Ponderosa Homes has broken ground on a new 110-unit gated senior home community in the Ironwood neighborhood off of Valley Avenue and Busch Road--the first new home development in Pleasanton this year.
The Village at Ironwood will be a subdivision of detached, single-family, age-restricted homes for residents 55 and older.
"As a builder, we have strong roots in Pleasanton and are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the city," said Cindy Douglas, vice president of sales and marketing for Ponderosa.
Ponderosa officials said Pleasanton is primed for senior communities such as The Village. According to a recent Census Bureau report, Douglas said, Pleasanton's 55 and over population has grown by 2,000 residents since 2000. When built, The Village will be the third detached, single-family community aimed at that group in the East Bay, joining similar developments in Brentwood and Walnut Creek, she said.
Offering primarily single-story models, floor plans range from 1,900 to 2,700 square feet and amenities including a fitness center, pool and bocce ball court, as well as clubs and organizations to promote socializing.
Ponderosa is also pioneering a green building initiative in Pleasanton that aims to create homes that meet Build It Green's Green Point rating of at least 100 points. At The Village, homes will include energy-saving tankless water heaters and photovoltaic solar panels.
The community will also be built with a state-of-the-art storm drainage system and pervious paving materials to help clean and control water runoff as well as to reduce impact on local streams and the San Francisco Bay. In lieu of front lawns, there will be various groundcovers that are drought-tolerant.
Models will open next spring and the homes are expected to be completed in fall 2010.