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Heritage Plaza Park
 Dedication and Grand Opening

February 24th, 2012

Heritage Park Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Covina, CA. – February 23, 2012 – Olson Homes, Southern California’s leading developer of in-town living, is proud to announce that its new community Citrus Walk is among a host of other new improvements in the community of Covina. While Olson is building the mixed-use community of Citrus Walk to enliven and rejuvenate downtown Covina, the Covina Redevelopment Agency is celebrating the official grand opening of Heritage Plaza Park this week. Simultaneously, the City of Covina is working on studies to improve the pedestrian connections in the downtown area, and recently completed a bike plan for the City.

Citrus Walk, the Olson Company’s fifth new urban living residential development in the Covina area, brings a new style of in-town living to Covina, offering fresh thinking, innovative design, and modern style. The Citrus Walk community features 37 townhomes and 8,000 square feet of new retail space along downtown Covina’s Citrus Avenue, with 8 flats offered as affordable housing over the new retail storefronts. The townhomes, each with approximately 1,600 square feet and three stories, have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1-2 powder rooms, and 2-car garages. The recently released flats offer up to 1500 square feet, 3 bedrooms and several floor plan options.

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 is proud to be a partner in the Covina community,” said Scott Laurie, President of Olson Homes. “We are creating a residential community that will be an important part of the local landscape, as well as providing an opportunity for increased revenues for the city through new retailers.”

The Citrus Walk community is adjacent to the all new Heritage Park Plaza, a Covina Redevelopment Agency project. The Plaza, resulting in a transformation of Downtown Civic Center Park, will feature a platform stage for open-air performances, a “Heritage Walk” with historical city elements, a tot lot, and a revamped courtyard/town square. Designed to improve park function, the updates will add additional trees and retain as many of the existing trees as possible. The park is now open to and providing enjoyment to all current Citrus Walk homeowners, giving Citrus Walk residents a beautiful park in their very own “backyard.”

The City’s Metrolink station is two blocks north of the Citrus Walk community. The City is working to enhance pedestrian connections with transit in the downtown area to encourage residents to take advantage of the various public transportation options available to them. Covina is one of only a few cities that offer a Bikestation bicycle storage facility at the Metrolink Station, allowing residents the freedom to ride their bikes to the station and store them in a safe and secure location.

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 at 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.

Olson Homes Receives The Eliant for
 Best Overall Customer Experience

February 9th, 2012

Olson Homes also ranked #1 for Best Purchase Experience and Best Construction Experience

Olson Homes Wins Eliant 2012 "Best Customer Experience"

Olson Homes, Southern California’s leading developer of in-town living, announces that it has received “The Eliant,” for ‘Best Overall Home Purchase and Ownership Experience’ (multi-divisional builder segment). As Eliant states, “This firm has developed an unusually loyal following by consumers interested in an ‘above-and-beyond’ home buying experience.”
The prestigious award is given as part of the 2012 Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Awards, resulting from more than 68,000 surveys administered in partnership with staffing powerhouse Real Estate Temps to all recent homeowners from over 170 major homebuilders across the US and Canada in 2011.

“We are so proud to have received the award for Best Overall Customer Experience from Eliant,” said Scott Laurie, President of Olson Homes.

The Olson Company also was ranked #1 by homebuyers for the ‘Purchase Experience’ and ‘Construction Experience’ in the Large Builder segment, and received second place awards for ‘Overall First-Year Quality,’ ‘Design Selection Experience’ and the ‘Customer Service Experience.’ “We are so proud to have received the award for Best Overall Customer Experience from Eliant,” said Scott Laurie, President of Olson Homes. “The Eliant Awards are the strongest indication of homebuilder success, indicating that we are providing strong customer service in so many areas. We are looking forward to doubling our efforts in 2012 as we continue to grow new home communities in Southern California.”

The Olson Company’s numerous successful urban living communities across Southern California over the last 24 years reflect its commitment to creating “livability” for today’s homebuyer. As part of Olson’s unique approach to creating these communities, The Company provides ongoing tailored services to support the needs of its homeowners, including financial education and the exclusive Homeowner Champion Program. The Olson Company has garnered several prestigious Eliant Awards for homeowner satisfaction, including its 2012 win for Best Overall Customer Experience.

For further information on the survey methodology and a complete list of winning home builders, visit www.eliant.com.