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By Mike Hazlip—
Model homes are open in new 46-home gated community in Citrus Heights, located at 5555 Mariposa Ave.
There are five floor plans featured on the Abbeys Gate at Northridge website, and homes are advertised as starting in the “Low $500s.” The smallest floor plan is 1,746 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two car garage.
BlackPine Communities Sales Manager Mark Adorni told The Sentinel in an interview Thursday that 14 homes have sold, although construction of the homes is still underway. Adorni said he has been seeing interest from Sacramento and Bay Area transplants who now work from home. The smaller lot sizes also appeal to empty nesters and younger buyers, he said.
Adorni said buyers are increasingly expecting smaller backyards as the cost of land in California increases. A homeowners association is responsible for maintaining the front landscaping, and green space with a creek runs through the Abbeys Gate community. There are no Mello-Roos fees, according to Adorni.
Some homes situated on corner lots share a common entrance to their driveways, and there are four common parking areas in addition to street parking.
Adorni said the development is “not an easy venture” for BlackPine because each home has architectural features that are unique to the buyer. He said it is usually more cost effective to build tract houses, but the small developer values the overall lifestyle of their communities.
Abbeys Gate is one of nine developments from BlackPine Communities, according to the company’s website. The gated community is unique in Citrus Heights as past developments have shied away from restricting access with a security gate.
A February 2018 report by The Sentinel shows the Planning Commission approved the request to include a gated entrance on a 4-3 vote. The decision was appealed by William Van Duker, who worked with the city’s incorporation effort in the 1990s. Van Duker argued the General Plan “discourages features in residential development that tend to isolate residents from the sense of an integrated community, such as walls and gated single family neighborhoods.”
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Van Duker’s appeal was unanimously denied by the council on the grounds that while the city’s General Plan discourages gated communities, they are not banned entirely. The area’s neighborhood association supported allowing the gates.
Model homes are open by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, or noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
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