an increase in sales as home builder confidence rises, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market survey. The (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market index rose by four points to 18 – the biggest one-month gain since April 2010.

    Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB conducts, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.”

    Olson Homes has experienced a positive uptick over the last month as well: the highly popular and recently award-winning community Mosaic Walk (Garden Grove) has closed or is in escrow on all but 5 homes in the community; Rio Walk (Montebello) has 3 unsold units, Willow Walk (Compton) is 100% sold out, and Heritage Walk (Fullerton) is entirely sold out as well.

    There are still homes available in Olson Homes’ newest community, Citrus Walk, and Olson Homes will be opening 8 new communities in 2012.

    Citrus Walk is The Olson Company’s fifth new urban living residential development in the Covina area. The Citrus Walk community offers 37 townhomes and 8,000 square feet of new retail space along downtown Covina’s Citrus Avenue, with 12 flats over the new retail storefronts. The townhomes, each with approximately 1,610 square feet and three stories, have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1-2 powder rooms, and 2-car garages.

    The homes, built to exceed LEED green living standards, feature energy efficient amenities including Energy Star appliances; water efficient and lead-free faucets; highly water efficient toilets; auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, space saving tank-less water heaters, and built-in recycle bins, among many other features.

    The Olson Company’s numerous successful urban living developments across Southern California over the last 22 years reflect its commitment to making the homebuyer top priority. The Olson Company has garnered prestigious Eliant Awards for homeowner satisfaction, including a recent overall win for Mosaic Walk, which was in first place from almost 900 nationwide home communities. The Olson Company believes in “livability,” and implements a thoughtful and detail-oriented approach from concept through execution. As part of their unique approach to creating these communities, The Olson Company understands all that goes into buying a new home and provides ongoing tailored services to support the needs of its homeowners, including financial education and the exclusive Homeowner Champion Program.

    The Citrus Walk sales center is located at 158 Italia Street, Covina, CA 91723. To learn more about Citrus Walk and how you can go take advantage of this opportunity to own new now, please visit CitrusWalk.com.

    About The Olson Company
    Established in 1988, The Olson Company and the Olson Homes brand are nationally recognized for creating unique in-town neighborhoods in urban communities throughout California. Headquartered in Seal Beach, California, The Olson Company has successfully partnered with governmental agencies and private landowners to create innovative housing solutions designed to fulfill the lifestyle needs of today’s buyer.