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Join Arroyo Walk’s VIP Priority List Today!

July 29th, 2016

Get pre-qualified today and join our VIP priority list. As an official VIP at Arroyo Walk, you will be given exclusive access to private events and priority home selection. A private model showing and sales release will be held for the VIP Priority list.

Our homes will offer up to 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and approximately 1,265 to 1,886 square feet.

Call today for more information or stop by our temporary Welcome Center located at our Mission Walk community.

O.C. Homebuilder Sales Soar 57% from a Year Ago

July 28th, 2016

Orange County, California, is seeing a nearly exponential boom in the housing market, as new homebuilder sales have climbed 57% from last year, according to a study released by CoreLogic. These numbers are staggering, and they prove just how in-demand a piece of Orange County real estate is in the modern market.

Between 1998 and 2007, before the housing bubble popped and the entire nation faced an economic recession, the new home market in Orange County was very strong. Since then, it has gone through many phases of brokenness and healing, but most recently the numbers are showing that a return to a pre-recession economy is not only imminent, but already taking place. The time period between February 25 and March 22, for example, saw builders drawing in 12.5% of sales, a figure very reminiscent of the pre-recession years.

This period of time also saw builders sell 363 new homes, with the median price for all Orange County residences resting around $615,000, a figure up 5.1% from the previous year. While the housing market is improving all over the country, the Orange County market is growing at a much faster rate than the national average, which is seeing about 11.2% growth compared to Orange County’s 57.1%.

What is significant to note here is that these figures do not just represent home sales in Orange County, but specifically new home sales. Though all real estate in the area is seeing a major boost, the fact that so much of this boost is coming from new development means that people aren’t just moving into Orange County, but they’re not moving out. The communities are expanding as more and more people bring their business to Orange County, and the economy is rising with this migration.

For more information on the Orange County housing market and the recent uptick in homebuilder sales, visit the Orange County Register at:

Orange County is proving itself to be one of the best places in the country for new homeowners. Sales like these don’t happen arbitrarily; people are buying real estate in Orange County because they know that it is one of the best places to live an active, modern life, and that an Orange County home is a sound investment. If you’re for a home in the heart of Orange County, with convenient access to everything it has to offer, look no further than Pacific Walk, one of Olson Homes’ newest communities. Floor plans and more information available at:

Pacific Walk Community Spotlight

July 26th, 2016


Pacific Walk, located in Westminster, California, is one of Olson Homes newest and fastest growing communities! With everything that Pacific Walk has to offer, it’s no wonder that people from all over are flocking to these up-and-coming homes.

Just off of the 405, Pacific Walk offers all of the finest shopping, dining, and entertainment to all of its residents, all within a few minutes’ drive. In Pacific Walk, the entirety of Orange County is your backyard. Need to commute to downtown Los Angeles? Pacific Walk is close enough to the city to make your commute a breeze, while being far enough out to provide you with peace of mind. You can drive to work knowing your children are safe at home, in a tight-knit, gated community that cares for its own.

Pacific Walk is a modern, delightful new community in the established city of Westminster. Living in Pacific Walk, you can expect to have all of the conveniences and benefits of modern living, such as green technology and proximity to everywhere you need to go on a regular basis, all while enjoying the rich culture of Westminster. You don’t have to give up modern comforts to live in a historic city; Pacific Walk is proof of that.

Each home in Pacific Walk is a gorgeous structure, both inside and out. With Spanish architectural style setting the theme of the community, each home comes with a beautiful exterior deck and 2-paneled front door detailed with aged bronze hardware on the outside,  12” x 12” hand set ceramic tile at the entry and designer-selected lighting within. Every aesthetic detail in Pacific Walk is given our full attention, and the results are simply picturesque.

If all of that isn’t enough to explain why Pacific Walk is so popular for new homeowners, add to it the great school district, versatile three-story floor plans, and proximity to Huntington Beach, and it couldn’t be clearer why people love Pacific Walk. To check out the full floorplans, features, and a list of available homes in Pacific Walk, or to contact us today and let us know you are interested in what Pacific Walk has to offer visit us at:

Featured Home of The Week at Gateway Walk in Gardena – Lot 13

July 22nd, 2016

Homesite 13, Plan 1C

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths
2 car attached garage
1,323 sq. ft.
White cabinets
Granite kitchen countertops with full tile backsplash
Single bowl stainless steel kitchen sink
Stainless steel appliances
Upgraded Master Shower
Intercom system
Deluxe security system

New Townhomes in Gardena are Selling Fast!
Don’t miss out on this featured home of the week! Stop by Gateway Walk today for more details. Sales office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Benefits of Buying a Brand New Home

July 21st, 2016

With so many houses on the market, it’s often difficult to decide whether to buy new, or to buy used. The sticker price of a used home may be lower, leading people to think that they’re getting a good value, but there are many hidden costs to buying used. At the end of the day, you’re better off buying new.

Building standards have been steadily rising in the past few years. The newer the home you buy, the higher standards it has been legally bound to. Not only that, but when you buy new you’re able to find builders that will guarantee a certain level of quality that can be more ambiguous in older homes.

When buying a used home, it’s not easy being green, but that’s not true of a new home. Retrofitting a home with advanced insulation and green appliances can be very difficult and costly. Instead, you want to look for a home that has been built with the latest in green technology. Not only will this lessen your environmental impact, but it will greatly decrease your energy bill! New homes really will save you money!

With a new home, you also don’t have to worry about repairs. Buying used, even if the home you’re looking at isn’t an outright fixer-upper, you will have to deal with the wear and tear previous owners brought to the home the minute you walk in the door. In a new home, there are no repair fees, and the new appliances should be easy to maintain.

After factoring repair and maintenance costs into the question, you may still feel that a new home will be more expensive than a used one. This price alone, however, still doesn’t give the whole picture, because your new home is a better investment. If and when you decide to sell, you will likely stand to make much more selling the home that you bought new versus selling the one that you bought from a previous owner.

Everything considered, then, if you’re still on the fence, remember that a new home makes financial sense. It will be low maintenance and you can move in as soon as you buy, without worrying about making repairs first or allowing time for the previous owners to move out. If you’re in the market for a new home, Olson Homes offers top-quality new homes that exceed California’s Green Home standard. Browse our selection of available homes in the Los Angeles metro area at:

Mission Walk Community Spotlight

July 19th, 2016


Mission Walk is a magnificent, robust Olson Homes community, perfect for dreamers and anyone with an appreciation for culture. Set in the historic San Gabriel, California, Mission Walk is the perfect balance of new and old, a modern community in the heart of a storied city.

San Gabriel was established in 1771, 10 years earlier than Los Angeles, and 75 years before California was annexed into the United States. With a history dating back to before the founding of the United States, San Gabriel is one of California’s oldest cities. As such, the culture in San Gabriel is very mature. Though Mission Walk is a young community, its roots are buried deep in the San Gabriel tradition, and residents benefit from living amongst such rich cultural heritage.

San Gabriel being a historic city, however, doesn’t stop the city from reveling in all of the benefits of modernity and urban living that younger cities enjoy. With the younger generation pouring into San Gabriel, there is a wave of modernity hitting the historic streets and creating a beautiful juxtaposition of the past and present. Mission Walk especially is a very modern community, with every home fashioned to fit the modern lifestyle, complete with energy-efficient, green technology.

Every home in Mission Walk, for example, comes with water efficient faucets, toilets, and other plumbing essentials, energy star appliances, and low VOC interior paint, among other green features. And, since there is no one way to live a modern life, there are eight available floor plans, two of which are customizable.

With its perfect blend of new and old, Mission Walk is the place to be to live out your dreams. Enjoy the stability of an established city with the added freedom of a new, modern community. If you’re interested in moving to Mission Walk, the time to act is now. Unlike other expanding Olson Homes communities, Mission Walk officially released its last homesites this past June. The window of time that homes will be available in Mission Walk is starting to close, and you don’t want to be too late!

See if Mission Walk is the right community for you today. Visit us and explore the floorplans, features, and surrounding area, or go ahead and set up a tour of Mission Walk at:

Featured Home of The Week at Encanto Walk – Lot 55

July 15th, 2016

Homesite 55, Plan 2

  • 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • 1,695 sq. ft.
  • Solar power
  • Open floor plan
  • Laundry room
  • Personalize your countertops, cabinets and flooring
  • November Move-in
  • $605,432

New Single-Family Homes in Monterey Park
Don’t miss out on this featured home of the week! Stop by Encanto Walk today for more details. Sales office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Always Buy, Never Rent

July 14th, 2016


When looking for a new home, it may be tempting to think that you will save money by renting, instead of buying. The truth, however, is that you’re always better off buying. Not only will you be able to enjoy full autonomy of your own house, but you will actually spend less money than if you try to rent. Here are the top 5 reasons to buy your next home:

5. Decorate, Upgrade, and Repair as you please: It’s hard to call a house your home when you don’t have the basic freedom to hang pictures in the living room or install a new dishwasher without explicit permission. In many rented homes, you may not even be able to get a repair done without going through your landlord, meaning that you won’t get to choose the quality of the repair, and may have to settle for bottom-of-the-barrel work. When living in a home, you want to be able to decorate, upgrade, and repair whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want.

4. Never Say Goodbye to Man’s Best Friend: It can be very difficult to find a landlord that will allow pets, and even then there will always be restraints on the size, breed, and number of pets you can have. If you love animals, you’ll love owning your own home, and never having to say goodbye because of a landlord’s rules.

3. Investment and Tax Benefits: A home is an investment, and paying your mortgage each month will increase your equity and bring you tax breaks. When renting a home, the money you pay each month won’t widen your equity or improve the bottom line on your tax returns. Even if the sticker-price of buying is greater than that of renting, you will end up getting more money back by buying, and are actually making the frugal choice.

2. Go Green: When renting a home, the appliances your landlord gives you are the ones that you have to take, and all too often they are low-quality, high-energy pieces that will hike up your energy bill and severely impact the environment. When buying a home from a builder like Olson Homes, you know you’re getting the most energy-efficient appliances, and that you will be able to replace them with newer models in the future without waiting for a landlord’s permission.

1. Soaring Rent Prices: In Los Angeles and in many cities across the country, the price to rent is climbing exponentially. Not only that, but securing a rented home right away, before the price rises any higher, won’t help, because your landlord can always hike the rates. When you buy a home, you pay one price, and your monthly mortgage payments are set from the beginning. Not only that, but the price you pay will actually be less than that to rent!

In the end, there is no money saved by renting, and all benefits are lost. The practical, frugal, and liberating choice is to always buy, never rent your home. If you’re looking to buy a home in the greater Los Angeles area, visit us to explore our many communities at:

Gateway Walk Community Spotlight

July 12th, 2016


Gateway Walk, an Olson Company community in the flourishing city of Gardena, California, is becoming home to a growing number of families and individuals. Having opened in April of 2016, Gateway Walk is one of our newer communities, custom built to fit a generation of new homeowners with a wide spectrum of lifestyle needs.

Just like the greater Gardena community, Gateway Walk is an interesting and diverse collection of people from all walks of life; there is no single “type” of Gateway Walk resident. Gateway Walk was built to accommodate a wide variety of residents, and it shows.
Each of the five available floorplans in Gateway Walk are made to be as flexible and versatile as possible, to fit your preferences and needs. For example, floorplan 2 can be either a 2 or 3 bedroom house, depending on if you want a den or not, and floorplan 3 can have between 2 and 4 bedrooms, with 2 rooms serving as optional dens. This freedom to choose how your home is structured allows you to get the most out of every square inch.

One of the reasons Gateway Walk is so attractive to so many different lifestyles is the wide range of benefits that living in Gardena has to offer. With endless dining, shopping, and entertainment options, as well as highly-ranked schools including a private high school, all within miles of Gateway Walk, there is something for everyone.

Gateway Walk is a very young community, but it is growing quickly. New phases are being introduced regularly, and new residents are moving in just as consistently. It’s no surprise, as Gateway Walk truly does provide the diversity and convenience of urban life, being a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, with the comforts of a small, close knit community.

If you’re looking to move to Gardena or the Los Angeles area, we hope that you consider joining the blossoming community of Gateway Walk. To explore the available floor plans, standard features, and site plan, or to get in contact with us and let us know you’re interested in Gateway Walk, visit us at:

Home Back On The Market at Mission Walk

July 8th, 2016

Homesite 86, Plan 8

Final Home at Mission Walk
3 Bedrooms plus Loft
2.5 Baths
1,719 sq. ft.
White Shaker Cabinets Through-out
Granite Countertops
Stainless Steel Appliances
Pick Your Own Flooring

New Homes in San Gabriel
Don’t miss out on this featured home of the week! Stop by Mission Walk today for more details.Welcome Center is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.